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Jerry K. Clements, a litigation partner in Locke Liddell & Sapp in Austin, will become the 378-lawyer firm’s new managing partner on Jan. 1 when current managing partner Bryan Goolsby, a corporate partner in Dallas, gives up his managing partner duties. Goolsby, managing partner since 2001, will remain chairman of the firm’s nine-member management committee. Clements says Goolsby wanted to step down as managing partner, and the management committee decided to separate the managing partner job from the chairmanship in an effort to persuade Goolsby to stay on in a management role. “We think his experience and knowledge that he has for managing the firm for six years is important,” says Clements, a member of the firm’s management committee since 1998 and chairwoman of the litigation section since 2001. Clements says as managing partner she will have day-to-day responsibility for managing the firm and Goolsby’s role as chairman will be more advisory and strategic. Goolsby, a REIT and corporate and securities partner in Dallas, was traveling on Aug. 14 and not immediately available for comment. Clements says the management committee nominated and selected her for the job. She says her selection will be up for a ratification vote of the partnership soon as will Goolsby’s. Clements says the firm has been successful financially under Goolsby’s leadership, and she hopes to maintain that economic growth. Profits per partner were $716,000 in 2005, and revenue per lawyer was $662,000, according to Texas Lawyer’s Annual Report on Firm Finance. That compares to PPP of $546,000 in 2001 and RPL of $522,000. Clements says she intends to maintain her trial practice while managing the firm. The firm has offices in Houston, Dallas, Austin, New Orleans and Washington, D.C. Clements is accustomed to the limelight in her role as a trial lawyer, but she had a high-profile role last year as the firm’s primary spokesperson after President George W. Bush’s Oct. 3, 2005, nomination of Harriet E. Miers to the U.S. Supreme Court. On Oct. 27, 2005, Miers, a former co-managing partner of Locke Liddell, withdrew her name from high court consideration.

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