As CEO, Jay leads Withers’ 275 fee-earner Private Client & Tax Division. With lawyers located in 14 of the firm’s 18 offices, the Withers’ private client team is the largest of any firm and is the only truly global firm to offer integrated domestic and international private client and tax advice. Jay is responsible for the overall management of the division -- identifying areas of profitable revenue growth and innovation in domains such as markets, services, talent, and resources.
Prior to his role as CEO, Jay was the COO and Operating Officer of the Private Client & Tax Division. In addition to the day-to-day management of the firm’s global private client and tax division, he was responsible for the firm’s global facilities and operations, project management efforts, business intelligence initiatives, corporate social responsibility programming, and Withers Consulting Group (the firm’s wholly-owned family office consultancy). He was instrumental in the opening of the California offices. Jay is also a board member of Withers Global Advisors.
Jay has over 20 years of legal industry management experience. Previously, he was chief marketing officer, chief human resources officer, and director of communications at two AmLaw 100 firms; and in product management for an internet start-up that has since grown into the e-billing product of one of the major legal research companies.
Jay won International Business Development/Marketing Director of the Year in 2006. In 2019, he was appointed Divisional CEO of the global private client and tax team.