Royal Oak – Patrick M. McCarthy has been named chairman of the firm by Howard & Howard, a leading business law firm founded in Michigan. The firm’s incoming President and Chief Executive Officer Jon D. Kreucher made the announcement. McCarthy, who joined the firm in 1995, has been a trial lawyer and trusted legal advisor for over 28 years.
“Pat embodies the qualities of a Howard & Howard attorney. He is exceptionally skilled, a consummate team player, and someone who is dedicated in everything he does. He has already been an outstanding ambassador for the firm and this appointment acknowledges and formalizes that significant role,” said Kreucher.
“Pat has been a leader his entire career, both at Howard & Howard and in our business and legal communities. He is the correct person for helping us continue our growth and prominence in the markets we serve and beyond,” said Mark Davis, current president and chief executive officer.
McCarthy, who also serves as the chair of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, has represented companies from numerous industries in courts and forums nationwide on a broad range of matters, including trials and arbitration hearings concerning breach of contract; business torts; unfair competition; patents; trademarks; and copyright issues.
As chairman, McCarthy will be a key ambassador for the firm and help guide the material strategic initiatives of the firm. He also will assist with lateral recruitment of attorneys, client and practice development initiatives, and maintenance of best practices.
“I am honored for the opportunity to work with Jon, Mark and other members of our team, and to advance our firm and its brand in all of our offices and markets, guide important initiatives, identify and recruit legal talent, increase our involvement and interaction with professional and community groups and regularly serve as a face and ambassador for the firm,” said McCarthy.
McCarthy has been consistently named to Michigan Super Lawyers (2009-2021), which also includes the Top 50 Michigan Business Lawyers (2013-2015) and Top 100 Michigan Lawyers (2012-2016). He has also been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© (2013-2022), and Michigan Leading Lawyers (2014-2021). McCarthy is a fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation, a recognition reserved for the top five percent of the state’s lawyers.
In addition, McCarthy is a past president and current trustee of the Oakland County Bar Foundation, and a fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation and the American Bar Foundation. He is a graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and Michigan State University. He is married (Beth) and the father for four boys (Dan, Jon, Mike, and Andrew).