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Montgomery McCracken Elects Louis A. Petroni as Chairman

March 7, 2016


Montgomery McCracken announced today that Louis A. Petroni has been elected Chairman of the firm. Petroni succeeds Richard L. Scheff, who held the position since 2009 and led the firm through a period of expansion in the New York and Philadelphia markets. Petroni has been with Montgomery McCracken for more than three decades and recently served as the firm’s Vice-Chairman and Executive Partner, and as co-chair of the Business Department. Petroni worked alongside of Scheff on strategic planning, client development and overall firm management.

“I am honored to continue in a leadership role with the many superb professionals at Montgomery McCracken,” Petroni said. “This firm has always prided itself on providing the highest level of responsiveness and professionalism to our clients, and it is my goal to build on the great work of my predecessor. Rich has set the bar very high for me.”

Under Scheff’s leadership Montgomery McCracken greatly expanded its presence in New York City with the 2012 addition of the partners from Kurzman Karelsen & Frank, and he oversaw the addition of lateral talent in the maritime, corporate, real estate and white collar practice areas. “It has been a privilege to lead Montgomery McCracken for the last seven years,” Scheff said. “Lou has a wonderful reputation in both the legal and business community, and I am confident that he will continue to be a tremendous asset to the firm in his new role.” Scheff has been named the Executive Chairman of the firm.

According to Petroni, Montgomery McCracken has plans for additional expansion in New York in the coming months, and is also exploring options on the West Coast to serve its national client base. He added, “It is an exciting time to be at Montgomery McCracken.”

Petroni has substantial experience in higher education law, and also represents a number of national and regional companies on a variety of financial, contract and commercial litigation matters. He is a member of the National Association of University Counselors and Attorneys, and serves on the Board of Directors of The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.

About Montgomery McCracken

Montgomery McCracken is a full-service multidisciplinary law firm with offices in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware. The firm represents leading businesses, multinational corporations, nonprofit organizations and individuals across a wide range of industries in complex litigation matters, significant corporate transactions and challenging disputes.