Duane Morris LLP has announced a leadership transition plan under which Firm Vice Chair and Trial Practice Group Chair Matthew A. Taylor will become Duane Morris’ ninth Chairman and CEO since the Firm’s founding in 1904. The changes become effective in January 2018.
“It is humbling to be asked to lead such a great Firm that has been so successful for well over 100 years,” Taylor said. “It will be my focus to continue the success achieved by Duane Morris during the 20 years since I joined as a senior associate in 1997. We are in a particularly good position to build and strengthen our platform with quality lawyers in many practice areas to better meet our clients’ needs. We plan on taking advantage of those significant assets, and to be smart in how we grow. I see my job as being an advocate for all our current lawyers to expand their practices and also, importantly, to attract new lawyers to further strengthen our Firm.”
Taylor is a 1989 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and a 1986 graduate of Boston College. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel. Taylor serves as a board member of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and Business Leadership Organized for Catholic Schools (BLOCS), as well as serving on the board of his alma mater, Malvern Preparatory School. Taylor is listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as one of Pennsylvania’s leading trial lawyers.