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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP says the firm's partners have elected Kim Koopersmith to serve as chairwoman, effective April 1, 2013.

Koopersmith succeeds Bruce McLean, who will step down from the role following a 20-year tenure. He will remain with the firm as senior executive partner.

In addition to her extensive experience as a litigation partner, Koopersmith brings to the position years of experience as a mentor and leader. She currently serves as the firm's U.S. managing partner.




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