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Kim Koopersmith elected as chair of Akin Gump

Will be the first woman to hold the position at the international law firm

18 October 2012

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By Manju Manglani, Editor (@ManjuManglani)

Kim Koopersmith has been elected by Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld’s partnership as their next chair.

She will succeed R. Bruce McLean, who will step down from the position at the end of March 2013 following a 20-year tenure. McLean will remain with the firm as senior executive partner.

Koopersmith, who currently serves as the international law firm’s US managing partner, will become the first woman to hold the position of chair at Akin Gump.

She will play a leading role in the continued development of its global strategy, including guiding the firm’s overall growth.

During McLean’s tenure as chair, Akin Gump experienced a significant period of growth that saw the firm expand from a regional firm with two offices outside Texas to a global firm with 17 offices worldwide.

“It is exciting to have the opportunity to partner with my colleagues from across the firm to build on these outstanding achievements,” said Koopersmith.

Added McLean: “Kim’s dedication and commitment as a lawyer, mentor and leader have been instrumental in helping Akin Gump become the firm it is today. She understands the essential qualities that make a law firm successful and the importance of ensuring that all have the opportunity to contribute towards that success.”

In her role as US managing partner, Koopersmith has overseen the operations of Akin Gump, including financial oversight, client service, recruitment and professional development. She has also chaired the firm’s partner compensation committee and the partnership admissions committee.

Koopersmith has also helped to pioneer many of Akin Gump’s efforts to enhance diversity. She has overseen the creation of the women’s professional development initiative and reduced workload policy. She has also been instrumental in the firm’s diversity efforts, including participating in numerous scholarships.

Outside of the firm, Koopersmith serves on the board of Equal Justice Works, which works to facilitate opportunities and financial support for law students and law school graduates who seek to pursue a career in public service.

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