BOSTON, February 28, 2019 – Brown Rudnick LLP announced today 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 on March 15, 2019.

Baldiga takes the reins during a period of significant growth of such market-leading practices as white-collar defense, international arbitration and intellectual property litigation across its platform both in the United States and in its rapidly expanding offices in London and Paris.    

“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.  

Joe Ryan joined the Brown Rudnick in 1978 after a judicial clerkship. During his legal career he has represented debtors, creditors and creditor syndicates in complex public and private company restructurings. As Brown Rudnick's CEO since 2003 he has led the firm through a period of significant growth, including the opening of offices in Paris, Washington, D.C. and Orange County, significant expansion of the firm's offices in London and New York, and the development of leading practices in white collar, IP litigation and European finance and special situations. Under Ryan, the firm has prospered through turbulent economic times, including the global financial crisis, and through many changes in the legal industry.  Brown Rudnick’s novel socio-economic diversity fellowship program, begun under Ryan, is an example of how the firm responds to change and implements its commitment to equity, inclusion and diversity.

“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." 

The firm continues to be nationally recognized for leadership in corporate restructuring and distressed situations, M&A, and life sciences. Brown Rudnick represents well known buyers and sellers in the M&A arena such as Staples, Victoria and Northwest Broadcasting in transactions around the world. The firm's financing practice includes household names such as Stanley Black & Decker and Hologic.

Within the last 12 months, Brown Rudnick has represented high profile clients such as Mark Cuban and Johnny Depp in litigation matters. In Paris, Brown Rudnick's finance team represents the developer of Paris's largest real estate project in decades. Brown Rudnick's restructuring group has represented the primary economic constituencies in the chapter 11 cases relating to the General Motors ignition switch defect claims and the Weinstein Company abuse cases. In the criminal and bankruptcy proceedings relating to the Takata airbag inflator defect, the firm respectively represents the Special Master of the Department of Justice Restitution Fund and the Trustee of the Victims' Fund. Brown Rudnick has also been engaged by the Special Claims Committee of the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico to investigate and prosecute potential claims against third parties in its massive restructuring case, including an action to declare void more than $6 billion of bond debt. Last year alone, the firm represented clients based in more than 90 countries in disputes and transactions. 

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William R. Baldiga

P: +1.617.856.8586

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Joseph F. Ryan

P: +1.617.856.8568

F: +1.617.856.8201