Hartman Underhill Names First Female MP

, The Legal Intelligencer


Lancaster, Pa.-based Hartman Underhill & Brubaker has named Kim R. Smith its new managing partner.

Smith, who took over the role from partner Mark Stanley on Jan. 1, is the firm's first female managing partner and one of only a handful of female firm heads in Pennsylvania.

Because the firm does not impose term limits on its managing partners, Smith is only the fifth attorney to serve in that role in Hartman Underhill's 35-year history.

Smith said the firm has a "rather informal" process in which its management committee votes to elect a new managing partner, typically looking for someone who has held other leadership positions at the firm.

Smith has been a member of the management committee since 2006 and currently chairs the firm's school and municipal law group, focusing her practice on advising public- and private-sector clients on employment law matters.

Smith said she plans to continue her full-time practice but will, over the next few years, transition her practice head position to another attorney at the firm.

Stanley, meanwhile, told The Legal that he decided to step down as managing partner after being elected associate vice president of the Pennsylvania Builders Association.

"With that and the responsibilities I have with the [Pennsylvania Bar Association], I thought it was time after four years to step aside and allow Kim to take the lead," Stanley said.

Stanley called his time as managing partner an "extremely positive experience."

"I thought we did some great things and accomplished a lot internally, in the marketplace and with community involvement," Stanley said. "I think we're postured very well both in the county and regionally and that we've identified growth areas and practice areas that will lead us into the future. I think Kim's going to do an excellent job leading us into 2014 and beyond."

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