Kelley Drye Announces Election of James S. Carr, Chair, and Appointment of Lewis Rose, Managing Partner

Monday, January 19, 2015 - 14:33

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP announced as part of the firm’s strategic plan that James S. Carr has been elected chair of the firm, succeeding Paul McCurdy, and Lewis Rosehas been appointed managing partner, succeeding James J. Kirk. Residents of the firm’s two largest offices, New York and Washington, D.C., Mr. Carr and Mr. Rose will lead a cross-office management team that reflects the firm’s presence in six cities nationwide. Mr. McCurdy and Mr. Kirk will remain involved in the management of the firm and continue as members of the firm’s Executive Committee. The management changes were effective as of January 1, 2015.

Mr. Carr joined Kelley Drye’s New York office in 1988, was elected to the Executive Committee in 2007, and is chair of the Bankruptcy and Restructuring practice group. He is well known in the bankruptcy bar, and he has been recognized for his creditor-oriented practice by Chambers GlobalChambers USAUS Legal 500 and Best Lawyers. In 2014, The M&A Advisor chose one of his matters as Retail Manufacturing/Distribution Deal of the Year, and he has been consistently awarded top-five honors in The Deal Pipeline’s Bankruptcy League Tables.

Mr. Rose served previously as the managing partner of Kelley Drye’s Washington, D.C. office, and as the first firm managing partner outside of the New York office, he broadens Kelley Drye’s senior leadership team to reflect the firm’s national presence. Past chair of the firm’s Advertising and Marketing practice group, he is recognized nationally as a leading practitioner of advertising law by Chambers USABest Lawyers, and Super Lawyers. Under Mr. Rose’s leadership, Kelley Drye was named a Top Place to Work by The Washington Post and one of the Best Places to Work by the Washington Business Journal.

Mr. McCurdy will continue his practice at Kelley Drye as chair of the firm’s Broker-Dealer practice group, representing broker-dealer firms in regulatory, enforcement, compliance, corporate and litigation matters. Mr. Kirk will continue his practice representing clients in commercial real estate matters.