February 16, 2010

Baker & Daniels Announces 2010 Leadership Positions

Baker & Daniels LLP has announced its top leadership positions for 2010, including the election of Rick Michaels and Chris Scanlon to three-year terms on the law firm's strategic and policy board.

Tom Froehle, Baker & Daniels chair and chief executive partner, appointed the following as members of the firm's executive committee:

  • Roger Flower, chief operating officer;
  • Steve Jackson, who focuses his legal practice in health care and life sciences;
  • Scott Kosnoff, managing partner for professional personnel who practices in insurance and financial services;
  • Jackie Simmons, managing partner for client service who leads the firm's China and international practices;
  • Greg Utken, managing partner for legal practices who focuses his practice in labor and employment law; and
  • Dave Zook, managing partner for consulting practices who advises private and public sector clients on federal budgetary, legislative and regulatory matters from the firm's Washington, D.C. office.

Froehle also is a member of the executive committee, which is responsible for day-to-day operations of the firm. Members of Baker & Daniels' strategic and policy board include Froehle and Flower as well as:

  • Dan Boeglin, a partner practicing in health and life sciences;
  • Rick Michaels, managing partner of the Chicago office who practices in business and corporate finance;
  • Mike Nader, a partner and group leader of the employee benefits practice;
  • Hud Pfeiffer, a partner and group leader of the labor and employment practice;
  • Chris Scanlon, a partner practicing in business and commercial litigation; and
  • Andrew Soshnick, a partner practicing in family law matters.

The strategic and policy board's members are elected by the firm's partners, and as its name implies, the board is responsible for establishing the strategic direction and policies for the firm.

In addition to Michaels, Baker & Daniels' office managing partners are Dave Kuker in Fort Wayne, Rich Hill in South Bend and Dave Zook in Washington, D.C.

"Baker & Daniels' first goal always has been to meet the needs of our clients, and the firm's leadership teams will continue to focus on that goal by exploring ways to provide outstanding service," Froehle said. "Our leadership will pursue ways to become more efficient and operate more effectively so that we can deliver unmatched value to clients."

Froehle said Baker & Daniels remains committed to developing strategic initiatives to become better positioned to provide cost effective and valued service to all clients. Baker & Daniels also will continue to recruit quality lateral professionals to help add expertise, build practices and expand the firm.

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