MacCormack To Take Reins As Davis Wright’s New Managing Partner

April 5, 2021, 8:14 PM

Davis Wright Tremaine has elected business and tax attorney Scott MacCormack to become the firm’s new managing partner starting this summer.

MacCormack, based in Seattle, has handled mergers and acquisitions involving financial institutions, airlines, and banks. He succeeds Jeff Gray, a San Francisco-based energy regulatory partner who served as managing partner since 2015.

“Scott is committed to executing our strategic plan to drive growth,” Gray said in a statement. “He is an excellent choice to maintain the firm’s success and continue to grow it.”

Davis Wright, though it has grown in recent years, conducted layoffs last year and engaged other cost-cutting moves as a result of the pandemic. The firm made up for the cuts as the economy improved.

Founded in Seattle in 1944, the firm rose six spots between AmLaw’s 2019 and 2020 listings, to 92nd. Davis Wright earned $4`14 million in gross revenues in fiscal 2019, according to the 2020 listing.

MacCormack also focuses his practice on corporate project development and finance. A former energy practice co-chair with Davis Wright, he has held several other leadership posts at the firm, including a six-year stint on its executive committee.

Prior to joining Davis Wright, MacCormack worked for 15 years at Heller Ehrman before the firm dissolved in 2008.

The firm also announced Monday that its partnership had elected what it called “a diverse slate” of four new members to the executive committee. They include Jaime Drozd Allen of Seattle, Camilo Echavarria of Los Angeles, Wendy Kearns of Seattle, and Jean Tom of San Francisco.

Sarah Tune, chair of the firm’s national corporate and business transactions practice, will continue to chair the committee.

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