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April 10, 2024

Long-time leader of Worcester’s second-largest law firm to relinquish role to co-managing partners

A man in a black suit and black, white, grey, and red striped tie David Surprenant, who served as partner of Mirick O'Connell for 22 years, has transitioned to the role of chairman of the firm.

Mirick O’Connell has appointed Paul Carey and Robert Kilroy as the Worcester law firm’s first-ever co-managing partners since its founding in 1916. 

The duo are taking over for David Surprenant, who has served as managing partner at Mirick O’Connell for 22 years. Surprenant will remain with the practice as chairman of the firm, a newly created role in which he will offer his strategic guidance, according to a press release from Mirick O'Connell on Tuesday. 

“It’s been a privilege to serve as Managing Partner of Mirick O’Connell for the past two decades, and I look forward to devoting more time to the Firm’s strategic initiatives,” Surprenant said in the release. “Transitions are important and healthy for all businesses. Bob and Paul bring diverse backgrounds and extensive experience to the role which will ensure a robust foundation for years to come and position us to write the next great chapter for Mirick.”

Mirick is the second-largest law firm based in Central Massachusetts, with 61 local attorneys, according to data provided to the WBJ Research Department. Mirick ranks just behind the 63 local attorneys at Bowditch & Dewey and ahead of the 46 at Fletcher Tilton. All three law firms are based in Worcester.

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Robert Kilroy, co-managing partner of Mirick O’Connell

Kilroy, an employment litigator and former U.S. Marine Corps officer, has been a member of Mirick O’Connell’s management committee since 2020 and previously served as marketing chair and chair of the legal office’s labor, employment, and employee benefits group. 

“On behalf of the firm, I would like to express our deep appreciation to David for his steadfast leadership and many contributions these past 22 years,” Kilroy said in the press release. ”Mirick is well-positioned to continue building on an impressive legacy to meet the new challenges of a rapidly evolving legal market.”

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Paul Carey, co-managing partner of Mirick O’Connell

Carey, who specializes in creditors' rights, bankruptcy, and business reorganization matters, has been with the firm since 1995. Along with Kilroy, he is a member of the firm’s management committee in addition to acting as partner in the firm’s creditors' rights, bankruptcy, and reorganization group, and he has held the role of hiring partner for the recruiting committee. 

“Our focus remains on serving businesses and individuals in the region, as the firm has for over 100 years,” Carey said in the press release. “I look forward to deepening Mirick’s footprint as we move the firm forward.”

Kilroy and Carey will continue their respective practices as they move into their senior leadership roles. 

In their senior leadership positions, Kilroy and Carey plan to accentuate the importance of strategic growth, responsive client service, cost-effective legal representation, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and commitment to the community.

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