Global law firm Dechert has announced that partners Sabina Comis and Vincent H. Cohen, Jr. will become the firm’s first Global Managing Partners, joining Mark E. Thierfelder and David W. Forti as new firm Co-Chairs. The incoming leadership team will succeed Andy J. Levander, the firm’s Chair since 2011, and Henry N. Nassau, the firm’s CEO since 2016, when their leadership terms end on June 30, 2023.
The incoming leadership team will evolve the firm’s global strategy, ensuring its continued dedication to exceptional client service, driving growth, and further strengthening its commitments to diversity, innovation, and pro bono work. They will also continue to maintain their practices to serve their clients and stay close to the market.
Rounding out the new leadership team, and in addition to continuing in their current leadership and Policy Committee positions, Mr. Cohen (Washington D.C.), regional chair of the U.S. white collar practice, and Ms. Comis (Paris), tax partner and co-managing partner of the Paris office, will work with U.S. and EMEA managing partners, and the firm as a whole, to help drive the firm’s global strategy and manage operations.
Mr. Cohen, based in Washington, DC, is Regional Chair of the firm’s U.S. White Collar practice and a member of the firm’s Policy Committee. An experienced trial lawyer and investigator, Mr. Cohen represents individuals and corporations in sensitive government and internal investigations, government enforcement matters, and complex civil and criminal litigation. He is the former acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia and previously served as the Office’s principal U.S. attorney for five years.
Mr. Cohen is recognized by Chambers USA, the Legal 500, and Lawdragon as a leading attorney in white collar and government investigations. He has also been consistently named as one of Washington, DC’s Best Lawyers by Washingtonian and as one of Savoy Magazine’s Most Influential Black Lawyers. He was also selected for inclusion in Martindale-Hubbell’s 2022 AV Preeminent Attorney – Judicial Edition. Mr. Cohen received his B.A. and J.D. from Syracuse University. He is also Chair of the Black Affinity Group.
Mr. Cohen concluded: “At Dechert, our people have a sense of community and purpose, and are recognized for their efforts. Our continued success as a firm depends on fostering the collaborative and supportive culture that our people have embraced, while delivering strong industry experience and client service.”
The new leadership team will come into effect on July 1, 2023, following a seven-month planned transition period.