Management Change in Fox Rothschild’s Pittsburgh Office

With the celebration of his 65th birthday and the four-and-a-half-year anniversary of his start as managing partner of Fox Rothschild’s Pittsburgh office coinciding this year, Ed Kabala has handed over his management duties to partner Jay D. Marinstein.

Kabala said the firm’s partnership agreement provides a five-year time limit for office managing partners as well as a requirement that partners 65 or older step down from the management role. It was in 2002 that Kabala merged his firm, Kabala & Geeseman, into Fox Rothschild to create a Pittsburgh office for the firm.

He said the firm’s transition program allows for leadership transitions when the senior attorneys are still around to help maintain the culture of the firm.

Marinstein has been prepped for his position for about a year, Kabala said.

Each office within Fox Rothschild of 15 or more attorneys has a representative on the firm’s board and then there are six at-large members who are elected by the firm as a whole, he said. Those six members make a suggestion to firm leadership as to who should take over as the next office managing partner.

The group interviewed all of the partners in the 25-attorney office who are interested in the position or who want to offer input. Kabala said the group’s recommendation is given considerable weight by firm leadership when making the official decision.

Fox Rothschild’s system is attractive for potential merger candidates – as he was – because it lets attorneys know they have a seat at the table in a relatively short amount of time, Kabala said. He also said younger attorneys appreciate the system for similar reasons.

Kabala said this is the first time in 30 years he has not been in a management position. He used to bill about 2,500 to 2,700 hours before taking over as office managing partner at Fox Rothschild, where he went down to almost 2,000. He isn’t planning on using his “extra time” for vacation. He said he has gotten a lot of business since April 1, when Marinstein officially took over.

~Gina Passarella, Staff Reporter

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