CHICAGO, October 26, 2016 – Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC (LP) is pleased to announce that effective January 1, 2017, firm co-founder and Chairman, Bryan I. Schwartz, will become president of a closely-held Chicago-area manufacturing company and current LP client.
Schwartz helped found LP in 1999 and served as the firm’s managing partner until 2013, when as a part of LP’s formal succession planning protocol, he transitioned to the role of Chairman. LP’s succession planning process, which Schwartz helped to create, is designed to encourage change and foster the development of younger partners, laying the groundwork for a successful future.
Under Schwartz’s pioneering leadership, LP became a nationally-recognized law firm and a model for the type of relationship a firm should have with its clients. Much of his vision for perfecting the client experience is today captured in the firm’s “LP Way” – the set of business processes on which all of the firm’s work is based. LP was recognized on The National Law Journal “Midsize Hot List” in 2014 and 2015, in part, due to its development of and commitment to the “LP Way”.
“It’s certainly rare for a private practice attorney to transition to a corporate environment, not as in-house counsel, but as president of the entire organization,” said LP’s current managing partner, Robert Romanoff. “Those who know Bryan, however, should not be surprised, as a move into corporate leadership is a natural career progression for him. While helping to build LP, Bryan was one of the original subscribers to the philosophy that an effective attorney should be a trusted business advisor, not just a legal counselor. That he would be selected by a client as its new leader is proof of LP’s commitment to that vision.”
“I am excited to begin this new chapter in my career – transitioning from legal counselor to corporate leader – and my experience at LP, where we committed ourselves to being both legal and business advisors to our clients, has prepared me well for this next step,” Schwartz said. “I will certainly miss LP, the place I’ve called home since 1999. Together with my friends and colleagues, we built a law firm that will endure, and one in which I will always take great pride.”
Romanoff added: “Theodore Roosevelt once said, ‘The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.’ This encapsulates both what Bryan has done at LP and what he has meant to the firm. His ability to delegate throughout his tenure as managing partner helped to cultivate our next generation of leaders. As a result, LP’s success is never dependent on the presence or absence of any one individual. We are ecstatic for Bryan, and excited about the current and future direction of LP.
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About Levenfeld Pearlstein LLC: Twice recognized by The National Law Journal as one of the nation’s most innovative mid-sized law firms, Chicago-based Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC provides legal and business counsel to sophisticated clients across a broad range of corporate, tax, real estate and litigation matters. LP works with clients to understand the full impact of the law on their businesses and proactively addresses their legal issues so that they can quickly return to doing what they do best.
While the firm possesses the resources and depth necessary to manage the most complex matters in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible, it truly differentiates itself through its commitment to “The LP Way”. Unique among corporate law firms, the LP Way is the firm’s model for creating an unparalleled client experience at an exceptional value. This is accomplished by complementing outstanding legal work with a commitment to knowing the client; avoiding surprises; moving with speed and quality; and establishing and consistently beating client expectations. All of these grounded in the belief that every action should point toward a single goal: making the experience of being an LP client as rewarding as possible.
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