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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - On January 1, Elizabeth “Betty” Temple will take the helm as Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Womble Carlyle, a 550-lawyer firm with 13 offices in the Atlanta to Wilmington, Del. corridor, plus a Palo Alto office.
Temple joined Womble Carlyle shortly after earning her law degree from the University of North Carolina in 1989. A corporate lawyer, Betty supports clients – particularly in the technology and financial services and financial institutions verticals – with mergers and acquisitions, corporate and securities law, and economic development.
Prior to being elected Chair, Temple held several leadership positions within the firm including tenures on the Firm Management Committee, head of the Public Company Advisors Team, Chair of the firm’s Strategic Planning Committee, and most recently, Vice Chair.
Temple has led Mergers & Acquisitions, Initial Public Offerings and complex securities transactions for some of the firm’s largest public company clients. Temple will continue her legal practice while leading the firm.
Temple plans to apply to the management of Womble Carlyle the skills she honed in the board rooms and executive suites of large-company clients.
“We are in a new era of the legal business,” said Temple. “Successful firms of the future will combine traditional professionalism and client service with the best business approaches from the world of commerce.”
Among the business practices that she anticipates Womble Carlyle adapting from the business world is the creation of an Innovation Center, comprised of lawyers and senior professional staff, and dedicated to developing efficiency and business solutions totally aligned with client needs and wants.
“Our lawyers always have innovated on behalf of clients,” Temple said. “The difference with our Innovation Center will be the structure, discipline and client input we bring to the process.”
Womble Carlyle has a long tradition of innovation, as evidenced by its creation of ancillary businesses such as its Case Management Facility, which serves as the operations hub for complex mass tort and business litigation; FirmLogic, a medical and scientific litigation-support service; and BullDox, a highly technological document and e-discovery business.
Temple will drive an external focus intended to generate growth for the firm, both organically and through mergers, particularly in areas contiguous to the firm’s current footprint.
“We help our clients grow, and we will use the lessons learned from our service to them to create robust growth for our own business,” she said.