From: Cleveland Jewish News
McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman, Co. principal attorney Kenneth B. Liffman has stepped aside from his role as managing principal in the firm. Robert T. Glickman assumed the position of managing principal in January.
Liffman, who had held the position for more than 25 years, said he always approached his role as managing principal as essentially the CEO of the firm, but never gave up his part of the practice while he held the position.
“It’s unusual because most people that go into a managing role, at least for that period of time, give up most or part of their practice,” Liffman said.
Glickman agreed with Liffman on the role’s responsibilities.
“The administration part of the job, it’s leading the firm as far as employment issues, human relations, finance, infrastructure, it’s the CEO of the law firm,” Glickman said.
Liffman said McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman always has been a “collaborative organization” and “very democratic” in how it runs, and both Liffman and Glickman described this as a move in response to how the firm has evolved. They both said they felt like it was time for a new leader, but clients will not notice any changes.
“The firm has been very successful for the last few years and the time to restructure is during times of success,” said Glickman, a member of Suburban Temple-Kol Ami in Beachwood. “Ken has led us to the best years of the firm’s history and both of us want to make sure the firm continues to thrive in the future.”
Liffman, who attends Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple in Beachwood, said from his perspective, the time to transition is when you’re at the top of your game and not when something sudden or tragic happens.
“This way, I can remain vigilant and help and assist and my goal at this point in my career is to just make sure that my work home for the last 30-plus years continues to thrive and stay successful long after I’m gone,” Liffman said. “I think that would be the best part of my legacy for McCarthy, Lebit.”