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Former chairman of BigLaw firm indulges 'escape fantasy' by joining legal recruiter

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Keith Wetmore, former chair and chief executive partner of Morrison & Foerster, is leaving the law firm at the end of the year to join Major, Lindsey & Africa’s San Francisco office as a managing director.

Wetmore tells Bloomberg Big Law Business that legal recruiting “has actually been something of an escape fantasy for me for years.”

“I love talking to people about their careers and I love helping partners succeed,” Wetmore tells Bloomberg.

Wetmore was chairman of Morrison & Foerster for 12 years beginning in 2000, and has served as chairman emeritus since then. He was one of the first openly gay men to lead a large law firm, the Recorder (sub. req.) reports. A press release is here.

Wetmore will be joining another BigLaw recruit in the San Francisco office—Richard Hsu, formerly an intellectual property practice leader at Shearman & Sterling. Hsu joined Major, Lindsey & Africa in May.

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