Fox Rothschild is installing a half-dozen new office managing partners, including in the firm’s largest offices, effective April 1.
The appointments cover Philadelphia; New York; Atlantic City, New Jersey; Pittsburgh; Washington, D.C.; and West Palm Beach, Florida. Three of the new leaders, in Philadelphia, New York and Atlantic City, are women—a first for each location.
Stephanie Resnick, who was appointed office managing partner in Philadelphia, said she was “delighted” that women were well-represented among the new crop of leaders. “If we could maintain those statistics across the board in terms of [industrywide] female attorney attrition, we would be doing pretty well,” she said.
Resnick has been tapped to lead the firm’s largest office, taking the reins from Michael Menkowitz, who became office managing partner in 2014. Menkowitz stepped down because he had reached the maximum of five consecutive years on the executive committee, of which he was a member for two years before taking leadership of the Philadelphia office. Office managing partners also sit on the executive committee.
In addition to serving on the firm’s executive committee, Resnick is chair of its directors’ and officers’ liability and corporate governance practice group. She formerly chaired the firm’s litigation department.
In New York, Janet MacLeod will take over for Michael Slapo as office managing partner, a role that Slapo filled for five years. MacLeod leads the patent prosecution and transactions practice group, and has served on the partnership advancement committee.
MacLeod said her goal is to continue organic and lateral growth in the New York office, which has about 75 lawyers, and that her experience on the partnership advancement committee will help with that.
And in the 34-lawyer Atlantic City office, Eileen Oakes Muskett is taking over for Michael Viscount Jr., who was office managing partner for four years. Muskett is a litigator who has represented large pharmaceutical companies in mass tort litigation. She is a native of the Atlantic City area, and she said she hopes to expand the firm’s work with local businesses there.
The other new managing partners are Jay Marinstein in Pittsburgh, Reginald Jones in Washington, D.C., and Robert Sacco in West Palm Beach.
Mark Silow, Fox Rothschild’s firmwide managing partner, who is assuming the role of chairman April 1, said all six leadership changes were the result of term limits being reached. Each year, he said, the firm gets between three and six new office managing partners, who are chosen by the at-large members of the executive committee.
“We generally accept the view that change is good, change with a healthy degree of continuity,” Silow said. The new makeup is “a good mix of veteran firm leaders and some new people coming up into the leadership ranks.”
Each of the office managing partners was selected for a one-year term, which is renewable for up to five years of executive committee membership.
MacLeod said the firm’s women’s initiative was active in promoting her, Resnick and Muskett. But Silow noted that they were chosen “based on pure merit.”
“It just so happened that they were the most qualified candidates for their respective offices,” he said. “But we’re very pleased that the process resulted in three women being chosen as office managing partners.”
The firm announced in September that effective April 1, Silow would become chairman and Mark Morris would step into the role of firmwide managing partner. Silow was managing partner for 12 years.
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