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His title may be changing, but make no mistake, Louis Fryman is still at the helm of Philadelphia-based Fox Rothschild O’Brien & Frankel. The veteran attorney now holds the position of chairman as opposed to his former job of firmwide managing partner. The firm announced the change, which required altering its partnership agreement, over the weekend. Firm officials say the new title for Fryman was created to take full advantage of his strategic planning skills by relieving him of some of his day-to-day management skills. The first step in that process occurred in May when the firm created two more management positions and filled them with senior partners: Philadelphia office managing partner Abraham Reich and administrative partner Stanley Cohen. “This gives me the chance to focus more on things like strategic planning and client relationship building while giving others more of an opportunity with management at the firm,” Fryman said. Earlier this year, Fryman completed his fifth consecutive three-year term as the firm’s managing partner. The firm’s executive committee held off on a formal vote to have him fulfill another three-year term, but he continued to serve in that capacity until the chairman position was created. Firm officials said with managing partners now in every office, there was no need for the firmwide managing partner position. Fryman, who joined the firm in 1982 as litigation department chair, has been Fox Rothschild’s managing partner for the past 15 years. During his tenure, the firm grew from approximately 60 attorneys in one office to 230 attorneys in seven offices. It is precisely this growth that created the need for additional firm managers and for one person to concentrate on big-picture issues such as strategic planning. Reich is responsible for lawyer and practice efficiency, bringing in new lawyers and raising the profile of the Center City office. As firmwide administrative partner, Cohen is responsible for non-lawyer staff and daily managerial tasks. “If you look at the industry as a whole, firms tend to have a chairman who has achieved a level of stature in the legal community,” Reich said. “Lou fits that description perfectly. I don’t know any lawyer who has had more community involvement. Whether it’s serving on the board of Big Brothers/Big Sisters or president of the Walnut Street Theater, he’s constantly giving back. And he has a tremendous national reputation with his involvement with the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. So it’s just logical to have someone with that kind of reputation, that kind of integrity, and that kind of skill out front for your firm. “Plus, I think he’s at the point in his career where he doesn’t need to deal with the daily problems of firm management. Lou still has an active practice, and the firm has grown to the point where we need several people at the top of our management structure. So it makes sense.” Fryman’s Fox Rothschild colleagues surprised him at Thursday night’s firm holiday party with the announcement of the creation of the Louis W. Fryman scholarship at the Walnut Street Theater. The endowment from the firm’s partners will provide a talented, underprivileged child with the opportunity to attend classes at the theater for up to a year. The program is administered through the theater’s Adopt A School program.

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