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New Jersey lawyer to succeed LeClair as firm CEO

Gary D. LeClair, the co-founder, CEO and chairman of LeClairRyan, will step down as CEO at the end of a two-year management transition program at the firm.

He will be replaced by David C. Freinberg, a shareholder in the firm’s office in Newark, N.J., who will serve as chief practice officer during the transition.

The firm’s other co-founder and COO, Dennis M. Ryan, will become vice chairman and firm president Michael L. Hern will take on COO duties.

Freinberg, a resident of Maplewood, N.J., holds an undergraduate and MBA from Columbia University and graduated from the Benjamin M. Cardozo School of Law in New York City.

Details of the transition plan are in this press release, which quotes LeClair as saying “our best days are indeed ahead of us.”

A firm spokeswoman said Freinberg will be based in Newark but will have an office in Richmond and spend substantial time at the firm’s other offices.

By Alan Cooper

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