2017 RainDance Conference Speakers

(confirmed speakers, more to come)


David Ackert, President

Ackert Inc.

David Ackert has been a client development mentor to lawyers and their firms for over 15 years.  He is the president of The Ackert Advisory, a consulting firm that specializes in driving business results for law firms.  Through his programs his has worked thousands of lawyers, many of whom hail from top 20 global Am Law firms. He is the founder of the Managing Partner Institute, developing more effective law firm leaders worldwide, and the founder of Practice Boomers, winner of the “Your Honor Award” in both the US and Canada for excellence in practice development.

David has written for and contributed to articles in publications including the Los Angeles Times, The National Review, the Daily Journal, the Attorney Journal, the Wall Street Journal, Attorney At Work, The Recorder, Voice America, and the Los Angeles Business Journal. He is a frequent speaker at law firms and trade conferences including ABA, ALA, and numerous national conferences. He is a guest lecturer at USC’s Marshall School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University, and the UCLA School of Law.


Michael Blachly, Director of Marketing & Business Development
Gray Reed & McGraw


Michael Blachly is the Director of Marketing & Business Development for Gray Reed & McGraw, a full-service, Texas based law firm with over 125 attorneys. Michael brings more than 18 years of experience in corporate marketing, business development and corporate communications primarily centered on driving business in the professional services sector.

Michael provides Gray Reed strategic direction on the firm’s business development and marketing initiatives and leads a team responsible for business development, marketing technology, research, process improvement, branding, creative production, public relations and events. 

He currently serves as President of the Legal Marketing Association’s Southwest Region and has held numerous leadership positions within LMA. Michael graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in journalism and from the SMU Cox School of Business’s Graduate Marketing Certificate Program.

Craig Brown, Principal Consultant

LawVision Group LLC


Widely recognized as an authority on building law firm clientele, Craig Brown has worked with law firms for over twenty five years in the areas of business development, training, coaching, strategy, knowledge management and research. As a former practicing lawyer, a large part of his practice is training and coaching lawyers to use their strengths to build relationships that lead to strong books of business.

Craig is a Principal with LawVision, a leading law firm consultancy, and is the co-developer of the Lawyer Behavior ProfileTM used by hundreds of lawyers to identify and apply key business development strengths. He is the founder of Modena Seminars and The Motivera Group and has developed and conducted hundreds of action-oriented seminars and workshops.

Craig is a regular sought after speaker at industry conferences and events and at private law firms on marketing, business development, sales and training. He is a guest lecturer at the University of California, Hastings and at UC Irvine School of Law.


Darryl Cross, MBA, Chief Performance Officer
HighPer Teams


Darryl Cross, Chief Performance Officer and Founder of HighPer Teams, is an internationally renowned advisor, award winning coach, and inspirational speaker on enhancing performance, continuing improvement, and raising the winning percentage of your organization.

His experience does not come from a book—it comes from the field. Darryl has visited thousands of organizations and has spoken to tens of thousands of “rainmakers” from over 100 countries on four continents about competing at the top tier of their respective industries.


Darryl combines his 30 years of experience, researching proven, scientific methods to offer a unique approach to improving performance. He is a certified business coach with the Association for Talent Development, a certified athletic coach with the International Rugby Board, and one of less than 100 Master Fitness Trainers in the world certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

Darryl developed, coached, and trained the largest, full time sales force of lawyers in the world as Vice President of Performance Development & Coaching at LexisNexis. The 1500 lawyers and executives under his instruction generated over $2 billion in annual sales in the legal, corporate, and government sectors in North America, Asia, Australia, and Europe.

Darryl’s also served as the Chief Marketing Officer and member of the Executive Committee of an international law firm where he was awarded the most prestigious national award in legal marketing, the Marketing Partner Forum’s Excellence in Marketing Award, for “Creating a Sales Culture at a Law Firm.” Darryl is currently on the international Board of Directors of the Legal Marketing Association.



Stephen Crossman, Esq., Director of Sales, Western Region
Bloomberg Law

Steve Crossman joined Bloomberg Law in May 2015 as Director of Sales, West Region.
 
Steve is responsible for leading sales efforts to prominent U.S. and global law firms based in the Western half of the United States. Steve sets strategy and leads a team of industry experts tasked with broadening the penetration of Bloomberg BNA’s leading technology and information solutions.
 
Steve brings more than 20 years of experience in sales and business leadership. He has served as a business leader, attorney and entrepreneur with experience in start-ups, privately and publicly held corporations, small and large law firms. His unique blend of perspective as a businessperson, sales person and sales leader has earned him numerous sales and sales leadership awards & accolades. He regularly works with business leaders and legal professionals understanding and advising on how to solve specific business challenges.
 
Steve earned his B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Iowa and his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law.


Silvia Coulter, LSSO Co-Founder, Principal
LawVision Group


Silvia Coulter is a founding Principal of LawVision Group and leads the firm’s Client Development and Strategic Growth Practice. Law firms rely on Silvia’s substantial experience in collaborating with them on their business development and key client retention and growth strategies, client service strategies and process improvement initiatives.

Prior to co-founding LawVision, Silvia chaired the Client Development Practice at Hildebrandt. She is a recognized leader in law firm business development strategy and is a frequent speaker at legal industry conferences, and law firm retreats. Silvia has spent twenty years as a consultant to the industry and has served as chief marketing and business development officer at two Global 50 firms. She is an adjunct faculty member of the Law Firm Management Master’s Degree Program at the George Washington University College of Professional Studies.


John Cunningham, Esq.
Freelance Writer, Editor & Consultant

John is a freelance writer and communications consultant who practiced law for nearly 17 years. During nine of those years, he served as V.P. and General Counsel to a publicly held international company and as General Counsel and Secretary to a Fortune 100 subsidiary.

He also served as a news editor and reporter for Lawyers Weekly publications for more than four years. As a reporter and writer, John has produced articles for more than 20 press publications, covering stories about virtually all legal practice disciplines, as well as the marketing and management of law firms.  As a freelancer, he has also written white papers, newsletters, marketing materials and Web site content for trade associations and professional service firms.

John attended Boston College Law School, where he was a magna cum laude graduate, member of the Order of the Coif, and an editor for the Environmental Affairs Law Review. For a complete profile, including information about his business, click on the “About” tab at: http://johnocunningham.wordpress.com


Beth M. Cuzzone, LSSO Co-founder, Director of Client Services & Business Development
Goulston & Storrs, P.C.


Strategic marketing and business planning are at the core of Beth Marie Cuzzone's role at Goulston & Storrs. As the Director of Client Service and Business Development, Beth leads client development initiatives for firm members, practice areas and industry groups. She manages a wide range of business development activities including in-house sales training such as networking, client service and presentation skills. Beth is also part of a team responsible for overseeing firm branding, external communications, client relationship support and managing the department’s budget. One of Beth’s essential roles is conducting, analyzing and reporting feedback from client interviews, ensuring the firm and its clients remain cohesive.

Beth co-authored the books The Law Firm Associate's Guide to Personal Marketing and Selling and Marketing Success: How Did She Do That? published by the American Bar Association. Additionally, Beth is a contributing author to 51 Practical Ways for Law Firms to Add Value, developed by the Law Firm Value Committee of the Association of Corporate Counsel. As an industry leader in professional services marketing, Beth is a founding member of the Legal Sales and Service Organization. She is also a member and former President of the Legal Marketing Association, New England Chapter.

Beth holds a green belt in Six Sigma business strategy and is a trained facilitator. Prior to joining Goulston & Storrs, Beth served as the Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Hale and Dorr Capital Management, National Marketing Manager for Hale and Dorr LLC and as a consultant at Coulter King O'Neill.



Rick Davis, Senior Director
RMS

For over 25 years, Rick Davis has designed and implemented innovative business development and marketing approaches for leading law firms and other professional services organizations across the globe.

Rick is recognized as a thought leader in corporate growth strategy, introducing leading-edge business development initiatives and winning pursuit team methodologies to the next generation of law firm leaders. He has collaborated with executive teams and partners around the world to help them enhance their competitive strengths and reach their client development goals.

Rick utilizes a relationship-centric model in working with individuals and teams in professional services firms to reach their full potential. His ideology focuses on identifying client relationship imperatives, uncovering client needs, and implementing effective approaches for generating long-term client loyalty.

Before joining RSM and founding his prior firm, Athens Partners, Rick worked for many years with E&Y, one of the world’s largest multinational accounting firms., where he played a key role in leading the culture change that enabled the accounting giant to strengthen client relationships, grow revenues, and gain a significant advantage over the competition.


Eric Fletcher, Chief Business Development & Marketing Officer
Liskow & Lewis

Eric Fletcher is a 30-year veteran of marketing and business development. A former advertising agency partner and professional service consultant, he has spent the last 18 years in legal marketing and business development. Within the marketing profession at large he has been named to the list of "50 Marketing Thought Leaders Over 50" published by Brand Quarterly Magazine, he co-authored the 2013 book "8 Mandates For Social Media Marketing Success," and has written and published the Marketing Brain Fodder blog since 2002. He has directed marketing initiatives and led teams for AmLaw 100, 200 and NLJ 350 firms. Eric is a Member of the Governing Body of the CMO Collective of Texas, and the Thompson Reuters CMO Advisory Board. A 2013 TEDx speaker, he now leads the Marketing and Business Development efforts of Liskow & Lewis, and resides in New Orleans.


Paul Grabowski, Chief Marketing Officer
BRACEWELL LLP

Paul Grabowski has been involved in various facets of business development, marketing, media relations, communications, administration, and operations for over 20 years. In 2012, he was named as one of the “Top 250 Private Company CMOs” by an industry leading executive rankings service. For the past 11 years, his focus has been in the legal and professional consulting arena. In 2015 he co- authored “The ABC’s of Legal Marketing” which is available on Amazon.

Over his career, Paul has been responsible for the creation and implementation of marketing and branding campaigns, media relations, operations and administrative efforts, business development and training programs and the creation of several Internet and intranet projects. His work on behalf of three firms has been recognized within the legal marketing community having received multiple awards from the Legal Marketing Association (LMA), for website design, promotional materials and advertising campaigns. Additionally, his re-branding efforts earned one firm the “Legal Standard of Excellence Award” from the Web Marketing Association of America.

Prior to his work in the legal industry, Paul served as a project manager in corporate communications for Reliant Energy, Inc. Before his to his foray into the Fortune 500 arena, Paul honed his business skills while working for the Chicago Bears and Houston Oilers of the NFL as well as at the NCAA Division I collegiate athletic level and in private sports & entertainment facility management. He currently maintains his license as an attorney in the state of Texas.


Jessica Hoffmann, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer
Strasburger

Jessica Hoffmann is a licensed attorney and serves as the Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Strasburger.  In that role, Jessica is responsible for the business and administrative operations of the firm, including finance, technology, marketing, budgeting, human resources, facilities, recruiting, and professional development.

Jessica has served as Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer since 2008 and, prior to that, oversaw marketing and human resources.  Jessica also worked as an attorney for the firm from 2002-2006, primarily in the professional liability area.


Derek Jones, Founder and CEO
Acuigen

Derek Jones started his career working as a deck officer in the Royal Navy before becoming the Flight Commander of a Lynx helicopter flight onboard frigates. In this role he was dependent upon a constant flow of real time information for planning and undertaking missions, and when this was combined with effective communication, it enabled better decision making and successful outcomes. This is an art which he has carried into his role as founder and CEO of Acuigen, and is the basis of what the company provides today to their clients.  Acuigen support law firms in Asia, Europe and the USA. 
 

Grant Keyes, Competitive Intelligence Manager

Haynes and Boone, LLP


Grant Keyes is the Competitive Intelligence Manager at Haynes and Boone, LLP. Haynes and Boone, LLP is one of the American Lawyer top 100 law firms, with more than 575 lawyers in 15 offices and 40 major legal practices. Mr. Keyes leads a team tasked with developing an ever-increasing volume of high-quality and actionable intelligence products. The Competitive Intelligence team is closely aligned with the firm’s business development and strategic growth initiatives.


Catherine Alman MacDonagh, JD
Consultant, Legal Innovation and Educator


Catherine is a former corporate counsel and law firm executive who now teaches and provides training and consulting services in process improvement and project management, strategic planning, marketing, and business development.
 
A Legal Lean Sigma® Black Belt and a certified Six Sigma Green Belt, Catherine is the CEO and a Founder of the Legal Lean Sigma Institute, which offers consulting and the first and only process improvement and project management certifications, courses, and workshops designed for the legal profession. In addition to creating Legal Lean Sigma®, Catherine invented the Legal WorkOut®, a collaborative method for engaging in process improvement.
 
She has her own consulting, training and coaching practice, FIRM Guidance, and is the Chief Enthusiasm Officer of Mocktails LLC, which offers experiential networking training programs: The Legal Mocktail and The Mocktail.
 
Catherine is an adjunct professor at Suffolk Law School, George Washington University (Master’s in Law Firm Management)  and Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. She is the author of Lean and Six Sigma for Law Firms, a contributing author to The Bigger Picture: Driving Client Value Through Collaboration, The Lawyer’s Guide to Process Improvement, and The Procurement Handbook, and the co-author of The Woman Lawyer's Rainmaking Game with LSSO Co-Founder Silvia L. Coulter and The Law Firm Associate's Guide to Personal Marketing and Selling Skills with LSSO Co-Founder Beth M. Cuzzone.
 
Honors and awards Catherine has received include: elected Fellow, College of Law Practice Management; Boston Business Journal’s 40 Under 40; two years on the prestigious MLF 50 (Marketing the Law Firm Top 50) List; and several Legal Marketing Association Your Honor Awards.
 
Catherine is a founder of both the Legal Sales and Service Organization and the Coalition of Professional Services Providers. She served on the Legal Marketing Association’s International Board, as New England Chapter President for two terms, and on many committee and task forces. She is a member of the Association of Legal Administrators.


Mark Medice, Senior Director, Product Marketing for New Initiatives
Intapp


Mark Medice is responsible for strategic marketing and new program development at Intapp, helping law firms achieve client success through metrics and actions, and exploring innovation in client service. Prior to Intapp, Medice led the Peer Monitor program at Thomson Reuters, consulting with law firm leaders on topics like financial competitive intelligence and benchmarking, industry performance, rates, pricing trends and strategy, profitability, among other metrics. He is a licensed attorney and also worked at Morgan, Lewis and Bockius, IBM, and Procter and Gamble.

Brad Messerich, Regional Sales Manager, Northeast
Thomson Reuters

Brad Messerich has been with Thomson Reuters for 11 years in a variety of sales roles supporting law firms of all sizes, corporate legal departments and government agencies.  In his current role as a Business Development Sales Executive, he consults with legal marketing and business development professionals across the country to integrate Monitor Suite competitive intelligence, Business Development Premier CRM/ERM software, and Thomson Reuters company data into the law firms’ client development strategy.  When Brad isn’t busy visiting with legal professionals, he spends his time having fun with his wife and children at home in Minnesota. 
    


Katherine M. Miletich, Director of Marketing
VedderPrice

Katherine has spent the last 30+ years navigating the evolving marketing trends in professional services industry. She began her career working with consultants, accountants and architects and has spent the last decade in law firms. Her experience spans all B2B marketing in professional services including: strategic and marketing planning, account management, business development, competitive intelligence, contact resource management, events management, and media relations. 

She currently leads the 16-person marketing and business development team at Vedder Price, a 300-lawyer law firm with offices in seven locations. Katherine's responsibilities include managing business development programs focused on organic growth, branding, knowledge management, and process improvement.


Todd Miller, CEO
gwabbit

Serial entrepreneur, responsible for the successful launch of multiple product lines and companies with cumulative revenue in excess of $1B.

Presently CEO and Founder of gwabbit.com, maker of the award-winning series of gwabbit contact capture and cloud products. Declared a “Head-slappingly simple solution to a grating problem” by BusinessWeek, gwabbit has received numerous awards and accolades, including two DEMOgods, winner of the CES Mobile Apps showdown 2010, and Inc Magazine‘s list of top smartphone apps for 2009. gwabbit contact capture solutions have harvested tens of millions of business contacts for enterprise and individuals, amassing one of the world's largest and most accurate contact clouds in the process.

Prior to gwabbit, Miller was CEO and Founder of WebFeat, maker of the highly successful WebFeat federated search engine (successful exit to ProQuest in 2008), as well as President of Knight Ridder SourceOne, a successful turnaround. Early in his career, Miller was responsible for the launch and rapid growth of the hugely successful InfoTrac search system at Ziff Communications’ IAC subsidiary.

Toni Minick, Director of Product Management

LexisNexis

Toni Minick joined LexisNexis in 2005 and currently serves as Director of Product Management for the company’s leading client relationship offering, InterAction. Her background in both product management and software user experiences spans more than 16 years, 13 of which have been focused on legal software solutions. From that knowledge base of customer understanding, Toni is committed to helping users address problems in simple and elegant ways. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from George Fox University.


Steven R. Petrie, Chief Strategy Officer
Faegre Baker Daniels LLP


Steven Petrie manages the strategy and operations department at Faegre Baker Daniels. In this capacity, he oversees the collection, extraction and application of financial data and performance metrics for purposes of business analysis, practice development, creative pricing and strategic planning. Steve holds a Yellow Belt certification in Legal Lean Sigma and provides guidance for the firm's institutional efforts in the areas of legal process improvement and project management. Steve's department is also home to the firm's office administration and compliance support functions.

Prior to his career in law firm management, Steve worked for the strategy and operations practice of a large consulting firm. He is a frequent industry contributor on topics of law firm economics, profitability analysis, alternative pricing and process efficiency.

Steve is a member of LSSO's Board of Advisors. He is a member of the Association of Legal Administrators and the Association of Legal Administrators Minnesota.


Helen Rizzo, Marketing Technology Administrator
Allen Matkins

Helen Rizzo is a Marketing Technology Administrator at Allen Matkins.  She has nearly 30 years of experience in the field of legal technology, particularly enterprise relationship management. Focused on how technology will impact the firm, Helen is adept at utilizing various systems to support and enhance the firm's strategic goals. She is also a life-long Dallas Cowboys fan.

Kacey Rojas, Senior Business Development Manager
Vinson & Elkins LLP

Kacey Rojas is a Senior Business Development Manager at Vinson & Elkins LLP. She has worked in the legal industry for over 10 years both as a legal assistant and in business development. Based in Houston, Kacey supports the business development efforts and initiatives for the largest practice group at V&E. By keeping her focus on the strategic plan of the firm and utilizing competitive research, she is able to arm V&E’s attorneys with the tools needed to expand their book of business. Kacey graduated cum laude from Sam Houston State University with a B.A. in English and Sociology. 


Audrey H. Rubin, Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Global Law
Aon

Audrey H. Rubin is Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Law Department of Aon Corporation, the leading global provider of risk management and human resources consulting and outsourcing. Audrey is responsible for all financial, technology, personnel and other business matters of that department, which has over 250 lawyers worldwide and provides strategic legal counsel to all Aon business lines.

Prior to joining Aon, Audrey was President and Founder of Rubin Solutions, Ltd., advising professional service firms and corporate law departments on finance and operations. Rubin has also been COO for the large Chicago firm Wildman Harrold Allen and Dixon, and the boutique firm Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd. Prior to that, she was General Counsel and Vice President of Legal and Human Resources for three global companies: Orbitz, Grant Thornton, and Apollo Travel Services, and before that a business litigation partner in private practice.

Success as head of operations for a law department and law firms, a General Counsel, Vice President of Human Resources, law firm partner and board member, underscore that Rubin understands all facets of business. She excels in creating practical business efficiencies, assessing budgets and systems, advising on profitable fee arrangements, and developing teams and leaders. The Aon Law Department, largely as a result of her operational management, won the 2016 ACC Value Champions Award.

Rubin teaches “The Business of Law” at the University of Illinois College of Law. She is a highly regarded speaker and columnist. She was the focus of a cover story in Inside Counsel on “How to Cut Legal Spending.” She was also featured in Crain’s Chicago Business, March 2016, in “How lawyers are like office supplies.”

Rubin received her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law where she was on the Dean’s List. She graduated cum laude from Yale University with a B.A. and was a Yale National Scholar. She has received certification as a mediator/arbitrator by DePaul University School of Law. She was certified in Business Finance for Executives at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.


Telisa Webb Schelin, Chief Legal Officer, Executive Vice President and Secretary
TIER REIT, Inc.


Telisa Webb Schelin is our chief legal officer, executive vice president and secretary. Ms. Schelin is responsible for all legal aspects of the company, including corporate governance; public company reporting; securities offerings; mergers and acquisitions; investor relations; lease and contract administration; risk management; labor and employment matters; litigation management; and finance, real estate and commercial business transactions. Ms. Schelin has 15 years of experience in corporate, securities and regulatory matters. In September 2005, she joined the parent company of our former advisor as assistant general counsel and was responsible for securities matters for all of its public companies. In February 2008, she became part of the dedicated management team assembled by our former advisor to focus exclusively on our legal and related matters. From 1998 until 2005, she was in private practice with Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP.

Ms. Schelin is licensed to practice law in Texas and Oklahoma and has a juris doctor with highest honors and a bachelor of arts in political science from the University of Tulsa. In 2010, she was recognized by the Dallas Business Journal as one of its “40 Under Forty,” which recognizes accomplished executives and entrepreneurs under the age of 40, and was named one of the 10 leading “Women of Influence” by Real Estate Forum magazine.

Ms. Schelin is an active member, and was the 2010–2011 chairperson, of Attorneys Serving the Community, a volunteer organization of over 300 Dallas/Fort Worth women attorneys that provide fundraising support for local nonprofit organizations whose programs benefit women, children and families. Ms. Schelin also serves as the chair of the board of directors of AVANCE-Dallas, Inc., a community-based, nonprofit organization that provides family support and education services to at-risk, economically impoverished families.


Adam L. Stock, Chief Marketing and Client Service Officer

Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP

Adam L. Stock is the Chief Marketing and Client Services Officer at Allen Matkins. Adam leads marketing and client development initiatives for firm members as well as practice areas and industry groups. He oversees the firm's branding, external communications and client relationship support.  Prior to joining Allen Matkins, Adam was the Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at Dorsey and Whitney LLP.

Adam brings his passion of marketing and technology to helping law firms doing a better job providing value to their clients. Before joining the legal profession, Adam hired outside law firms as a high technology executive for Adobe Systems, Auctiva Corporation, Electronics for Imaging, Inc., and several start-up companies.

He is frequent speaker on law firm sales, technology and video. Adam has been the Chair of and instrumental in growing the Legal Marketing Technology Conference/West into the premier technology conference for legal marketing. He serves on the board of Legal Marketing Association. He is a Board Member of the Legal Sales and Service Organization (LSSO).


Gabriel H. Teninbaum, Professor of Legal Writing, Director of the Institute on Law Practice Technology & Innovation, Director of the Law Practice Technology Concentration
Suffolk University Law School


Prof. Teninbaum began his legal career by attending law school at night while serving in the U.S. Secret Service. After graduating from Suffolk Law in 2005, he had a two-year stint as a trial attorney at a Boston firm before joining the full-time faculty at Suffolk University Law School in 2007. Since then, he has taught 9 different courses and has more than 20 publications to his name.

Today, he teaches LPS and also leads Suffolk Law's legal technology and innovation work, including directing the Institute on Law Practice Technology and Innovation, and also directing Suffolk Law's academic concentration (akin to an undergraduate major) in legal technology/innovation. He also built SpacedRepetition.com, which is an app that harnesses scientific research to allow law students and bar preppers to learn far more in far less time. He was named one of the 2016 FastCase 50, which honors the law's smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, & leaders. During the 2016-17 academic year, Prof. Teninbaum will be a Visiting Fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School.


Katy von Treskow, Director of Marketing Communications
Winston & Strawn

Katy von Treskow joined Winston & Strawn in 2008 and currently serves as Director of Marketing Communications. In this role, she develops strategic profile raising initiatives for key markets and practices and oversees the firm’s public relations efforts. She is responsible for managing the firm’s ongoing branding and advertising efforts, online marketing initiatives and business development training and coaching programs.

Ms. von Treskow began her career as a technical recruiter at a software company in Austin, Texas. After leaving the start-up environment, she worked in a variety of global marketing and practice development roles at law firms in Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, and New York City. In these roles, Ms. von Treskow managed firmwide marketing, practice development and business development initiatives.

Ms. von Treskow earned her Bachelors of Science, with honors, from Vanderbilt University.

 
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rent Turner, Manager, Peer Monitor
Thomson Reuters

Brent is the Manager of Peer Monitor, the legal industry's digital benchmarking program.  He examines how law firm leaders can leverage Peer Monitor to increase firm profitability through key metrics of law firm financial and operational performance.

In addition to helping firms effectuate positive change through competitive comparisons, Brent has participated as a speaker and featured panelist at many leading industry events across the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia.

Brent joined Peer Monitor in 2011 and previously held positions with Gartner and Wright Medical.

Allen Walker, JD, Executive Vice President, General Counsel
Heritage Health Solutions


Allen Walker has practiced law as in-house counsel for more than 30 years. Prior to joining Heritage, she served in senior level positions with corporate legal departments at Concentra, Inc. and Viant, Inc. Prior to that, she held senior legal counsel positions in telecommunications and retail corporations. A graduate of Texas Christian University and Southern Methodist University Law School, she is a member of the Texas Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the American College of Health Care Executives.


David Wheeler, General Counsel

BBA Aviation's Aftermarket Services

David Wheeler is the General Counsel for BBA Aviation’s Aftermarket Services businesses.  Prior to joining BBA Aviation in 2015, David was with GE Aviation where he was senior M&A counsel and general counsel for several businesses.  Before joining GE, he was a principal at Squire Sanders & Dempsey (now Squire Patton Boggs), where his practice focused on domestic and cross-border M&A, commercial transactions, capital markets and board of directors’ representations.  David graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.S. in Business Administration.  He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. David is also a Certified Public Accountant.  

BBA Aviation plc is a UK-listed, leading global aviation support and aftermarket services provider with market leading businesses and attractive growth opportunities, employing almost 8,000 people worldwide.  BBA Aviation's Signature Flight Support are focused on refueling and ground handling of business aviation aircraft.  Its Aftermarket Services businesses (Dallas Airmotive, H+S Aviation, International Turbine Service, Barrett Turbine Engine Company, International Governor Services and Ontic) are focused on the repair and overhaul of jet engines and the service of aerospace sub-systems and components.  For more information, please visit www.bbaaviation.com.

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