Miles & Stockbridge, a Baltimore-based law firm employing 200 lawyers, announced internal changes yesterday that it said will yield a more "business-oriented" organization.
Chief among the moves is the promotion of Joseph S. Welty, managing principal of the firm's Frederick office, to the position of president and managing principal of the entire firm.
Mr. Welty will handle day-to-day management.
James R. Eyler will remain in charge of the firm as chairman of its board and chairman of its executive committee.
Mr. Eyler also will oversee long-term planning and policy.
Mr. Welty, who has been in private practice for more than 20 years, joined Miles & Stockbridge in 1987, when the firm of Rosenstock, Burgee & Welty P.A. merged with the Baltimore firm.
Mr. Welty is also a member of Miles & Stockbridge's board of directors.
Mr. Eyler said the change is intended to provide Miles & Stockbridge with a "more efficient, business-oriented management and structure."
"Joe Welty is well-suited to lead the process," he said.
The firm, which like other firms is negotiating a slow economy and shrinking corporate legal budgets, also plans to organize its lawyers into small units focused on particular types of clients or legal expertise.
Miles & Stockbridge's specialties include health care, alternative dispute resolution, government relations and municipal law.
Miles & Stockbridge has about 200 lawyers in eight offices in Maryland, Virginia and Washington.