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Season 1, Episode 4

Andrea Markstrom & Meredith Lonner on being women leaders

by | Mar 29, 2019 | Podcast, Season 1 | 0 comments

Andrea Markstrom serves as Blank Rome’s Chief Information Officer, responsible for leading Firm-wide technology and security initiatives across all of Blank Rome’s practices and geographies. Andrea also started the Women Leaders Networking Group in New York, and would welcome any questions and provide more information anyone interested.

 

Meredith Lonne is the Administrator at Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo, P.C. a leading boutique law firm based in New York City specializing in entertainment law.

Andrea and Meredith are from very different firms, not just in the type of law they practice, but also more obviously the size. There were plenty of contrasts between how Meredith and Andrea approach similar topics, such as looking at technology, working with the partnership and even how they found themselves to be in legal. However, perhaps surprisingly, there were similarities also and I walked away from the conversation with plenty of learnings.

 

SHOW NOTES

We cover the following in this episode:

  • Their very different journey into legal (from Target Corp vs from working in a law firm as a paralegal)
  • How to work with internal stakeholders (listening to 700 vs 16 business owners)
  • What does an Administrator do at a small firm
  • What Andrea considers to be the role of a CIO and how it affects her outlook on innovation
  • The importance of security
  • How Andrea & Meredith consider the purchase of technology and new initiatives
  • How Blockchain might be relevant for the entertainment industry
  • The pressures of competition across both their businesses
  • Women in tech

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Special guest: andrea Markstrom

Andrea Markstrom serves as Blank Rome’s Chief Information Officer, responsible for leading Firm-wide technology and security initiatives across all of Blank Rome’s practices and geographies.

In her role, Andrea strategically leverages the Firm’s technology, leadership, and administrative teams and departments to expand Blank Rome’s innovative internal and external technology offerings for both the Firm’s clients and professional staff and attorneys. She also advances cutting-edge tech solutions to support the Firm’s business objectives and ongoing, strategic geographic growth.

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Special guest: meredith lonner

Meredith Lonne is the Administrator at Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo, P.C. a leading boutique law firm based in New York City specializing in entertainment law.

Meredith has three decades of experience leading the IT function at law firms, and and previously served as IT Manager at Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP.

Connect with Meredith on LinkedIn.

Host: abhijat saraswat

Abhijat (“Ab”) Saraswat is a non-practicing Barrister, and holds a BSc. in Forensic Science and Neuroscience from the University of Keele.

Ab is the host of the Fringe Legal podcast. In addition, Ab works as the Director of International Business at Litera Microsystems helping some of the world’s largest and most prestigious law firms with their technology needs. His work focuses on helping lawyers to create & deliver higher quality legal services, faster.

 

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