EPP-Headers-SpeakersSpeaker Services


The Speaker Services program will be your way to have top-rated ALA speakers present at your next event. You will be able to sort through the topics and descriptions and ALA will pair up your selection with one of its contracted expert speakers. 

Get the full advantages of working with our professional development staff as they help simplify the process so your event is a success and you find the perfect speaker for your audience.

Event Planning Plus Speakers 2019

Program Benefits: 

  • Access to highly rated ALA speakers (see Speaker Database)
  • ALA handles the hiring and contract negotiations with fees to fit every budget
  • New speakers added throughout the year
  • You can browse legal management competency-based agendas to choose a topic to meet your specific needs (see Sample Content Agendas for more info)
  • Education for firmwide retreats or chapter meetings
  • Full-day, half-day, hour-long sessions tailored to your needs

Speakers

  • Charlie Bernier
    Charlie Bernier
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    Charlie Bernier started his career practicing insurance defense. Recognized in Silicon Valley as a national thought leader in the Cyber Insurance field,  he regularly speaks at conferences all over the country. Charlie is one of the largest cyber insurance brokers (by volume) in the country, and has worked with carriers to create cyber  policies for some of the largest professional liability insurers in the world. His unique insight into the insurance agency makes him one of the only true cyber insurance experts in his field.

  • Kristen Brown
    Kristen Brown
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    Kristen Brown inspires busy professionals to minimize stress, leverage goals and boost performance to drive personal and bottom-line growth. She's a speaker, widowed mom and bestselling author who shares her Happy Hour Effect message with people-driven teams. She has a master's in integral theory (the art/science of perspective) and a holistic coaching certificate. She has shared her expertise on stage and screen, including "Live with Kelly," government, law firms and corporate teams.

  • Judge Mary A. Celeste
    Judge Mary A. Celeste
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    Judge Mary A. Celeste (ret.) is a national expert, speaker and consultant on the topic of marijuana including marijuana in the workplace. She is a law school Professor teaching Marijuana and the Law; a Judicial Advisory Board member for FAAR; and, Faculty for the NADCP and NJC. She has also served in a leadership capacity in the ABA, AJA and NHTSA. She has written articles and has presented to dozens of state and national organizations and associations to excellent reviews. She is accredited for CEUs; CLEs and CMUs.

  • Michael-S-Cohen-JD
    Michael S. Cohen, JD
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    Michael S. Cohen, JD, is a Partner at Duane Morris LLP in the firm's Employment Services Practice Group, where he concentrates his practice in the areas of employment law training and counseling. A highly rated ALA speaker, he has trained and counseled employees throughout the country on employment subjects including harassment prevention, diversity, discipline, hiring, firing, recruiting, performance evaluations and compliance.
  • Sherry Cushman
    Sherry Cushman
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    Sherry Cushman is Executive Managing Director and Leader of Cushman & Wakefield's Legal Sector Advisory Group (LSAG), where she has spent more than 31 years advising legal sector tenants. With more than 300 advisers globally, she coordinates LSAG's initiatives and national benchmarking, and serves as a thought leader and strategist. Her focus is on implementing real estate solutions that integrate firms' business, financial and operational goals, focusing on improving profitability and strategy development.

  • Elizabeth-Danziger
    Elizabeth Danziger
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    Elizabeth Danziger is the President of Worktalk Communications Consulting, which was founded in 1987. Through its training and coaching programs, Worktalk enables people to overcome the costs of poor communication and achieve success through better writing. Danziger has trained businesspeople throughout the United States and has worked with executives from many major corporations. She has authored four books, the most recent of which is Get to the Point!, which was originally published by Random House. Danziger has done training for many law firms, including Nixon Peabody, Sullivan & Cromwell and McGuireWoods.
  • Ross Fishman
    Ross Fishman
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    Of Counsel magazine wrote “Many people consider Ross Fishman to be the nation’s foremost expert on legal marketing.” A former litigator, marketing director, and marketing partner, he has trained over 10,000 lawyers in leading-edge marketing techniques. A Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management, Ross was the first marketer inducted into the LMA’s “Hall of Fame.” He has presented 300 entertaining and educational marketing and/or Ethics CLE programs across 48 states and six continents, averaging 4.75/5.0 with tough lawyer audiences.
  • Debbie-Foster
    Debbie Foster
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    Debbie Foster is a Partner with Affinity Consulting Group, where she specializes in technology, process and management consulting for firms all over the country. In addition to regularly speaking for bar associations and other organizations on those topics, Foster is very involved with ALA and the Law Practice Division of the American Bar Association. She was also the Chair of ABA TECHSHOW 2010.
  • Shari Harley
    Shari Harley
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     Shari Harley, author of the book How to Say Anything to Anyone, is known globally as an engaging, funny, content-rich business speaker. Her international training firm, Candid Culture, is making it easier to tell the truth at work. Shari is bringing candor back to the workplace. A former HR practitioner and operations leader, Shari’s practical approach has led her to speak and train in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Dubai and Australia. From ‘Making Meetings Work’ and ‘Delegating Better’ to ‘Managing Your Career’ and ‘Saying Anything to Anyone,’ Shari’s tips are sure to delight and inform in a real, direct and very funny way. Watch videos and learn more about Shari at www.candidculture.com.
  • James Harrison
    James Harrison
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    James Harrison is the founder and CEO of INVISUS and is considered one of the industry's foremost experts on cyber risk management.  He is responsible for the development of the company’s cybercrime, identity theft and data breach prevention and compliance product lineup. He is the creator of the InfoSafe cybersecurity compliance program that is used by businesses and organizations nationwide. Through his partnership with BreachPro, many ALA member law firms have also implemented the InfoSafe program. James regularly speaks and trains at various industry and trade conferences including most recently at ALA’s 2018 Annual Conference.
  • Jennifer-Hill
    Jennifer Hill
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    Jennifer Hill is President of JHill's Staffing Services, a Division of Marcum Search LLC. She began recruiting in 2003 and has recruited for top-tier law firms and corporations throughout the United States. Hill also hosts a weekly radio show on LA Talk Radio, Get Yourself the Job, for more than 30,000 listeners a month; she interviews experts and authors from around the world on the subject of landing one's dream job. Hill earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California Irvine and currently is a part of the Dean's Leadership Society at UCI.
  • Judith-A-Hissong-CLM-PCC
    Judith A. Hissong
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    Judith A. Hissong, CLM, PCC
    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. 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.
  • Paul Huschilt
    Paul Huschilt
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    Care and Wellness are PaulHuschilt’s passion and the focus of his talks. He’s well-known to many at ALA, having appeared at the Nationals in Toronto, Nashville and National Harbor and local ALA Chapters from NYC to SF. Huschilt holds degrees in Management from Carnegie Mellon University AND Acting from the University of Windsor, a diploma in Career Counseling and training in Adult Education, and sang with the Canadian Opera Company. This varied background and 20 years of professional speaking give him a one-of-a-kind style and the ability to promote learning and excite every audience.  Huschilt is an inductee into the Canadian Speaking Hall of Fame.
  • John-Iezzi-CPA
    John Iezzi, CPA
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    John Iezzi, CPA, has more than 40 years of experience in all areas of law firm management. He is the author of more than 125 articles on law office management-related topics and has spoken to attorneys and legal managers in more than 300 seminars. He is the author of Results-Oriented Financial Management: A Guide to Law Firm Financial Performance and contributor to several other books. Iezzi served as Adjunct Professor at the law schools of the University of Richmond and William & Mary. He currently manages four law firms.
  • Glen Kraemer, JD
    Glen Kraemer, JD
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    Glen Kraemer, JD, is a Founding and Managing Partner of the employment law firm Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP. The firm focuses exclusively on the representation of employers concerning discrimination and harassment claims and personnel law compliance issues involving disability accommodations, wage/hour concerns, protected leaves, corrective counseling, and discipline and termination practices. He served as the keynote speaker for the Professionals in Human Resources Association's Annual Legal Update Conference for 18 consecutive years.
  • Dr. Jeffrey Magee, CBE, CSP, CMC, PDM
    Dr. Jeffrey Magee
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    Dr. Jeffrey Magee, CBE, CSP, CMC, PDM has been called one of today's leading "Leadership & Marketing Strategists." Magee works with C-Suite, Business Leaders, Military Generals & CEO2CEO Peer Groups across America.

    Imagine being able to reboot your life, beginning at this very moment, given all you know and mentally possess. Imagine if you could bridge the gap from where you are in life to where you want to be, and then maintain that trajectory as you make greater gains, greater wins, and greater contributions to others.
  • Rob Mattern
    Rob Mattern
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    Rob Mattern is President and Founder of Mattern & Associates LLC. Mattern & Associates assists law firms in developing an unbiased strategic direction for their business processes while improving both the cost-effectiveness and the recovery of expenses for these services. Mattern is a frequent speaker at key industry events including the ALA Annual Conference, the COO & CFO Forum and the PwC Law Firm Services Global Forum.
  • Jan-McInnis
    Jan McInnis
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    Jan McInnis, formerly a marketing executive in Washington, D.C., for national nonprofits, has spent the past 22-plus years as a professional speaker, comedian and comedy writer. She is a past recipient of the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives’ Excellence in Education Award and has spoken to thousands of organizations, from the Federal Reserve Banks to the Mayo Clinic. She is the author of two books: Finding the Funny Fast: How to Create Quick Humor to Connect with Clients, Coworkers and Crowds and Convention Comedian: Stories and Wisdom from Two Decades of Chicken Dinners and Comedy Clubs. She has also sold comedy material to hundreds of venues, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. McInnis was featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The Huffington Post for her humor.
  • Deborah-McMurray
    Deborah McMurray
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    As a former head of two large law firm marketing departments, Deborah McMurray brings a leader’s in-house perspective to every engagement with a professional services firm. Having conducted hundreds of client interviews, she also brings the client’s voice to every design, content and technology assignment. McMurray has co-authored several books published by the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Division. The latest is The Lawyer’s Guide to Marketing on the Internet, 4th Edition; she also wrote the second and third editions with co-author Greg Siskind.
  • Michael-Moore-JD
    Michael Moore, JD
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    Michael Moore, JD, is the Founder of Moore’s Law, LLC, and helps both lawyers and law firms create professional success. Moore specializes in individual marketing, client development and leadership coaching, and he advises law firms on strategic planning, growth initiatives and resource optimization. A frequent speaker at ALA events across the country, his current topics have included mentoring, leadership, financial management and strategic planning.
  • Chris Murray, AIA, LEED AP
    Chris Murray
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    Chris Murray, AIA, LEED AP, is an architect and expert in Workplace Strategies for Law Firms. While with CBRE, JLL and Gensler, where he started and led the Law Firm Practice Group for over 30 years, he assisted firms totaling 30 million square feet.

    Chris has spoken to the ALA, ABA, the IBA, and was published in the ABA Journal, ABA Law Practice Journal, Legal Times, as well as on law firm design in the Wall Street Journal. For his expertise, he was elected a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management and the only architect or real estate advisor named by The National Law Journal as a “Legal Business Trailblazer and Pioneer.” 

    Currently on the faculty of Johns Hopkins University, he teaches in their Business School, where he earned his MS in Real Estate.
  • Michael Nash
    Michael Nash
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    Michael Nash has 20 years of experience in assisting law firms in achieving excellence by focusing on leadership skills, firm structure, individual behaviors, communication, diagnostics and problem-solving, personal development, group functioning, and more. Additionally, he has 15 years of direct management experience. He received his bachelor's degree in social work from the University of Washington and has a master's in applied behavioral sciences in organizational development consulting.
  • Sunjay-Nath
    Sunjay Nath
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    Sunjay Nath travels globally sharing insights on leadership and performance. He is best known for The 10-80-10 Principle, which is a framework that helps individuals and teams improve performance. He has authored several books in addition to The 10-80-10 Principle. Nath holds degrees in engineering and business.
  • John-Remsen-Jr
    John Remsen Jr.
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    John Remsen Jr. is one of the country's leading authorities on law firm leadership, management, marketing and business development. After serving as Marketing Director at two major law firms, Remsen formed TheRemsenGroup, a consulting firm that works exclusively with law firms. In 2002, he created The Managing Partner Forum, a highly acclaimed conference series for leaders of smaller and midsize law firms. In 2012, he was inducted into the College of Law Practice Management.
  • Dean-Savoca-MEd-BCC
    Dean Savoca, MEd, BCC
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    Dean Savoca, MEd, BCC, of Savoca Performance Group is a performance management and results expert who works at the individual executive level as a coach, at the team and department level as a trainer and facilitator, and at the company and association level as a keynote speaker. Whatever the format — be it strategic planning, leadership development, sales training, executive coaching or meeting facilitation — Savoca guides teams through processes that focus their attention on core issues and rallies them to action, often right there in the room. The result is improved performance, higher productivity, more cohesive teamwork and an improved bottom line. He has nearly 20 years of experience working with executives and employees of companies ranging from small businesses to professional organizations to Fortune 500 companies.
  • Sally Schmidt, MBA
    Sally Schmidt, MBA
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    Sally Schmidt, MBA, has consulted with more than 450 law firms. The first President of the Legal Marketing Association, she is in LMA’s Hall of Fame and the College of Law Practice Management. Schmidt has presented at over 250 conferences for the legal profession and written for every major legal publication. The author of Business Development for Lawyers: Strategies for Getting and Keeping Clients and Marketing the Law Firm: Business Development Techniques, she writes monthly for Attorney at Work.
  • Kathryn Scourby
    Kathryn Scourby
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    Kathryn Scourby is the Principal of KNS Consulting, LLC. She works with professional service firms to achieve their goals in the areas of business continuity, disaster preparedness, risk management and compliance. Scourby trains management professionals and all levels of staff at private service firms and facilitates table-top exercises in these focus areas. Additionally, she served on ALA's Board of Directors (2004–2008), was a Trustee for the Foundation of the Association of Legal Administrators (2010–2013), and currently serves on ALA's International Relations Committee.
  • Kristine Sexter
    Kristine Sexter
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    Kristine Sexter, President of WorkWise Productions, is an organizational consultant who has devoted over 24 years to facilitating high-energy, interactive and solution-filled events. With extensive experience in recruiting, developing, and retaining¬ top talent, Kristine expertly serves the legal, healthcare, and human resources industries. She is a professional speaker, consultant, and the author of six books. 

    Sexter is the Past President of the Oklahoma Speakers Association, was twice-honored as Speaker of the Year, and is an Honors Graduate of The College of New Jersey.
  • David-Skinner-LLB-BCL
    David Skinner, LLB, BCL
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    David Skinner, LLB, BCL, is a Senior Attorney, Lean Practice Management Adviser and Senior Management Executive with more than 20 years of experience in the legal, venture capital and biotechnology industries. He is Co-Founder and Principal at Gimbal Canada Inc. A certified Lean Six Sigma expert, he is also a speaker, university and CLE lecturer, and process improvement facilitator who applies Lean to the practice and business of law.
  • Karen-Skinner-LLB-BCL
    Karen Skinner, LLB, BCL
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    Karen Dunn Skinner, LLB, BCL, is a Senior Attorney and Lean Practice Management Adviser. She is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt with more than 18 years of international experience in corporate-commercial, regulatory and education law. She is Co-Founder and Principal at Gimbal Canada Inc., which specializes in Lean practice management in law firms, in-house legal departments and public-sector institutions.
  • Pete-Smith
    Pete Smith
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    Pete Smith is the author of Dare to Matter and has been called one of America's leading personal and professional development coaches. He is a sought-after international speaker and trainer in the field of leadership, management, personal growth and development. He is a board member of the HR Alliance DC, and a director in the Association for Talent Development's D.C. Chapter. His energetic, edgy, interactive style is complemented by his ability to provide practical takeaways.
  • Spencer Smith
    Spencer Smith
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    Spencer Smith is the Founder of Spencer X. Smith Consulting, and services law firms throughout the country. He's a faculty member for the State Bar of Wisconsin's Business of Law Conferences, and is also an instructor at the University of Wisconsin, where he teaches classes on digital marketing and social media. Smith has been called a "digital marketing expert" by Forbes, and publishes articles regularly in The Huffington Post, Law Journal Newsletters, and for the American Bar Association.
  • Tracy-Spears
    Tracy Spears
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    Tracy Spears is the Founder of the Exceptional Leaders Lab. She specializes in developing leaders, inspiring teamwork and enhancing interoffice communications. The innovative content in her keynote speeches and workshops is taken directly from her best-selling books, What Exceptional Leaders Know and The Exceptional Leaders Playbook. Her energetic and interactive approach has helped leaders and aspiring leaders all over the world improve their leadership skills, their communication and their understanding of how people and organizations succeed.

    Spears is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and an accomplished athlete who was a member of the U.S. National Softball Team. She is a member of the National Speakers Association and one of the highest rated leadership, diversity and inclusion and team development coaches in America.
  • Tommy-Stephens-CPA-CITP-CGMA
    Tommy Stephens, CPA, CITP, CGMA
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    Tommy Stephens, CPA, CITP, CGMA, is a Partner in K2 Enterprises in Hammond, Louisiana. He has lectured nationally on subjects such as internal controls for small businesses, technology strategies, computer hardware and software applications, tax strategies and compliance, and financial accounting standards and applications. Over the past 18 years, Stephens has presented more than 1,350 educational sessions to more than 40,000 participants nationwide.
  • Marsha-Petrie-Sue
    Marsha Petrie Sue
    Biography (click to expand)
    Marsha Petrie Sue is an international professional speaker, best-selling author and executive coach. She works with associations, public and private enterprises, and government organizations tailoring presentations and workshops on change management, leadership development, communications and conflict resolution. Her high-energy, interactive style leaves the audience with tips and skills that will immediately translate to their work situations, translating to reduced stress and an improved bottom line.
  • Vanessa-Van-Edwards
    Vanessa Van Edwards
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    Vanessa Van Edwards is lead investigator at the Science of People, a human behavior research lab. She is the national best-selling author of Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People, which was chosen as one of Apple’s Most Anticipated Books of 2017. She has delivered her innovative and high-energy keynotes for many Fortune 500 companies and large conferences. More than 200,000 students have completed her courses. She writes a monthly column on the science of success for Entrepreneur magazine and has been featured by CNN, CBS, NPR, The Wall Street Journal and many more.
  • Scott Warrick, JD, MLHR, CEQC, SHRM-SCP
    Scott Warrick, JD
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    Scott Warrick, JD, MLHR, CEQC, SHRM-SCP (www.scottwarrick.com) is both a practicing Employment Law Attorney and Human Resource Professional with over 35 years of hands-on experience.  Warrick uses his unique background to train employees ON-SITE in over 50 topics in his own unique and entertaining style.  That is why he has been described as “The Comedian Trainer.”  His program and best-selling book, “Solve Employee Problems Before They Start:  Resolving Conflict in the Real World” is a favorite among organizations. LET WARRICK DESIGN A PROGRAM FOR YOU!
  • Skip-Weisman
    Skip Weisman
    Biography (click to expand)
    Skip Weisman works with the owners and C-Level executives of small to medium-sized companies and nonprofit agencies to improve their ability to lead their organizations. His work focuses on helping organizational leaders improve leadership communication and interpersonal communication throughout their work environments in a way that transforms teamwork, employee engagement, employee morale and motivation to generate high-performance, "championship"-caliber results.
  • Alan Wilson
    Alan Wilson
    Biography (click to expand)
    Alan Wilson started working with GLJ Benefit Consultants in 2004 as an Employee Benefits Specialist. In 2006, while visiting with a current client, Wilson was introduced to ALA. GLJ Benefit Consultants has since put together a Value In Partnership (VIP) program backed by nationally known companies that specifically addresses the needs of ALA's membership. Wilson also writes articles for Legal Management, speaks frequently on benefits with ALA chapters and at conferences, and consults with individual law firms nationally.
  • Monica-Wofford-CSP
    Monica Wofford, CSP
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    Monica Wofford, CSP, has been a manager since 1989, but she showed leadership skills as early as the second grade, creating a sales team for pencil sales to fellow students. Her training firm, Contagious Companies, was founded on the premise that leadership isn't something you're born with — it’s developed. She's also the author of Contagious Leadership and Make Difficult People Disappear.
It's time to advance your important initiatives and develop critical strategies. Learn how one of ALA's top-rated speakers can elevate your legal management success. Contact psiems@alanet.org to book today!