Mayer Brown governance structure in limbo as Maher quits

Mayer Brown’s co-vice-chair Paul Maher has officially resigned from the firm after announcing that he would be taking a leave of absence to consider his options.

Paul Maher (pictured) has officially resigned from Mayer Brown following his announcement on 28 April that he would be taking a leave of absence to consider his options.

Maher, who is still technically vice-chairman of the US-UK firm until 1 June, tendered his resignation last Friday. His decision was announced to the partnership that day by London senior partner Sean Connolly, but his departure date has yet to be finalised.

Maher’s exit leaves internal governance issues at the firm still in flux. Mayer Brown’s new governance structure takes effect on 1 June, but the 12-strong partnership board, which is elected by the partners, has not yet been filled. Following the first round of elections, which did not see a clear consensus, the firm is now conducting a second set of elections to decide on the US partners on the board.

Seven lawyers have won places: London partner Jeremy Clay, Charlotte partner Carol Hitselberger, Chicago partner Michelle Ororizzi, Washington DC partner Peter White, Frankfurt partner Jorg Wulfken, London partner Ian Coles and Berlin partner Friedrich Merz were elected to the partnership committee on 15 May.

Mayer Brown’s partnership will select the remaining partners via a ballot, which closes this Friday (22 May).

Maher had been expected to succeed Jim Holzhauer as chairman, but that position was taken by Chicago partner Bert Krueger.

The six-strong management committee, which was appointed by the previous partnership committee, comprises of London head Sean Connolly, Paris head Jean-Philippe Lambert, Hong Kong partner Elaine Lo, Chicago partner Paul Theiss, New York partner Paul Jorissen and Palo Alto partner Cabell Chinnis.