LeClairRyan selects next CEO

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The Richmond-based law firm LeClairRyan has chosen David C. Freinberg, a shareholder in its Newark, N.J. office, to become its next chief executive officer.

Freinberg, who has led the firm’s 75-employee Newark office, will assume CEO responsibilities as no later than the fall 2012 after a management transition period. Gary LeClair, the firm’s co-founder, chairman and CEO, will remain chairman once Freinberg’s move into the CEO role is complete.

Under the succession plan, Freinberg will serve as LeClairRyan’s chief practice officer during the transition period. He will lead the firm’s client service initiatives, overseeing practice area teams, industry teams and client teams.

In connection with this transition, co-founder and chief operating officer Dennis Ryan becomes vice chairman, and president Micheal Hern adds COO responsibilities to his duties. He will oversee the firm’s administration. Both Ryan and Hern are based in Richmond.

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