Dykema, a national law firm with a Grand Rapids office, elected Leonard C. Wolfe to serve as its new chairman and chief executive officer for a three-year term that will begin on Jan. 1.
Wolfe will succeed Peter M. Kellett, who has served as chairman and chief executive officer since 2012.
“Len takes this position at an incredibly challenging moment, and he is more than up to the challenge,” Kellett said. “His record as an outstanding lawyer and as an invaluable contributor to Dykema’s success has more than prepared him to lead our continued efforts to provide innovative solutions for our clients, particularly as they now face legal problems unheard of in a pre-COVID-19 world.
“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. I have no doubt that under his leadership, Dykema will continue its ascent as a leading law national firm and be well-positioned for a bright, promising future. I am proud to support Len through this transition and eager to see him lead the firm in the coming years.”
Wolfe will work from each of Dykema’s 13 offices, but he will move his principal office from Lansing to Chicago. The other offices are located in Ann Arbor; Bloomfield Hills; Detroit; Grand Rapids; Dallas; San Antonio; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; Austin, Texas; McAllen, Texas; and Washington, D.C.
“I am truly honored and thankful that my fellow members have put their confidence in me to serve as chairman and CEO,” Wolfe said. “Additionally, and on behalf of the entire firm, I would like to thank Peter for exceptional stewardship over the past nine years. Under his leadership, Dykema has grown its national footprint and deepened its core competencies while enhancing other practice and industry groups.
“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. In addition, I will reaffirm Dykema’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. This includes continuing our efforts to listen and engage all of our colleagues — particularly in light of the events of the past few months. This also includes working collaboratively to maintain the strong culture and collegial workplace we have built at Dykema.”
Wolfe has been with Dykema for more than 25 years, and during that time, he has assumed numerous leadership roles. 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.
Prior to his board membership, Wolfe was director of Dykema’s Regulated Industries Department and leader of the firm’s Government Policy and Practice Group for nine years.
His practice has covered several areas of law, including education, gaming, state procurement, government restructuring, and the creation and development of new local and state governmental bodies.
Before joining Dykema, he worked in the Michigan Legislature, United States Senate and the Michigan Governor’s office.
Wolfe earned his Juris Doctor from the Indiana University McKinney School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from the James Madison College at Michigan State University.