DLA Piper unveils succession plan for US business

DLA Piper has announced the duo of partners who will succeed Frank Burch and Lee Miller as the firm’s US co-chairs.


Frank Burch
Frank Burch

Global corporate and finance chair – and former Cahill Gordon & Reindel partner – Roger Meltzer and global corporate co-chair Cameron Rains begin their four-year terms as US co-chairs 1 January 2013.

The news comes as Nigel Knowles, the firm’s joint chief executive and managing partner, steps into another term as managing partner following an uncontested election (24 November 2011). His term began on 1 January 2012.

Until Meltzer and Rains take over, US managing partner Terence O’Malley has joined incumbent co-chairs Burch and Miller as US co-chair for one year. His term began on 1 January. Burch, Malley and Miller will all then serve as co-chairs emeriti for two years, beginning 1 January 2013.

Nigel Knowles
Nigel Knowles

Meltzer and Rains will also work with other management members to find a replacement US managing partner to replace O’Malley for a term beginning 2013.

According to the firm, the US team will work closely with ex-Linklaters chief Tony Angel, who was brought in as global co-chair and senior partner in November 2011 (8 November 2011).

In a statement, Burch said: “We’re thrilled that Roger and Jay will succeed us as US co-chairs and that Terry’s great service to the firm will be recognised by his role as co-chair for the balance of our term.

“Lee and I look forward to working with this team on the continued implementation of our strategy to be the world’s leading global business law firm.”