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With William Voge out as chairman and managing partner of Latham & Watkins after an exchange of inappropriate messages with a woman not tied to the firm, a natural question follows: Who’s likely to replace him, and how soon?

As it stands, the answer is far from clear. Voge, who had taken the leadership position in 2015 after a 2014 election to replace longtime firm leader Robert Dell, resigned on Tuesday in light of what Latham described as “the exchange of communications of a sexual nature with a woman whom he has never met in person and who has no connection to the firm.”

Latham went on to say in its statement that the two vice chairs under Voge, Silicon Valley-based Ora Fisher and London-based Richard Trobman, a finance partner who became a vice chairman in February 2017, would lead the firm as interim co-chairs.

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Scott Flaherty

Scott Flaherty, based in New York, covers the business of law with a focus on legal ethics, lawyer misconduct, conflicts-of-interest and litigation involving law firms. He can be reached at [email protected] On Twitter: @sflaherty18

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