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After eight years at the helm of Gordon & Rees, Managing Partner Michael Lucey stepped down June 6 and has passed the torch to litigation partner Dion Cominos. Cominos, 43, will remain head of the firm’s business litigation group for Northern California until a replacement is named. As managing partner, he will oversee nearly 300 lawyers in 13 cities nationwide and see the firm through continued expansion. “We’re going to grow in the Southwest, the Pacific Northwest and on the East Coast and in the business sectors where our clients have specific needs,” he said. Areas on tap for expansion include intellectual property, drug and medical devices, and employment. “In doing that, it’s important to maintain the firm’s fun and collaborative culture,” he added. Gordon & Rees is a full-service firm particularly active in insurance, employment, construction, environmental toxic tort, business litigation and product liability matters. Cominos was hired by Lucey as an associate in 1987. He specializes in the defense of businesses and individuals in commercial and construction litigation. He recently had a case before the California Supreme Court dealing with the state’s False Claims Act and the unfair competition statute, but declined to name clients. Selected by a unanimous vote of the partnership, Cominos was Lucey’s personal recommendation. “Dion has been an obvious heir-apparent for some time now,” Lucey said Friday. “He spent his entire career here, he lives, breathes and bleeds Gordon & Rees. Does that sound too corny? It’s true; he has tremendous rapport with associates, partners and staff. Clients love him.” Lucey said the transition comes at a time when the firm is doing well, having nearly doubled revenue in the past few years. The challenge, Lucey said, will be managing that growth and not growing for growth’s sake. “Any time you grow you have to work real hard at maintaining firm culture,” he said. “And he’s well-respected by everybody, so I think he’s uniquely qualified to do that.” Lucey has more than 20 years’ employment law experience, with trial experience in both state and federal court. He is going to turn his full attention to employment law in the firm. Cominos said he will continue to litigate, because he wants to and because he feels it is important as the managing partner to stay immersed in the profession. “Congratulations or condolences will be accepted,” he said with a laugh.

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