DLA Piper Appoints Hans Co-Managing Partner in NYC
Richard Hans, who leads DLA Piper's litigation department in New York, has been appointed co-managing partner of the Manhattan office, the firm's largest U.S. branch. Hans, 51, joins Heidi Levine, also co-managing partner of the 250-attorney office.
Hans will continue to chair the firm's New York litigation practice, composed of about 100 attorneys. He represents financial institutions and other firms in commercial securities and structured products litigation and advises clients in regulatory and internal investigations.
In his new role, Hans said he will oversee office operations, personnel and communication with partners in other offices, and continue to handle day-to-day client matters and make court appearances.
Much of the firm's New York office growth will depend on the economic environment and continuing client development, he said. "The biggest challenge here in New York is, the competition in this city is as strong, if not stronger, than anywhere else in the world," Hans said. "It is challenging because there are really good lawyers that are looking to go after the same business that we're going after. In this economy, where clients are keeping their cards close to the vest, there is not as much business to go around both on the corporate side and the litigation side." But, he added, "I'm excited to take on the role."
DLA Piper recently took the top spot as the world's highest-grossing firm, with gross revenue reaching $2.44 billion last year, according to The American Lawyer. As co-managing partner in New York, Hans succeeds Peter Pantaleo, who is now the firm's general counsel after the death of former general counsel William Campbell in Chicago.
Hans rejoined DLA in 2008, after the closing of his former firm, Thacher Proffitt & Wood, where he was litigation chairman.