Lucantonio Salvi to be new shepherd of Sheppard Mullin
Lucantonio Salvi elected new chair of the law firm, to take over reigns in October 2021 after two decades under Guy Halgren's leadership
Lucantonio Salvi will be the new Chair of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP.
The international law firm, rated as 54 in the AmLaw 200 last year, announced last week that its Washington D.C.-based Corporate Partner Lucantonio (Luca) Salvi has been elected by the partnership as the firm's new Chair.
Salvi's new role will come into effect in October 2021. He will succeed Guy Halgren who has been Chair since 2001.
As Chair-Elect, Salvi will work alongside Halgren until 12 October 2021 when he is slated to officially assume the role. Salvi will be the firm's fifth full-time Chair and the first Chair located outside of California.
Salvi is a member of the firm's Executive Committee and a partner in the Corporate practice group. He joined Sheppard Mullin as a partner in 2006, served as the Co-Managing Partner of the Washington D.C. office from 2012-2017, and was previously the Leader of the firm's Aerospace and Defense and Private Equity Teams.
"Luca will be an exceptional leader for our firm," said the outgoing Chair Halgren. "He is tremendously well-respected, not only as a lawyer but also as a human being. He has served in numerous leadership positions so he is experienced and well-known around the firm and understands who we are. Among Luca's greatest strengths are his authenticity and ability to connect. He knows how to build consensus, lead, and succeed."
Salvi was credited for building the Los Angeles –based firm's East Coast M&A and private equity practice which focuses on leveraged buyouts.
He has lived and worked in the US, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Poland and Italy. Salvi received his B.A., cum laude, from Georgetown University; his MALD from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
"It's humbling and a privilege for me to assume the role of Chair. Guy has been an extraordinary and caring leader over the last two decades. I look forward to continuing the firm's trajectory of collegiality, entrepreneurialism, growth and pre-eminence as a destination firm with international reach for our global clients," Salvi said on the election and his new role.
"It has been a tremendous honor to serve my firm for the last 20 years," said Halgren.
"When I was elected in 2001, I thought it would be a three-year stint. Now here I am 20 years later and turning 65. It has been a remarkable and rewarding journey through our nation's and our profession's economic and social challenges, bookended by 9/11 and the pandemic.
"Fortunately, I had an outstanding management team and a supportive, unselfish array of attorneys and staff around me. I cannot fully express how proud I am of Sheppard Mullin and all we have accomplished together. And not just with our growth and financial success but in making Sheppard Mullin a terrific place to work, embracing and celebrating diversity and inclusion, and giving back to our communities," Halgren said.
Sheppard, Mullin stood at 116 in AmLaw 200 ranking in 2001. The firm witnessed upward growth during the last two decades, growing from a firm with 292 attorneys in 2001 to 984 attorneys at present. During Halgren's tenure at the top, the firm opened 11 offices around the globe while its revenue surged from $149 million in 2001 to $867 million in 2020.