Nov. 27, 2012
Catholic University Names New Law School Dean
Daniel F. Attridge
Managing Partner of Kirkland & Ellis’ Washington, D.C., Office to Lead Columbus School of Law
As managing partner of Kirkland’s Washington, D.C., office, Attridge oversees more than 225 lawyers and 200 staff. Some of his responsibilities have included budget, office operations, business development, client relations, and strategic planning.
“Dan has been an exemplary and key partner at our law firm for more than 25 years,” said Jeffrey C. Hammes, Chairman of Kirkland’s Global Management Executive Committee. “While we will miss his incredible service to our partnership, we congratulate Catholic University on finding such a highly-qualified individual to lead its law school in these challenging times for the profession.”
Attridge received his B.A. magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1976 and his J.D. cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 1979. From 1979 to 1980, he clerked for Judge Oliver Gasch of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
The new dean has been recognized in litigation by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Best Lawyers in America, and SuperLawyers; featured in The National Law Journal’s “Defense Hot List”; and rated “AV” — the highest level of professional excellence — by Martindale-Hubbell.
“While I will miss my colleagues at Kirkland, I am excited about this new phase of my professional career,” Dan Attridge said. “In taking on this role, I will have the opportunity to serve a law school community at Catholic University that shares the core values of excellence, hard work, and teamwork that I have come to know so well at Kirkland. I am looking forward to working positively and collegially with everyone at Catholic University.”
Attridge is expected to take over as dean of the law school next year.