Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge elects new managing partner

US firm Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge (EAPD) has elected corporate partner Walter Reed to the post of managing partner.

Reed, who has served as general counsel to a number of EAPD’s major clients, takes over from Terrence Finn and Charles DeWitt, who have been co-managing partners for the last three years. Finn and DeWitt jointly took on the role following the merger in 2005 of Edwards & Angell and Palmer & Dodge.

Reed said he will continue to grow the firm’s “long tradition of excellence in serving clients”.

“We have become a major international law firm under Chip and Terry’s leadership,” said Reed. “I look forward to leading the firm in extending our reach and continuing to enhance our ability to serve clients worldwide.”

Reed, who joined the firm in 1981, has served on the firm’s executive committee for 11 years. He held several posts including deputy managing partner and vice chair of the executive committee before being named chair of the committee in November 2005.

Finn and DeWitt remain with the firm and return to fee earning in the corporate and projects practices respectively.

At the beginning of this year Boston-based EAPD merged with Kendall Freeman to create a London office (www.thelawyer.com, 2 January).