Dykema, a national law firm based in Detroit, has announced that Leonard (Len) C. Wolfe will serve a three-year term as chairman and CEO beginning Jan. 1.
Wolfe first joined Dykema as a summer associate before ascending into leadership roles within the firm. For the last six years, he has served as a twice-elected member of Dykema’s executive board, acting as board liaison to the firm’s diversity and inclusion committee for the past four years.
As chairman and CEO, Wolfe will reaffirm Dykema’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion by listening and engaging with the firm’s staff, Wolfe says – particularly in light of recent events set off by the killing of George Floyd in police custody in May.
“Len takes this position at an incredibly challenging moment, and he is more than up to the challenge,” says Peter M. Kellett, current chairman and CEO. “Based on his deep understanding of both the firm and the continuing challenges for the legal industry – notably regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion – Len has a robust vision for Dykema going forward.”
Before his board membership, Wolfe was director of Dykema’s regulated industries department and leader of the firm’s government policy and practice group.
For more than 25 years, Wolfe has practiced government policy and regulatory law, which helps clients implement significant public policy initiatives. His leadership positions provided Wolfe with extensive knowledge of Dykema’s business operations and the process of running the daily operations of a multi-office law firm with a national footprint.
Wolfe earned a juris doctor degree from the Indiana University McKinney School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from the James Madison College at Michigan State University. Before joining Dykema, he worked in the Michigan Legislature, United States Senate, and the Michigan governor’s office.
“I am truly honored and thankful that my fellow members have put their confidence in me to serve as chairman and CEO,” says Wolfe. “As I take on my new role with the firm, I plan to continue emphasizing the firm’s dedication to providing clients with exceptional service through our practice groups, industry groups, and client service teams.”
Dykema was founded in Detroit in 1926. Currently, it has locations in across Michigan as well as in Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, San Antonio and Washington, D.C.