Chicago-based Levenfeld Pearlstein will usher in a new managing partner to succeed founder Bryan Schwartz on January 1. 

Rob Romanoff, 49, will lead the 60-attorney firm following Schwartz’ 14-year tenure as managing partner. Romanoff, a trusts and estates lawyer, joined Levenfeld in 2004 from Levin Schreder & Carey. Schwartz will remain chairman of the firm.

Levenfeld focuses on upper middle-market clients. Its practice areas include corporate, real estate and litigation, in addition to trusts and estates.

A 1989 graduate of University of Michigan Law School, Romanoff said that the challenge for midsize, general-practice law firms in a market increasingly dominated by large firms is to offer more efficient high-end work to clients.

“I see great opportunity for a midsize firm here in Chicago,” he said. “Clients don’t need a huge, international, multi-city firm to do their work. The claim that [large] firms make to have a broader platform translates into more expense and less efficient delivery of clientservices.”

Schwartz will return to active practice in the firm’s corporate and restructuring practices.

Contact Leigh Jones at ljones@alm.com.