March 21, 2011

Francis B. Burch Jr. named chair of Johns Hopkins Medicine

Baltimore trial lawyer and businessman Francis B. Burch Jr. has been elected chairman of the board of Johns Hopkins Medicine, effective July 1. The current chairman of the DLA Piper global board and co-chairman of DLA Piper LLP (U.S.), Burch within the last decade led the transformation of Piper & Marbury, a regional Maryland law firm with 250 lawyers, to DLA Piper, a top-10 global legal practice with 71 offices in 29 countries and more than 3,500 lawyers. Burch has been a member of the Johns Hopkins Medicine board of trustees since its inception in 1996. He succeeds C. Michael Armstrong, who has been chairman since 2005.

Burch also is a trustee of the university and is on the board of overseers of the Carey Business School. He recently served on the search committee that selected university President Ronald J. Daniels. He also has served on the board of the Dome Corp.