Five months after merging his firm into Pepper Hamilton, former FBI director and judge Louis J. Freeh has been named as the firms next chairman.
Freeh will be taking over for Nina M. Gussack, who served as chairwoman of Pepper Hamiltons executive committee for the past six years.
Gussack will continue her full-time practice and role as head of the firms health effects litigation practice. The transition is set to take place later this month.
Freehs ascension to head of the firm is the latest in a line of leadership changes that Pepper Hamilton has said have been instituted in an effort to put the firms management more in line with how its corporate clients operate.
About a year ago, Pepper Hamilton hired nonlawyer C. Scott Green to serve in the firms newly created role of chief executive officer. That position reports to the chairman of the executive committee, who will soon be Freeh.
The role of executive partner, previously held for a decade by Robert Heideck, was molded into a managing partner role and turned over to labor and employment partner Thomas J. Cole Jr. last month.
Along with Freehs new role, Pepper Hamiltons executive committee has now elected two vice chairs of the firm.
Julia D. Corelli, a corporate and securities lawyer and co-chairwoman of the firms commercial department, will serve as vice chairwoman along with Thomas M. Gallagher, chairman of the firms white-collar litigation and investigations practice group. The firm did not have vice chairs of the executive committee in 2012. In 2011, Cole served as the sole vice chairman. Prior to that, George Lehner served in the position.