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American Lawyer Magazine and the National Law Journal features AbstoneLalley, Inc.'s CEO and other legal industry leaders in an article about interviewing advice for new lawyers.

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AbstoneLalley's CEO​,​ Rodney ​L. ​Abstone​-Carabajal,​ speaks about retention i​n law firms in​​ ​this​ exclusive scene
from the ​D​ocufilm series, "Talent Attraction."

 

National Law Journal features article on law firm diversity written by AbstoneLalley, Inc.'s CEO & National Partner Specialist.

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The National Law Journal interviews AbstoneLalley's CEO

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AbstoneLalley, Inc. Opens New Office in Washington, D.C.

CHICAGO – August 25, 2015 – AbstoneLalley, Inc. is pleased to announce the opening of a new office in Washington, D.C. The fast growing, minority-owned and managed legal and corporate consulting firm, adds its fourth location to current offices in Chicago, New York City, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

"The increasing number of large law firms that have placed their headquarters or satellite offices in the nation's capital has created a very vibrant legal market in Washington, D.C.," said Rodney L. Abstone-Carabajal, Chief Executive Officer of AbstoneLalley, Inc. "This office gives us a presence in one of the country's most active and competitive legal markets and continues our strategic growth to better serve our clients on the East Coast and throughout the U.S."

 

AbstoneLalley's Washington, D.C. office is led by Cheryl Kettler, Esq., National Partner Specialist and Bennett Lowenthal, International Mergers and Acquisitions Advisor, who relocated from the Chicago office to form the company's new office in D.C. The Washington office will benefit from their combined expertise and extensive knowledge of the D.C. legal and government communities.

 

Cheryl Kettler, National Partner Specialist – Lateral Acquisition of Partners and Practice Groups, has been a practicing lawyer for nearly 30 years. She began her legal career as a Washington, D.C. lawyer, and then moved to Chicago where she practiced at prominent firms, eventually becoming a shareholder. She also served as an adjunct professor at Roosevelt University and DePaul University's College of Law in Chicago. In addition to her role with AbstoneLalley, Cheryl is currently a visiting professor at The George Washington University Law School.

 

Bennett Lowenthal, International Mergers and Acquisitions Advisor, is a former Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. He has developed an extensive network, ranging from overseas business professionals and Washington, D.C. insiders to U.S. diplomatic and consular officials and foreign journalists. Bennett's practical experience navigating this network and 23-year career as a diplomat for the U.S. government allows him to serve as a trusted advisor to AbstoneLalley's clients.

 

"With the pace of lateral acquisitions and law firm mergers remaining strong, our clients have become increasingly more concerned with efficiency, predictability, and cost effectiveness," Abstone added. "Very few outside consulting firms have made meaningful changes to the traditional method of advising law firms with their growth strategies. AbstoneLalley has set out to change this – through a combination of three differentiating factors: high caliber expertise, personalized service, and a cost-effective pricing structure. AbstoneLalley is well-positioned to help law firms with their strategic growth endeavors."

 

For more information about AbstoneLalley, Inc., please visit www.AbstoneLalley.com or contact the Washington, D.C. office at (571) 399-5618.

 

AbstoneLalley, Inc. Joins Minority Corporate Counsel Association To Help Advance Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession

CHICAGO – March 11, 2015 – AbstoneLalley, Inc., a minority-owned and managed legal and corporate consulting firm with offices in Chicago, New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, announced today that its legal department has been accepted as an in-house member of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA). This membership demonstrates AbstoneLalley’s commitment to diversity and broadens its resources to advance diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. 

 

Diversity is fundamental to the mission of AbstoneLalley. AbstoneLalley prides itself on creating and maintaining an inclusive work environment. The company’s reputation for excellence stems, in part, from its particular expertise in assisting legal and corporate clients with diversity recruitment and retention. AbstoneLalley’s Chief Executive Officer, Rodney L. Abstone II, has advised some of the world’s largest law firms on developing diversity recruiting and retention plans.

 

“Although the legal profession has made measurable strides in diversity recruitment over the past decade, much improvement is still needed to accomplish inclusive retention,” said Rodney L. Abstone II, Chief Executive Officer of AbstoneLalley, Inc. “AbstoneLalley is passionate about representing law firms and corporate legal departments that demonstrate a sincere commitment to inclusive recruiting and, more importantly, retaining high caliber diversity attorneys at the associate and partner levels. To that end, we are honored to be an in-house member of the MCCA and to contribute to our shared endeavor of furthering diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.” 

 

According to the latest law firm demographic findings from National Association for Law Placement, Inc. (NALP), women and minority associates’ ranks continued to grow in 2014, having previously declined in 2010. However, the representation of African-American associates at large law firms has declined every year since 2010, even though they represent an increasing percentage of law school graduates. The same data shows that minority and women partners continued to make small gains in their representation among law firm partners as a whole in 2014. These findings suggest that continued advancement is vitally necessary.

 

Since its founding in 1997, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association has advocated for the expanded hiring, promotion, and retention of minority attorneys in corporate legal departments and the law firms that they retain. The MCCA’s programs and initiatives focus on diversity management issues with an emphasis on the professional challenges faced by racial/ethnic minorities; women; gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals; persons with disabilities; and multi-generational workforces. The training programs help law firms learn how to define, create, and sustain a diverse and inclusive workplace.

 

For more information about AbstoneLalley’s diversity recruitment and retention services, please visit the company’s website at AbstoneLalley.com.

 

AbstoneLalley, Inc. Expands Services To Offer International Mergers and Acquisitions Advising to Legal and Corporate Clients

CHICAGO – January 8, 2014 – AbstoneLalley, Inc., a minority-owned legal and corporate consulting firm with offices in Chicago, New York and the San Francisco Bay Area, announced today that Bennett Lowenthal, a former Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State, has joined the company as International Mergers and Acquisitions Advisor. In this role, Mr. Lowenthal will draw from his extensive international experience to serve as a strategic partner for AbstoneLalley's legal and corporate clients who are interested in establishing offices overseas.

 

During his 23-year career as a diplomat for the U.S. government, Mr. Lowenthal lived and worked in countries in Eastern and Western Europe, South America and the Middle East, becoming proficient in half a dozen languages. He has developed an extensive network of contacts, ranging from overseas business professionals and Washington, D.C. insiders to U.S. diplomatic and consular officials and foreign journalists. It is his practical experience navigating this network and thorough understanding of different cultures that allows Mr. Lowenthal to serve as a trusted advisor to his clients.

 

"It's imperative for any business looking to establish an office overseas to develop an in-depth understanding of its prospective market," said Bennett Lowenthal, International Mergers and Acquisitions Advisor, AbstoneLalley, Inc. "As part of the AbstoneLalley team, I continue to build on my career in the Foreign Service to serve our legal and corporate clients in an international capacity. By partnering with our clients as a strategic advisor, I help them establish a network in their desired market, identify potential merger partners and deal effectively with host-country officials in setting up an international office. My availability to be on-site in any location worldwide speaks to the level of personalized service AbstoneLalley offers our clients."

 

"Leading law firms and corporations are recognizing that establishing a physical presence in a foreign market is not only a competitive advantage – in many cases, it has become a necessity," said Rodney L. Abstone II, CEO of AbstoneLalley, Inc. "That's where AbstoneLalley comes in. By leveraging Bennett's global connections and breadth of international experience, we provide our clients unparalleled expertise with a level of personalized service that is hard to find in today's market. Coupled with our competitive pricing structure, AbstoneLalley is well-equipped to help our legal and corporate clients build a successful business on a global scale."

 

 

 

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