Managing Partners Forum

A great program! It was very helpful to hear both the faculty and participants comment on key issues.

Dana D. McDaniel, Esq.
Spotts Fain, PC - Richmond, VA

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Dr. Sharon Meit Abrahams
Legal Talent Expert

Dr. Sharon Meit Abrahams is a legal talent development expert helping lawyers improve their performance, productivity and profitability through skill assessments, coaching and interactive workshops. For over 25 years Dr. Abrahams has designed, implemented and managed every aspect of the services that firms offer to support and develop their legal talent. From an attorney’s first day to their last at a firm, Dr. Abrahams has a service that will enhance their engagement and success.

Dr. Abrahams has authored three books published by the American Bar Association and over 60 articles related to professional and business development in the legal profession. Dr. Abrahams’ years of experience includes client relationship building, business development techniques, communication skills and management/leadership development training. She has conducted over 170 seminars on a wide variety of topics for esteemed audiences at the ABA, ALA, NALP, local bar associations, Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Northwestern, University of Virginia, University of Chicago and Duke Law Schools as well as others.

She was appointed to the Professional Development Committee of the Law Practice Division of the ABA and served as the chair of the Professional Development Advisory Committee of the Association of Legal Administrators.

Because of her love of teaching, Dr. Abrahams was faculty for 10 years at the Center for Management Development at Florida International University, teaching training and human resources courses. She also served as an adjunct professor in the doctoral program titled "Organizational Leadership" at Nova Southeastern University. 

Dr. Abrahams has a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master’s of Science in Education from the University of Miami and her doctorate from Nova Southeastern University.

She gives back to the community by conducting workshops gratis for 501c3 organizations across the country.


John Remsen, Jr.
President, TheRemsenGroup
President and CEO, Managing Partner Forum

John Remsen, Jr., is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading authorities on law firm leadership, management, marketing and business development. Since 1997 TheRemsenGroup has consulted with more than 400 law firms and thousands of law firm leaders to help them develop and implement long-term strategic objectives to improve cohesiveness, profitability and sustainability. 

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, Association of Legal Administrators, American Bar Association, and numerous state and local bar associations. His articles have appeared in dozens of highly respected legal publications, including the ABA Journal, Law Practice Management, Law Practice Today, Law360, Legal Management, Marketing for Lawyers, Marketing the Law Firm, Managing Partner, National Law Review and New York Law Journal.

Since 1988, John has been an active member of the Legal Marketing Association, and he has served as President of LMA’s Southeastern Chapter, Executive Editor of Strategies (LMA’s newsletter) and a member of LMA’s national Board of Directors. He is also an active member of the Association of Legal Administrators and a popular speaker at ALA meetings and conferences.

In 2002, John created The Managing Partner Forum, a highly acclaimed conference series and community for managing partners and law firm leaders. More than 1,200 firm leaders from 900 law firms from 43 states have participated in 26 conferences. In addition, John distributes The MPF Weekly, an electronic newsletter to more than 10,500 firm leaders throughout the U.S., Canada and 28 other countries.

John’s influence was underscored when he was inducted as a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management in 2013, in recognition of his 25 years of demonstrated expertise in law firm leadership and management. Founded in 1994, the College honors those who “inspire excellence and innovation in law practice management.” Membership is by invitation only and includes just 200 individuals. 

And the College was not alone: in 2016, John was recognized by LawDragon as one of the “Top 100 Consultants and Strategists” to the legal profession; and in 2017, John was recognized as one of the world’s top “leaders and influencers” in the business of law by the Association of International Law Firm Networks.

A native of West Palm Beach, Florida, John holds an MBA from The University of Virginia (1985) and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida (1980). Prior to enrolling in graduate school, John was Executive Director of The Florida Council of 100, an organization comprised of Florida’s top CEOs and other business leaders.  





Dan Binstock

Dan Binstock, Esq.
Partner, Garrison & Sisson, Inc.

Dan Binstock is a partner at Garrison & Sisson. With an extensive network and track record placing partners/practice groups and associates, he connects candidates and law firms in a highly efficient and discreet manner. Dan has brokered some of the most significant lateral partner placements in the Washington, DC market.

LawDragon named Dan one of the Top 100 Legal Consultants and Strategists in 2019, 2018 and 2017 (see interview). Dan also authored "The Attorney's Guide to Using (or Not Using) Legal Recruiters: Answers to Important Questions Most Attorneys Don't Know to Ask ... But Should" (2015).

Dan is the current President of National Association of Legal Search Consultants (NALSC) and Former Chair of the Ethics Committee of National Association of Legal Search Consultants (NALSC). His commentary and/or articles on the legal market have appeared in publications including the Wall Street Journal, American Lawyer, National Law Journal, Law360, ABA Journal, Fortune, Washington Post, and Washington Business Journal.

Alison R. Christian, Esq.
Shareholder, Christian Ditcher & Sluga, PC

Alison R. Christian is an AV-rated shareholder at Christian Dichter & Sluga, PC, a certified women-owned law firm in Phoenix, and her practice is dedicated to insurance coverage and insurance litigation matters.In 2012, she co-founded a business development program to empower women lawyers called “Ladder Down". The program is unique in both structure and content, and runs year-long with monthly sessions dedicated to instruction in three key areas: leadership, business development, and mentoring. She partnered with the prestigious Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel in 2016 to launch FDCC Ladder Down programs in San Francisco and Seattle, in addition to the long-standing program in Phoenix. The FDCC also launched a new program in Cleveland in January 2019.

Alison is active in the local and national defense communities. She has served on the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel Board of Directors since 2011 and is currently serving her term as President. In December 2014 she was appointed to serve on the DRI Membership Committee, and in July 2015 she was admitted to the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel as one of its youngest members. She was also recognized by Arizona Business Magazine as one of the most influential women in Arizona business, the youngest of five honorees in the 2014 "Generation Next" category. In 2016, she was included among the Top 10 Most Influential Millennials in Arizona.


Jonathan Fleece, Esq.
Former Managing Partner, Blalock Walters
President & CEO, Tidewell Hospice, Inc.

Jonathan is an exciting and engaging speaker, educator, attorney and advisor booked and retained by some of America’s top brands. He brings his healthcare expertise and TO BE 4 HEALTH program to boardrooms, conference centers, auditoriums and retreats to create transformative and healthier companies.

Jonathan has been a focused health care and business attorney for nearly 20 years and was the Managing Partner of Blalock Walters, a boutique law firm in Tampa Bay Florida.

He also founded a health care advisory firm, New Health Age Advisors, with international futurist David Houle.

He excels at strategic planning, organizational change, crisis management, workforce engagement, compliance, law and special projects.


Marlon Lutfiyya, JD
Director of Talent & Diversity, Neal Gerber & Eisenberg, LLP

Marlon is the Director of Talent & Diversity at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP. In that role, he helps lead and advance the ongoing development and implementation of the firm’s recruiting, professional development and diversity strategies. With over eight years as a litigator, and over seven years in the areas of professional development and inclusion, Marlon brings strategic and innovative thinking to the areas of recruitment, professional development and diversity & inclusion. 

Prior to joining Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg, he was the Director of Inclusion & Professional Development at Husch Blackwell LLP. Marlon previously practiced as a litigation attorney at Winston & Strawn LLP in Chicago and at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in New York. He is an active member of the National Association for Law Placement and the Professional Development Consortium, and has been a member of the Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals. He previously served as the Vice Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee of the ABA’s Law Practice Division and was appointed to the Law Practice Division’s Attorney Well-Being Committee. 

Marlon holds a JD from the New York University School of Law, where he was Notes Development Editor for the New York University Law Review. He received his BA in Political Science from Yale University.


Michael A. Kamarat, Esq.
Senior Associate, Krevolin & Horst, LLC

Michael is an associate in our corporate, real estate, and technology practice areas. Michael focuses his practice on corporate finance transactions, including structured financings, acquisition financings and asset-based financings. He has experience representing both financial institutions and companies in multi-million dollar transactions, including a $770 million acquisition financing. As well as financing matters, he has represented clients in connection with the purchase and sale of businesses in various industries, including hospitality, gaming and technology. Michael earned his JD, with honors, from the Emory University School of Law. He was awarded the Attorney’s Title Guaranty Fund Award and the Dean’s Awards in Venture Capital, Contract Drafting and Commercial Real Estate. He also served as a managing editor of the Emory Law Journal, is a member of Phi Alpha Delta and the Order of the Coif. Michael received his BSBA. from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, one of the world’s leading business schools, where he majored in finance and accounting while minoring in psychology.

In addition to his regular practice, Michael does pro bono work for Atlanta Legal Aid. Before joining Krevolin & Horst, Michael was an associate at a national AM100 law firm.


Donna J. Markus
Chief Operating Officer, Kopka Pinkus Dolin

Donna J. Markus is the Chief Operating Officer at Kopka Pinkus Dolin where she successfully manages seven offices throughout Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan. She has over 15 years of experience in the legal industry with an exceptionally versatile background. Donna is highly skilled in streamlining processes, training, cash flow and profitability, remodeling offices and driving change within the organization. 

As a leader, Donna possesses a passion for driving a positive culture in the workplace and places a strong emphasis on core values and appreciation. She believes in nurturing an atmosphere where all employees feel valued and dedication is rewarded. 

Earning her Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) focused in Business Management from University of Wisconsin-Stout, Donna is currently working on her Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.  

Personally, Donna is married with two children, Madalyn (11) and Josie (6). In her personal time she enjoys going to their cabin with her family and loves to fish.  



Francisco Ramos, Jr., Esq.
Managing Partner, Clarke Silverglate, PA

Frank is the Managing Partner of Clarke Silverglate, where he practices in the areas of commercial litigation, drug and medical device, products liability and catastrophic personal injury. He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in Best Lawyers in America for his defense work in product liability matters. Frank has been with Clarke Silverglate for virtually his entire career.  He has tried to verdict personal injury, medical malpractice, product liability, and inverse condemnation cases. As a certified mediator, Frank has resolved numerous matters through alternative dispute resolution.  

Frank is an ambassador for the Firm’s mission of leadership and service. He has been President of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association and the 11th Judicial Historical Society and has served on the boards of the Defense Research Institute, Florida International University’s Alumni Association, Florida International University’s Honors College, Parent to Parent of Miami, Miami-Dade Defense Bar Association, Legal Services of Greater Miami, and Florida Christian School. He serves as a mentor to countless young lawyers and law students through his publications, social media posts, presentations, webinars, and his “coffee chats.” Frank has written seven books for lawyers, edited four books for lawyers, and has written over 300 articles for lawyers and business professionals. 

Franks’s dedication to young lawyers is exemplified through his development of a Deposition Boot Camp and Art of Marketing Program for the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, an invitation-only defense organization that handpicked Frank for membership just eight years into his practice. Frank’s daily practice pointers and business tips on LinkedIn has almost 35,000 followers.

In his spare time, Frank enjoys writing, reading science fiction, and listening to his two sons, David and Michael, perform classical and jazz music. 


Katherine A. Twardak, Esq.
Senior Associate, Tomasik Kotin Kasserman, LLC

After years of representing clients in complex civil litigation matters, Katie joined Tomasik Kotin Kasserman, LLC as a trial attorney in 2019 where she practices in all areas of personal injury law.

Prior to coming to Tomasik Kotin Kasserman, Katie was an attorney at Johnson & Bell and a member of the firm’s Health Care Group specializing in medical malpractice and wrongful death matters. Before beginning her practice of law, Katie gained valuable personal injury experience clerking at Power Rogers & Smith. While at the Loyola University School of Law, Katie was chosen to be a member of the Corboy Fellowship in Trial Advocacy, an intensive trial advocacy training program awarded to only the top advocates at the Loyola. There, Katie also received the Joan Marie Corboy Scholarship for Leadership and Trial Advocacy.

Katie was selected as an Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2017 and 2018, a distinction that is limited to fewer than 2.5% of attorneys in Illinois.

Katie received her bachelor’s degree from Boston College in 2006, her master’s in education from Dominican University in 2009, and her law degree from Loyola in 2014. When not at the office, Katie serves as a member of the Leader Council at Mercy Home for Boys & Girls and also mentors youth at Mercy Home through its tutoring program.