Brown Rudnick LLP has announced that William R. Baldiga will become chief executive officer and chairman of the firm’s management committee, effective upon the retirement of current chief executive officer Joseph F. Ryan.

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William Baldiga

'I am honored to be selected by our partners for this critical role,' said Baldiga. 'I am looking forward to building upon the tremendous success that we have achieved under Joe’s leadership with a strong emphasis on delivering the partner-driven service, focused expertise and highly collaborative approach that we are known for – and that our clients expect.'

In addition to his new role, Baldiga will continue to represent public and private companies and committees of creditors and shareholders in major restructuring cases. 'I plan to remain very close to our clients, soliciting feedback and identifying how we can refine what we do to provide greater value,' said Baldiga.

Most recently, Baldiga represented The Boston Herald in its chapter 11 case, and is perhaps best known for his groundbreaking interpretation of “cause” in restrictions on credit bidding in the Fisker Automotive case. He began his career at Brown Rudnick as a summer associate in 1982, and has taken on several leadership roles, including: head of the firm’s Litigation and Restructuring Department; and Hiring, Pro Bono and Diversity Committee Member.   

'It has been a privilege to lead Brown Rudnick as chairman and CEO,' said Ryan, 'and I am so pleased Bill will succeed me. He is a bright, able, deeply experienced firm leader. He will be nimble and flexible in the face of change, and he understands that to deliver the highest value services to our clients requires that we foster an inclusive and collaborative work environment where every one of our lawyers can realize his or her full potential. I am sure the firm will continue to achieve great things under Bill’s leadership.'