New Editors Named to Lead ALM’s Corporate Counsel and The American Lawyer Magazines

One month after it laid off the top editors of The American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel magazines, ALM has named new editors to take the helms of those publications.

Heather Nevitt, who has been editor-in-chief of ALM’s Texas Lawyer since 2013, has been named executive editor of Corporate Counsel and Inside Counsel. Gina Passarella, who was most recently senior editor, business of law, in ALM’s Global Newsroom, has been named executive editor of The American Lawyer.

Nevitt, who will also remain editor of Texas Lawyer, is a former practicing lawyer who joined ALM in 2005 as acquisitions book editor for Texas Lawyer. In 2010, she became regional book editor overseeing book acquisitions in Texas, Georgia and Florida. After becoming Texas Lawyer’s editor-in-chief in 2013, she oversaw its 2015 transition from weekly newspaper to daily digital publication and monthly magazine.

Passarella joined ALM’s Pennsylvania newspaper, The Legal Intelligencer, in 2005, where she covered the business of law, focusing on trends and issues impacting the state’s largest law firms. In June 2016, she moved into the role of senior editor, business of law, in ALM’s Global Newsroom, where she helped lead nationwide reporting on law firm operations and competition.

Both Nevitt and Passarella are winners of Jesse H. Neal awards for excellence in business journalism. Nevitt and her team at Texas Lawyer won for best single issue and best theme issue of a paper or magazine. Passarella won for a series on the changing business models of law firms post-recession. Passarella also won two Emmy awards for her work doing feature reports with the American Law Journal.

Early last month, ALM laid off several of its top editors, including the editors of The American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel.

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