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Dentons U.S. CEO Steps Down as Firm Shapes New Leadership Model

July 2, 2021, 7:49 PM

Dentons’ U.S. chief executive, Mike McNamara, has exited his role amid a revamp in the massive law firm’s leadership structure stateside.

Chicago-based trial lawyer Keith Moskowitz will helm Dentons in the U.S., according to a Friday statement from the firm. Moskowitz is taking the new role of chairperson of the Dentons U.S. Board, with California-based Sonia Martin and Washington-based John Holahan serving as vice chairs.

McNamara will remain with the firm, where he is a partner in Washington works in corporate crisis management and government investigations. He served in firm leadership positions for roughly a decade, including as U.S. managing partner, before becoming the region’s CEO in 2016.

McNamara has overseen a busy period for Dentons in the U.S. The firm in October 2019 launched “Project Golden Spike,” through which it has integrated several regional law firms under the Dentons umbrella, while still allowing these firms to remain operationally independent in some respects.

Dentons has acquired firms like Cohen & Grigsby, Bingham Greenebaum Doll, and Durham Jones & Pinegar using this “polycentric” model, adding hundreds of lawyers to its roster.

“Mike’s tireless efforts have helped to differentiate Dentons,” said Joe Andrew, Global Chairman of Dentons, in a statement Friday. “We are now better positioned to address our clients’ needs —which have changed dramatically as they have emerged from the pandemic and begin to grapple with the New Dynamic Decade.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Rebekah Mintzer in New York at