: Rogers Named Stewart McKelvey First CEO

August 8, 2008


Atlantic Canada’s first regional and largest law firm, Stewart McKelvey, has selected a Chief Executive Officer to lead its new region wide organization.

John Rogers, Q.C., will become the firm’s first Chief Executive Officer on October 1st.  He has been Managing Partner of the Halifax office since 2003.

In March of this year, Stewart McKelvey partners voted to establish a single, unified partnership across Atlantic Canada.  A full time CEO is one of the key elements of this new model.

Mr. Rogers assumes leadership for Stewart McKelvey’s 232 lawyers and 350 staff in six offices across Atlantic Canada.

Reporting to the firm’s new Partnership Board, Mr. Rogers will work closely with Managing Partners and Practice Leaders to enhance Stewart McKelvey’s position as the leading law firm in Atlantic Canada.

Jim Dickson Chair of the Partnership Board, announced Mr. Rogers’ appointment earlier today.  “John Rogers’ leadership record in Halifax has been outstanding.  The office has grown by over 20 lawyers on his watch, with corresponding growth in professional development, expertise, and systems,” Mr. Dickson said.  “Equally important, John is a visionary who is able to work across our organization to ensure Stewart McKelvey continues to have the best clients and the most desirable work.  He is both a team builder and a strong leader.”

Mr. Rogers was selected after a cross Canada search and a thorough process conducted by a search committee led by Lewis Andrews, Q.C., of the St. John’s office.  “John Rogers was our unanimous recommendation to the Partnership Board,” Mr. Andrews said. Other members of the selection committee included Tracey Clements – Charlottetown, David Farrar, QC – Halifax, Richard Petrie – Fredericton and Jim Dickson.

“Stewart McKelvey has great clients who have allowed the firm to build a tremendous team of lawyers and professional staff,” Mr. Rogers said.  “The increasing size and complexity of our clients’ legal issues requires a degree of planning, investment and collaboration that transcends individual practices and offices.  We will continue to build our firm by focusing on our clients and providing them with the right teams and levels of service regardless of location. Our new business model is another step in making this happen”.

John Rogers resides in Halifax with his wife, Lisa Rounsefell, and children, Laura and Neil.

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