Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr announced on Monday that partner Jason M. St. John has been elected managing partner of the firm and will serve as its next CEO.
In this role, St. John will guide the Philadelphia-based firm’s strategic focus, growth and operations, as well as seek to enhance business development and direct activities through its Baltimore office and 15 others nationwide.
As managing partner, St. John’s priorities include investing in the continued expansion of the firm’s existing offices, the exploration of new markets, and building on the legacy of client service, diversity, equity and inclusion, pro bono and community engagement, and professional development. St. John also said the firm will continue to invest in talent management and transform its mentorship and training practices.
St. John served on Saul Ewing’s executive committee, which functions as the firm’s managing body and directs long-term strategic planning, for five years prior to being considered for the managing partner role.
In addition to having chaired the firm’s litigation department for the past three years, he has also served in a number of other leadership positions, including hiring partner and lead integration partner for the firm’s 2017 merger between Saul Ewing and Arnstein & Lehr. He has been an attorney with Saul Ewing since 2005 and has maintained an active legal practice focused on litigating complex, high-stakes commercial, contract, insurance, and real estate disputes
St. John serves as the vice chair of the board of trustees of the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, chair of the Industry-Specific Committee of the Baltimore County Economic Development Advisory Board focused on customizing economic development strategies for key industry sectors with high-wage job potential, and is a director on the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law Board of Visitors. He was previously an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland Frances King Carey School of Law, where he taught courses in pre-trial civil litigation and appellate advocacy.
St. John earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, his Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland, Baltimore and an MBA from the University of Baltimore Merrick School of Business. He resides in Owings Mills with his wife and twin sons.