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Carrie Leahy to Succeed Larry R. Shulman as Chair of Bodman PLC

By: Bodman PLC


Bodman PLC is pleased to announce that Carrie Leahy has been appointed chair-elect of the firm’s executive management committee.

She will succeed Larry R. Shulman as chair of the executive management committee effective in January 2020. Shulman has served as Bodman’s chair on two separate occasions, most recently since October 2018. After the transition, he will remain a member of the firm and will continue his active practice representing commercial lenders.

Leahy has been involved in firm management for years. She is the administrative member of Bodman’s Ann Arbor office and serves on the firm’s executive management committee and finance committee.

“Carrie is an effective leader and strategist who has excelled in all of her roles in firm management,” Shulman said. “We are thrilled that she has accepted this new challenge and are confident that Bodman will continue to grow and prosper with Carrie at the helm.”

Leahy joined Bodman in 2004 after beginning her career in the Chicago office of DLA Piper. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology. Leahy concentrates her practice in corporate and business law. She counsels both established and emerging businesses on general corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, compliance with securities regulations, and issues involving venture capital funding. Leahy looks forward to continuing her practice as she serves as chair.

“I am honored to have been appointed to the chair role and look forward to leading the firm,” Leahy stated. “I am grateful to both Larry Shulman and Ralph McDowell, as recent chairs of the firm, for their strong and stable leadership.”

Leahy is listed in IFLR1000 under M&A, in Chambers USA 2018 under Corporate/M&A, and in DBusiness magazine “Top Lawyers” 2019 under Corporate Law. 

Leahy serves as a board member and treasurer for the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti SmartZone Local Development Finance Authority and as a member of the United Way of Washtenaw County Campaign Cabinet.

Strong leadership, smooth leadership transitions and sound management practices are Bodman hallmarks. Leahy will become only the fourth chair and first female chair to lead Bodman since the firm established the position in 1975.

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