Locke Lord’s Year-Long, Inclusive Leadership Succession Plan Electing David Taylor as Next Chair to Succeed Jerry Clements Featured in The American Lawyer

December 11, 2017

Locke Lord’s announcement that Houston Office Managing Partner David Taylor will assume the role as the Firm’s Chair, succeeding Jerry Clements as head of the Firm effective Jan. 1, 2018, was featured in The American Lawyer. In particular, the article highlights the Firm’s year-long leadership succession plan that included input from attorneys and staff before Taylor’s selection.

The article states: “Taylor’s selection as chair came after a leadership succession committee spent several months interviewing every partner in the firm about what they want to see in the next chair. They also interviewed the associates committee, the diversity committee, and some staff before coming up with a short list of potential candidates. Ultimately, they unanimously recommended Taylor to the firm’s executive committee.” 

Partner Robert Miller, who chaired the Firm’s Leadership Succession Committee, said, “It was a very successful process. What we were trying to avoid was a horse race where the losing candidate and their camp felt that somehow they had lost and perhaps felt like they have to go another direction.” 

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