Williams Mullen Names Attorney Woody Fowler as Next CEO and President

RICHMOND, Va., Jan. 9, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Williams Mullen is pleased to announce that it has elected Calvin W. "Woody" Fowler, Jr. as the law firm's next CEO and President. Mr. Fowler, who currently serves as Practice Group Chair and Chair of the firm's Litigation Section, will succeed Thomas R. Frantz in this role beginning April 1, 2015.

Mr. Frantz will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board and expand his legal practice as a Chambers-ranked attorney focused on business planning, succession and corporate transactions. Mr. Frantz will also continue to promote Williams Mullen's leadership role in regional and statewide economic growth initiatives.

"During the last five years, we have seen unprecedented disruption in the practice of law," said Mr. Frantz. "Woody represents our next generation of leadership and is the perfect person to help our firm continue to adapt to our clients' rapidly changing needs in today's economy."

Mr. Fowler is a seasoned attorney with 27 years of experience as a highly regarded litigator. For 11 years, he has led Williams Mullen's Litigation Section, one of the firm's two largest practice groups. In addition, approximately two years ago, he was appointed to serve as the Practice Group Chair, a position that oversees all of the firm's practices. Mr. Fowler was also the driving force behind firm initiatives designed to improve the efficiency, cost effectiveness and quality of services provided to clients.

"I am honored to take on this new leadership role," said Mr. Fowler, who will continue as a practicing litigator. "It is both a challenging and exciting time for the legal industry. At Williams Mullen, we will continue to understand our clients' businesses, anticipate our clients' needs, and deliver quality services in ways that provide outstanding value."

About Williams Mullen

Williams Mullen, an AmLaw 200 firm, is known for blending the law, government relations and economic development to help remove roadblocks and grow the business of its clients and the economy of its regions. It currently has over 225 attorneys, economic developers and government relations professionals who work together in teams across 10 offices in North Carolina, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Putting our clients' needs first has been the foundation of our approach since the firm was founded 103 years ago. Visit us at www.williamsmullen.com.

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