Nixon Peabody names Boston chief as firmwide CEO and managing partner

Nixon Peabody has named Andrew Glincher as successor to Richard Langan as chief executive officer and managing partner.

Glincher, who is currently managing partner of the firm’s Boston office, will take over from Langan in early 2011. Having joined Nixon Peabody legacy firm Peabody & Brown in 1987, Glincher has been managing partner of Boston since 2004.

Langan was appointed for a three-year term as CEO and managing partner in January 2008 (21 January 2008), and has overseen a period of expansion across Europe, the US and Asia.

Most recently the firm announced an alliance with Hong Kong firm Cheng Wong Lam & Partners (18 November 2010).

In 2009 the firm was forced to cut 56 staff jobs across its US network, with 20 lawyers affected (10 February 2009).

In a statement the firm said that partners had considered a number of candidates before deciding that Glincher was the man for the job.

“The firm’s policy committee spent several months conducting an extensive review of several well respected partner candidates for managing partner and solicited feedback from the entire partnership during the review process,” the statement said.

Chair of the firm’s policy committee Kevin Fitzgerald said: “Andrew’s proven to be a trusted leader. He’s well respected by our partners, attorneys and staff alike. We’re confident that with Andrew we’ve selected a leader who’ll ensure our continued growth and success.”

He added: “I’d also like to give special thanks to Dick who managed our firm through one of the most challenging economic periods we’ve seen.  In that time, we’ve grown our West Coast offices substantially while also expanding internationally both in Asia and in Europe.”

Langan will continue to be involved in the firm’s expansion efforts in the US and abroad when he steps down in the new year.