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LeClairRyan Attorney Completes Appalachian Trail ‘Thru-Hike’


Bruce Matson, a partner at the national law firm LeClairRyan, recently summited Mount Katahdin in Maine, which marked the successful completion of his “thru-hike” of the 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail.

The 61-year-old Matson left Springer Mountain, Georgia on February 25 and hiked north, hoping to complete a dream he first had in high school, 44 years ago.

“It is a remarkable achievement,” firm co-founder Gary LeClair said. “Bruce has accomplished so much in his law career, and now seeing him successfully tackle such a demanding physical and mental personal challenge has inspired so many of us to find and tackle our own personal challenges.”

Carrying a 35-pound backpack, Matson endured an unusually cold March that featured two blizzards in the south as well as an unusually warm summer in New England. He lost 47 pounds during the six-month trek – a trip that the Appalachian Trail Conservancy says only one in every four hikers complete.

“I thought it would be the hardest thing I’d ever done – it was,” Matson said. “It was even harder than I imagined, but well worth the journey.”

Matson used the hike as an opportunity to raise a record amount of more than $200,000 for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, with widespread support from LeClairRyan attorneys and other employees. More about Matson’s adventure and information about his fundraiser is available at

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