MEET THE EXPERTS AT LAW FIRM MENTOR
Allison Williams is the owner of not one, but two successful companies. She is Founder of Williams Law Group, a full service family law firm where she is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, is Certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as Matrimonial Law Attorney, and is certified by National Board of Trial Advocacy in Family Law. After taking Williams Law Group from start-up to a multi-million dollar business in 3.5 years, she created a second business, Law Firm Mentor, where she and her team provide business coaching services for solo and small law firm attorneys, helping them grow their revenues, crush chaos in business, and make more money.
Law Firm Mentor was born out Allison’s success in business, including winning the LawFirm500 award, ranking 14th of the fastest growing law firms in the nation, being named a Stevie Award Finalist for Female Entrepreneur of the Year in 2017 and in 2018, being voted as NJBIZ’s Top 50 Women in Business, and designated one of the Top 25 Leading Women Entrepreneurs and Business Owners. The motto of Law Firm Mentor is #NeverStopGrowing!
“No one creates success alone. We have an amazing team of professionals to help advance the company and serve our law firm owners from across the country.”
Allison C. Williams, Esq.
Law Firm Mentor
MEET OUR COACHES
Wolfgang was a professional violinist for 12 years before becoming a Financial Analyst for a fund of hedge funds, further transitioning to becoming a Financial Advisor to Chief Restructuring Officers, Chapter 11 Trustees, Receivers and Creditor Committees. In that capacity, he worked with distressed companies in many industries, including dissolving law firms, so he understands law firm trust accounting, small business valuation, and profitability and finance. Before starting his own consulting business focused on small businesses, he was Director of Operations for a startup digital marketing company. In that role, he managed both Digital Marketing professionals and e-Commerce Retail associates and learned the nuances of digital marketing in order to hold his team of 12 accountable to KPIs in marketing. Wolfgang has an MBA from Baruch College, a Master’s from Brigham Young University, and spent a year in the Master’s program at the Julliard School.
Deb is a former professional athlete (softball), Deb started her career beyond athletics as a Mathematics teacher in a Charter school, before transitioning to become the lead instructor of business creation, management and growth for an athletic center in her home city of Salt Lake City, UT. She then transitioned to become a Business Consultant for the Salt Lake City Chamber Women’s Business Center, where she coached more than 1,200 businesses through strategic planning, growth, implementation, product and service creation, brand development, job growth, revenue generation, cash flow forecasting, financing, government contracting, expansion, strategic management, operational planning, sales, and marketing. In this capacity, Deb has helped to start 168 new businesses, 608 new jobs created, $50.6 Million in Revenue, Total increase in profit of $4.86 Million and $2.9 Million in capital accessed. Deb also has worked as the Director of Business Support Services for the Goldman Sachs Global Business Center where she obtained an Executive Certificate in Global Business Management and where she plans, coordinates, and implements a yearly marketing and outreach plan for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program. There, she is a keynote speaker, trainer and facilitator of business conferences and she manages a team of 3 in coaching small business owners.
Shakeena is a paralegal turned business owner. She worked as a paralegal for over a decade in various areas of the legal industry, including: Family Law, Real Estate, Personal Injury, Bankruptcy, Medical Malpractice, Estate Planning, and more. She also managed and trained teams in policies, processes and implementation procedures. During that time, she began her freelancing journey as a copywriter and web designer for local small businesses. A natural transition into coaching, she began helping new owners build a solid foundation in their lead generation, client retention and referral systems. Since then, she has helped larger organizations increase their reach, develop their thought leadership, align their business vision with company efforts and generate leads from manageable marketing systems and strategies. Shakeena holds an MBA in Marketing, a Masters in Writing and a host of other skills and talents acquired through passion and curiosity over the years.
As a Business & Marketing Coach, Jesse brings more than 25 years of business, marketing, and coaching experience working with organizations in the United States, Canada, Germany, and Australia. Jesse is currently working towards his ICF Professional Certified Coach Credential with specialties in Certified Executive Coaching, Business Coaching, and Life Coaching. Jesse has experience teaching business and marketing at the collegiate level is currently a board member for Meals on Wheels in North Carolina. Jesse’s professional mission is to help business owners and leaders be more successful and happier, using the quickest, most efficient path possible. Jesse’s clients experience remarkable improvements in their productivity, time management, motivation, leadership skills, flexibility, goal attainment, and work/life balance. Jesse resides in Asheville, North Carolina, with his partner Lindsay and their four children, three cats, and Australian Shepard Pixel. When Jesse isn’t coaching, he likes to spend his time running, hiking, paddle boarding, and mountain biking. Jesse holds an MBA in Strategic Management from Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont, BS in Management, BS in Marketing, and AS in Computer Engineering.
MEET OUR TEAM
Nina Eads, Executive Assistant
Nina enjoys a diverse professional background which enables her to anticipate the growth needs of the Law Firm Mentor, LLC, as well as understand and consistently deliver on what it takes to support a successful CEO. As a natural organizer, Nina prioritizes and systematizes projects to help crush the chaos that can come with soaring success. Nina has gathered experience and skills over the years in positions that include retail management, C-Level administrative support, owner/broker of a real estate company, Executive Director of a Chamber of Commerce, Association Executive of a Board of Realtors, and several years working virtually as an Executive Admin.
Nina is a graduate of St. Mary’s College of California and holds a degree in Diversified Liberal Arts. She and her husband, Ted, live in Northeast Oklahoma with their two dogs on 3 acres looking out over Grand Lake. Nina enjoys staying involved in her community as a member of the local Rotary Club, and when not working, enjoys gardening, cooking, traveling, and spending time with friends, family, and the dogs!
Jasmine Harvey, HR Director/Director of Operations
As Director of HR & Operations, Jasmine is the engine behind the scenes that keeps Law Firm Mentor, LLC running. Her unparalleled organizational and interpersonal skills enable her to manage all aspects of the operation, from payroll and IT management to product merchandising. Formerly a paralegal for the Public Defender’s Office at the Office of Parental Representation, Jasmine also serves as Office Administrator for Williams Law Group, LLC. In this role, she has worked closely with senior management to cultivate an open and healthy company culture and successfully navigate the years of growth that have resulted in a multi-million-dollar firm. Jasmine’s arsenal of talents is complemented by her many years previously spent in retail management and customer service, which enabled her to master the art of multi-tasking, priority setting, and helping people.
Jasmine graduated from Manhattanville College, Summa Cum Laude, in 2012. She also spent 9 months abroad to study at Keio University in Tokyo in 2011, where she fell in love with Japanese culture and cuisine. Outside of work, Jasmine enjoys spending time with her family and pets, camping, and playing video games.
Vivien Beverly Leopiras, Administrative Assistant
Before transitioning to her current role as a remote Virtual Assistant, Vivien spent 10 years in a corporate office honing her impressive interpersonal and organizational skills in the fast-paced customer service industry. The ease with which Vivien adapts to change and works with true passion and integrity has propelled her and her clients to great success, enabling her to meet the monthly KPI passing rate of 85% for customer satisfaction surveys and first-call resolution. A self-starter who never shies away from a challenge, Vivien makes it her personal mission to resolve client inquiries efficiently to show respect to their time. In addition to being a Virtual Assistant, Vivien also manages an online business in the Philippines, where she has been able to expand from 3-4 products to a catalogue of over 30 products and ever-increasing monthly revenues.
When Vivien isn’t working, she enjoys taking time for solo travel and has already visited Japan, South Korea, and several countries in Southeast Asia. She is also a passionate advocate for environmental preservation and volunteers as an English teacher for a refugee camp in Thailand. She’s a regular blood donor and a volunteer for a local beach clean-up.
Valeria Ortiz, Administrative/Marketing Assistant
Valeria is a seasoned Executive Assistant with over 7 years of experience supporting multinational companies in various areas of operation. Accustomed to acting as the right-hand woman of C-level management, she is a natural and proven talent when it comes to running the day-to-day and complex administrative tasks of an office. In her former roles, she was also an active and key contributor to long-term business development planning. As Administrative Assistant at Law Firm Mentor, her genuine willingness to help and unwavering commitment to promoting a positive, supportive team environment make her an indispensable part of the team.
Outside of work, Valeria loves to travel and enjoys discovering and interacting with different people and cultures. Her friends would describe her as kind and articulate, always aware of and sensitive to the culture and diversity of those around her.
John Hecker, Growth Strategist/Sales Team
John is a seasoned salesman with 20+ years of experience primarily in digital media, SEO, and advertising. He joins the Law Firm Mentor team with unique experience in the legal industry, having worked closely with lawyers when targeting advertising sales in the past. John has a passion for nurturing customer relationships by conducting needs assessments and leveraging a solution-selling model to closely align with customer needs.
John is originally from Michigan but has lived in Florida for the last 30 years. He enjoys going to the beach, boating, and spending time with his grandkids. John holds a B.A. in Marketing from Western Michigan University.
Traci Thomas, Growth Strategist/Sales Team
Traci began her sales career in the insurance industry 15 years ago as a captive agent in the senior market. She soon transitioned into the role of life and health insurance broker, which allowed her to provide clients with multiple options that better fit their needs. Traci considers presenting and relationship building to be the most enjoyable aspects of selling and will use this passion to support the Law Firm Mentor team and its clients.
Traci has lived in Oklahoma her entire life. She has a B.S. in Marketing and an M.B.A from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Married with two daughters, Traci enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and walking her favorite dog Brody.