Ed C. Konieczny took on the ultimate law firm management challenge when he accepted the position of full-time managing partner for a new plaintiffs firm.

It was an unusual position. Four high-profile plaintiffs firms from New Orleans, Savannah, Ga., San Diego and Jackson, Miss., formed a partnership: Herman, Mathis, Casey, Kitchens & Gerel. The partners wanted a permanent free-standing entity for high-stakes national mass torts and class actions. And they needed someone to run the firm, which they decided to locate in Atlanta.