June 26, 2024

Schenck, Price, Smith & King LLP Announces New Managing Partner

~ John E. Ursin Named Managing Partner of Florham Park Based Law Firm ~

Florham Park, NJ - Schenck, Price, Smith & King LLP named John E. Ursin as its new Managing Partner, effective Monday, June 17, 2024.

For more than 30 years, Ursin has utilized his extensive expertise in a wide range of legal specialties to provide valuable and efficient representation as general counsel to closely held companies, private equity, syndicated real estate entities, family offices, insurance companies, government entities and non-profit organizations.  His clients include real estate developers, health care providers and senior living facilities, manufacturers, material suppliers, sports-related businesses and insurance companies.

Ursin commented “I am extremely honored to have the confidence of my partners to lead the firm forward.  SPSK is a special law firm.  It is well known that it is one of the oldest law firms and it appears prominently on the list of the largest law firms in New Jersey.  However, it is the firm’s culture that sets it apart.  It is simply a great place to practice law.  While providing the highest level of professional legal services, the firm has maintained its civility, democratic structure and focus on service to the community.  It is a true meritocracy.  I arrived as a lateral 12 years ago and was given the opportunity to grow my practice.  My hard work was recognized and resulted in this great honor.”

Ursin is only the firm’s fourth managing partner in the last 40 years.  He added, ”it is an exciting time at SPSK.  The transition has been seamless allowing us to focus on strategic planning.  New Jersey will always be our base and focus, but we are planning to expand our footprint in New York City and downstate New York as well as further into South Jersey.  Our ever-increasing expertise and sophistication allows us to provide services to our clients both in our area as well as nationally and internationally through our strategic alliances.”

Ursin indicates that he will be very busy in the new role, especially as the firm is actively recruiting a significant number of new attorneys at all levels.  He notes that when attorneys hear about SPSK’s structure and culture they are very enthusiastic about joining the firm.  However, he was clear that his service to his clients will remain the first priority.  He joked that he may have to sleep a little less but pointed out that “30 years ago, I clerked for Judge Ronald B. Graves, who taught me the value of hard work in the pursuit of justice and in providing services to clients.  Since then, almost all of the challenges in my professional life have been met and solved with simply working harder.  I will work tirelessly in service to the firm in its next phase of growth.  I see a very bright future for SPSK.”  

Gary Werner served as the firm’s managing partner for the last 8 years and will continue to be involved in planning and recruiting.  Gary commented on the transition "with 112 years of continuity, Schenck Price is once again transitioning to a new leadership team.  The recent addition of experienced lawyers into several of the firm’s practice areas as well as the completion of IT upgrades and the renovation of our main office in Florham Park have positioned Schenck Price for the future.  That future is enhanced by the firm’s transition to a new management team headed up by Managing Partner John Ursin.  John’s commitment to our firm and his vision for growth assure Schenck Price’s continued success in providing exceptional legal services to our clients.  Our Firm’s future has never been brighter."