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CHICAGO — Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw appointed attorney Frederick ‘Fritz’ Thomas, 57, to lead its Chicago office, which is the firm’s biggest office with about 500 lawyers. Thomas will replace Julian D’Esposito, 62, who has held the post since 2002. D’Esposito will also keep serving on the management committee. The changes come in advance of Chairman Ty Fahner stepping down as the firm’s chairman next month. The firm is creating an office of the chairman, with a chairman and two vice chairmen. James Holzhauer, who works out of the New York and Chicago offices, will become chairman. Kenneth Geller, who is in Washington, will become a vice chairman, and Paul Maher, in London, will also be a vice chairman.

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