Mayer Brown has appointed a new partner to lead the firm’s Washington office, the firm announced Friday.
Michael Lackey, the new partner-in-charge of Mayer Brown's D.C. office, will succeed Mark Ryan, who left the firm for the Justice Department as the director of litigation for its Antitrust Division.
“What I hope to do is maintain the positive direction that Mark Ryan established for the office,” Lackey said in an interview.
Lackey said he would continue down the firm’s path of “smart, cautious, strategic growth.” One practice in particular — intellectual property — is an area of possible growth, he said.
“I think the IP practice here in Washington has started to gain some critical mass and has been growing,” Lackey said. “I’m pleased with how that practice is growing.”
Lackey said that he would consult the various heads of the practice groups to evaluate what growth options make sense for the Washington office.
Lackey specializes in civil and criminal litigation and electronic discovery, and is co-leader of the firm’s electronic discovery and records management practice, a position he will maintain. He is also the co-leader of the firm's D.C. litigation practice, a position he will relinquish. He joined the Chicago-based firm in 1995 and was named a partner in 2002.
“Mike has been a key member of our Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice for more than 15 years and is nationally recognized for his knowledge of electronic discovery issues,” Mayer Brown chairman Herbert Krueger said in a written statement.