Manatt Names Donna Wilson New Managing Partner

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips has elected privacy and cybersecurity lawyer Donna L. Wilson as its newest CEO and managing partner.

Wilson will take over the leadership role from Bill Quicksilver on July 1, 2019, at which point he will become managing partner emeritus. Quicksilver has served as the L.A.-based firm’s managing partner since 2007.

Under Quicksilver, Manatt has expanded to include consulting services, primarily in health care and digital media, alongside legal counsel. Wilson told Bloomberg Law that she plans to expand the firm’s consulting businesses alongside its legal practice.

“The way that we view the future and the present is that some of the biggest and most important questions our clients are facing today often require more than legal answers,” Wilson said. “These challenges are beyond the capacity of traditional law firms or consultancies.”

Manatt currently has more than 450 lawyers, consultants and advisers across nine locations in the United States, according to the firm.

After joining Manatt as a lateral partner in 2013, Wilson quickly rose in the firm’s leadership ranks.

She currently chairs the privacy and cybersecurity practice and co-chairs its financial services group and the financial services litigation and enforcement practice.

Wilson also sits on the firm’s board of directors and compensation committee. Wilson represents clients in litigation, government enforcement actions and cybersecurity matters.

She was previously a partner at BuckleySander, Kelley Drye & Warren, and Gilberg & Randolph. She said she chose to stay at Manatt because of the firm’s supportive and team-oriented culture.

“I say I’m like Goldilocks,” she said. “It feels just right.”