It was during a moment between the Athens earthquake and Hurricane Floyd that 54-year-old attorney Donald Daucher — coincidentally on hand for both — broke the news he wouldn’t run for another term as day-to-day manager of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker. Then he fell into a manhole while in Boston for the Ryder Cup.

It’s time for Daucher to step aside as firmwide co-managing partner, but rest assured, it has nothing to do with his recent run of bad luck. Rather, he thinks — at least in part — that someone younger should step in to help steer the fourth largest law firm in Los Angeles.

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