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David Rueff
Shareholder and Legal Project Management Officer
Baker Donelson

David A. Rueff Jr. is a shareholder in the Jackson office of Baker Donelson and is also the Firm's Legal Project Management Officer. David has been a practicing lawyer for over 19 years, is PMP certified through PMI and is certified in the Toyota Manufacturing Production System (Lean). He is responsible for strategy development and implementation of pricing, legal project management, process improvement and supporting technologies and manages a team of pricing specialists, legal project managers, attorneys and technologists. David was responsible for the development of the Firm's patent pending legal project management model - BakerManage and the Firm's Lean model - BakerLean. David has conducted in excess of 250 presentations for in-house legal teams and clients and regularly works with Firm lawyers and clients to develop specialized pricing models, budgets and operational improvements using both process and technology.

David also assisted with the launch of the Firm's consulting subsidiary, LegalShift, LLC and serves on the Board of Directors. David provides consulting services for in-house legal departments by applying some of the same innovations he helped develop at Baker Donelson. For example, David worked with an in-house legal department to improve communication within the team, automate performance metrics, improve controls on outside counsel spend and assist the General Counsel with reporting to the executive team.

In recent years, David's practice has been primarily focused HUD Community Development Block Grants where he assists with program development, program documentation, designing compliance requirements and program administration of eligibility, title verification and compliance monitoring. David has supported CDBG programs in Mississippi, New York, Texas, New Jersey and Louisiana. His experience includes the management and oversight of a program legal department for 2 years that included a team of 11 attorneys and 20 paralegals.