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Honorable Leah Ward Sears, Georgia Fellow

October 7, 2014, Fellows in the news

Schiff Hardin LLP Names Leah Ward Sears Coordinating Partner in Atlanta

Atlanta, GA – October 7, 2014– Schiff Hardin LLP has elevated Leah Ward Sears to the role of Atlanta Office Coordinating Partner, effective immediately. 

Justice Sears is the leader of Schiff Hardin’s national Appellate Client Service Team, serving and consulting as appellate counsel for complex, high-profile trials and appeals. Her experience as an appellate jurist positions her as an ideal adviser when complex issues are involved and a creative strategy is needed. Private and public entities reach out to her for legal counsel, especially in high-stakes investigations and other sensitive matters.  Justice Sears is also highly sought after as a mediator and is a AAA certified arbitrator.  As Coordinating Partner, Justice Sears assumes managerial responsibility for the firm’s Atlanta office and team of top attorneys. 

Justice Sears joined Schiff Hardin in Atlanta as a partner in 2009 after retiring as Chief Justice of Georgia Supreme Court, where she served for 17 years.  She was the first woman and youngest person ever to sit on that court. She is a prolific author and speaker, and holds several high-profile civic, charitable and professional memberships.

“Justice Sears is well suited for this important and demanding role,” said Ronald S. Safer, Schiff Hardin Managing Partner.  “With her strength of character, superior legal skill and management acuity, Leah has made significant contributions to Schiff Hardin from the very beginning of her tenure with the firm.  We are proud to have Justice Sears leading our office in Atlanta.”

 “I’m excited about the opportunity to serve as Coordinating Partner of Schiff Hardin’s Atlanta office.  I look forward to continuing to work with the accomplished and talented lawyers who feel like family to me here so that together we expand our reputation of excellence.”     

About Schiff Hardin LLP

Schiff Hardin LLP is a general practice law firm representing clients across the United States and around the world. We have offices located in Ann Arbor, Atlanta, Chicago, Lake Forest, New York, San Francisco and Washington D.C. Our attorneys are strong advocates and trusted advisers — roles that contribute to many lasting client relationships.

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