Bruce M. Soares

Managing Partner

Managing Partner of Black McCuskey, Bruce has over 40 years of legal experience in handling complex, multi-faceted commercial and corporate transactional matters for Fortune 500 companies, commercial real estate development companies, health care facilities, energy-related businesses and financial institutions. He regularly negotiates contracts for business development and expansion projects involving land acquisition, lending, tax abatements and incentives, zoning variances, construction oversight and outsourcing of equipment and services throughout the United States. Bruce has successfully negotiated lease agreements in most major international markets. Private equity investors, closely-held businesses and entrepreneurs counsel with Bruce to evaluate the risks and strategies associated with asset and stock acquisitions, and contract development for all phases of residential and commercial real estate projects.

A member of the Stark County and Ohio State Bar Associations, Bruce has been admitted to practice in both the State of Ohio and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Bruce has also been invited to become a Fellow of the Ohio State Bar Foundation, Class of 1998. He is recognized by his peers as one of the preeminent lawyers in his field, having received an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell* and for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for 2023.  In addition, he has been recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyer for 2019 to 2022. 

An active volunteer in the community, Bruce currently serves as a board member of the Stark Development Board, the Jackson Township Student Loan Association, and the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce.  He is a past board member of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Canton, Inc.


Ohio Bar, 1980

Massachusetts, 1984

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1981



J.D., Case Western Reserve University, Order of the Coif, 1980

B.A., Providence College, Summa Cum Laude, 1977


Legal Certifications

AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyer for 2023

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2008 to 2021

Mergers & Acquisitions

Named Best Lawyers® 2023 Akron/Canton Lawyer of the Year in Mergers & Acquisitions Law

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