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Frank Ryan Frank Ryan of DLA Piper. Courtesy photo

Frank Ryan has had 18 months to prepare for this. DLA Piper’s partnership elected him chairman in May 2019, and he officially took over the global firm at the beginning of this year. But preparation can only go so far in the middle of a pandemic, societal upheaval and administration change.

Ryan spoke with The American Lawyer about navigating it all, how his firm is finding opportunities in what he described as the busiest lateral market he’s ever seen, and what it means to have a former partner become the country’s first ”second gentleman.” This interview has been lightly edited.

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Ben Seal

Ben Seal is managing editor of The American Lawyer. He joined the magazine in February 2018, and previously spent five years working for The Legal Intelligencer, editing the paper's magazines and supplements and reporting on Pennsylvania's state courts, legislature and Attorney General's Office. Contact him at [email protected] or @BSealTAL.

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