TAMPA – Patricia E. Bean has joined Hill Ward Henderson as the new Chief Operating Officer to succeed Christopher McDonnell, who is retiring at the end of the year after more than 15 years with the firm. Ms. Bean comes to Hill Ward Henderson from Roseland, New Jersey with an extensive background in managing law firm operations and administration for both national and major regional firms. She served as the Managing Director of Brach Eichler, LLC, managing the firm’s strategic and ongoing operations and prior to that she was the Executive Director for the Boston law firm of Prince Lobel Tye LLP. In addition, Ms. Bean has held several high-level operations and finance positions within the professional services industry, including leading software developers that serve the legal marketplace.
“Patricia’s experience and accomplishments in the legal industry, coupled with her solid business acumen will help drive the future success of Hill Ward Henderson,” said R. James “Jim” Robbins, Jr. Managing Shareholder of Hill Ward Henderson. “I have tremendous confidence in Patricia’s abilities. She is a seasoned and trusted leader, uniquely qualified to drive strategic prioritization and accountability, with a laser-focus on operational excellence.”
Ms. Bean has a Bachelor of Science degree from Suffolk University School of Management and a Masters of Business Administration from Northeastern University Graduate School of Business. In 2008, she earned her Senior Professional in Human Resources through Fairleigh Dickinson University.
“I am very excited to take on this role at Hill Ward Henderson,” said Ms. Bean. “Hill Ward Henderson has grown significantly under Christopher McDonnell’s steady hand and I am both honored and thrilled to lead the firm to continued growth.”
Hill Ward Henderson is a full-service law firm with multi-disciplinary practices headquartered in downtown Tampa. With 100 over attorneys, the firm has a wide range of local, regional and national clients. For additional information, please visit the firm’s website at www.hwhlaw.com.