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meckler_bruce_017-Vert-201611041830 Bruce R. Meckler

Bruce R. Meckler, a vice-chair of the commercial litigation department at Cozen O’Connor, died Thursday after privately battling a terminal illness for several months.

Meckler, 61, was a member of Cozen O’Connor’s board of directors and management committee. He was a founder and co-chairman of Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson, a Chicago firm that combined with Cozen O’Connor last year. He was also the chair of Legal Fee Solutions, a litigation and legal services consulting firm that became a subsidiary of Cozen O’Connor.

Long-time colleagues described Meckler as having “a tremendous amount of positive energy” and a “larger-than-life” personality. He continued his leadership of the Meckler Bulger attorneys at Cozen O’Connor, where he was one of the office managing partners in Chicago.

Meckler Bulger, founded in 1994 with 16 lawyers, had 70 attorneys when the combination took place, and 60 of them continued on with Cozen O’Connor. Joseph E. Tilson, who worked for 34 years with Meckler, said Meckler Bulger’s growth would not have been possible without Meckler.

“Bruce always displayed an incredible amount of enthusiasm for the work and the firm, which was contagious,” Tilson said. “As a result, he was a great recruiter of talent, and successfully persuaded a lot of heavy hitters to join us over the years.”

Mari Henry Leigh, a member in Cozen O’Connor’s Chicago office and also a longtime colleague of Meckler, said Meckler pushed those who worked with him to pursue innovative and creative ideas. Leigh and Meckler started Legal Fee Solutions together as a practice group, and later transformed it into its own consulting firm. Leigh said Meckler was a “pioneer” who was willing to take on the challenge of looking into attorney fees when others were not. Among other services, Legal Fee Solutions assesses the reasonableness of legal fees and expenses, identifies opportunities for recouping overspend and designs strategies to control cost moving forward.

“Bruce was a visionary and knew when to take another good idea and go with it,” Leigh said. “His best trait was making other people make it happen.”

Tilson said Meckler had a “classic half-full attitude.” He often served as a mentor and teacher to younger lawyers, and earned the respect of opposing counsel and judges, Tilson said.

Michael J. Heller, president and CEO of Cozen O’Connor, said he is “devastated” to lose a partner who also became a close friend in a short amount of time.

“Bruce was a phenomenal leader and together with Joe Tilson really built a terrific firm,” Heller said. “Over the past year he spent most of his time helping not only with the integration of his lawyers into Cozen, but continuing to build his practice on a national basis.”

Chicago legal recruiter Kay Hoppe said Meckler Bulger was seen as a great asset to Cozen O’Connor in the Chicago market. Its reputation seemed to follow the group of lawyers when they joined the larger firm, she said.

“They did on a small platform what many law firms aspire to do with a much bigger platform, and they did it well,” she said. “A boutique like that makes a big difference in terms of how a branch office is perceived.”

In September, Meckler was named by the National Association of Legal Fee Analysis as the most experienced attorney fee expert for the second year in a row. His practice included high-profile, complex litigation in a number of areas.

He was also appointed to the Judicial Inquiry Board for the state of Illinois and previously served on the Illinois Supreme Court’s Standing Committee of Professional Responsibility. Meckler started his legal career as a prosecutor in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Contact Lizzy McLellan at lmclellan@alm.com. On Twitter: @LizzyMcLellTLI

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