Gwen Mellor focuses her consulting practice on partner-level leadership and talent development.  With a special focus on increasing the performance and effectiveness of practice group and other law firm leaders, she has designed and developed a range of successful leadership development programs in large professional services firms.  A certified executive and leadership coach, Gwen has significant experience in conducting individual partner assessments, upward reviews, and in one-on-one coaching engagements.

Gwen has also worked with client law firms on diversity and inclusion efforts, and partner succession and retirement planning.  She frequently partners with her Zeughauser Group colleagues on clients’ firmwide strategic planning.

Immediately prior to joining the Zeughauser Group, Gwen was the Managing Principal of the Podesta Group, the largest independently-owned global public affairs firm in Washington, DC.  In her role as Managing Principal, she built and managed the legal, human resources, and business development teams.  She also served as a strategic counselor to the Chief Executive Officer, a role in which she advised on corporate development, business planning, and competitive strategy.

Before Gwen transitioned into management, she was both a partner at Hogan Lovells in Washington, DC, and a principal government relations and public affairs professional, where her legislative practice focused primarily on the banking and financial services sector.  Her clients included multi-national companies, sovereign governments, emerging companies and self-regulated organizations.  Gwen has also managed several high-profile national campaigns and worked at multiple national political conventions.

While in law school at the University of Houston Law Center, Gwen worked for several years at the Harris County District Attorney’s office.  She is a member of the Texas and District of Columbia bars.  Originally from Wilmington, Delaware, Gwen graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Dickinson College.  She also earned her Master of Business Administration from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, with a focus on management and leadership development.  


Gwen Mellor

t: 202.905.5130
Washington, DC US