Judy Hissong, CLM, PCC, is the President of Nesso Strategies and Founder of Legal Leadership Institute. Nesso is the Italian word for connection, and connecting strategies is Hissong's passion. Her financial background pairs with her athletic mindset and her Executive Coach training as she partners with law firm professionals for strategic planning, leadership development, executive coaching, team-building and training in conflict and communication skills. She has more than a decade of law firm leadership experience, giving her an insider's understanding of the complexities of the business of law.


John Jakovenko, CLM, MBA, is the Firm Administrator at Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP. His career spans two decades and includes leadership roles in human resource departments in law firms in Los Angeles and Atlanta. He is also an adjunct professor at Kennesaw State University, teaching courses on human resources.


Richard J. Nigon, CLM CPA, is the CFO of Robins Kaplan LLP in Minneapolis. He has more than 30 years of law firm finance experience and is a frequent presenter at ALA conferences and chapter meetings. A former ALA President, Nigon is the 2009 recipient of the prestigious “The Spirit of ALA” award. In 2012 he was named as a Fellow in the College of Law Practice Management and in 2014 he was named as “CFO of the Year” by the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal.


Lisa Waligorski, CLM, is the Executive Director at Newmeyer & Dillion, LLP. She started her career in a legal assistant/paralegal role, and the past 20 years have been spent as either an Executive Director or Director of Finance/Controller. Waligorski has been a speaker on both law firm accounting and human resources topics. She has also been an ALA e-learning Law Firm Accounting and Financial Information and Analysis instructor for the past three years. Most recently, she was the Finance Instructor at the Law Firm Management Essentials Conference and presented "It's No Fun if you Can't Negotiate" at the HR Conference.