Latham & Watkins’s global chair and managing partner William Voge has resigned from the law firm and retired after voluntarily disclosing “the exchange of communications of a sexual nature with a woman whom he has never met in person and who had no connection to the firm,” the firm said in a statement.

The law firm also said that Voge “engaged in subsequent conduct relating to this matter that, while not unlawful, the executive committee concluded was not befitting the leader of the firm.”

In accepting Voge’s resignation, the firm determined “that these lapses in personal judgment made continued service as chair untenable.”

Law360 was the first news outlet to report on Voge’s Tuesday resignation, which came as a national reckoning on sexual misconduct has been underway.

Latham & Watkins was founded in Los Angeles in 1934, but has grown into a global legal powerhouse, last year earning more than $3 billion in revenue, the first law firm to do so, according to the American Lawyer publication.

Voge, who was based in London, is a graduate of California State University, Fresno and received law and business degrees from University of California, Berkeley.

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