Fox Rothschild Creates New Leadership Team

Friday, April 1, 2005 - 00:00

Fox Rothschild LLP announced that effective April 1 a new leadership team will be in charge of the management and strategic growth of the approximately 300-attorney practice.

The members of the new leadership team consist of four partners who have spent a significant portion of their legal careers at Fox Rothschild and who have served in various management capacities on behalf of the firm over the years.

Louis Fryman, Fox Rothschild's chairman for the past five years and managing partner for 15 years prior, becomes chairman emeritus. This position will allow him to focus on his litigation practice and his role as an arbitrator and mediator, while providing guidance to the new management team.

The chairman's position will now be shared by two partners, Abraham Reich, current managing partner of the Philadelphia office, and Phillip Griffin, a former managing partner of the Princeton office. The decision for the two to serve as co-chairs reflects the firm's commitment to growth and to allow the co-chairs to continue to maintain their legal practices. Scott Vernick becomes managing partner of the Philadelphia office, taking over for Mr. Reich.

In another change, the firm's administrative partner for the past six years, Stanley Cohen, is retiring (he joined the firm in 1969) and makes way for Mark Silow to become administrative partner and chief operating officer.

Speaking on behalf of the new management team, Mr. Silow said that Mr. Fryman and Mr. Cohen played a significant role in the growth and development of the firm. "Louis Fryman and Stanley Cohen provided invaluable dedication, wisdom and insight and their approach will be the springboard for the continued success of our firm," he said.

"We feel strongly that there are tremendous opportunities ahead for Fox Rothschild," Mr. Silow added. "Our firm stepped out of its regional footprint recently when we opened an office in New York, joining with the bankruptcy firm of Geron & Associates in February. We are committed to continually exploring strategic opportunities of this type that will enhance our client base and the scope of services we provide to clients."

Three members of the leadership team - Mr. Reich, Mr. Silow and Mr. Vernick - have spent their entire careers at Fox Rothschild. Mr. Griffin joined the firm when it acquired the Princeton-based, Katzenbach Gildea & Rudner in 1993.

Mr. Reich is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and was the Philadelphia Bar Association's chancellor in 1995. He is the bar association's delegate to the American Bar Association House of Delegates this year.

Mr. Silow has headed the firm's tax and estates practices. For the past six years he has been head of the firm's finance committee.

A commercial litigator and expert in legal ethics, Mr. Vernick has served as administrative chairman of the litigation department and chairman of the accounts receivable committee.

Mr. Griffin is a past president of the Mercer County Bar Association and has a transactional practice concentrating on health care.