Kelley Drye Announces Election of Paul McCurdy as Chair
January 4, 2012

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP announced today that Paul McCurdy has been elected Chair of the Firm, succeeding John M. Callagy, who has served in that role since 1992.  Mr. Callagy was the Firm's first Chair.

"Under John's leadership," said McCurdy, "Kelley Drye became a stronger and better Firm, with international reach, premier practice groups and an impressive roster of clients.  I look forward to working with our partners to achieve our client service and growth goals for the years ahead while continuing the Firm's 175-year tradition of providing excellent legal work and counsel." 

Mr. McCurdy joined Kelley Drye in 1987 and was elected to the Executive Committee in 2006.  He is recognized as a leading lawyer in Chambers USA:  America's Leading Lawyers for Business.  In addition to his new role, he will remain chair of the Firm's Broker-Dealer practice group, representing retail, clearing, direct access and advisory firms in regulatory, enforcement, compliance, corporate and litigation matters. 

"Kelley Drye has a tradition of providing the highest level of service to its clients consistent with their business objectives," said Mr. Callagy.  "Under Paul's leadership, we will continue to serve our clients well in the new landscape of the legal profession."  Mr. Callagy will continue his practice at the Firm as a litigation partner representing financial services clients and other Fortune 100 companies, in complex litigation. He will remain a member of the Executive Committee.

James J. Kirk, a partner in Kelley Drye's Real Estate Practice group, will continue as the Firm's Managing Partner, a role he has held since 2004.