A tip of the hat to Justin D’Agostino, the Herbert Smith Freehills partner who will be taking over from Mark Rigotti as the firm’s CEO in May.

It has been a meteoric rise - D’Agostino started off as a paralegal at HSF before going to university and then joining as a trainee in 1998. He currently runs the firm’s disputes practice and is HSF's Executive Partner for Asia and the US. Like most CEOs of big international firms he is white, male and British. Unlike most CEOs of big international firms he is also openly gay. 


He’s currently based in Asia and will remain there after his appointment. 

Senior Partner James Palmer said “Justin combines great ambition for the firm with an ability to inspire, as well as successful leadership experience across our regions and markets.”


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Iknowhimfromuni 06 January 20 13:19

The article suggests that he hadn't been to university before becoming a paralegal at HSF.  That's not true - he did an LLB Hons in Scots Law at Aberdeen Uni in 1995.



SecularJurist 17 January 20 22:41

Being based in Asia must be very challenging. Nations in that part of the world are not exactly socially liberal, especially towards LGBT+ people.