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Taft announces new chairman and managing partner, partner-in-charge

January 3, 2017

Two attorneys with Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP are moving into new leadership positions as the new  year begins.

The law firm announced Tuesday that Robert J. Hicks began a five-year term as the firm-wide chairman and managing partner on Jan. 1. Hicks succeeds Thomas Terp, who was chairman and managing partner for 10 years.

Hicks has served as the firm’s partner-in-charge of the Indianapolis office since the Sommer Barnard merger with Cincinnati-based Taft in 2008. He is being replaced by Bradley W. Schwer, who became partner-in-charge on Jan. 1.

Hicks, a member of Taft’s executive committee since 2008, will lead the committee and drive its overall direction and go-to market strategies as chairman and managing partner. He will also continue his merger and acquisitions practice.

Schwer is a partner in Taft’s business and finance group and chair of the mergers and acquisitions group. His practice focuses on complex transactions such as mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and intellectual property licensing. At 42, he is the youngest partner-in-charge to lead the Indianapolis office.

Terp will stay with Taft and continue his commercial litigation and environmental practice, which focuses on environmental issues in connection with real estate transfers, loan transactions and mergers and acquisitions.

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