Nixon Peabody has chosen partner Joseph Lynch to head its New York City office, succeeding Arthur Rosner, who has led the office for more than a decade. Starting in August, Lynch will serve as managing partner of the Manhattan office, which numbers about 100 attorneys and is the firm's largest office by attorney headcount in the state. Lynch, 50, is a partner in the affordable housing practice and represents developers, owners and managers in real estate transactions involving tax-exempt bonds and low-income housing tax credits.

Lynch said his plans include hiring more lawyers focused on general corporate, mergers and acquisitions and private equity matters. The most important goal, he said, "is to grow smart," adding that the firm "wants to be a big competitor" in the metropolitan area. Nixon Peabody now has about 20 lawyers in its Manhattan office in M&A and private equity.

Rosner will continue to be a partner focusing on real estate for Nixon Peabody, a firm with roots in Boston and Rochester. Lynch described the transition in leadership as a routine change that happened "in the normal course of business."