Winston & Strawn
Gardner Carton & Douglas
I like to fix things and make the workflow easier. My focus is Billing, General Ledger Accounting and Internal Controls.
I met Heather, Mike and Jeanne at Gardner Carton & Douglas LLP in Chicago (250 lawyers; since merged into Drinker Biddle). I was Assistant Controller with responsibilities for credit and collections, client intake, database maintenance, financial analysis and was the Accounting Department’s liaison to the New Business Intake/Conflicts Committee.
After GCD’s merger with Drinker Biddle, I joined Holland & Knight LLP at their global administrative office in Tampa (1,000 lawyers worldwide). My title was Assistant Controller and again my focus was on credit, collections, client intake and financial analysis.
I’m Known For: Solving procedural problems. Workflow can always be streamlined. I like things to be straightforward and simple.
My Current Project: 4L because the business side of law firms should make sense, while the lawyers concentrate primarily on their clients.
Blocks I’ve Been Around: Carrollwood neighborhood in North Tampa; Oak Park, IL.
Why 4L: Where else could I work with lots and lots of law firms and make a difference?
Where I’d Like to Be 10 Years from Now: Anywhere Kathy is.
What I’m Addicted To: Family — a wonderful wife and 3 kids at home.