Fitzgerald to take helm at Winston & Strawn

Winston & Strawn has appointed tax partner Thomas Fitzgerald as the firm’s new managing partner, replacing James Neis who will step down in August.

Neis has served as managing partner since 1993, seeing the Chicago powerhouse firm’s revenues grow to $575m (£329m) in 2005 and increase in size to almost 900 lawyers. He is expected to return to the corporate department to practice full-time.

Neis said he was stepping down “to open the leadership ranks of the firm to younger attorneys”.

“The leadership of the firm could not be in better hands. [Fitzgerald] enjoys the confidence and trust of our partners.”

Fitzgerald, 51, joined the firm as an associate in 1979 and has served on numerous committees, including the firm’s executive board. He was one of seven candidates vying to replace Neiss.

Winston has also named Thomas Frederick to head the firm’s global litigation practice, replacing outgoing head Dan Webb.

At the same time, Rex Sessions becomes head of the labour and employment practice group, while James Curtiss has been appointed as head of the Washington DC-based energy practice.

Frederick is Winston’s relationship partner for tobacco giant Philip Morris.