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Dynamic Leadership, Rapid Growth, and Increased Profitability in a Post-Pandemic Era: Insights on Navigating Digital Transformation in the Modern Law Firm

Tuesday, August 1, 2023 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT  
Host: ALA Legal Marketplace
By: Ari Kaplan, Legal Industry Analyst, Ari Kaplan Advisors; Ron Avenida, Chief Operating Officer, Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell; Kara Brostron, CLM, Director of Operations, Lashly & Baer, P.C.; and Cheryl Coutchie, Chief Operating Officer, Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC &

With the legal field at a watershed moment, law firm leaders can reimagine law firm management and influence a new era of success. Affinity Consulting Group, iManage, and SurePoint Technologies engaged Ari Kaplan Advisors to talk to law firm leaders and get their perspectives on the most promising areas for growth, best practices for change management, and how firms can continue to thrive in an uncertain economic climate. In this webinar, Ari Kaplan will be joined by several law firm leaders to discuss some of the most interesting findings from the report and to share their perspectives on how they see law firms driving change in today’s environment.


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Ari Kaplan
Ari Kaplan

Legal Industry Analyst, Ari Kaplan Advisors

Ari Kaplan, an attorney and legal industry analyst, is an inaugural Fastcase 50 honoree, a fellow of the College of Law Practice Management, and a finalist for ILTA’s Thought Leader of the Year award. He is the author of Reinventing Professional Services: Building Your Business in the Digital Marketplace (Wiley, 2011) and The Opportunity Maker: Strategies for Inspiring Your Legal Career Through Creative Networking and Business Development (West Academic, 2nd Ed. 2016).

Ron  Avenida
Ron Avenida

Chief Operating Officer, Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell

Ron Avenida is the Chief Operating Officer for Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell and has nearly two decades of experience leading midsize and Am Law 100 firms, where he has achieved exceptional results in promoting culture, leveraging technology, enhancing recruiting, and increasing profitability. In addition to previously serving as a co-founder and COO of a Silicon Valley startup, Ron is a founding board member of the Western Legal Leadership Council and a member of the Association of Legal Administrators. He serves on the Saint Mary’s College Graduate Business Alumni Council and the Cal Poly Center for Leadership – Alumni Mentoring Program.

Kara Brostron, CLM
Kara Brostron, CLM

Director of Operations, Lashly & Baer, P.C.

Kara M. Brostron, CLM is the Director of Operations at Lashly & Baer, P.C., where she is responsible for human resources, benefits, insurance, continuing education, recruiting, training, information technology, marketing, and facilities. In 2019, she earned the “Certificate of Excellence” for craftsmanship in the design and production of engraved products by the International Engraved Graphic Association for her work on the firm’s annual holiday card, and in 2020, she was honored as both a Legal Unsung Hero by Missouri Lawyers Weekly and as a Best Boss by Small Business Monthly – St. Louis. Her foresight in implementing a paperless office and Remote Desktop System was invaluable to Lashly & Baer, its employees, and its clients, in creating the ability to work from any location. Kara is an active member of the Association of Legal Administrators – Gateway Chapter and is currently the Co-Chairperson of its Communications/Website and Comp and Benefits Teams. She also serves as the Chairperson of the Product and Service Review Committee for the Association of Legal Administrators.

Cheryl Coutchie
Cheryl Coutchie

Chief Operating Officer, Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC &

Cheryl Coutchie is the Chief Operating Officer of Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC, where she is responsible for planning, organizing, directing, and controlling the day-to-day operations at the firm. Coutchie has nearly 30 years of experience in the legal industry, previously serving in the roles of Director of Human Resources and Director of Pricing & Process Improvement for a large Michigan law firm.


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  • iManage
  • SurePoint Technologies

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