Managing Partners Forum

I look forward to this Conference every year. It really helps me to be a more effective firm leader.

Jason P. Waguespack, Esq.
Galloway Johnson Tompkins Burr & Smith - New Orleans, LA


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The MPF Leadership Academy

February 11-12, 2016  ♦  Miami, Florida


Stephen Mabey, CPA-CA

Managing Director, Applied Strategies, Inc.
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Seen as a forward thinker by colleagues and clients alike, Stephen works with small to medium-sized law firms, and occasionally individual lawyers, to develop practical, pragmatic solutions for their business challenges.

The combination of his financial training and 29 years of hands-on experience with law firm management enables Stephen to offer advice that is not only based on sound management theory – but also real-world experience.

In 2013, Stephen was inducted as a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management in recognition of his sustained commitment to the highest standards in professionalism in law practice management.

Part of the value Stephen brings is the ability to serve as an external thought leader in what is a period of significant change in law practice management. Both Stephen’s thought-process and his practical advice help his clients stay ahead of these changes – not merely respond to them.

Stephen’s articles on leadership, marketing, practice transitioning, and other topics have been published in legal industry periodicals throughout North America.

Stephen can be reached at or at 902.472.3032.


Karen MacKay, MBA, CHIC

President, Phoenix Legal, Inc.
Toronto, Ontario

Karen has more than 20 years of professional services experience combined with an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and is licensed in several tools and assessments. Today she has a number of loyal and longstanding clients who have come to count on her for her knowledge and integrity, as well as for her sensitivity and flexibility in the face of their ever-changing business priorities.

In 2009, Karen was elected to become a Fellow in the College of Law Practice Management in recognition of her contribution to the law practice management profession.  She is a Certified Hudson Institute Coach and has been coaching lawyers since 2002.

Karen writes regularly for legal publications in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. She is a member of the Practice Management section of the American Bar Association.

Prior to founding Phoenix Legal, Karen led the Canadian legal practice of one of the largest human capital management consulting firms in the world. Before that she spent eleven years as the Chief Operating Officer of a large Canadian law firm.

Karen can be reached at or 416.657.2997.

John Remsen, Jr.

President, TheRemsenGroup
President & CEO, Managing Partner Forum
Atlanta, Georgia

John is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading authorities on law firm leadership, management, marketing and business development. After serving as in-house marketing director at two major law firms, John formed TheRemsenGroup, a consulting firm that works exclusively with law firms to help them develop and implement long-term strategic objectives to improve cohesiveness, performance and profitability. Since 1997, he has worked with over 300 law firms and thousands of lawyers. Most of his clients are mid-size commercial law firms, ranging in size from 15 to 200 lawyers.

John is a frequent speaker and author on law firm leadership and marketing topics. He has spoken at national and regional conferences of the Legal Marketing Association, the Association of Legal Administrators, American Bar Association and numerous state and local bar associations. His articles have appeared in such well-respected publications as ABA Journal, Asian Lawyer, Florida Bar News, For the Defense, Law Practice Management, Law Practice Today, Lawyers Weekly, Legal Management, Marketing for Lawyers, Marketing the Law Firm, Managing Partner, New York Law Journal, Rainmaker’s Review and Wisconsin Lawyer.

In 2013, John was elected a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management in recognition of his twenty five years of demonstrated expertise in law firm leadership and management.

A native of West Palm Beach, Florida, John holds an MBA degree from The University of Virginia (1985) and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida (1980).

John can be reached at or 404.885.9100.