Updated 3:31 p.m.
McKenna Long & Aldridge has appointed a new managing partner of its Washington office.
Joanne Zimolzak succeeds Thomas Papson, who served in the role since 2003. Papson continues to serve as a partner in the litigation and government contracts practices.
Zimolzak joined the firm in 1994 and focuses her practice on business litigation involving commercial and government contracts. She has represented insurance companies in coverage disputes and also provides counseling on emerging liability risks, new product development and regulatory compliance. She is the leader of the Washington-based arm of the firm's insurance practice.
McKenna's Washington office had 114 partners at the end of last year, according to the Legal Times 150 survey.
In an interview, Zimolzak, who took the reins at the beginning of the month, said that she hoped to continue the work of her predecessor to deliver superior client services. Zimolzak also added that she plans to continue her practice regimen despite her new responsibilities.
"Like everyone who is being asked to do more, this additional role should not displace my own practice," Zimolzak said. As for future growth, she said that the firm is always looking for the right candidates.
"Certainly the office has grown since I've been part of McKenna and I would anticipate that if the right opportunities are out there we will continue to grow in a smart way," Zimolzak said.