SPEAKERS 2021

Keynote Address

Legendary Notre Dame Football Player turned International Motivational Speaker and Author, Rudy Ruettiger is our 2021 keynote speaker.

Rudy Ruettiger

Author / Motivational Speaker

Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger carved his names into history books at Notre Dame and was immortalized in 1993's RUDY, a story of overcoming obstacles and criticism to achieve his dreams. Rudy is now a highly sought after motivational speaker. He portrays the human spirit that comes from his personal experiences of adversity and triumph.

In addition to his motivational speaking, Rudy has co-authored several books, including: RUDY'S INSIGHTS FOR WINNING IN LIFE, RUDY'S LESSONS FOR YOUNG CHAMPIONS, RUDY & FRIENDS, THE RUDY IN YOU, and RUDY: MY STORY. 
He co-founded the RUDY FOUNDATION, whose mission is to strengthen communities by offering scholarships in education, sports, and the performing arts.

Session Speakers and Panelists

Ken Hardison

President and Founder

PILMMA

Opening Remarks / Panelist /

Get It Done in 2021

As founder and president of PILMMA, the Powerful and Innovative Legal Marketing & Management Association, Ken devotes his time to helping attorneys build their own preeminent law practices with proven marketing strategies and management resources. 

Mark Schaefer

Educator / Business Consultant / Author

The Most Human Law Firm Wins

Mark Schaefer is a globally-recognized keynote speaker, educator, business consultant, and author who works at the intersection of marketing, technology, and humanity. His blog, GROW, and podcast -- The Marketing Companion -- are at the top of the charts in the marketing field.

Liz Wendling

Attorney Coach / Author

How to Convert More Prospects into Retained Clients: The New Normal Requires a New Approach & Skills

Liz Wendling is the rainmaking attorney coach and the author of 6 books. Attorneys from all over the world seek her out when they want to discover how to be more confident and consistent in their business development and client conversation process.

Steve Nober

Founder and CEO

Consumer Attorney Marketing Group (CAMG)

TBA

As a recognized innovator and industry leader, Steve speaks at dozens of legal conferences each year. He brings over 25 years of experience as a marketing entrepreneur in the infomercial, internet services, and technology space.

Alan Crone

Founder

The Crone Law Firm

How to Avoid Being Sued By Your Ex-Employees

Attorney Alan Crone is the founder of The Crone Law Firm. The firm represents employees, executives and entrepreneurs in all aspects of employment law.

Jay Henderson

Founder

Real Talent Hiring

How To Avoid A Bad Hire

Jay Henderson is the founder of www.RealTalentHiring.com, a unique hiring and management development service for Lawyers who want to take the risk out of hiring and get the best results out of their employees. He is the author of The Ultimate Small Business Guide to Hiring Super-stars (A New Formula Guaranteed to Find the Right People For Your Business.)

Kara Prior

President

James Publishing

What We Have Learned from Setting 500 Appointments with Referral Partners

Kara Prior is the co-founder of the Legal Referral System and president of James Publishing. She personally established the highly-effective appointment-setting techniques that are the backbone of the Legal Referral System, and currently oversees their implementation. Kara is co-author of the 145-page book How Small Law Firms Can Obtain More Referrals.

Harlan Schillinger

Grandfather of Legal Advertising / Consultant

Intake Panelist

 

Harlan Schillinger has four decades of experience in legal advertising with a passion for legal marketing, intake, and conversion. Harlan is widely considered the Grandfather of Legal Advertising, being the very first in the legal field to produce and market television advertising for the legal community. 

Tanner Jones

VP of Business Development

Consultwebs

What's Google Up To?: A Midyear Review

As Vice President of Business Development, Tanner Jones oversees all business development opportunities for his law firm clients. He has the privilege of speaking with virtually every law firm that contacts Consultwebs, and he works with them to determine how Consultwebs may accomplish their digital marketing goals.

Eric Sanchez

Founder

Growpath

Top 10 Red Flags To Look Out For While Managing a Law Firm

Eric Sanchez is a patented inventor and award-winning innovator in legal tech. He currently serves as the Vice President of Strategy and Innovation for the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, one of the largest and most successful plaintiffs’ firms in the Southeast. He also serves in the same capacity for Upcycle Legal, which offers marketing and operations consulting to contingency law firms. As the founder of GrowPath, he is responsible for much of its present technology and feature set.

Chris Mullins

Founder and CEO

Intake Academy

Intake Panelist

Known as the Phone Sales Doctor, Chris Mullins and her team have helped hundreds of law firms around the country convert more prospects into profitable clients. She is a nationally recognized author and speaker on law firm lead conversion.

Eric Morgan

Founder

Morgan & Co.

How Do I Spend My Money?

Eric has over 25 years of media strategy, planning and buying experience in offline, online, non-traditional and promotional advertising tactics. He has designed and managed media strategy for many regional brands, including Louisiana Office of Tourism, Hotel Monteleone, Visit Baton Rouge, LCMC Health, Touro, Children’s Hospital, Morris Bart, LLC, Frank D. Azar & Associates, Harrah’s Casino, and New Orleans & Co.

Dr. Ron Eccles

The Success Doctor

Management Panel Moderator

As a professional speaker, author, and business coach, Ron travels throughout the US and abroad inspiring and empowering others. Dr. Ron has over 37 years of business experience as an entrepreneur; as a Doctor of Chiropractic, Restaurateur, Real Estate Investor, Business Coach, and Professional Speaker and Trainer.

 

Seth Price

Founder and CEO

BluShark Digital

Marketing Moderator

An accomplished attorney and transformational thought leader, Seth Price is a founding partner and the business backbone of Price Benowitz LLP as well as the founder and CEO of BluShark Digital. Seth took a two person law firm and scaled it to 36 lawyers in less than a decade. Now Seth has taken the same digital power that built the firm to create a best in class digital agency focused on the legal sector in BluShark Digital.

Paul Liebman

Chief Revenue Officer

Mass Tort Institute

Mass Torts Moderator

Paul is an experienced Chief Revenue Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the legal services industry. He has over 30 years of high level sales and finance experience.

Nalini Prasad 

Chief Strategy Officer

BluShark Digital

Google Local Update

Nalini Prasad worked with Seth Price to create BluShark Digital. She frequently speaks across the country educating legal audiences on how to best utilize trending SEO techniques to generate quality leads online. As CSO at BluShark, Nalini designs and implements cutting-edge strategies across the four fundamental aspects of digital marketing -- sophisticated content creation, creative link-building, savvy technical optimization, and community-driven local SEO.

David Shuman

President

Vector Consulting Services, Inc.

Accounting Systems for a Contingency Law Firm

David’s 26-year career in consulting has been centered on assisting clients analyze, manage, develop and grow their businesses. With an educational background in both Accounting and Computer Science David’s insight into the internal operations, procedures and control of companies has proven invaluable when evaluating client’s operations, specific needs and opportunities for Growth Strategies.

Nick Veser

Executive Producer

Liberty Link Media

Leveraging Videos To Grow Your Law Firm

Nick Veser is the Executive Producer for Liberty Link Media. He is a talented video executive with a well-earned reputation for producing compelling video messages on behalf of law firms all over the country.

Jay Ruane

Partner

Ruane Attorneys

How to Grow a Profitable and Successful Criminal Defense Practice

Jay Ruane has developed a reputation among lawyers as a thought leader in the marketing and operations space across the USA. Jay has spoken on the topics of marketing, criminal defense operations and DUI defense in 37 different states. An Amazon® best selling author with multiple books, Jay focuses his core practice on all things DUI and criminal defense.  

Steve Smith

 

Diversifiying In Mass Torts and What You Should Know

Steve has over 20 years experience in sales, marketing and business development. Eight years of which focused solely in the legal marketing industry. He has worked with the nation’s top firms and is a trusted marketing expert within mass tort and personal injury cases.

Garry Solomon

 

Increase Revenue Through Top Line Management

 

Bill Pintas

 

Partner

Pintas & Mullins

TBA

Ari Kornhaber

Founder and Executive VP

Esquire Bank

Financing Your Law Firm's Growth

Esquire Bank is a federally charted commercial bank, that focuses on servicing the unique financial needs of lawyers, law firms and their clients, with a special affinity towards the trial lawyers of America.  Prior to forming Esquire Bank, Ari was a plaintiffs’ trial lawyer in New York City with the law firm of Napoli, Kaiser and Bern, where he specialized in personal injury, medical malpractice and mass tort litigation.  Over the last nineteen years, Ari has spoken about financing, banking and the evolution of the business of law, as well as the ethical issues surrounding the same, at numerous seminars and conferences across the country.

Brooke Lively

 President and Founder

Cathedral Capital

TBD

Brooke specializes in helping entrepreneurs turn their companies into profitable businesses by working with closely held companies with revenues up to 10 million dollars. Prior to consulting, Brooke was the full-charge administrator for a seven-figure small law firm which she helped to build from the ground up.

Chelsea Williams

Founder

Core Solutions Group, Inc.

Overcome the Cash Crunch

After 10+ years in the accounting field, there are two huge takeaways I left the traditional tax & accounting office. #1 - no one is teaching people about financial literacy from kids to adults. #2 - the accounting industry was doing a crappy job at proactively serving their clients and instead, was in a constant state of reactiveness. Numbers and I are tight and my gift is creating financial clarity and the potential it opens up for business owners. I have a passion for helping law firms understand and leverage their cash which is where Core Solutions Group, Inc. comes in. 

Patrick Anderson

Founder

MonthlyVids

The 5 Types of Video Every Law Firm Should Be Using to Market Their Law Firm

Patrick Anderson has been utilizing video to create sales and publicity for 45 years. He has created video advertising technologies for 20th Century Fox, American Express, Don Kirshner & Paul McCartney. For the past 12 years, Patrick has developed video strategies and law firm apps for PILMMA Mastermind Members who are pushing the limits of ad technologies and marketing tools. 

Terry Duncan

 

TBD

Don Worley

 

TBD

Micki Love

President and Chief Client Strategist

cj Advertising

Using KPI's to Manage Your Law Firm

Micki began her career as a runner for Hughes & Coleman, a small personal injury law firm in Kentucky, while attending school. For more than 23 years, she was involved in all aspects of marketing and managing at the firm, and she eventually led the firm as their Chief Operating Officer. Now, as President and Chief Brand Strategist of cj, she oversees all agency accounts and launched cj Consulting.

Marc Whitehead

Founding Partner

Marc Whitehead & Associates

Creating A Marketing Plan

Marc Whitehead is double board certified in both Personal Injury Trial Law and Social Security Disability Law.  He dedicates his practice to disability law, specializing in long-term disability insurance denials, Social Security Disability and Veterans Disability.  He has authored multiple books on the topic of disability benefit claims and litigation.

Geno Ramos

Founder

MonthlyVids

Video Production Made Simple

Gene Ramos was on the set of Walker, Texas Ranger & Smokey & the Bandits. He developed the High 5 Video Marketing platform for NCS.tv -- which produced video interviews, FAQs, and testimonial videos for CEO's and book authors. As co-founder of MonthlyVids.com and the operations manager of The National Academy of Motorcycle Injury Lawyers, Geno has helped lawyers to attract clients through coaching, online training applications, and implementing new technologies.

Cindy Speaker

President

Speaker Media and Marketing

Video Marketing: Youtube Advertising

Cindy Speaker is the President of Speaker Media and Marketing, and Founder of the Law TV® Network. She is a media and marketing strategist and consultant to some of the most successful personal injury law firms in the United States, some of whom have been clients for more than a decade.

Greg Abel

Managing Attorney

Parnall Law 

Hiring Superstars

Greg had 17 years of experience as a trial lawyer in Illinois before joining Parnall Law Firm. At Parnall Law, he continues to focus his practice on plaintiff’s personal injury cases—in particular automobile, truck, and motorcycle accidents. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Greg managed his family's business--a farm and auto body shop.

Bill Biggs

Chief Operating Officer

Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers

Onboarding New Hires

During his eight year tenure Daniel Stark has grown its revenue by almost 500% and increased from three to six locations. Additionally, as President of Biggs & Associates, Bill is passionate about helping business leaders and high profile professionals effectively leverage their platforms to impact the world.

Larry Disparti

Founder / Owner

Disparti Law Group

Double Your Referrals with "Your Ambassador Club"

Larry Disparti (Founder/Owner) grew up in a union family. Early in his career, Larry became a nationally known attorney fighting for the injured. He has been featured on MSNBC, FOX, CBS, as well as having been published in over 100 major newspapers across the country including the Wall Street Journal. Larry’s entire career has been about fighting for his clients against government and big insurance companies.

Eva Grouling Snider

Director of Advertising

Russell Media

How to Get Quality Cases on Facebook

Eva Grouling Snider is the Director of Advertising at Russell Media. She has managed more than $5 million in Facebook advertising spend for lawyers. Working from home has dramatically changed her commute from a 2-minute walk to a 5-second one.

Luke Russell

Founder

Russell Media

How to Get Quality Cases on Facebook

Luke W Russell is the founder of Russell Media. His dedication to empowering and supporting his team has resulted in top-notch client relationships. The folks at Russell Media are known for going above and beyond for their advertising clients.

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