Clark Hill CEO John Hern Featured in Law 360’s Law Firm Leaders
John Hern Jr., Clark Hill’s CEO, was recently featured in Law 360’s Law Firm Leaders. After nearly 20 years, Hern is stepping down as CEO at the end of 2020. In this feature, he reflects on the firm’s growth, noting that it has tripled in both headcount and revenue since 2010. He explains that the thoughtful and careful strategy to achieve this growth began with the simple notion of value. Hern says that in order to provide value to clients, the firm needed to geographically expand to meet client expectations. Hern also notes the challenges of the firm’s journey, and how the firm has adapted during the coronavirus pandemic.
“On a personal level, I'm disappointed the efforts we had planned for this year, which had included an all-hands retreat and visiting a large number of our offices, have all ground to a halt. The good news is that the relationships have already been developed, so using a lot of other means of communication, we've been able to keep in close contact with each other and have made a conscious effort to communicate with each other using video technology, so the experience is richer than it might have otherwise been, for example, in an email or phone call.”
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