Kilpatrick Returns To Atlanta For Chairman
J. Henry Walker IV succeeds Paul Aguggia as chairman; Silicon Valley's Susan Spaeth is managing partner
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton has chosen a new leader, three weeks after the firm's chairman, Paul Aguggia, announced he will leave to become the head of Clifton Savings Bancorp., a New Jersey bank client.
The firm's new chairman is J. Henry Walker IV, in Atlanta, who had been the firm's managing partner. Susan Spaeth, in Kilpatrick's Silicon Valley office, succeeds Walker as managing partner. Both are members of the firm's executive committee.
"Susan and I will work very collaboratively on most issues. The chair is more focused on strategy and external issues while the managing partner handles more day-to-day operations," Walker said.
The two litigators will continue to practice law, which is the custom for top leaders at Kilpatrick. Walker handles complex business litigation, including class actions, tech and telecom matters, while Spaeth focuses on patent and tech litigation.
Aguggia will stay at Kilpatrick until the end of the year to help with the transition. He will join Clifton Savings on Jan. 1, becoming a Kilpatrick client.
"Henry and Susan know this firm inside and out," Aguggia said in a statement. "Henry has been associated with Kilpatrick Townsend either as a firm attorney or as a firm client for nearly 30 years and Susan for almost 25 years. I look forward to working with them during this seamless transition period."
While Aguggia is a lateral partner who practices in the Washington office, Walker and Spaeth have spent their entire careers at the firm in its respective headquarters—Walker at Atlanta's Kilpatrick Stockton and Spaeth at San Francisco's Townsend and Townsend and Crew.
The two firms merged to form Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton at the beginning of 2011.
Walker, 52, joined Kilpatrick in 1986 after clerking there as a summer associate. A native Georgian, he earned his law degree from Mercer University. He became a partner in 1994, then went in-house with a firm client, BellSouth Corp., in 1996, becoming the telecom's chief litigation counsel.
He rejoined Kilpatrick in 2007 as a partner handling tech litigation.