Winston appoints new London head amid wholesale management change

Winston & Strawn has unveiled a raft of management changes including the appointment of a new office managing partner for its London office.

Former Ashurst commercial litigation partner Michael Madden has replaced corporate specialist Thomas Benz, a partner with the firm since 2003 who will return to fee-earning, as Winston’s new London managing partner.

Madden’s appointment comes several months after the US firm ramped up significantly with the hire of 23 partners from the now-defunct firm Dewey & LeBoeuf, including London competition specialist Peter Crowther (10 May 2012).

“I’m pleased to join Winston’s management team and to continue the fine work Tom Benz has done for the London office,” said Madden.

The appointment of Madden is one of several office managing partner announcements at Winston which have been made as the result of rotation of leadership positions in the firm. In total the firm appointed new office heads in seven of its 15 global offices, as well as new chairs for the firm’s corporate and litigation practice groups.

The new office managing partners include Tom Frederick, the former chairman of Winston’s litigation department, in its Chicago office; IP partner John Keville in Houston; restructuring chair Eric Sagerman in Los Angeles; Gilles Bigot, head of the corporate department at Winston in Paris; employment specialist Joan Fife in San Francisco; and litigator Tom Buchanan in Washington DC.

The new head of corporate is the current co-chair of Winston’s private equity practice, New York-based Dom DeChiara, while Jim Hurst, an IP lawyer and a member of the firm’s executive committee, takes over as head of the litigation practice.

“We’re extremely pleased to welcome these partners into their new roles,” said Thomas Fitzgerald, Winston’s managing partner in a statement. “These appointments are part of our organised succession planning efforts requiring the rotation of partners into leadership positions.”