John Hensien Takes Charge as CEO of Clark Hill

Jan 14, 2021

Clark Hill, an international AmLaw 200 ranked law firm, today announced that John Hensien has assumed leadership of the firm as its Chief Executive Officer. 

“I am excited to be leading Clark Hill into 2021 and beyond and grateful for having been entrusted with the firm’s future,” said Hensien. “Three months into my transition to leadership, we plunged into a global pandemic followed by social and political unrest.

I am proud of the indelible character of everyone at Clark Hill which brought us through those difficult times. I enter my leadership in 2021 with a sense of optimism and look forward to serving the firm and our clients.”

John Hern, who served as Clark Hill’s CEO for 18 years, will move into a new role as co-chair of the firm along with Jeffrey Conn, leader of both the firm’s Banking and Financial Services practice and the Pittsburgh office. Hern and Conn will both retain their positions on the firm’s Executive Committee and will support Hensien in his role as the firm’s CEO.  

Hensien moves into the CEO position following a year-long transition that was announced in January 2020. He will place his immediate focus on a number of strategic initiatives, and on evolving the firm’s service model in line with changing market needs. A central priority will be the expansion of the firm’s client relationship program. “It is more important than ever that our firm listens to our clients and develop a comprehensive understanding of their businesses and industries,” says Hensien. “And that we not only help navigate the present, but also help them plan for the future.”  

In his role as co-chair Hern will concentrate on key client interface activities. “Clark Hill’s model is first and foremost client focused, with leadership directly connected to clients, which we see as more important than ever in the present environment,” noted Hern. “This role is focused on listening to what clients need now, and even more importantly, what they’ll need and where they’ll be in five years.”

Conn will continue to serve his clients in active practice in addition to his co-chair role and will bring his experience and knowledge to the development and execution of key client relationship programs across the firm. “The voice of our clients drives everything we do at Clark Hill and seeing our clients through these difficult times is critically important,” said Conn. “Key to the success of our client relationship programs is our role as trusted advisors to our clients, with a full understanding of their businesses and their industries.”