The assignment was led by partner Amanda K. Brady along with managing director Dustin Laws.
“Matt’s strong record of developing and executing turnarounds involving significant change with processes, people and technology, ideally position him to drive process efficiencies within the focused and motivated environment of a law firm,” said Ms. Brady.
As CIO at Ice Miller, Mr. Tader will be responsible for leading the overall information systems function to manage the business and practice of law more effectively. He is also charged with delivering practical and comprehensive client service to meet the goals and objectives of the firm.
Mr. Tader has more than three decades of experience in IT and business planning. Prior to joining Ice Miller, he held CIO and various technology leadership roles at organizations such as Interdent, Adidas, Covance and Anthem / Wellpoint.
“Matt joins the firm at a time of great technological opportunity both internally and for clients,” said Steve Humke, chief managing partner of Ice Miller. “His experience from a breadth of industries offers a fresh perspective to our information system functions that will help the firm use technology to become more nimble and efficient for our clients.”
Ice Miller is a full-service law firm with more than 300 lawyers and offices in Chicago, Columbus, DuPage County, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, New York and Washington, D.C. Its clients include emerging growth companies, Fortune 500 corporations, municipal entities and non-profits.
Ms. Brady leads the organization’s law firm management practice, which specializes in placing senior business professionals in law-firm operations, finance, marketing, business development, strategy, pricing, human resources, recruiting and professional development, technology, knowledge management and practice management. She has more than 15 years of executive and legal search experience, over 10 of which have focused on building executive management teams for AmLaw 100 and 200 firms. In addition, she is a fellow in the College of Law Firm Practice Management, an honorary organization made up of individuals who have made significant and sustained contributions to the field of law practice management.
Mr. Laws is responsible for leading executive-level searches, including marketing, business development, technology, human resources, diversity, professional development, finance and firm administration positions.
Legal Recruiting On the Rise
Legal recruiting has for the most part been booming this year. Lawyers employed by government agencies in particular have been on the move as a result of changes in government administrations, according to Hunt Scanlon Media. Employment of lawyers is projected to grow 10 percent through 2022. Demand for legal work is expected to be robust as individuals, businesses and all levels of government require legal services in the U.S. and internationally as global economies expand.
To meet this demand, MLA has been bolstering its staff and search practices over the past year. Here is a sampling from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:
Just recently, MLA launched Legal Talent Management Consulting. Led by Miriam Frank, a partner and vice president, the offering provides lawyers and legal teams with customized consulting services designed to increase performance, productivity and engagement. Ms. Frank is certified by and is a member of the International Coach Federation.
The firm also expanded with the addition of George J. Hittner in its Houston office. Mr. Hittner previously spent seven years as general counsel, corporate secretary and senior vice president for government relations at Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions. There, he managed the company’s full spectrum of legal and legislative affairs
MLA also opened a new office in Singapore and added Ashish Raivadera to the partner practice group. He also leads operations in Singapore. In recent years, while working at ATR Associates Pte. Ltd., Mr. Raivadera focused on partner and counsel placements with international law firms in Singapore and Southeast Asia.
Lastly, MLA named John Cashman as president. Since joining the firm in 2005, Mr. Cashman has risen through the ranks as a recruiter, manager and leader. Throughout his career, he has focused his practice on partner representation in the lateral market, practice group acquisition and firm mergers for a range of clients, including top national and global law firms, regional U.S. firms and large public and private companies.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media