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DLA Piper announces leadership transitions as part of ongoing strategy

18 January 2012

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As part of a longer-term leadership transition process to advance the firm’s global position and strategy, DLA Piper today announced that Roger Meltzer and Cameron “Jay” Rains will become the firm’s US co-chairs for a term of four years, effective January 1, 2013.

As part of a longer-term leadership transition process to advance the firm’s global position and strategy, DLA Piper today announced that Roger Meltzer and Cameron “Jay” Rains will become the firm’s US co-chairs for a term of four years, effective January 1, 2013.

In addition, J. Terence “Terry” O'Malley, DLA Piper’s US managing partner, will join Francis B. Burch, Jr. and Lee I. Miller as a US co-chair for one year, effective January 1, 2012. Burch, Miller and O’Malley will then serve as co-chairs emeriti for two years, effective January 1, 2013.

DLA Piper’s US leadership team will work closely with Tony Angel, who was recently elected global co-chairman of the firm and senior partner of the International LLP, and Sir Nigel Knowles, joint chief executive officer (CEO) of DLA Piper. Miller also serves as the firm’s joint CEO.

“We are thrilled that Roger and Jay will succeed us as US co-chairs and that Terry’s great service to the firm will be recognized by his role as co-chair for the balance of our term,” said Burch, who also serves as global co-chairman of DLA Piper. “Lee and I look forward to working with this team on the continued implementation of our strategy to be the world’s leading global business law firm.”

Meltzer and Rains, in coordination with the other members of the Office of the Chair, will work to fill the US managing partner role to succeed O’Malley for a term beginning in 2013.

About DLA Piper’s US Leadership Team

Roger Meltzer is global chair of DLA Piper’s Corporate and Finance practice. He is a member of the firm’s Global Board and Executive Committee. Meltzer has practiced corporate and securities law for more than 30 years. Among his clients are corporations, investment banking firms, commercial banks and private equity and investment funds. As global chair of the firm’s Corporate and Finance practice, Meltzer coordinates DLA Piper's 1,200 corporate and finance lawyers, operating in 23 offices in the United States and in 44 financial and business centers in 28 other countries worldwide.

Cameron “Jay” Rains is global co-chair of DLA Piper’s Corporate practice. He is a member of the firm’s Global Board, Executive Committee and Policy Committee. He concentrates in corporate finance, venture capital, strategic partnering, SEC registered public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions. The respected English research firm Chambers & Partners lists Rains in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and he has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America and as a San Diego Super Lawyer.

J. Terence “Terry” O'Malley is a member of DLA Piper's Global Board and Executive Committee. He started practicing law in 1975 at what was then Gray Cary Ames & Frye, formerly chaired each of that firm’s Corporate, Real Estate and Commercial Law practice groups, and has been recognized as one of California's Top 100 Attorneys. He was elected chairman and CEO of Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich in April 1996, developing it into a nationally recognized technology law firm with offices in seven cities from Silicon Valley to Washington, DC. On January 1, 2005, Gray Cary merged with Piper Rudnick and DLA to form DLA Piper.

Lee I. Miller is a member of DLA Piper's Global Board and Executive Committee. For nearly 30 years, he has concentrated his practice in the area of commercial real estate law. Miller is highly involved in community service and philanthropy and was recently named to the Legal Service Corporation Board of Directors' Pro Bono Task Force, which aims to develop resources to assist low-income Americans facing foreclosure, domestic violence and other civil legal problems. He has also been a driving force behind DLA Piper's extensive pro bono and corporate social responsibility initiatives.

Francis B. Burch, Jr. is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a member of the American Law Institute and a permanent member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference. He is chairman of the board of Johns Hopkins Medicine, which encompasses The Johns Hopkins Hospital, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and The Johns Hopkins Health System, among other entities. He is also the vice chairman of The Johns Hopkins University and a director of the Leadership Council for Legal Diversity.

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