SOURCE: Cooley Godward Kronish LLP

November 08, 2007 16:11 ET

Cooley Godward Kronish Names Joe Conroy Chief Executive Officer

Stephen C. Neal to Remain Chairman

PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwire - November 8, 2007) - Cooley Godward Kronish LLP today announced that effective January 1, 2008, Joe Conroy will become the Firm's full-time chief executive officer. Stephen C. Neal, who has served as the Firm's chairman and CEO for the past seven years, will remain as chairman.

Conroy, a partner in the Firm's Business Department and resident in Cooley's Reston, VA office, is a long-time member of the Firm's Executive, Management and Compensation Committees, has served as partner in charge of the Reston and Washington, DC offices, and is currently chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. Conroy led the Firm's recent efforts in opening its Boston office and played a critical role in the Firm's expansion on the East Coast, including the opening of the New York office via last year's merger with Kronish Lieb, as well as the continued expansion of the Reston and Washington offices.

"Since joining Cooley in 1999, Joe has become an invaluable and respected leader, and one of our most able ambassadors," said Neal. "His business and legal acumen, and his inherent sense of how to build upon Cooley's legacy makes my transition from this role an easy one. I am confident that under his leadership our greatest days lie ahead."

Prior to joining Cooley, Conroy was a partner in the business practice group of the law firm of Hunton & Williams. Conroy also founded and served as president of a successful software company. He earned a JD from the Boston University School of Law in 1986 and earned a B.S. Commerce, with distinction, from the McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia in 1983.

"I am honored and extremely enthusiastic to be named Cooley's chief executive officer and am energized by the challenge of continuing to build this fine firm," said Conroy. "Cooley is a strong institution, full of remarkable and talented attorneys and staff. I look forward to guiding us into the future, and enhancing our legacy as a preeminent law firm providing critical legal services to the many of the world's most dynamic companies and institutions."

Neal will continue to practice law full time, and in addition to his role as chairman, will continue to serve on the Firm's Executive, Management and Compensation Committees. As chairman he will be actively involved in long-range planning and strategic expansion. Mark Pitchford will continue to serve as the Firm's chief operating officer, overseeing day-to-day operations.

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