Dentons’ Morris resigns after two years as global integration partner

Dentons’ former co-chief executive Howard Morris has resigned from the firm after two years as global integration partner.

Morris had been focusing on integrating legacy SNR Denton, which merged in late 2010 (26 May 2010), since relinquishing his chief executive role two years ago (28 February 2011). Washington DC-based Elliott Portnoy, who until then was the firm’s other co-chief executive, became the sole holder of the role. 

According to Morris and Portnoy at the time, it was always the firm’s plan to have one chief executive and one partner focusing on integration, but the success of the SNR Denton merger had allowed them to move quicker than expected.

Morris, who has a background in banking and finance and practices in corporate recovery and insolvency, was central to the merger between Denton Wilde Sapte and US firm Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal. In an exclusive interview with The Lawyer Morris said that shared values, growth in size and geographical spread were key drivers for the merger, which gifted Dentons a presence in the US.

Dentons said in a statement:  “We can confirm that, after many years with Dentons and its predecessor firms, Howard Morris has decided to leave the firm. Howard joined legacy firm Denton Hall in 1991 and has since held many prominent positions including chief executive and, subsequently, global integration and client development partner. We thank him for his outstanding contribution to the firm and wish him well for his future endeavours.” 

At the time of writing it was not known what Morris was planning on doing next.