Synergy Settlement Services
Chief Business Development Officer
Chief Business Development Officer at Synergy Settlement Services; Attorney
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Chief Business Development Officer
Highly credentialed attorney with extensive experience as an executive in both for profit and nonprofit organizations. Strong fundraising and business development background. Nationally recognized for superior ethics and professionalism. Highly regarded by attorneys, judges, as well as former clients. Skilled lecturer and nationally published author. Promoted to equity partner the day sworn in to practice.
Responsible for overseeing all strategic and operational functions of the organization, as well as the company's business development strategies, plans, and initiatives.
CEO of 20,000 member national legal non-profit organization, and led advocacy, personnel, finances, operations, fundraising, and marketing. Drafted and finalized documents used in advocating for pro-consumer legal reform issues, including legal comments, press releases, letters to the editor, op-ed pieces, as well as articles for both website and print publication. Analyzed legal issues as they related to the interests of members/donors.
-- Provided successful and compelling testimony at state-level hearings on behalf of member base, resulting in multiple pro-consumer proposals and laws being passed.
-- Re-energized public awareness of organization through an aggressive PR campaign, resulting in significant coverage by numerous publications, including, but not limited to: the Wall Street Journal Online, the front pages of The Des Moines Register and the Connecticut Law Tribune, the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, and a feature story in the Center for Nonprofit Advancement’s Publication Nonprofit Agenda.
Brought unique and powerful perspective to the firm's cases based on extensive plaintiff personal injury experience. Increased effectiveness of the firm's marketing capabilities, utilizing previously successful strategies.
-- While researching several significant medical malpractice cases across multiple jurisdictions, dramatically increased traffic to the firm's website through blogging on various medical/legal issues.
-- Planned legal strategies regarding complex personal injury/medical malpractice cases.
-- Discussed and analyzed the liability and damages aspects of the various cases.
Served as 1 of 28 attorneys elected to the Board of Directors (from 3,000 member organization). Personally acted as liaison to hundreds of attorneys and law firms. Drafted legislation, interacted with political candidates at both the local and state levels, lobbied at the state capitol, and recruited new members.
-- Recognized as top ten fundraiser during first year on the Board of Directors.
-- Established significant network of top tier attorneys for business relations and referrals through a 12 year active membership.
-- Assisted in positively impacting millions of Floridians through effective lobbying and drafting legislation aimed at protecting Florida consumers.
Led business development efforts by effectively networking with physicians and referral attorneys in other practice areas. Met with potential and existing clients to acquire new cases, including handling all matters up to and including settlement. Negotiated and satisfied medical liens on behalf of clients, including Letters of Protection, Medicare, Medicaid, ERISA, as well as other forms of collateral sources.
-- Created comprehensive growth plan, which resulted in substantial six-figure net profit within six months, based solely on cases personally generated.
-- Established 60 new referral sources, which continue to provide income to the office.
Selected as 1 of 8 attorneys responsible for leading 700 member organization. Worked with numerous attorneys, judges, and law firms to promote fundraising efforts, increase membership, coordinate speaking and continuing legal education events, as well as host networking functions. Served as a key contact for both local and state bar leaders, including members of the Florida Supreme Court, during appearances at local bar functions.
-- Surpassed fundraising goals by 75% as a result of successfully securing contributions from both individuals and corporations.
-- Raised the most funds in one year by one person in the 55 year history of the association by creating first of its kind grass roots fundraising campaign.
Co-managed all aspects of law firm, including personnel management, marketing, and achieving revenue objectives. Recruited, supervised, motivated and evaluated employees, including clerical staff and paralegals. Handled cases from intake through settlement, including conducting depositions and motion practice. Reviewed and interpreted medical records and liaised with physicians of various disciplines.
-- Personally secured majority of personal injury cases for the office, resulting in consistent annual six figure net profits to the firm.
-- Effective marketing quickly established firm as one of the top personal injury firms in the area.
Taught a variety of law-related courses at the undergraduate level; including ethics, civil procedure, and torts.
Discusses the issue of practicing law with professionalism, citing examples of how to do so.
Discusses various tips on insurance coverages, as well as how to relate to clients when discussing those coverages.
Cites and describes several examples of ways to bring in business to a law firm, as well as aspects of professionalism and ethics in this regard.
Given to one student/graduate who exhibits qualities that would ultimately lead to a successful career as an attorney, as stated/decided by the Dean of the Law School. First-ever recipient of this Award.
Awarded for the tireless pursuit and practice of the highest ideals and tenets of the legal profession and for consistently demonstrating the essential attributes of professionalism: Character, Competence, and Commitment.
Recognized by colleagues as an attorney that practices with professionalism and civility. Selected by the Board of Directors for exemplifying all that is good in the legal profession.
In recognition of continued dedication and enthusiasm, and for service beyond the call of duty to the Brevard County Bar Association.
Top ten fundraiser and extraordinary support of the civil justice system.
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