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Sort of unanimous — that’s what insiders say about the big changes at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. Law firm consultant Bradford Hildebrandt reviewed the firm’s governance and presented the plan, whereby all management power is now concentrated in the hands of a CEO. Partner approval came in a voice vote that would have required opponents to stand up and say no. Nobody objected — but some members of the firm say that there were silent opponents who are now trying to make the best of it. One result of the shift: Baby boomers are in and geezers are out. Three 65-year-old partners retired in September. Francis M. Milone, just 52, is the CEO for five years. His hand-picked troika consists of Phillip H. Werner, 50; Thomas J. Sharbaugh, 47; and Michael S. Kelly, 51. “One of the casualties of this all-business-and-youth approach to law firm governance is democracy,” says one of the silent minority. On the other hand, it’s better to move on. “In investment banking, there are few people over 40; at the Big Five accounting firms, there are few over 50; and pretty soon, at the big law firms there will be few lawyers over 60,” says a second lawyer.

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