Lathrop Gage LLP partners elected a new managing partner, who will take over Jan. 1.
Cameron Garrison will succeed Mark Bluhm as managing partner. Bluhm will become chairman and return to his mergers-and-acquisitions law practice.
Garrison joined Lathrop Gage in 2001 as a summer clerk and joined the firm full time after graduating in 2002. Since then, he’s built up a nationwide intellectual property litigation practice out of the Kansas City office. He has served on the firm’s executive committee since 2014 and is assistant chairman of the Intellectual Property Division.
Garrison said his focus as managing partner will be on innovation.
“There is a lot of change going on right now in the industry, which is something I see as an opportunity if we’re willing to embrace that change and truly embrace innovation, making that a part of our DNA,” Garrison said in an interview. “It’s not something associated very often with law firms, but it’s something I want associated with Lathrop Gage. We’re going to be innovative in everything we do and rethink everything we do.”
Garrison said he’ll look to tap into the passion of the people already in the firm to help propel it forward and gain a reputation as one of the most innovative and modern law firms in the business.
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