Bruce Lithgow is a Managing Director in our Midwest Partner Practice Group. He focuses on representing individual partners and partner groups in the lateral marketplace as well as law firms engaging in mergers, group acquisitions, and office openings. Bruce's 17 years of combined experience practicing law in Chicago at a boutique firm, a full-service regional firm and a major global law firm provides him with unique market and practical insights that inform the expert advice he provides to law firm partners navigating the lateral partner market and law firms exploring potential mergers and acquisitions. He leverages these insights to connect with law firm partners facing obstacles at their current firm, pinpoint the most significant impediments to success and security, and identify alternative platforms where they can better build their practice, service their clients, and achieve personal and professional satisfaction.
Bruce has an unparalleled command of information and statistics pertaining to lateral partner movement and trends, which he combines with a Moneyball-type approach to identifying and evaluating creative solutions for both partners and law firms. In his years at Major, Lindsey & Africa, Bruce has successfully employed his unique style to act as a trusted advisor and to place scores of lateral partners into positions that work better for them, their clients and their practices. He also has become a valued expert on strategic growth strategies and goals for a number of top firms. Bruce regularly meets with law firm leaders and management as their go-to resource for the latest information, trends and recruiting expertise, resulting in numerous successful exclusive and retained searches.
Bruce lives in the Chicago suburb of Clarendon Hills with his wife, Beth, a partner in the Chicago office of a major global law firm, and their three children. In his spare time, Bruce enjoys sports and other activities with his family, poker, traveling, reading, culinary adventures, and actively participating in community and alumni affairs.
Over the course of his 17-year career practicing law, Bruce was a partner at both Baker & McKenzie and Bell, Boyd & Lloyd (now K&L Gates) and an associate at Sperling & Slater, a litigation boutique. He was actively involved in recruiting at both Baker & McKenzie and Bell, Boyd, serving as the lead on-campus recruiter at the University of Chicago and as an active Recruiting Committee member for many years.
During his years at Major, Lindsey & Africa, Bruce has worked on multiple office openings and mergers and made significant placements – including large groups – at numerous firms, including Sidley Austin, Paul Hastings, Jones Day, Winston & Strawn, Mayer Brown, Greenberg Traurig, Perkins Coie, McGuireWoods, Duane Morris, Akerman, Kelley Drye, Honigman, Faegre Baker Daniels, Fox Rothschild, Seyfarth Shaw, Vedder Price, Quarles & Brady, Barnes & Thornburg and many others.
University of Chicago AlumniU Career Colloquiums: Alternative Careers in Law Panelist, April 2017
University of Chicago Law School, Chicago Regional Alumni Committee Panelist: Next Steps in Your Legal Career, April 2016
University of Chicago Law School: J.D.
Merit Scholarship for Academic Achievement
Utah State University: B.S., Business Management and Liberal Arts, summa cum laude
College of Business Scholar of the Year, 1990-1991
Clarendon Hills Park District, Board President
University of Chicago Alumni Law Society, President
University of Chicago Law School - Chicago Regional Alumni Committee