LMA-LA Fall/Winter 2013 Newsletter

LMA-LA Fall/Winter 2013 Newsletter


A Note from the President...

As the holiday songs are starting to play in the stores and the festive commercials are in full force on television, I’d like to take a minute to thank you all for the privilege of serving as president of this Chapter throughout the year. I am proud of the creativity and commitment of our legal marketing community, and have no doubt that it is in good hands for years to come.

As we look ahead towards the new year, I’d like to introduce you to your 2014 LMA-LA Board of Directors. Please join me in welcoming them to their new roles.

President Marie Hsing, Senior Business Development & Marketing Manager, Allen Matkins

President-Elect Mary Enemark, Director of Business Development, Akin Gump

Immediate Past President Justin Portaz, Head of Global Business Development, Jenner & Block

Secretary Kip Guthrie, Director of Marketing (US), DLA Piper

Treasurer Theresa DeLoach, Practice Development Manager, JAMS

Member at Large (Programs) Jessica Pantukh, Marketing Manager, Michelman & Robinson, LLP

Member at Large (Membership) Jessica Lewis, Business Development Coordinator, Latham & Watkins

Member at Large (Sponsorship) James Wood, Regional Marketing Director, Bryan Cave

Member at Large (Communications) Jacqueline Madarang, Marketing Technology Manager, Best Best & Krieger LLP

I would also like to thank our 2013 board for their tremendous service throughout the year, as well as our committee members, who have worked behind the scenes to bring many of our programs and events to life.

This year, we introduced a few new Chapter enhancements, including:

  • video conferencing to connect Downtown and Century City locations, which has help to improve our average attendance to more than 50 people per program;
  • small group networking into most of our monthly programs, providing those within the community a chance to meet new people and expand their networks;
  • the LMA-LA Scholarship Program, to provide program access to those who would otherwise be limited in their ability to fully participate in the Chapter.

As always, we welcome your input on all aspects of the Chapter. If you have ideas of how things could be improved or adjusted, or if you would like to get involved in the Chapter and serve in some capacity, please contact one of the LMA-LA Board Members. This is your Chapter, and I encourage you to get involved!

Thank you again for allowing me to serve as President this year. It has been an honor.


All the very best,

Justin Portaz

2013 Los Angeles Chapter President 

More News from the Chapter

Congratulations LMA-LA Educational Scholarship Recipient!

We are pleased to announce that our inaugural LMA-LA Educational Scholarship has been awarded to Michael Silverstein, a proposal coordinator at an AmLaw 100 firm. Michael has shown “a serious commitment to learning the craft of legal marketing,” and has helped his firm craft better value propositions for their clients. He has recently been focused on improving his firm’s processes for responding to RFPs and other new business opportunities. Congratulations, Michael!

Opportunities for Small- to Mid-Sized Law Firm Members

For members and non-members in small-to-medium sized law firms, we are continuing our roundtable series focused on issues specific to you. Please contact 2014 Board Member Jessica Pantukh if you would like to be included in these discussions. Space per roundtable is limited.

2013 LMA-LA Board of  Directors

The 2013 LMA-LA Board is here to serve you and provide a continuing platform for education and enrichment in your personal career as well as the legal industry at large. Please don't hesitate to contact us with your questions, concerns and ideas.

Click here for information about the 2013 board members and a listing of board member contact information.

Thank You to Our 2013 Educational Ambassador Sponsors!

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