Gibson Dunn top biller steps up to be new managing partner

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has appointed Kenneth Doran as its new worldwide managing partner

Doran is one of the firm's top billers and a Gibson Dunn man through and through, having steadily built his practice since joining the firm from law school.
Doran replaces Wesley Howell, who has led the firm for five years and switches the management dynamic from East to West Coast. Doran is based in Gibson Dunn's Los Angeles office. Prior to taking up the role of managing partner, Doran was co-chair of the firm's corporate transactions practice.
Howell said: “Ken's exceptional corporate expertise combined with his strong leadership skills and the respect he has from the partnership, makes him a formidable choice as managing partner.”
On stepping down, Howell will give up his seat on the executive committee and resume a full time fee-earning role within his litigation practice.
During Howell's tenure, the firm concentrated on top-tier litigation and corporate work. Profitability soared and in 2001 average profits per equity partner were $1.1m (£760,000) from revenues of $536.8m (£370.9m). Gibson Dunn also increased its European reach under Howell's direction. In January, the firm opened an office in Munich, giving it a third base in Europe.