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LOS ANGELES —� Murchison & Cumming has named Jean M. Lawler, chairwoman of the insurance law and business transactions practice groups, to be the firm’s new managing partner. Lawler, who became the first female partner at Los Angeles-based Murchison & Cumming in 1993, is past president of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel and has served as a director of the Defense Research Institute, Lawyers for Civil Justice, the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel and the FDCC Foundation. She is located in the Los Angeles office. Lawler succeeds Friedrich W. Seitz, who was managing partner from 1986 to 2007. Seitz, a senior partner in Los Angeles, will continue to serve as chairman of the product liability and international practice groups.

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