It is the strategic growth he led and the leadership skills he honed while serving for over two decades as chairman of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP that form the foundation of Bruce McLean's consulting practice. A Global 50 firm, Akin Gump grew significantly in profitability and size under McLean's helmsmanship. Moreover, Akin Gump achieved that impressive growth during a period that included both challenging financial crises as well as strong economic cycles. Bruce's tenure included equally significant qualitative achievements; for example, under his leadership Akin Gump was named more than once as an AmLaw A-List firm and as a finalist for the coveted American Lawyer Litigation Department of the Year award.

Widely recognized by those in the vanguard of market leadership, Bruce knows first-hand the challenges of charting a course, building consensus, sustaining focus, and responding innovatively and deftly to the often-unpredictable challenges that separate market-leading firms from the chasing pack. His strengths in growth planning, both domestically and internationally, at the firm-wide, sector, geographic, and practice levels, as well as in a host of management and governance issues, including succession planning, compensation systems, pricing and staffing models, diversity, talent development, recruiting, and combination integration, make Bruce a trusted advisor to law firm leaders. Moreover, clients appreciate that his consulting practice is informed by having been a successful litigator before assuming the chairmanship of Akin Gump, as well as by having been a client of the very services he provides.

For law firms seeking to increase client and market share, either through strategic business planning or combinations; to align compensation with firm culture and strategy to improve financial performance and, in the process, to attract the best talent; and to deploy the important practice-management, pricing, and service-delivery changes that informed decision makers expect, Bruce McLean has led by example.

In addition to his law firm experience, Bruce has been involved actively in both professional and community service initiatives. He has been a member and past president of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law Board of Visitors for 25 years. In addition, he has been a member of the Georgetown University Law Center Board of Visitors since 2003, receiving its inaugural Dean's Award for Distinguished Service in 2007. He also chaired for two years the annual Lawyers Have Heart Race in Washington, DC, which raised funds for the American Heart Association; served on the Executive Committee of the Federal City Council; and serves on the Corporate Board of the Kennedy Center.

Bruce is a frequent speaker on topics related to law firm management and growth, and has spoken and written in recent years on the issue of law firm diversity.

Zeughauser Group is the firm of choice for legal industry leaders seeking to increase competitive advantage and profitability, enhance market position, and strengthen organizational culture.

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