A partner in the Toronto office of Stikeman Elliott LLP, Andrea is responsible for the strategic direction of knowledge management and innovation - leading the firm's KM initiatives and working with practising lawyers and clients on innovative approaches to delivering legal services. As part of her practice, she leads client mandates to collaboratively develop solutions using a blend of legal knowledge, technology expertise, process improvement and project implementation experience. Andrea spearheads pilots of innovative and emerging technologies, leads the selection and implementation of legal technology tools and oversees the development and enhancement of the firm's extensive precedent, legal resources and client facing collections as well as aspects of the firm’s data and information management initiatives.
Renee Branson is the founder and principal of RB Consulting. Combining 20 years in education, counseling, and non-profit management, her passion and purpose is helping people and organizations cultivate resilience. After years of working with survivors of trauma, she now teaches others the skills of resilience for workplace well-being as a Certified Resilience Coach.
Director, Practice Information & Marketing Technology
Kate Cain’s twenty-two-year legal technology career has impacted nearly every aspect of a global, multi-service law firm. Eight years ago, Kate joined Sidley Austin, tasked with building the competitive intelligence, marketing technology and experience management functions. She now leads teams responsible for defining and executing the firm’s relationship and experience management strategies. During her tenure, the firm collaborated with start-up Foundation Software Group to develop what is now the Foundation firm intelligence platform. Kate’s teams have also introduced best-of-breed solutions to support e-marketing campaigns, manage ticket and entertainment assets, track business development pursuits, and more. She now serves as a senior leader within both the Marketing and Knowledge Management departments. Prior to joining Sidley, Kate led process improvement initiatives at Winston & Strawn including the automation of accounts payable processes and the redesign of the document management system including a massive reclassification of all documents. Kate established the firm’s business intelligence function that institutionalized the use of sophisticated analytics to support data-driven decision making at the individual opportunity, practice and firm levels. She helped launch the firm’s formal pricing program to define and execute competitive fee arrangements aligned with clients’ goals. Prior to Winston, Kate spent nearly five years with Kirkland & Ellis, managing transformational technology initiatives that involved global, cross functional technical teams and multi-million dollar budgets. And, her legal technology journey began nearly five years earlier as a technology trainer at a mid-size Chicago firm. In addition, Kate is a long-time volunteer with the International Legal Technology Association, most recently having served six years on the Board of Directors. She is a frequent speaker and author on information and knowledge management and leadership topics.
Tim Corcoran is a former CEO turned management consultant who now guides law firm and law department leaders through the profitable disruption of outdated business models. He’s a regular keynote speaker at partner retreats and legal conferences, a Trustee & Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management, a member of the Legal Marketing Association Hall of Fame and its past president, an author of numerous articles on law firm management, and the author of Corcoran's Business of Law blog.
Kyle is the CFO for Snell & Wilmer and manage the Accounting & Finance department as we seek to deliver new tools and capabilities to stakeholders inside and outside the firm. With accounting specialties related to partnership operations, financial reporting, and tax compliance; Kyle is focused on budgeting, pricing, and profitability business intelligence tools and analytics. Leveraging technology to gain insights within accounting.
Previous to joining Snell & Wilmer, he was a manager in PricewaterhouseCooper's (PwC) national Tax Technology practice. Together they built an application used for tiered-partnership tax compliance in the Asset Management space (private equity, real estate, venture capital, hedge funds), which served a client base of over $600M in revenue. Kyle served as the liaison between the development team and the broader tax practice and managed relationships with more than 3500 internal partners and staff who represented over 500 of the firm’s largest clients.
In July 2016, he was part of a four person team that won PwC's firm-wide Innovation Competition and was awarded funding for prototyping an algorithm that predicts and prevents tax audits and tax controversy.
Kyle is a licensed CPA in Arizona and was recognized in 2012 for being in the top 10 of all Arizona CPA exam scores. He has instructed at PwC's Tax Leadership Conference (TLC), Arizona's Tax Executive Institute (TEI), and PwC's Americas' School of Mines related to multiple areas of accounting and tax law.
In addition to his credentials in accounting, Kyle has an extensive IT consulting background and constantly seeks opportunities to combine his accounting knowledge with IT capabilities to enhance value.
Natasha Edlow is the Director of Strategic Pricing Analytics and Project Management at Covington & Burling LLP, where she champions pricing and profitability best practices in the Corporate, Litigation and Regulatory practice areas. Her expertise includes strategic pricing, legal project management, complex data analytics, financial modeling, expense management and business development.
Natasha has demonstrated success in the legal and financial services, management consulting and pharmaceutical industries. Prior to joining Covington, she served as the Senior Legal Project Manager for Littler Mendelson’s CaseSmart initiative and as Director of Finance for Pharmaceutical Research of Manufacturers of America. Natasha began her career in General Electric’s prestigious Financial Management Program and as a Senior Financial Analyst with Merrill Lynch.
Natasha received her MBA from American Public University and received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in Finance from the University of Memphis.
Director of Pricing & Practice Management Economics
Tom is the CEO/President of Iridium Technology -- the firm that is 100% focused on business intelligence (BI) and financial analytics for law firms. Tom has been focused on business intelligence and profitability for law firms for over 20 years. Prior to starting Iridium Technology, Tom worked for Aderant for 13 years, with most of his tenure as the Product Manager for Aderant's business intelligence offering. Tom is a regular presenter at ILTACON and has been the Chairperson and host for the ARK Profitability and ARK BI conferences for the last three years. He has a B.S. in Computer Science from University of California, Santa Barbara, and was selected as the outstanding Computer Science student in his graduating class.
Robert Kamins has over 20 years of operational and financial experience working with leading law firms. He is a leading strategic thinker and advisor on “the business of law practice” having served as the COO of the ninth largest (by headcount) Am Law 100 firm and the Managing Director of Practice Management for another Am Law 100 A-List firm. In these roles Robert led transformative collaborative projects across finance, operations, information technology, talent development, and knowledge & practice management. In 2018, he founded Vertex Advisors to help firms tackle their largest challenges for present prosperity and future empowerment. Professionally, he is most proud of change created at firms to increase profitability, efficiency, and establish successful cultures surpassing previous expectations or eliminating despair.
Robert is known for his forward-thinking vision and team-first leadership style to empower firms to reach their objectives while tackling their greatest challenges. He continually bridges productive relationships and is inspired to modernize law firms to the standards of the world’s leading organizations and not merely other law firms.
Robert participates in many legal industry professional groups and has been a speaker on subjects including: profitability, partner compensation, strategic business planning, pricing and alternative fee arrangements, law firm economics and business models, and lateral due diligence and mergers and acquisitions.
Prior to involvement with law firms, Robert was an investment banker on Wall Street, a corporate operations manager, and a leader in two legal process outsourcing businesses. He began his working life as an office services messenger in a prominent Detroit Am Law 200 law firm. Robert earned a BA in Social Science/Organizational Behavior from the University of Michigan and JD and MBA degrees from the School of Law and Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.
Courtney M. Landon is the Chief Operating Officer for Lathrop GPM. As an attorney and a certified public accountant, Court brings a unique and innovative perspective to his administrative role within the firm.
Court is responsible for the day-to-day management of the firm’s finances, business operations, administrative personnel, and facilities. He also serves as a business adviser, working with the Managing Partner and the Executive Committee on the development and execution of the firm’s strategic plan. Prior to assuming the role of COO in 2017, Court was legacy firm Lathrop Gage’s Chief Financial Officer. He is based in the firm’s Chicago office.
With nearly 20 years of experience in finance, accounting and law, Court has successfully led financial and operations strategies for multiple professional services companies, including two AmLaw 200 law firms.
Court earned his Juris Doctor from the Chicago Kent School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from Loyola University in Chicago. A Certified Public Accountant, he is actively involved in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois CPA Society, as well as both the Illinois and Chicago Bar Associations. Court serves on the board of the Association of Legal Administrators, Chicago Chapter.
Aileen Leventon is an adviser on value creation, metrics, efficiency, client service delivery and risk management. She is known for supporting those who seek to effect change organically and sustainably at scale.
Leaders across the legal industry rely on Aileen Leventon’s 360-degree view of legal services and client experience to understand how to achieve and implement these goals. Her measurable track record is based on 25 years of experience as a lawyer in private practice, in-house counsel and as a practice group COO as well as many years as a senior advisor and educator.
Aileen develops unique curricula, including blended-learning approaches as well as live training, coaching and hands-on support for lawyers and legal operations professionals by integrating practical business skills with her legal substantive knowledge and operational experience.
Aileen founded QLex Consulting in 2006. She has also served as a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and in the U.S. office of Blaqwell, and Edge International. At PwC, she augmented the benchmarking tools that have set the industry standard. She is co-chair of the Legal Project Management Committee of the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium and a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management.
Keith Maziarek is the Director of Pricing and Legal Project Management at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, where he is responsible for building the firm’s formal pricing and legal project management functions. Prior to Katten, Keith served as Senior Director of Client Value for Perkins Coie LLP, working closely with the client legal operations executives to develop collaboration strategies to improve operational efficiencies. Keith’s career in strategic pricing began at DLA Piper LLP, where he built the firm’s strategic pricing, profitability and legal project management functions as the firm’s first Head of Strategic Pricing. He previously worked in strategic business development, helping establish a deep understanding of clients’ business needs.
Keith frequently speaks at industry events and publishes articles on related topics. He holds an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Illinois-Chicago.
Mark Medice is a Principal at LawVision and leads the Financial Performance and Data Science Practice. He has over 20 years of leadership experience providing and applying data solutions to the most pressing challenges facing law firm leaders. Mark spent over 10 years at Thomson Reuters where he launched and led the Peer Monitor program. During that time, he created the Peer Monitor Index (PMI) which is widely used throughout the legal industry. Immediately prior to LawVision, Mark led new initiatives around analytics and metrics at Intapp. Law firm leaders rely on Mark’s unparalleled experience in financial competitive intelligence and benchmarking, predictive analytics, industry performance, rates, pricing trends and strategy, profitability, and other critical issues facing firms today.
James Perkins Chief Operating Officer, Chief Compliance Officer
Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP
James G. Perkins has for the last 20 years led the firm’s non-legal operations including finance, human resources, administration, marketing and business development, information services and knowledge management.
Jim is a member of the firm’s Management Committee and in 2012 also became the firm’s Chief Compliance Officer (“CCO”) responsible for developing a firm Enterprise Risk Management Program. In his CCO capacity he also serves as Co-Chair, together with the firm’s General Counsel, of Procopio’s Office of Risk Management and Compliance. Jim speaks regularly on law firm management issues and business strategy at conferences and international law firm network meetings. He also consults occasionally as part of the Procopio Business Advisors group.
Audrey Rubin is a recognized leader in operational, financial, and cultural excellence in the workplace. Her firm, Rubin Solutions, advises law firms and departments on profitability, diversity and inclusion, maximizing value and resources through process improvement and practical technology. A successful Chief Operating Officer of law departments and firms, General Counsel, Professor of Law, Vice President of Human Resources, Board Member, and law firm Partner, Rubin understands all facets of today’s business world. Most recently, she was Vice President and C.O.O of the Global Law and Compliance Department of Aon Corporation. In that role, she was responsible for all budget, talent, strategic planning, technology, process improvement, and other business matters. She is also Adjunct Professor of Law at University of Illinois College of Law, teaching The Changing Business of Law. Aon’s law department earned the ACC Value Challenge Award for achievements under her direction. It was also recognized by the Process Excellence Network for law and business process improvement, and received awards from other organizations including Thomson Reuters, Chicago Bar Foundation, National Immigrant Justice Center, and Legal Aid Society for stellar law department pro bono services. Among her many articles and presentations, she was the focus of a cover story in Inside Counsel: “Comrades in Ops,” and featured in Crain’s Chicago Business: “How Lawyers are like Office Supplies.” Rubin was General Counsel and Vice President of Legal and Human Resources for three global companies: Orbitz, Grant Thornton, and Apollo Travel Services. She was C.O.O. of two prominent law firms, as well as a business litigation partner in private practice. She has served as V.P., G.C., Corporate Secretary and Board Member of the international companies Apollo, Galileo, Gemini, Premier Meetings, Apollo de Mexico, and Apollo Nihon. Rubin Chaired the Illinois Task Force on Gender Bias in the Courts. She was appointed to the American Bar Association’s Presidential Task Force on Women in the Profession. Rubin serves on the Task Force on Sustainable Practice of Law and Innovation, preparing recommendations to the Illinois Supreme Court on Rules changes reflecting innovation in the law business. She is Past President of the Yale Club of Chicago, and has served on many not-for-profit boards, including Metropolitan Family Services, the Yale Alumni Association, and the Chicago Bar Association. She is also a highly regarded writer and speaker on diversity, business development, the legal industry, and elevating the value of law firms and law departments. Among other honors, she has received the Early Adopter Award from Illinois Legal Aid Online, and the prestigious “Women of Achievement” award from the Anti-Defamation League. Rubin received her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law, Dean’s List. A Yale National Scholar, she graduated from Yale University with a B.A. cum laude.
Chief Client Experience, Value & Development Officer
Julie Savarino Chief Client Experience, Value & Development Officer
Business Development Inc.
Julie Savarino is an attorney and a non-traditional rainmaker who holds an MBA in finance and marketing. Over thirty years, she has built an international reputation as a results-generating and award-winning expert in client development, service, value, sales, and business development for lawyers, law firms, professional service entities and providers. Her new book published on Amazon, Survive & Thrive Post-Pandemic: A Guidebook for Legal & Professional Services Providers earned #1 New Release status in the Law Office Education category.
Julie has successfully served in-house in business and client development positions for the law firms of both Dickinson Wright and Butzel Long. At Grant Thornton, she served as one of the accounting industry’s first professional business developers. She is a top 100 thought leader on LinkedIn and designed, taught one of the first law school courses on client relations and development, and founded the acclaimed Marketing Partner Forum.
Jeff Schwarz is the CEO and founder of Concata, a consultancy that improves law firm performance and profitability. Jeff is a legal industry veteran with over 25 years of hands-on experience – as a partner at an AmLaw 20 firm, and as CIO and COO at AmLaw 100 firms. This, combined with his background in strategy development, change management, finance, pricing and data analytics, makes Jeff an invaluable advisor to law firm leaders, helping them thrive an increasingly complex and competitive environment.
Jeff builds and implements programs that are both innovative and practical. The hallmark of his approach is strategy in concert with execution. Any effective program must be embraced by the most skeptical leaders, attorneys and staff. Jeff makes that happen with a planned, metrics-driven and consistent methodology that incorporates an insider’s deep understanding of the unique culture of law firms.
Jeff helps his clients think about their work, and their business, differently, which is what drives results. Part analyst, part teacher and part strategist, Jeff is the trusted advisor firm leadership relies on to build profitable, resilient enterprises.
Colleen Scimeca has over 20+ years of experience specializing in the business of practicing law with law firms and corporate law departments. For over 15 years, she worked as a legal management consultant analyzing legal department and law firm spend, strategy, technology and operations. While working at various Big 4 and boutique consulting firms, she worked as a consultant in more than 60 corporate law departments and law firms where she was responsible for the direction of the law firm and department operations, legal spend management, metrics, analytics, competitive law firm engagement, outside counsel management, legal tech selection/implementation/adoption, e-billing, change management, process improvement, training, talent management, legal project management and speaking engagements.
She currently works as a Senior Product Strategist at Thomson Reuters and was brought in to help create the vision for Panoramic, an innovative legal workflow solution for lawyers, as well as the 3E and Enterprise Matter pricing solutions, a pricing and budgeting technology for lawyers. She is an industry thought leader on facilitating lawyer adoption of new legal tech and lawyer change management.
Colleen was a trial lawyer at an insurance defense firm in Chicago. Colleen is based in Chicago.
Timothy (Tim) D. Tyler, serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Husch Blackwell LLP. Husch Blackwell is a firm of 700 attorneys, who are organized into teams with a particular industry focus and work together across multiple practice specialties and 18 locations. Tim is an accomplished administrator with over 30 years of law firm financial and administrative management experience. He is a member of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Tim is a member of the Elite (Legal) CFO Counsel Exchange, where CFOs from AmLaw Top 100 and 200 firms share ideas and exchange information regarding industry trends and department practices.
Tim has a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He began his career in the energy and exploration industry and he later moved into a finance management position with an international agribusiness company.
As the leader who oversees all financial activities at Husch Blackwell, Tim plays a key role in the firm’s growth and success. He is ultimately responsible for the integrity of financial information and systems for the firm and directing the firm’s overall financial policies. He works closely with the Executive Board and all leadership across the firm to maximize opportunities that may influence the firm’s financial performance and achieve its strategic goals.