Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has elected Kim Koopersmith to serve as chairperson of the firm, effective April 1, 2013.
She succeeds Bruce McLean, who will step down from the role following a 20-year tenure, remaining with the firm as senior executive partner.
In addition to her extensive experience as a litigation partner, Koopersmith brings to the position years as a mentor and leader who has pioneered initiatives that have enhanced diversity, attracted and retained top-drawer talent.
Koopersmith presently serves as the firm’s US managing partner. In September of 2012, she was selected by Law360 as one of its “Innovative Managing Partners.” In 2011 she was a recipient of InsideCounsel magazine’s Thomas A. Mars Pathmaker Award, presented annually to a law firm leader whose “courage, unyielding vision, integrity, conviction and authenticity has carved a groundbreaking path and laid a new foundation to accelerate the economic empowerment of attorneys of color or women.”