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Lovells has named New York litigation partner Marc Gottridge as its next US regional managing partner. Following the outcome of a partnership vote he will take up the three-year position tomorrow (1 August).
Gottridge, who replaces Chicago-based Joe McCullough, will head a team of 80 fee-earners based in both New York and Chicago. He will also take a seat on the firmwide executive committee, which develops strategy across practice areas and regions.
Speaking about his new role, Gottridge said: "I plan to build on what has already been achieved. We’ve seen some great growth in lawyer numbers in the past few years and the challenge now is to keep that up in a very competitive market."
McCullough, who was responsible for founding Lovells' US law practice, has been US regional managing partner for 12 years. He has decided to stand down from the managerial role to devote more time to his practice, which focuses on insurance and reinsurance. McCullough leads this practice area in the US and is co-head on a global basis.
Gottridge has spent 25 years working in the litigation arena, with experience of deferral and state court litigation as well as alternative dispute resolution. His experience includes work on international commercial and civil fraud, class action defence, insolvency and banking litigation matters.
In the past he served as an assistant US attorney in the southern district of New York and as deputy chief appellate attorney in that office.