Foley & Lardner’s new chair, Daljit Doogal, said he aims to better align the firm with clients in rapidly-changing sectors such as energy, manufacturing, health care and technology.
“Things in the marketplace are changing rapidly,” Doogal said in an interview. “In order to be competitive there are certain things you need to be doing that maybe you weren’t doing ten years ago or five years ago.”
Doogal, a corporate lawyer in the firm’s Detroit office, takes the leadership job in coming months as current chair Jay Rothman prepares to start in June as president of the University of Wisconsin system.
Milwaukee-based Foley & Lardner reported more than $922 million in gross revenue in 2020, ranking it among the 50 largest firms in the U.S. With about 1,100 lawyers in 25 offices, it has represented clients including Harley-Davidson Inc., CVS Health Corp. and Johnson Controls International.
The firm in October announced plans to open an office in Salt Lake City, joining a group of large rivals such as Kirkland & Ellis establishing a presence in the growing technology and start-up hub.
The move was part of the firm’s five-year strategic plan unveiled in 2021 that Doogal helped draw up as a member of the management committee.
The firm is “focusing on technology, artificial intelligence, data mining, knowledge management so we can deliver efficient services to our clients.”
Doogal joined Foley in 2001 as an associate and later became managing partner of the Detroit office and chair of the firm’s business law department. He has done work in the manufacturing, transactions, private equity, venture capital and international areas.
Two firm partners, Stan Jaspan and Claude Treece, will continue as firm managing partner and chief administrative partner, Foley & Lardner said in announcing Doogal’s new position at the firm.
The firm aims to sharpen its focus on industry trends that affect clients so it can “look around the corner for them a little bit more,” Doogal said.
“Our clients look to us for not only legal needs but to be business partners with them,” he said. “We need to focus on seeing the world more through our clients’ eyes.”