Catherine Alman MacDonagh, JD
Catherine Alman MacDonagh,
JD is a Legal Lean Sigma Black Belt and a certified Six Sigma Green Belt. A former corporate counsel, Catherine is known for
her thought leadership and successes as a law firm marketing and business development executive. Now a highly rated instructor,
speaker, and consultant, she works with law firms and legal departments to improve the way work is done and delivered. She
is focused on creating competitive advantages and organizational transformation through the development, planning, and implementation
of innovative strategies, process improvement projects, and business development training and coaching programs.
Catherine is an adjunct professor at Suffolk Law School and at George Washington
University (Master's in Law Firm Management). She is also the Chief Enthusiasm Officer of Mocktails LLC, which offers The
Mocktail and The Legal Mocktail, experiential networking training programs. She also has her own consulting practice, FIRM Guidance.
Catherine recently published Lean
Six Sigma for Law Firms and is the co-author of two books: The Woman Lawyer's Rainmaking Game and The Law Firm
Associate's Guide to Personal Marketing and Selling Skills. She is a Co-Founder of the Legal Sales and Service Organization,
a long time volunteer and leader in the Legal Marketing Association and an elected Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management.
Timothy B. Corcoran
Faculty and Affiliated Consultant
Tim is a principal with the Corcoran Consulting Group, based in the metro New York City area. He works with the Legal Lean Sigma Institute on project management and process improvement
training and consulting. He advises law firm leaders, in-house counsel and legal service providers on how to profit during
a time of great change.
previously a CEO and senior executive of companies serving the legal marketplace, and led business development and strategy
for one of the world’s largest law firms. He is the 2014 President of the 3,000 member Legal Marketing Association
and an elected Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management.
Micah Ascano, J.D./LL.M.
Adjunct Faculty and Affiliated Consultant
Micah J. Ascano is the Principal Consultant at Artifex Legal Consulting where he does cutting edge work with Control Charts applied to legal work. His clients who include AM100 law firms and legal
departments of multi-billion dollar companies.
With a unique
background as one of the only lawyers who is also a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, he can appreciate the art that is the practice
of law as well as understand where improvements can be made. Micah is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and
a regular contributor to various legal practice management focused publications.
Chrisie Brockman is a Legal Lean Sigma Black Belt and has 23 years of hands-on experience
in the legal industry, most recently as an Administrative Director and Program Champion of Legal Lean Sigma in an AmLaw 100
law firm. Chrisie is a change-maker, and highly skilled in identifying and enacting practical solutions to complicated,
multi-faceted issues. She has a list of significant accomplishments in billing-related issues and practice support initiatives increasing efficiency and productivity
of business operations for law firms. One of many successful projects includes personally discovering and ultimately
resolving a multi-million dollar accounts receivable issue. Chrisie led a team in a revolutionary process re-engineering
initiative, which ultimately returned millions of dollars to the firm. She is a leader who makes you feel comfortable,
takes a common sense approach, and possesses a rare blend of business mindedness, strategic understanding, problem-solving,
subject-matter expertise, and end-user focus.
In addition, Chrisie’s law firm operational experience includes oversight of various departments and teams
and she was responsible for multiple systems, processes and services critical to the firm’s and attorneys’ success.
Example areas of responsibility are Conflicts, New Business Intake, Docketing, Records Management, Ethical Walls, Litigation
Experience Collection, Strategic Reporting, Practice Group support, and Staff Training. Chrisie is someone who “gets
it” and is tuned in to the voice of the customer, whether that customer is a lawyer, administrative manager, staff,
or the client.
is founder of Ailey Advisors, a boutique strategy firm. Her particular niche is converting strategy into tactics using data
and measurement, and ramping up sales by identifying the highest potential markets, prospects, personas, benefits, and messages, so firms or companies with
limited resources don't waste time or funding chasing the wrong opportunities.
Prior to Ailey, Amy spent four years with Thomson Reuters helping hundreds of law firm clients around the country
design workflow and collaboration models by leveraging data and actionable metrics. By seeking to understand others, she empowered
clients to build and sell business cases internally based on measurement and facts.Her
internal role included strategy design for each of the new businesses her team acquired. By improving processes and collaboration across sales, marketing, content acquisition, NPD, and operations,
she transformed her region from the fast declining marketplace to the fastest growing one.