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Edwards Wildman Announces New Firm Leadership

January 31, 2012


The partnership of Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP is pleased to announce the election of a new leadership team to oversee the administration of the firm. Effective February 2, Chicago partner Robert Shuftan will become the firm’s managing partner, with London-based Laurence Harris serving as deputy managing partner for a three-year term. Alan Levin, who bases his practice in Hartford, will serve as chair for a three-year term.

"Bob and Laurence are seasoned leaders, and I am confident they will provide thoughtful, effective direction for our firm and our outstanding lawyers,” said Levin. "The new leadership team is committed to maintaining the momentum of our recent mergers by continuing our firm’s strong growth and providing the highest level of service to our clients throughout the world."

"This is an exciting opportunity to lead an excellent law firm with broad practices and geography, strong clients and very talented lawyers", Shuftan added. "We are confident that the firm is poised for additional growth and success."

"Edwards Wildman is a robust law firm with unlimited potential, and we are honored to be in a position to help direct its continued prosperity", said Harris. "We can't wait to get started."

In addition to serving as co-head of Edwards Wildman’s globally recognized Insurance and Reinsurance Department, Levin advises clients in a variety of sectors in the insurance industry. An experienced litigator, Shuftan served as the managing partner of Wildman Harrold for 13 years before that firm’s October 2011 merger with Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge. Harris, who also has an active litigation practice, is the partner in charge of Edwards Wildman’s growing London office.

Also on February 2, Walter Reed will step down as managing partner. He will resume his practice in the Business Law Department.

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