Michael Downey is founder of Downey Law Group LLC, a law firm devoted to legal ethics, law firm risk management, and the law of lawyering. Michael has consistently demonstrated a high regard for the ethics that are the foundation of the legal profession. For more than a decade, he has pragmatically explored, taught, and written about the conundrums that can trip up even the most careful lawyer.
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As a directing attorney and the head of many of the Legal Aid Society of Orange County’s innovative programs — ranging from form completion software for self-represented litigants to the first incubator program to partner with law schools and center on legal aid — Bill Tanner leads from the front.
Aleisha Gravit, Chief Client Services & Marketing Officer at Akin Gump, brings a rare combination to the legal profession — she is both a visionary and a servant leader. Nothing she accomplishes is born of or driven by ego, yet her confidence and swiftness in evaluating a situation, assessing what needs to be done, understanding and respecting the delicacy of relationships— and ultimately achieving the right goals and solutions — make her the right hire, an adept business partner, a trusted advisor, a sought-after ally, and a gentle comrade.
Since the late 1990s, Glenn Rawdon, currently Program Counsel for Technology at the Legal Services Corporation, has played a critical role in promoting the use of technology to increase access to justice for people who cannot afford to pay for counsel. He is an entrepreneur in the very best sense. He is simultaneously creative and pragmatic, and he knows how to move great ideas to implementation.
David H. Freeman is the CEO of the David Freeman Consulting Group and founder of Law Firm CultureShift. He is a former practicing lawyer who, for over 20 years, has worked with 180 law firms, including 40 percent of the AmLaw 200.