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Baker McKenzie Operating Chief Marty Jumps to Bryan Cave (1)

Dec. 14, 2020, 7:42 PMUpdated: Dec. 14, 2020, 9:48 PM

Baker McKenzie global chief operating officer Jason Marty is moving to Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner to serve in the same role.

Marty, who assumes his new post March 1, will be tasked with executing Bryan Cave’s new business transformation initiative, called Project Advance, which is designed to help the firm expand internationally. He’ll be based in the firm’s Chicago office.

Bryan Cave touted Marty’s nearly two decade career with Baker McKenzie, one of the country’s top-grossing law firms. Before he became COO, he held a number of innovation-focused C-Suite positions at Baker, including as global director of operations; global director of knowledge management; and as leader of the firm’s Global Services Centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is not an attorney.

“This is a transformative time for BCLP, and Jason is a world-class operations and legal industry executive who will be a great addition to our leadership team and a tremendous asset to our clients,” said BCLP Co-Chairs Lisa Mayhew and Steve Baumer in a statement issued Monday.

Marty will report to Baumer and Mayhew and will serve on the firm’s leadership team. “There is already tremendous energy and excitement across the firm and I am thrilled to help to build on that momentum,” Marty said in the statement.

Through Project Advance, which the firm announced in October, has combined its corporate and finance practices. The firm also appointed new leaders for the firm’s three new primary global business departments, including real estate, corporate and finance transactions, and litigation and investigations.

According to Baker McKenzie spokesman Will White, the firm will be appointing Marty’s successor in early January. “We are truly grateful for Jason’s dedication, support and leadership during his 19 years with Baker McKenzie and wish him all the best in his new role,” he said.

In April, citing the pandemic, BCLP had implemented 15% pay cuts for employees earning more than $40,000. The cuts were reduced by half in August. The firm was able to roll them back entirely in October because it had outperformed expectations, Mayhew said at the time.

Bryan Cave, founded in St. Louis, and the former London-headquartered firm Berwin Leighton Paisner merged in 2018, to form one of the 50 biggest firms in the world.

The firm reported more than $869 million in gross revenues in fiscal 2019, according to the 2020 AmLaw 100 listings. The firm includes just shy of 1,400 lawyers, according to AmLaw. Profits per equity partner are $833,000, according to the listings.

(This version adds new information about Marty in the third paragraph, and includes a quote from a Baker McKenzie spokesman in the seventh paragraph.)

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