NB This article was updated to include Jae Um in the headline.
Casey Flaherty, founder of Procertus and the Legal Techolology Assessment, has joined Baker McKenzie as director of legal project management, responsible for accelerating the growth of the firm’s LPM capability. Based in Austin, Texas, Casey brings more than 14 years of experience as a lawyer and consultant, with many aware of him through his industry commentary on the likes of 3 Geeks and a Law Blog.
He joins alongside Jae Um, a former director of legal strategy at Seyfarth Shaw, who is the newly-appointed director of pricing strategy.
Jae and Casey will work closely with David Cambria, Baker’s global director of legal operations, to deliver on the firm’s commitment to client value. Cambria joined Baker McKenzie in June 2018 from Archer Daniels Midland Company, a Fortune 50 company and one of the world’s largest agricultural processors and ingredient providers, where he held the position of global director of operations – Law, Compliance and Government Relations for five years.
Here is the announcement in full:
Global, January 22, 2019 – Baker McKenzie is delighted to announce the addition of market leading legal business professionals D. Casey Flaherty and Jae Um as the Firm continues to enhance and reimagine the delivery of its legal services to global clients.
Casey joins the Firm as Director of legal project management, responsible for accelerating the growth of the Firm’s already industry-leading LPM capability and sharpening the attendant focus on client alignment. Based in Austin, Texas, in the United States, Casey brings more than 14 years of experience as a lawyer and consultant.
Jae joins the Firm as director of pricing strategy, responsible for advancing the Firm’s approach to pricing and strengthening enabling capabilities to drive firm–wide implementation at scale. Jae brings over 12 years of cross-functional experience in legal business and is based in New York.
Jae and Casey will work closely with David Cambria, the Firm’s global director of legal operations, to deliver on the Firm’s commitment to client value. David joined Baker McKenzie in June 2018 from Archer Daniels Midland Company, a Fortune 50 company and one of the world’s largest agricultural processors and ingredient providers. There, he held the position of global director of operations – Law, Compliance and Government Relations for five years.
Jason Marty, the Firm’s global chief operating officer, explains, “David has added an invaluable “voice of the client” to our firm leadership that signals serious commitment to helping our clients navigate complexity and create value. Delivering on that promise at scale means investing further in the team, and adding top quality talent like Casey and Jae will accelerate our ability to enhance our service delivery while innovating for the future.”
In David’s own words, “We are thrilled to add Casey and Jae to our team. They are both widely recognized domain experts in legal business and strategic sourcing, bringing fresh perspectives and unique insights into the evolving needs of our clients, as well as decades of experience in the frontline work of service delivery innovation.“
Casey agrees, “For years, it has been my thesis that law firms have the capacity to change, in ways big and small, to better satisfy client needs. Before joining, I did a deep dive into Baker McKenzie. I was impressed with where the Firm is today. I was excited by where the Firm is headed. On a professional level, I look forward to contributing to the Firm’s efforts to navigate the shifting legal landscape. On a personal level, I can’t wait to work with Jae and David.”
Jae concludes, “As our clients compete in an increasingly complex environment, their expectations for outside counsel continue to rise. By investing deeply in professional and business capabilities, Baker McKenzie is building for the future. I am thrilled to join a stellar team in the work of enhancing a global platform as it strives to deliver greater client value at scale.”