Bruce Lithgow Managing Director

Bruce Lithgow

Having practiced for 17 years at three very different Chicago firms—a litigation boutique, a midsized regional firm, and a global giant—I experienced what it is like to move from one firm to another and understand what it is like to practice at each type of platform. This experience gives me a unique perspective that I couple with my deep market knowledge to give partners a complete assessment of the market and provide them with expert advice tailored to their individual practice and needs.

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 his expert advice to law firm partners navigating the lateral partner market and law firms exploring potential mergers and acquisitions. He leverages his unique 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 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 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 Commissioner

University of Chicago Alumni Law Society, Board Member

University of Chicago Law School - Chicago Regional Alumni Committee, Member