Lindquist & Vennum LLP announces that Dennis O’Malley will be the firm’s new managing partner, effective January 2011. O’Malley, a partner and chair of the firm’s corporate law department, succeeds Daryle Uphoff, who served as managing partner for 16 years. O’Malley, who has been with Lindquist & Vennum for 30 years, most recently served a two-year term on the firm’s executive committee. Daryle Uphoff will return to full-time practice as a partner and leader in the firm’s bankruptcy and creditor’s remedies group.
Daryle Uphoff, exiting managing partner, on the recent appointment: “Dennis has demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities in many different roles in which he has served the firm. He enjoys the respect of all our lawyers and staff, and I am confident that the firm will continue to prosper under his leadership.”
Dennis O’Malley, on Uphoff’s term end: “Daryle will be a tough act to follow. His easy-going personality really set the tone for Lindquist & Vennum’s collegiality and success during the 16 years of his term. He has a knack for bringing people together to solve a problem; everyone trusts his judgment and respects his decisions. I imagine that I’ll still be knocking on his door for advice, even as he continues his very busy bankruptcy practice. He’s a great friend to all of us. Plus, he has one of the best laughs in the world.”
Regarding his goals as managing partner, O’Malley says “I want to maintain and grow Lindquist & Vennum’s reputation as a client-centered, entrepreneurial law firm. We’ve got a tremendously talented group of lawyers practicing in a well-balanced mix of practices. I believe our lawyers provide our clients with pragmatic legal solutions that really add value to their businesses. In addition, our founder Leonard Lindquist was intensely committed to serving the less fortunate in our communities. I’m very proud of our involvement in pro bono activities, all of which will continue. I will work to keep Lindquist & Vennum known as a great place to work.”
As managing partner, O’Malley will chair the firm’s executive committee, which is responsible for day-to-day operational decisions; and the firm’s management committee, which focuses on strategic vision and implementation of the firm’s strategic plan. O’Malley will continue to manage a significant portion of his legal practice while serving as managing partner, particularly for long-standing clients.
O’Malley joined Lindquist & Vennum as an associate in 1981, was named partner in 1986, and served on the firm’s management committee from 1992-1995. His legal practice is focused primarily on business transactions. He has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, management buyouts, and complex financing transactions. He regularly represents entrepreneurs, private equity funds, and other investors in middle-market transactions across a broad spectrum of industries and locales. O’Malley is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1981) and of the University of Michigan (B.B.A., with high distinction, 1978).