The Wall Street Journal took note of Betty Temple’s first week as Womble Carlyle’s new Chair and CEO. The paper published this article on its Law Blog, highlighting Temple’s fresh perspective on the legal industry and law firm management. The article also notes the firm’s development of an Innovation Center, which will be focused on exploring and implementing creative business projects.

Temple joined Womble Carlyle shortly after earning her law degree from the University of North Carolina in 1989. A corporate lawyer, Betty supports clients – particularly in the technology and financial services and financial institutions verticals – with mergers and acquisitions, corporate and securities law, and economic development.

Prior to being elected Chair, Temple held several leadership positions within the firm including tenures on the Firm Management Committee, head of the Public Company Advisors Team, Chair of the firm’s Strategic Planning Committee, and most recently, Vice Chair. 

Temple has led Mergers & Acquisitions, Initial Public Offerings and complex securities transactions for some of the firm’s largest public company clients. Temple will continue her legal practice while leading the firm.

Temple plans to apply to the management of Womble Carlyle the skills she honed in the board rooms and executive suites of large-company clients.