Mike T. Bumgarner, CPA, CLM, CGMA
Mike is the Chief Executive Officer for Flaherty PLLC, a defense litigation practice in West Virginia. Mike graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting at West Virginia University. He is Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant. In 2006, Mike became the first person in West Virginia to obtain the Certified Legal Manager certification. He is a member of the Association of Legal Administrators, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Mike has worked in the legal industry for over 18 years at Flaherty. Prior to joining Flaherty, Mike worked in public accounting and banking prior to working in legal management. He has been a member of ALA since 2002. He served on the ALA CLM Certification Committee from 2009-2015, served as a Regional Representative from 2015-2017 and was appointed to the ALA Board of Directors in 2017. Mike currently serves as the President-Elect of ALA and will assume the role as president in May 2021.
Debbie Foster is a nationally recognized thought leader on efficiency and innovation in professional legal organizations. Her 20+ years of experience, combined with a mix of strategic management and strong leadership skills, has enabled Debbie to develop a unique ability to work with law firms and legal departments to help them navigate the ever-changing legal services delivery landscape. Debbie has been working with law firms and legal departments since 1995, earned her Lean Six Sigma Certification and is relied on by firms all over the country as a management consultant. Debbie is very active in the Association of Legal Administrators, the Law Practice Division of the American Bar Association, and was the Co-Chair of ABA TECHSHOW 2018.
John Mitchell is a lawyer and a leader. He is committed to helping lawyers discover and maximize their leadership potential so that they continuously develop themselves and their organizations in pursuit of changing the world. John specializes in working with lawyers who are in formal roles like general counsel, managing partner, practice group leaders and committee chairs and those in informal leadership roles. He also supports in-house lawyers transitioning to business roles, junior associates, new partners, major rainmakers, and senior lawyers considering their “second season” in life.
Helping leaders transition to new leadership positions is one area of John’s expertise.He also has extensive experience assisting women and attorneys of color successfully apply their talents in new roles and new environments. Mr. Mitchell’s unique background brings personal experience to these types of transitions and his educational experiences ground those firsthand experiences with sound theory and applied research.
His experience is supplemented by his educational pursuits at Northwestern University that include a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications, a Juris Doctor degree, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management.
Michael S. Cohen is a partner in Duane Morris’ Employment, Labor, Benefits and
Immigration Practice Group. Michael concentrates his practice in the areas of employment law training and counseling. He has trained and counseled employers throughout the country on subjects including harassment prevention; workplace diversity; discipline and discharge; hiring and recruiting practices; performance evaluations; FMLA, ADA and FLSA compliance; leave of absence policies; performance management; workplace privacy; sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace; substance abuse testing; workplace violence; records retention; conducting background checks; teens in the workplace and managing attendance problems. Michael also has conducted investigations into claims of harassment and discrimination and has drafted employee handbooks, employment agreements, non-compete agreements and post-termination agreements. Michael has conducted nearly 300 trainings in each of the past two years. He has represented clients throughout the country in EEO and other administrative proceedings.
Michael has been cited as a national authority on employment issues by The New York Times, The Associated Press, USA Today, MSNBC.com, HR Magazine, SHRM On-Line, Employment Law 360, Inside Counsel Magazine, as well as many other publications. Michael is a 1997 magna cum laude graduate of Temple University Beasley School of Law and a cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania
Alan Wilson started working with GLJ Benefit Consultants (GLJBC) in 2004 as an Employee Benefits Specialist. Since 2006, Alan has spearheaded the effort within GLJBC to reach out to law firms nationally regarding their benefits and business operations and how to use them to help attract and retain quality personnel. While in his current role, Alan and GLJ have created 10 National VIP Business Partner Programs for the Association of Legal Administrators with hundreds of firms attorneys and tens of thousands of their employees enjoying the value- added benefits of these businesses.
Alan has written articles for the Association of Legal Administrators’ Legal Management, speaks frequently on benefits, leadership and client relationship building at conferences, and consults with individual law firms nationally.
Chelsey brings nearly 20 years of extensive industry and Attorney insight to her role as Managing Director. Recognized as a legal-technology and practice-management expert, she has a long track record of working with law firms to streamline day-to-day operations and successfully expand their businesses. Chelsey closely collaborates with her colleagues in Marketing, Business Development, Product and Development to communicate clients’ technical and administrative needs with the end goal of Stretto developing and delivering a comprehensive suite of products and services to consumer-bankruptcy professionals.
A frequent industry speaker and author, she has delivered presentations at the ABA TECHSHOW, developed the 2017 Legal Technology Buyers Guide and was Founder / Editor-in-Chief of the Lex Tech Review. Prior to joining Stretto, she served as Chief Tactical Officer for Legal Tech Media Group and as Practice Management Advisor for the Chicago Bar Association. In 2018 Chelsey was named one of the American Bar Association’s Women of Legal Tech.
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).
Kaplan serves as the principal researcher for a variety of widely distributed benchmarking reports, hosts the Virtual Lunch daily on Zoom, has been the keynote speaker for events worldwide, and is the founder of the Lawcountability® business development software platform and iPhone app. He is an avid swimmer, a self-taught, struggling, but hopeful, python coder, and a two-time Ironman triathlon finisher.
As owner of On Your Mark Consulting, Karen continues a long career of working with insurance brokers, CPAs, TPAs and employers helping them to understand complex regulations and create action items. Karen brings into her firm the valuable expertise of many years of marketing and professional development experience with several prominent financial, insurance and restaurant institutions, including Northwestern Mutual, Shearson Lehman and DFR. She has been actively involved with Toastmasters International, which helps individuals become more effective speakers, leaders and listeners.
Working in these various firms as well with thousands of companies nationwide consulting for HR and Benefits, Karen has seen first-hand what mistakes can cost employers...and employees. From Hiring through Retirement, there are thousands of interactions, laws and changes that impact an employer’s compliance levels as well as successes. The mistakes could mean wasting a half a million dollars hiring the wrong person, to being-generous-to-a-fault when making exceptions or wanting to take care of an employee. Those costs can also grow to a half a million dollars and more. Karen helps employers take these risks into consideration and to implement safeguards to prevent them from happening. She also might drag them kicking and screaming “out-of-the-box” to make changes that will propel the company to success.
Kim Oleniacz is the Senior Vice President/Partner of IST Management Services based in Pittsburgh, PA. Kim possesses over 35 years of experience in operations management and sales of on-site services to include: copy, mail, production mail, fax services, records management, receptionist, forms management, and much more. Kim has experience working for Ameriscribe, Pitney Bowes, and Archer, in both an operations and a sales capacity.
After many proven years of accomplishments, she joined IST with a desire to continue to build a strong focused outsourcing company that delivers the highest degree of service. Kim's passion is all about building solutions for IST clients across the country! Kim enjoys traveling, spending time with her husband, children, and Grandchildren. Her family and work family is all very important and valued, this focus has led to her success within IST!
Maria S. Mason, CLM is the Business Director for the Austin office of Greenberg Traurig. She has worked in the legal industry for more than 21 years, for firms in the District of Columbia, Maine, Hawaii, and Texas. Her experience includes firms ranging from 35 to 2000 attorneys, giving her a unique perspective on the needs of firms in various sizes and markets. She has been an active ALA volunteer both locally and nationally since 2007, and is currently the President-Elect of the Austin Chapter.
Sherine is an award-winning Corporate Trainer, International Speaker and the host of the Lawyers Summit. She has trained employees in Fortune 500 companies, universities, government agencies, healthcare facilities and law firms. Corporate employees and organizations across Canada, United States, England, Scotland, Ireland and Australia have benefited from her leadership guidance and communication expertise.
She has lent her career and business management expertise to the Ministry of the Attorney General, Department of Justice Canada, Vera Justice, Air Canada, Ernst & Young, Stikeman Elliot, Mercedes-Benz, Estee Lauder, Lockheed Martin, Exxon Mobil, Alliance, McGill University, Fordham University and many other organizations. As a Certified Virtual Speaker, she met the challenge to redesign and reimagine her in-person presentations for today’s virtual reality. She offers a suite of lively, highly engaging, interactive virtual instructor-led training. Sherine has a proven track record for igniting and motivating innovative leaders. Her gift for delivering powerful, exciting and encouraging seminars has been described as “exhilarating” and “life-changing,”.