Davis Graham & Stubbs co-managing partner and corporate securities partner Kristin Lentz is making history.
Lentz is the first female managing partner at DGS, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2015. She is part of a first-time co-managing duo, a role she shares with partner Chad Williams.
“The responsibilities (of managing partner) have become a lot more time consuming in the past number of years, and the firm is just larger than it was 15 years ago,” she said. “So, we decided that two people might be able to tackle it a little bit better.”
Lentz was selected for the managing partner role with Williams after the former managing partner of 15 years, Chris Richardson, retired from the job to return to his M&A and bankruptcy practice. Lentz still spends a significant amount of time on her corporate transaction practice, she said, adding that the intent of a co-management is to maintain a practice she loves while filling the duties of a managing partner — a role she didn’t necessarily anticipate the offer for.
“As an attorney, most of what I do every day is serving clients, (which) I really enjoy, so the idea of stepping back from that a little bit or adding to that with pretty significant leadership and managerial role is a little intimidating,” she said. “It’s a position that not many people will put their hands up for.”
However, Lentz said she is honored and excited fill the role.