ArentFox Schiff Names Brian Waldman as Firmwide Managing Partner

ArentFox Schiff is pleased to announce the selection of Brian P. Waldman as Firmwide Managing Partner, effective January 1, 2024. Based in the Washington, DC office, Waldman succeeds Firmwide Co-Managing Partners Cristina A. Carvalho and Joseph J. Krasovec, III, who completed their terms following the successful merger in March 2022 of Arent Fox and Schiff Hardin. Both will remain on ArentFox Schiff’s Executive Committee, and Krasovec will now serve as Managing Partner of the firm’s Chicago office.

Waldman will lead the firm together with Chairman Anthony V. Lupo to advance ArentFox Schiff’s commitment to exceptional legal work and industry-focused approach to client service, promote an inclusive environment where diverse talents can succeed, and maintain the firm’s position as a leader in public service.

“Cristina and Joe have made incredible contributions, both in leading their respective firms prior to our transformative merger and in guiding the successful integration,” said Lupo. “Having worked alongside Brian on the Executive Committee for more than 10 years, I am confident that Brian can help us build upon our recent success as we take the firm to new heights.”

Waldman brings extensive leadership experience to the role, having served on the firm’s Executive Committee for more than a decade; led the Food, Drug, Medical Device & Cosmetic group; and co-managed the Regulatory Department. In his practice, Waldman advises companies in the pharmaceutical, medical device, food, dietary supplement, and cosmetic sectors on a broad range of legal and regulatory issues throughout all phases of a product’s life cycle.

As a trusted advisor on intellectual property strategy for global companies, Carvalho has brought astute judgment and deep experience in business counseling to her leadership role over the past eight years, including taking Arent Fox through two mergers. Likewise, Krasovec’s background as a highly accomplished product liability litigator with a focus on clients’ business objectives proved invaluable as the firm navigated the merger integration and COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s been incredibly gratifying working with people across ArentFox Schiff to create a truly integrated firm that is known as forward-thinking, entrepreneurial, and consistently able to deliver exceptional legal work,” said Krasovec.

“Brian shares our leadership team’s passion for innovation in the delivery of legal services, creating an environment that attracts and retains top diverse talent, and spurring continuous growth,” added Carvalho. “Working with him during this transition period only reinforced that he is the right leader to guide the firm through this next chapter.”

“It is a great honor to be named firmwide Managing Partner at such a pivotal moment in the firm’s storied growth trajectory,” said Waldman. “Whether it’s capitalizing on the opportunities offered by artificial intelligence, expanding our capabilities to stay ahead of client needs, or nurturing a strong firm culture, I’m excited to build on the tremendous success of my predecessors and help shape ArentFox Schiff’s path forward in 2024 and beyond.”

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