Peter v. Z. Cobb, who managed Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, LLP, one of the country’s leading corporate law firms, has been named President of The Legal Aid Society, the nation’s oldest and largest legal services organization for the poor. The announcement was made today by Patricia M. Hynes, Chair of the Society’s Board of Directors.
“I am pleased to welcome a lawyer of Peter’s caliber and experience to The Legal Aid Society,” Ms. Hynes said. “ We have successfully completed the total restructuring of the Society’s finances and put this 128-year-old institution on solid financial footing. Peter is a hands on manager who is the perfect person to lead the Society as we move forward.”
Mr. Cobb served as the co-managing partner of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, for an eight-year period of steady growth in size, profitability and stature. Responding to his appointment as the Legal Aid head, Mr. Cobb said:
“ With the extraordinary help—both financial and professional—of many major law firms, including Fried Frank, the Society completed a complex restructuring which has put the organization on a sound financial footing going forward. As President, my goal will be to build on this successful restructuring and take the Society to new heights as the country’s leading provider of legal services to the poor. I am looking forward to working very closely with Steve Banks, the new Attorney-in-Chief and the Board of Directors, chaired by Patricia Hynes, and a highly skilled, dedicated staff who made many sacrifices to ensure the future of this great institution. I am also very happy about the opportunity to work with our government partners on the City, State and federal level.”
A leading tax lawyer who has served as the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Joint Congressional Committee on Taxation, Mr. Cobb began his legal career at Fried Frank in 1979 upon graduation from Columbia Law School where he received the John Ordronaux Prize as first in his class. He left the firm in 1991 to serve as the principal liaison between tax legislation writing committees of the United States Congress, the Treasury Department and representatives of business and finance and then joined the Joint Congressional Committee.
Mr. Cobb, who serves as Chair of the Diversity Committee at Fried Frank, is a member of The Association of the Bar of the City of New York Committee to Promote Diversity in the Profession. He has been involved with fellowship programs with the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund and the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. He is a member of the Mayor’s Coordinating Committee to End Chronic Homelessness and a member of the Legal Advisory Committee to Sanctuary for Families.
Mr. Cobb plans to retire from Fried Frank as of March 1 and will join the Society at that time.