Eckert Seamans Announces Leadership Transition: Dorothy A. Davis and Timothy Q. Hudak Named Co-CEOs, effective March 1

Eckert Seamans has announced plans to set a leadership transition in motion that will see longtime members of the firm’s management team step into more strategic roles. Dorothy A. Davis and Timothy Q. Hudak have been named as Co-Chief Executive Officers of Eckert Seamans, effective March 1, 2017.  The pair replaces Timothy P. Ryan, who resigned his role as CEO, but will remain with the firm and return to the practice of law.  

Davis, the first woman to assume the role of chief executive at the firm, is a member of Eckert Seamans’ Executive Committee and Board of Directors as well as chair of the firm’s Financial Services Litigation practice and member of the firm’s Energy Executive Committee.  She also chairs the Women’s Initiative at Eckert. 

Hudak is the chair of the firm’s Business Division, chair of the Hospitality and Gaming practice and is also a member of Eckert Seamans’ Executive Committee and Board of Directors.  

Ryan has served as CEO for more than 10 years, during which time the firm doubled in size, with 14 offices in 10 states and the District of Columbia. He has been with Eckert Seamans since 1986.

“Tim has led Eckert Seamans through a period of great growth and the firm hasn’t just survived, it has thrived,” said John R. (Jack) McGinley, chairman of the firm’s Executive Committee.  “We have not just grown geographically as a firm, but our client base has expanded and we work with some of the top corporations in the U.S.  Tim’s leadership through this period enabled the firm to keep on top of its game and maintain its presence as a leader in legal services.”

McGinley continued, “I have every confidence that Dot Davis and Tim Hudak will continue Tim Ryan’s legacy of excellence, and unwavering commitment and dedication to Eckert Seamans and its clients as they jointly manage the firm.”

“Everyone at Eckert Seamans is extraordinarily grateful to Tim Ryan for his exemplary leadership and exceptional contributions and success in advancing the firm over the past decade,” said Davis.  “He will continue to serve his clients at Eckert Seamans as one of the most highly-regarded intellectual property litigation practitioners in the U.S.”

“It has been the greatest professional privilege of my life to serve Eckert Seamans as CEO for the past 12 years,” said Ryan. “I look forward to resuming my legal practice, and continuing to contribute to strategic pursuits for the firm including the areas of external outreach and client development.”

Davis joined Eckert Seamans in 2004, and concentrates her practice on commercial, business, and real estate transactions and litigation in both individual cases and class actions. Her broad litigation and counseling experience enables her to bring a unique and practical problem solving perspective to a range of legal challenges and opportunities. Davis serves as a member of the Executive Committee and Chair of the Trustees Committee of the Carlow University Board of Trustees, the Pittsburgh Public Theater Board of Directors, Trustee Emeritus of the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild/Bidwell Training Center, and the Executive Committee of the Pittsburgh Film Office Board of Trustees.

Hudak joined Eckert Seamans in 2002 after serving for several years as senior vice president and general counsel of Interstate Hotels, where he played a lead role and acted as primary negotiator of the merger between the nation’s two largest independent hotel management companies. Hudak has negotiated more than 2,000 hotel management and franchise agreements and numerous real estate joint ventures for the acquisition and development of hotels and hotel secured credit facilities for more than $5 billion, in addition to hotel real estate acquisitions and divestitures totaling in excess of $10 billion. He is a member of the VisitPittsburgh Board of Directors, Executive Committee Member and Chair of the Governance Committee.

About Eckert Seamans
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC has more than 360 attorneys located in 14 offices throughout the United States, including Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Boston, Massachusetts; Washington, D.C.; Richmond, Virginia; Wilmington, Delaware; Newark and Princeton, New Jersey; White Plains, New York; Providence, Rhode Island; Troy, Michigan; Charleston, West Virginia; and Hartford, Connecticut. The firm provides a broad range of legal services in the areas of litigation, including mass tort and products liability; corporate and business law; intellectual property; labor and employment relations; aviation; bankruptcy and creditors’ rights; employee benefits; environmental law; construction; public finance; real estate; tax; estates; and transportation. Eckert Seamans’ practice reflects virtually every industry and segment of the country’s business. Clients include Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, newspapers and other media, hotels, health care organizations, airlines, and railroads. The firm also represents numerous federal, state, and local governmental and educational entities. In order to provide global reach and access to legal resources that enhance our ability to serve clients’ needs around the globe, Eckert Seamans has partnered with SCG Legal, a global network of over 145 independent law firms with more than 11,500 attorneys. For more information about the firm, please visit


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