Warner Norcross + Judd LLP has welcomed Paul Boehms as the firm’s new executive director.
Boehms brings two decades of operations, finance and leadership experience to Warner, which is a member of the AmLaw 200. In his new role, he will provide strategic direction and oversight of the day-to-day operations of Warner, which has 230-plus attorneys practicing in 14 industry groups and 27 specialized practice areas in eight offices across the state.
Specific responsibilities include: finance, information technology, human resources, business development/marketing, recruiting, pricing and process improvement. Boehms will also be responsible for cultural cultivation, strategic planning, facilities management, contract negotiations and other related areas. He will be co-located in Grand Rapids and Southfield.
Boehms will work alongside and succeed Bruce Clearing Sky Christensen, who will end his career with Warner in February 2021 after nearly 34 years as executive director.
“Bruce has overseen the strategic direction and day-to-day operations of the firm for more than three decades, working alongside seven managing partners to build Warner’s reputation and standing as the leading law firm in Michigan,” said Managing Partner Douglas A. Dozeman. “We will miss his wise counsel, his friendship and his kindness.
“Paul comes to us with truly impressive credentials. He has more than 20 years of experience in client service, operations and finance, first with Deloitte and then with Clark Hill. Just as importantly as his technical expertise, Paul understands the value we place on culture and will be a good steward of our culture and our brand. We are so very pleased to have Paul join Warner.”
In his most recent position, Boehms served as business director for two business units at Clark Hill, where he also founded and led a subsidiary for human resources consulting. Prior to that, he held several roles for Deloitte’s largest global business unit, where he was responsible for financial control and analysis and led global strategic initiatives on behalf of the group, including data analytics, innovation and Fortune Global 500 audit pursuit teams.
Boehms brings additional experience as a consultant to multiple Fortune Global 500 manufacturing and health care companies in more than 30 countries, working in roles that focused on operational excellence, post-merger integration, program leadership and data analytics. He is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, which enabled him to increase profitability, reduce or eliminate waste and improve key performance indicators for multiple clients.
Boehms earned degrees in business economics and theology from Wheaton College and a double-major MBA in finance and entrepreneurial management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
A native of Troy, Boehms resides there today with his wife, Jyl, and their four sons. He has served as a high school football referee for the Michigan High School Athletic Association for the past 15 years.
By providing discerning and proactive legal advice, Warner Norcross + Judd builds a better partnership with its clients. Warner is a corporate law firm with 230 attorneys practicing in eight offices throughout Michigan: Grand Rapids, Southfield, Midland, Macomb County, Kalamazoo, Muskegon, Lansing and Holland. Follow us on Twitter @WNJLLP or connect on LinkedIn.
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