Pepper Hamilton L.L.P. announced that Thomas J. Cole, a partner in the labor and employment group, has been appointed managing partner of the firm, effective Jan. 1, 2013.
Robert Heideck, the managing partner of the firm for almost 10 years, will step down then and return to full-time law practice. Cole will focus on the firm’s legal practices and operations and will report to CEO Scott Green.
The firm made headlines earlier this year when it named Green, a non-lawyer, as head of the firm. Pepper is now one of a handful of law firms in the United States with a non-lawyer in the top job.