Almost nine months after bringing back one of its most prominent partners, Milwaukee-based Am Law 200 firm Michael Best & Friedrich announced Wednesday its hire of a new chief operating officer in Truda Chow.
Chow, most recently a senior consultant at LawVision Group in Chicago, will officially start her now position at Michael Best in early August. The 221-lawyer firm offered her the role and asked the longtime legal executive to take “a strategic viewpoint of operations, much more than an administrative viewpoint,” Chow said.
That strategic focus made the Michael Best opportunity more attractive than some other COO positions she had considered, said Chow, who before joining LawVision in early 2016 spent nearly three years in Hong Kong as Asia head of business development, strategy and marketing at leading U.K. firm Simmons & Simmons.
“Truda stood out above all other candidates in our extensive search as an experienced and intelligent leader who has counseled professional service organizations and law firms around the world,” said David Krutz, managing partner of Michael Best, in a statement touting her hire.
Chow, who has also previously worked at now-defunct accounting giant Arthur Andersen and consulting firm Hildebrandt International Inc., said that her new firm’s consistent, steady and strategic growth also made it an attractive place to continue her career.
“If you look at its results over the last decade it’s grown a little every year and in the last few years pretty significantly,” Chow said about Michael Best, which took in more than $133.9 million in gross revenue last year, helping it come in at No. 173 in the The American Lawyer’s Second Hundred rankings.
In the past 18 months, Michael Best has been on a lateral hiring tear, a spree that saw the firm welcome back former partner Reinhold “Reince” Priebus, the first chief of staff for President Donald Trump, late last year as president and chief strategist. Priebus had previously spent more than a decade at the firm before entering the national political scene as chairman of the Republican National Committee.
Earlier this year, Michael Best recruited a four-partner intellectual property team from Lathrop Gage in Denver, while also bringing on a new leader for its office in Raleigh, North Carolina, from IP-focused Coats & Bennett after fellow Wisconsin firm Casimir Jones raided its ranks in the city. Michael Best, which shuttered a small office in Montana earlier this year, also announced in March the hire of two former White House staffers, Michael Ambrosini and Katie Hrkman, for its government relations arm in Washington, D.C.