Business of Law

A CPA, Not an Attorney, Is Named New CEO at Pepper Hamilton

Corrected: A Harvard Business School graduate who is a certified public accountant rather than a lawyer will be the new CEO of Pepper Hamilton.

The 500-attorney Philadelphia-based law firm has announced that it is bringing in Scott Green to oversee its business strategy and operations, according to Forbes and the Philadelphia Business Journal.

The 49-year-old Green formerly worked in banking and for Weil Gotshal and WilmerHale, where he has been executive director since 2007.

All legal department heads, practice group leaders and office managing partners will report to Green, along with the leaders of nonlegal management entities within the firm. He also will have a seat on the executive committee,

Nina M. Gussack, who serves as the law firm’s chair, said it created the new position for Green after a yearlong executive committee analysis of alternative management structures and best practices.

“We concluded that a management model that more closely resembles those of our clients would enable the lawyers at Pepper Hamilton to focus on providing legal services in the most effective way for our clients,” she told the Philadelphia Business Journal.

Updated at 4:28 p.m. to correctly state the number of lawyers at Pepper Hamilton.

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