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47 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
Stacey Brown Randall | How to Generate Referrals Without Asking
Stacey Brown Randall is the Founder of the Brown Randall Group, where she helps business owners generate referrals without asking. As a self-proclaimed Referral Ninja Master, Stacey brings her decades of experience in talent management, marketing, and strategy to teach clients her 5-step formula for gaining referrals in a way that honors and fosters relationships. Before starting her company, Stacey was an Adjunct Professor at Queens University of Charlotte and Chief Talent Officer at HF Financial, among many other executive roles. Stacey is the author of the award-winning book Generating Business Referrals Without Asking and has been recognized in Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, and Business Daily. In this episode… Do you struggle with feeling bothersome or needy when attempting to get referrals? Have you considered throwing that marketing strategy out the window? You won’t worry anymore after meeting Stacey Brown Randall. Stacey Brown Randall was working in a corporate job when she decided to leave it all when she discovered the magic of referrals. She now teaches business owners and sales professionals the secrets to generating referrals without even asking, and she’s here to tell you all about it. In this episode of The Lawyer’s Edge, Elise Holtzman has a conversation with the Founder of the Brown Randall Group, Stacey Brown Randall, about the world of referrals. They discuss why referrals matter, steps of the referral process, consistency and growth in marketing, and so much more. Stay tuned!
45 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
Chelsea Bonini | A Corporate Lawyer’s Passionate Advocacy for Disability Inclusion
Chelsea Bonini is the Chief Legal Officer for the Conscious Inclusion Company, a woman-owned, minority-operated business dedicated to helping organizations do well from a business perspective while encouraging equality in the workplace. Chelsea founded her law firm, Kiski Law, in 2010 and serves as the CEO. She is also the Chief Legal Officer at Freeman Means Business. Chelsea was recently elected to the San Mateo County Board of Education in California and serves on the county's Commission on Disabilities. Chelsea Co-founded a nonprofit in 2017 called Not Without Us, which is dedicated to increasing awareness of ableism and to inspiring community action to ensure that all persons with disabilities have equitable and inclusionary opportunities for success in life. In this episode… Diversity, equity, and inclusion should be at the forefront of any workplace’s values. However, many legal practices put DEI at the back of their minds, especially when it comes to upper management. How can law firms increase awareness about DEI and create change for the better? Chelsea Bonini can tell you how. Chelsea Bonini advocates for education, housing, mental health awareness, disability rights, and inclusive communities. She has spent her vast career working as a Chief Legal Officer and lawyer at companies dedicated to inclusion and giving people with disabilities equal opportunities. She’s here to talk about improving DEI awareness and give you tips on how you can rid your unconscious bias. In this episode of The Lawyer’s Edge, Elise Holtzman talks with Chief Legal Officer at Conscious Inclusion Company, Chelsea Bonini, all about diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. They discuss the importance of understanding DEI and ableism, our collective unconscious bias, how law firms can make a difference, and much more. Stay tuned!
47 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
Smart Collaboration | How Law Firms Can Increase Revenues, Grow Client Loyalty, and Improve Diversity
Dr. Heidi Gardner is the Co-founder of Gardner & Co, a research and advisory firm that helps clients across professional services, industry, government, and nonprofit drive change through smarter collaboration. In addition to this, Dr. Gardner is a Distinguished Fellow at Harvard Law School and a Faculty Chair of the school’s Accelerated Leadership Program and Sector Leadership Masterclass. She was previously a professor of Organizational Behavior and the Assistant Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. Dr. Gardner is also the author of multiple books and academic articles, including the best-seller, Smart Collaboration. She has worked on four continents and has served as a Fullbright Fellow, the Engagement Manager for McKinsey & Company, and more. In this episode… How can lawyers improve their collaboration skills, especially when working in different sectors of law? And, what are the benefits of working more collaboratively in 2021 and beyond? Ask Dr. Heidi Gardner, a renowned expert on smart collaboration. Dr. Heidi Gardner has spent years researching smart collaboration and how it relates to lawyers. She discovered that by collaborating more intentionally and deliberately, lawyers and law firms can reap a number of rewards — from financial to cultural. With her advisory firm Gardner & Co, Dr. Gardner helps firms achieve success through smart collaboration, and now she’s here to share her tips with you. On this jam-packed episode of The Lawyer’s Edge, Elise Holtzman sits down with Dr. Heidi Gardner, the Co-founder of Gardner & Co, to talk about everything you need to know about smart collaboration. They discuss Dr. Gardner’s tips for building an inclusive workplace culture, why firms should implement industry groups, and how to utilize smart collaboration to drive change and achieve success today. Stay tuned!
39 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
The Women's Advocate | How to Stand Up for Yourself at Work
Sarah Nichols is the Founder and Managing Attorney at Nichols Law, P.C. Sarah has over 20 years of experience in HR and employment law and provides effective legal representation to employers and employees alike. Before founding her own firm, Sarah worked at Ogletree Deakins as an Employment Attorney. Sarah has held many positions in the legal field at firms such as Littler Mendelson P.C., Fisher & Phillips, LLP, and Morrison & Foerster LLP. She has also worked as a Lecturer of Law at UC Berkeley and an Adjunct Fellow at the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law. Sarah is a skilled public speaker, author, coach, and the host of her own podcast, The Women’s Advocate. In this episode… The topics of sexism and workplace discrimination are never easy to bring up. If you’re a member of the legal industry, you may have experienced it firsthand — or seen it happen to female colleagues. While it’s easy to feel as though you have no voice, Sarah Nichols is here to change all that. As a seasoned attorney and the founder of her own employment firm, Sarah helps both employers and employees with cases of wrongful termination, discrimination, and more. She’s a strong advocate for women’s rights and is passionate about helping women navigate complex and frustrating workplace challenges. So, what is Sarah’s advice to women looking to gain confidence and become better advocates for themselves at work? On this episode of The Lawyer’s Edge, Elise Holtzman sits down with Sarah Nichols, the Founder and Managing Attorney at Nichols Law, P.C., to talk about her strategies for becoming a stronger advocate for yourself in the workplace. Together, they discuss common challenges women face at work, how to effectively negotiate your salary, and why employers need to invest in diverse teams. You won’t want to miss this episode!
47 minutes | May 25, 2021
Vishal Agnihotri | Information Overload: How Law Firms of Every Size Can Wade Through an Ocean of Data
Vishal Agnihotri is the Chief Knowledge Officer at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, a national law firm with over 400 lawyers. Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP delivers a sophisticated legal practice with emphasis in litigation, consumer financial services, environmental law, and much more. As the CKO, Vishal oversees the firm’s knowledge management, legal product management, and research services. Before joining Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, Vishal held a variety of executive leadership positions, including Chief Knowledge Officer at Akerman LLP and Associate Director of Global Knowledge at KPMG. She has also served as an Advisory Board Member for Rutgers Business School and Bloomberg BNA. In this episode… Why does knowledge management matter in the legal industry? How can legal professionals effectively navigate the spread and growth of technology in 2021 and beyond? As Vishal Agnihotri says, it’s all about wielding the right information at the right time. As a Chief Knowledge Officer in the legal field, Vishal has seen technology grow exponentially in the past two decades. She explains that information is power — as long as you know how to wade through the excess to find the right data. Now, she’s here to share her expertise on knowledge management and explain how you can leverage the information explosion happening at this very moment. On this exciting episode of The Lawyer’s Edge, Elise Holtzman talks with Vishal Agnihotri, the Chief Knowledge Officer at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, about how to navigate the spread of technology and information overload in the legal field. They discuss why knowledge management is essential for lawyers, how to adapt to ever-evolving technology, and her tips for leveraging data to gain a competitive advantage in your field. Stay tuned!
45 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
Mary Abbajay | Managing Up: How to Succeed with Any Type of Boss
Mary Abbajay is the President of Careerstone Group, LLC, a full-service organizational and leadership development consultancy that delivers leading-edge talent development solutions to business and government. Mary has over 20 years of leadership experience and is a frequent contributor to print, radio, and television publications such as Forbes, The New York Times, and the BBC. In addition to this, Mary currently serves on the Greater Washington Market President’s Board of BB&T Bank and is a past Chairman of the Board for Leadership Greater Washington. She is also the author of the best-selling book, Managing Up: How to Move Up, Win at Work, and Succeed with Any Type of Boss. In this episode… Do you get along with your boss? If not, how much do these workplace relationships impact your career trajectory? And, what are some strategies to start improving your communication with your managers—especially if you’re working remotely? While there’s no blueprint for workplace relationships, getting along with a boss may be more important for your career than you think. With over 20 years of leadership experience, Mary Abbajay is an expert in all things managing up. As she says, the people above us have a huge amount of influence over our workplace opportunities and success. Today, Mary’s here to outline everything you need to know to have a better relationship with your boss and start managing your way up in your organization. On this episode of The Lawyer’s Edge, Elise Holtzman talks with Mary Abbajay, the President of Careerstone Group, LLC and author of the best-selling book, Managing Up: How to Move Up, Win at Work, and Succeed with Any Type of Boss. Mary discusses the concept of managing up and shares her tips for dealing with difficult bosses, avoiding toxic workplaces, and communicating effectively while working remotely. Stay tuned!
39 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
Kate Mortensen | Taking Action Today: A Chief Legal Officer Finds Her Path While Trekking Through South America
Kate Mortensen is the Chief Legal Officer at Xact Data Discovery (XDD), a leading international provider of eDiscovery, data management, and managed review services for law firms and corporations. In this role, Kate is responsible for leading corporate strategic and tactical legal initiatives, managing outside counsel, and offering support across all business units. Kate is also the Assistant Director for the Phoenix chapter of Women in eDiscovery, a nonprofit organization that facilitates advancement, change, and leadership for women professionals in the legal and technology industries. Before this, Kate held executive roles at various other law firms and corporations and ran a travel blog while traversing through South America with her husband. In this episode… Are you looking to make a change in your career? Have you wanted to explore an executive role, but don’t know how to pivot out of your current position? Do you want to be more intentional with your personal and professional goals? Kate Mortensen did, and now she is the Chief Legal Officer at Xact Data Discovery. Kate was a litigation lawyer for 12 years before realizing she needed a change. Having both an MBA and JD, she decided to switch gears and take on more business-related roles at various corporations—but she still wasn’t sure exactly which path to take in her career. Then, in 2015, Kate and her husband dropped everything and trekked across South America for over a year. Kate returned to the States with a renewed spirit, professional clarity, and a fresh set of career goals. On this episode of The Lawyer’s Edge podcast, host Elise Holtzman talks with Kate Mortensen, the Chief Legal Officer at Xact Data Discovery. Kate discusses her journey from litigation lawyer to business executive, the life lessons she learned from her trek across South America, and her tips for succeeding in an executive role. She also shares everything you need to know about eDiscovery in the legal industry. Stay tuned.
38 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
Michael Swanson | Law Firm Finance 101: Essential, Practical Tips for Stability and Success
Michael Swanson is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors at Advocate Capital, Inc., a litigation finance firm that provides funding to law firms, lawyers, and plaintiffs for legal disputes. Michael’s daily role covers a wide variety of responsibilities, including client relations, strategic planning, marketing, and public relations. Before joining Advocate Capital, Inc., Michael was the President of Wellgen Standard LLC, a private equity firm, and the Vice President and General Manager of Champion America, Inc. Michael is the author of How David Beats Goliath: Access to Capital for Contingent-Fee Law Firms, and he also hosts the How David Beats Goliath Podcast. In this episode… Where do you turn when you don’t feel confident about the finances of your business? Is there a way to gain capital outside of your firm? Most importantly: what do you need to know in order to stop stressing about your finances in 2021? As the Chief Executive Officer of Advocate Capital, Inc., Michael Swanson knows that lawyers often struggle with financial and business issues. That’s why he decided to help lawyers manage their financials so they can get the best possible results for their clients and their businesses. With his expertise and insights, you can be more confident about your finances—without having to become an accounting expert. On this episode of The Lawyer’s Edge podcast, host Elise Holtzman sits down with Michael Swanson, the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors at Advocate Capital, Inc., to discuss everything lawyers need to know about loans, capital, and finances in 2021. Michael outlines common mistakes lawyers make when dealing with finances, his tips for applying for a loan, and the importance of increasing your net worth outside your law firm. Stay tuned.
39 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
Shawn Swearingen | Elevating Innovation: The People and Processes Driving Success for Modern Law Firms
Shawn Swearingen is the Chief Innovation Officer at Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, a top 50 law firm with locations across the US, the UK, and China. In this role, Shawn collaborates with the executive and operations leadership teams to create a culture of innovation and design. Shawn has an ITIL Foundation Certification and a white belt in Legal Lean Sigma, and in 2011 she was awarded the Minnesota Lawyer Unsung Legal Hero award. Shawn previously held the position of Senior Director of Technology at Faegre Drinker. With a focus on e-discovery and research, she led teams responsible for intranet, document automation, project management, legal process improvement, and more. In this episode… Is there a tried-and-true way to build personal connections between practice groups at your law firm? How can design thinking improve the way you approach and understand your clients’ needs? And, what does a Chief Innovation Officer do for a firm? Discover the answers to all of these questions and more on this episode of The Lawyer’s Edge podcast with guest Shawn Swearingen! Shawn is an expert at building stronger relationships—both between teams and between lawyers and their clients. As the Chief Innovation Officer at Faegre Drinker, she has implemented a variety of innovative systems and processes to improve her firm’s workplace culture and drive it’s success. As she says, it’s all about communication, collaboration, and working toward the same big picture goals. Shawn Swearingen, the Chief Innovation Officer at Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, joins Elise Holtzman in this episode of The Lawyer’s Edge to discuss her strategies for creating a culture of innovation at your law firm. Shawn talks about the importance of maintaining a communal workplace culture, how to shift your focus to design thinking, and why lawyers should put trust in their operational leadership teams. Stay tuned for more!
45 minutes | Feb 18, 2021
Kelly Purcaro | The Evolution of a Rainmaker: From Community College Student to Passionate Advocate for Justice
Kelly Purcaro is a practicing attorney and Partner at A.Y. Strauss, a law firm based in New York and New Jersey. She is Co-chair of the Litigation Group, specializing in complex and commercial litigation across the United States, as well as the Chair of the Class Action practice group. Kelly has over a decade of experience as a skilled trial lawyer and dynamic litigator, representing both individual and institutional clients on matters including consumer fraud, breach of contract, commercial disputes, and more. Before pursuing law, Kelly earned a Master of Social Work at Rutgers University and served as the Director of Government Relations for a non-profit. In addition to her current role at A.Y. Strauss, she also works as a pro bono attorney for victims of domestic violence, serving trial counsel through Alternatives to Domestic Violence (ADV) in New Jersey. In this episode… Is there a set path to becoming a lawyer? How do you choose your niche in the field? And, is defense work really the dark side of practicing law? When Kelly Purcaro first began her path to becoming a lawyer, she had a degree in social work and a dream. Now, after years of hard work and a wide variety of side jobs, Kelly is a Partner at A.Y. Strauss, where she specializes in complex civil and commercial litigation. For Kelly, there was no set path to practicing law, and even now she tries to trust her gut when it comes to the evolution of her career. So, what is Kelly’s advice to new or practicing lawyers looking for their niche in the legal field? On this episode of The Lawyer’s Edge podcast, Elise Holtzman talks with Kelly Purcaro, Partner at A.Y. Strauss, about her unique path to becoming a Rainmaker for her firm. Kelly discusses her experience as both a plaintiff and defense attorney, how being a woman shaped her career, and why giving back is a vital aspect of her role as Rainmaker. Tune in for all this and much more!
47 minutes | Feb 2, 2021
Uri Gutfreund | An Insider's View: What's Really Top-of-Mind for Managing Partners
Uri Gutfreund is the Founder and Moderator of The Managing Partner RoundTable™, a proactive forum where law firm leaders can share their best practices and seek advice from their peers. This unique program has quickly become a leading venue for thought leaders in the legal industry and is the largest regional peer-to-peer professional development group. Uri is a frequent speaker at legal industry conferences and Bar Association events and writes on law firm leadership, business practices, and risk management. Uri is the National Law Firm Practice Leader at Risk Strategies, a top 15 National Insurance Brokerage. At Risk Strategies, Uri is responsible for the development and execution of insurance and risk management services for the company’s law firm clients. In this episode… How open are you with other lawyers in your field? Do you like to share your insights with your peers, or would you rather keep things close to your chest? When Uri Gutfreund first started The Managing Partner RoundTable™, he was faced with this obstacle: will industry leaders be willing to share their strengths? What about their failures? After some strategizing, he discovered that when the members of a group aren’t in direct competition with one another, the answer is yes—and then some. So, what are the benefits of opening up to your peers, and how can you start making more valuable connections in 2021? Join Elise Holtzman in this episode of The Lawyer’s Edge as she sits down with Uri Gutfreund, the National Law Firm Practice Leader for Risk Strategies and the Founder and Moderator of The Managing Partner RoundTable™. Together, they talk about what inspired Uri to create The Managing Partner RoundTable, the insight he’s gleaned from his conversations with managing partners, and the trends he foresees in the legal industry for 2021. Stay tuned for more!
41 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
John Mitchell | Building Resilience: How Leaders Can Thrive in the Face of Adversity
John Mitchell is a lawyer, leader, and the Owner of KM Advisors and Quandary Consulting. John is also a Member of the Core Faculty for the Fellows Program at the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity and an Advisory Board Member and Co-Creator of the CBA Leadership Institute for the Chicago Bar Association. Known as “The Purple Coach,” John specializes in helping lawyers and unsung leaders discover and maximize their leadership potential to continuously develop themselves in pursuit of changing the world. In addition to helping individuals, John also works with organizations to create and maintain a culture that attracts and retains the best talent in the industry. In this episode… What does resilience look like to you? Is it the ability to roll with the punches? To keep your head above water? To persevere no matter what? More importantly, how are you and your team staying resilient in the face of the current social, medical, and global crises? For most people, the answer is pretty simply: resilience is the ability to bounce back. But, John Mitchell’s take goes a bit deeper. John explains that resilience is the ability to move forward and end up in a better place after your setback. He’s focused on helping his clients not just overcome the challenges of the past year, but become better leaders because of them. How can you apply this definition of resilience to your team, so you can grow stronger in the new year? In this episode of The Lawyer’s Edge, Elise Holtzman sits down with John Mitchell, a lawyer, leader, and the Owner of KM Advisors and Quandary Consulting, to talk about building resilience in the face of adversity. John discusses the successes and failures he’s seen in the leadership response to COVID-19, the various ways technology can help—and harm—company culture, and the importance of taking care of your mental health. Keep listening for more of John’s winning leadership strategies!
46 minutes | Jan 19, 2021
Mark Goldstein | A Mental Health Breakdown in BigLaw: How One Lawyer Survived and Now Helps Others Thrive
Mark Goldstein is a Partner at Reed Smith’s New York Labor & Employment Group, where he helps companies in New York and around the world manage their workplace needs. Mark defends employers in a wide range of employment litigation matters and advises clients on a variety of day-to-day and big-picture workplace issues, including policy development, risk assessment, and litigation avoidance. Mark is also a passionate mental health and wellness advocate, particularly in the legal profession. He has written for numerous legal publications, speaks at conferences and Bar Association events, and was recently selected as a member of ALM Media/Law.com’s Mental Health Advisory Board. In this episode… When you’re feeling physically ill, do you call out of work for the day? What about when you’re not feeling well mentally? Do you still reach out to your firm when you need to take time off to work on your mental health? In the legal industry, and within BigLaw in particular, there is often a badge of honor for working yourself to the bone. Lawyers are lauded for lack of sleep, long hours, and neglected vacation time. But, this type of work environment is a recipe for burnout—and a serious detriment to your mental health. Mark Goldstein, Partner at Reed Smith, says that while physical ailments and mental health issues may appear different, both should be handled with respect in the workplace. In this episode of The Lawyer’s Edge, Elise Holtzman sits down with Mark Goldstein, Partner at Reed Smith’s Labor & Employment Group, to talk about mental health in the legal industry. They discuss Mark’s experience diagnosing, treating, and maintaining his mental health, the advocacy work he’s done in the years since his diagnosis, and how being open about his health has opened doors for him in his career. Plus, Mark shares some practical tips on how you can address your mental health in the workplace.
48 minutes | Jan 12, 2021
Jeffrey Stern | Lateral Success: The Importance of Due Diligence and Relationship Building
Jeffrey Stern is the Co-Chair of Structured Finance Practice at Winston & Strawn LLP, an international law firm with over 900 attorneys in financial hubs around the world. Jeffrey has more than 25 years of experience in structured finance and derivatives, focusing on bespoke transactions and esoteric assets. Jeffrey is a regular writer and speaker on topics related to structured finance and previously served as the Chair of the Structured Finance Committee of the New York City Bar Association. Before entering law, Jeffrey performed as a jazz pianist, studied the Old Testament in Jerusalem, and worked in a commercial bakery. In this episode… How did you enter the legal industry? Did you always know you wanted to practice law? Or, did you pivot from a previous career? We all know that there are many different paths to becoming a lawyer. But, what is not as often discussed are the advantages of working in a different sector before going to law school or joining a practice. Jeffrey Stern lived multiple lives before becoming a practicing attorney—from studying the Old Testament in Jerusalem to working in a commercial bakery for a year. According to him, this unique background not only gave him invaluable life experience, but it also helped him grow and succeed in his law practice. Join Elise Holtzman in this episode of The Lawyer’s Edge as she talks to Jeffrey Stern, the Co-Chair of Structured Finance Practice at Winston & Strawn LLP, about his path—and ultimate success—in law. They discuss lateral hiring, Jeffrey’s strategies for success in business development, and the due diligence necessary for maintaining healthy and successful relationships with your clients and colleagues. Stay tuned!
45 minutes | Jan 5, 2021
Jennifer Rosa | Navigating Cancer and Finding Balance in BigLaw
Jennifer Rosa is a Partner in the New York office of Mayer Brown’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice. Her practice focuses primarily on the banking and financial services sector where she represents financial institutions in complex commercial and securities litigation in federal and state courts. Jennifer’s experience also includes representing clients in government agency proceedings and internal investigations. Jennifer is an active participant in Mayer Brown’s Women’s Forum, hiring committee, and mentoring and training programs. She is also one of the leaders of the New York office’s wellness initiatives and a board member of the Fordham Law Alumni Association. In this episode… It’s a new year, which usually means one thing: resolutions. Now is the time to think about the things we’d like to change, the habits we’d like to make and break, and the ways we can continue evolving for the better—both personally and professionally. For those of us in demanding careers like law, these resolutions usually center around how we can improve our work practices. But, what about our health? According to Jennifer Rosa, one of the best ways to be a better lawyer in the new year is to prioritize your mental and physical health and wellness. In this episode of The Lawyer’s Edge, Elise Holtzman sits down with Jennifer Rosa, Partner at Mayer Brown’s New York office, to talk about an important trend in the legal industry: health and wellness. Together, they discuss Jennifer’s journey prioritizing her health after a cancer diagnosis, the changes she’s made in her professional and personal life since then, and the key to developing new habits—and making them stick. Keep listening for more!
44 minutes | Dec 29, 2020
Lori Marks-Esterman | Ask and You Shall Receive: A Proactive Approach to Leadership
Lori Marks-Esterman is a commercial litigator and the Chair of the Litigation Practice Group at Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP. Lori has more than 20 years of expertise in litigating complex commercial disputes and has substantial trial experience in New York’s commercial divisions and the Delaware Chancery Court. She represents a wide range of clients, including hedge funds and private equity companies, shareholder activists, and real estate developers. Her practice emphasizes corporate governance disputes, mergers and acquisitions litigation, director and officer liability, and more. Lori is a Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society. She was named in Notable Women in Law by Crain’s New York Business, and frequently appears in the New York Super Lawyers list. In this episode… How do you move up the leadership ladder at your firm? Do you jump at any opportunity presented to you at the drop of a hat? Or do you hang back and wait until someone approaches you personally with an offer? According to Lori Marks-Esterman, Chair of the Litigation Practice Group at Olshan Frome Wolosky, you’re doing your career—and yourself—a disservice if you’re doing the latter. In her 20 years as a seasoned trial attorney, she has progressed from Litigator to Partner, and she did this successfully despite being in contradiction to senior professionals. What made her so successful in navigating her way through a cut-throat business and profession? In this episode of The Lawyer’s Edge, Elise Holtzman interviews Lori Marks-Esterman, Chair of Litigation Practice Group at Olshan Frome Wolosky, about her strategies for progressing to a leadership role at her firm—and how you can do the same in yours. Lori also discusses whether women approach leadership differently, the biggest and most common obstacles between you and career advancement, and why she believes it’s okay to ask questions as long as you come prepared before you approach anyone with them.
42 minutes | Dec 22, 2020
Andrea Markstrom | The Changing Role of a Law Firm CIO – It’s “Not Just About the Gadgets”
Andrea Markstrom is the CIO at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, a law firm with over 600 attorneys located in the Midwest. As CIO, Andrea is responsible for leading firm-wide technology and security initiatives across all tax practices and geographies. She has more than 25 years of technology leadership experience, including 15 years in the legal industry. Before entering the legal space, Andrea spent 13 years leading technology departments for the Target Corporation. A recognized leader in her field, Andrea was awarded the NYC CIO of the Year Award from the CIO Inspire Leadership Organization in 2019. She is also the Founder and CEO of i.WILL (Inspiring Women Igniting Leadership & Learning), a professional women’s networking organization focused on mentoring, advancing and supporting women in their careers. In this episode… How did your firm handle the onslaught of COVID-19? More likely than not, there was a bit of scrambling. But, after the initial shock of what was going on, was your practice able to take on the challenges presented by the pandemic—and turn those obstacles into opportunities? CIO Andrea Markstrom was quick to find the silver linings and organizational opportunities in 2020. As a renowned technology leader, she is no stranger to innovation, and her responses to the changes at her firm were no different. So, what are Andrea’s expert strategies for implementing a bit of fun, unity, and authenticity during a crisis? In today’s episode of The Lawyer’s Edge, Elise Holtzman sits down with Andrea Markstrom, the CIO of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, to talk about how her firm was able to adjust—and improve—as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Together, they discuss the changing role of a CIO, the importance of knowledge management and knowledge sharing systems, and the challenges Andrea has faced as a woman in her career—and how she’s working to empower others. Stay tuned!
35 minutes | Dec 15, 2020
Ben Lieber | Building a Virtual Law Firm a Decade Before the Pandemic: Insights on Navigating the “New Normal”
Ben Lieber is the Founder and Managing Partner of Potomac Law Group, an all-remote national law firm with an innovative approach to law firm management and technology. Ben has wide-ranging experience in both business and law, having practiced as a Strategy Consultant at McKinsey & Company, a Tax Attorney at Covington & Burling, and General Counsel of several private companies before founding Potomac Law Group in 2011. Ben received his bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Cornell University and his J.D. from Georgetown University, where he was a member of the Georgetown Law Journal. In this episode… With the pandemic forcing many industries to change the way they work, the legal industry has had to scramble to find ways to continue providing clients with quality service and representation from their own homes. For many law firms, learning how to operate in a virtual world has been a new and challenging obstacle in 2020. However, this isn’t all that new for some: Ben Lieber created a firm with a virtual model before COVID-19 ever happened—10 years before, to be exact. So, what is Ben’s advice to law firm leaders and attorneys who are currently faced with the challenge of transitioning to remote work? Elise Holtzman is joined by Ben Lieber, the Founder and Managing Partner of Potomac Law Group, in this episode of The Lawyer’s Edge. Together, they discuss the legal industry’s current transition to remote work and what inspired Ben to shift to a virtual workplace almost 10 years ago. Ben also talks about the role technology has played in his law firm’s success and the lessons he has learned along the way. Keep listening!
33 minutes | Dec 8, 2020
Anushree Bagrodia | Being Intentional About Career Development, from India to the UK to the USA
Anushree Bagrodia is a Vice President for Mastercard and the Lead Lawyer for Mastercard’s Legal Transformation department. She leads a global cross-functional team to identify and implement contract processes, technology, system efficiency, and transformation. Anushree has held several roles for Mastercard between New York and London and has also worked in mergers and acquisitions and commercial transactions at Sidley Austin’s London office. In addition to her work as Vice President, Anushree has volunteered her time as Chair of the Mastercard UK Women Leadership Network. She is currently an active member of the Asian American Bar Association of New York and sits on the Finance Committee of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). In this episode… How did you decide on your career path? Did you seek out advice from a trusted mentor? Maybe you knew someone who was also a lawyer and felt an attraction to the field? Or, did you simply say “yes” to every opportunity that presented itself to you? Anushree Bagrodia has traveled far and wide throughout her career, handling different roles at each turn. Her work has taken her from India to London, and then to New York—and while she admits that there was a fair bit of risk-taking involved in her decision-making, she also believes that there was another element at play each time she met a fork in the road: intention. Listen to this episode of The Lawyer’s Edge as Elise Holtzman is joined by Anushree Bagrodia, Vice President and Lead of Legal Transformation at Mastercard, to talk about making deliberate moves for your career. They discuss Anushree’s role at Mastercard, how she ended up where she is today, and the mentor who helped her along the way. Plus, they chat about current legal industry trends and Anushree’s curse of knowledge. Stay tuned.
42 minutes | Nov 30, 2020
Caroline Berdzik | What it Takes to Build a Book of Business Not Once, But Twice
Caroline Berdzik is a Partner at Goldberg Segalla, where she also serves as the Chair of the firm’s Employment and Labor and Health Care Groups, the Chair of the Women’s Initiative, and a member of the management committee. She represents companies in diverse industries like healthcare, transportation, and insurance, as well as nonprofit organizations and educational and religious institutions. Before joining Goldberg Segalla, Caroline was the Assistant General Counsel for New Jersey’s largest privately-held long-term-care company. Based in Princeton and active throughout New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and more, Caroline has received local and nationwide recognition for her work. She was named one of the “Best 50 Women in Business” by NJBIZ and a “Top Women in Law” by the New Jersey Law Journal, among many other awards. In this episode… It can be a struggle to get your firm on board with investing in business development efforts. Many lawyers think the practice is unnecessary and don’t believe they have the time or energy outside of their client work. What’s more, if you are able to convince your firm to take the plunge, the work is typically restricted to one or two higher-level individuals, leaving other attorneys in the shadows. Caroline Berdzik thinks that business development is not only a necessary practice for your firm, but that it should be a team effort that spans every level of your organization. According to Caroline, crafting a strategy around this approach will help you better develop your clients and arm your practice with highly skilled individuals who will only have more to offer over time. So, what are her best practices for implementing intentional and successful business development efforts today? Join Elise Holtzman in this episode of The Lawyer’s Edge as she sits down with Caroline Berdzik, Partner at Goldberg Segalla. Together, they discuss the importance of business development and the different strategies for successfully developing your client roster. Caroline also talks about the differences in business development between men and women, the upcoming changes in the legal industry, and how you, too, can become a Rainmaker. Keep listening!
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