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Our Mission

The International Practice Management Association (IPMA) is the premier resource for information and education on the management of paralegals and other practice support professionals in law firms, corporations and law departments globally. Its mission is to advocate for the effective use and management of these professionals, to promote and enhance the proficiency and professionalism of its members, and to provide thought leadership to the membership, the legal industry, and the public at large on the value of utilization and management of paralegals and other practice support professionals.

Mentor Program

As an added benefit to our members, the IPMA offers a fulsome mentorship program on numerous topics. Below is a list of categories for which we offer mentoring opportunities. Each mentor has graciously provided their contact information, and where appropriate their company's primary practices. We hope our members will take advantage of the knowledge and experience these professionals have. 

The categories are as follows: 
 
Budgeting Diversity Establishing Procedures
General Handbook Human Resources
Performance Management Recruiting & Onboarding Tech Issues



Budgeting
 
Cathy Boette
Director of Professional Programs
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
Columbia, South Carolina
(803) 255-9557
cathy.boette@nelsonmullins.com
Rebecca Casavant
Paralegal Manager
Covington & Burling LLP
Washington, DC
(202) 662-5032
rcasavant@cov.com
Litigation, Corporate, Patent, Trademark
Tara Kim Eberhart
Director of Paralegal Services and Docketing
Dentons US
Washington DC
(202) 496-7113
tara.eberhart@dentons.com
Litigation, Transaction, Regulatory
     
Michelle D. Hess, MPS, ACP
Advanced Certified Paralegal (Discover/Trial)
Paralegal Manager
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP
201 E. Washington Street, Suite 1200
Phoenix, AZ  85004
(303)628-9694 x 5694
mhess@lrrc.com
Litigation, Govt. Relations, Intellectual Property, Gaming, Business Transactions, Religious Institutions
Suzanne Mehl
Paralegal Administrator
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
Cincinnati, Ohio
(513) 977-8194
suzanne.mehl@dinsmore.com
Laura Porter
Manager, Corporate Secretariat
OMERS
Toronto, Ontario
(416) 814-6502
lporter@omers.com
Corporate, Securities and Compliance
 
     
Amy Williams
Director of Paralegal Services
King & Spalding
Atlanta, Georgia
(404) 572-2544
aswilliams@kslaw.com
Corporate US/International
   



Diversity
 
Rebecca Casavant
Paralegal Manager
Covington & Burling LLP
Washington, DC
(202) 662-5032
rcasavant@cov.com
Litigation, Corporate, Patent, Trademark
Michelle D. Hess, MPS, ACP
Advanced Certified Paralegal (Discover/Trial)
Paralegal Manager
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP
201 E. Washington Street, Suite 1200
Phoenix, AZ  85004
(303)628-9694 x 5694
mhess@lrrc.com
Litigation, Govt. Relations, Intellectual Property, Gaming, Business Transactions, Religious Institutions
Suzanne Mehl
Paralegal Administrator
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
Cincinnati, Ohio
(513) 977-8194
suzanne.mehl@dinsmore.com
     
Alison Sinclair
Manager, Corporate Services
Wildeboer Dellelce, LLP
Toronto, Ontario
(416)847-6901
asinclair@wildlaw.ca
   



Establishing Procedures
 
Kathy Anderson
Manager of Corporate Services
Bennett Jones SLP
Toronto, Ontario
(416)777-6129
Corporate Law
Cathy Boette
Director of Professional Programs
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
Columbia, South Carolina
(803) 255-9557
cathy.boette@nelsonmullins.com
Rebecca Casavant
Paralegal Manager
Covington & Burling LLP
Washington, DC
(202) 662-5032
rcasavant@cov.com
Litigation, Corporate, Patent, Trademark
     
Tara Kim Eberhart
Director of Paralegal Services and Docketing
Dentons US
Washington DC
(202) 496-7113
tara.eberhart@dentons.com
Litigation, Transaction, Regulatory
 
Barbara Gaffney
Financial Institutions Research Manager
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
New York, New York
(212)225-3713
bgaffney@cgsh.com
Financial Institutions/securities

 
Debra A. Janko
Support Services Manager
JONES DAY - One Firm Worldwide
North Point
901 Lakeside Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio  44114-1190
1 (216)586-1065
dajanko@jonesday.com

 
     
Suzanne Mehl
Paralegal Administrator
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
Cincinnati, Ohio
(513) 977-8194
suzanne.mehl@dinsmore.com



 
Laura Porter
Manager, Corporate Secretariat
OMERS
Toronto, Ontario
(416) 814-6502
lporter@omers.com
Corporate, Securities and Compliance


 
Alison Sinclair
Manager, Corporate Services
Wildeboer Dellelce, LLP
Toronto, Ontario
(416)847-6901
asinclair@wildlaw.ca



 
     
Amy Williams
Director of Paralegal Services
King & Spalding
Atlanta, Georgia
(404) 572-2544
aswilliams@kslaw.com
Corporate US/International
 
   



General

 
Kathy Anderson
Manager of Corporate Services
Bennett Jones SLP
Toronto, Ontario
(416)777-6129
Brian Bernhard
Office Administrator
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Denver, CO
(303)764-6838
brian.bernhard@ogletreedeakins.com
Cathy Boette
Director of Professional Programs
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
Columbia, South Carolina
(803) 255-9557
cathy.boette@nelsonmullins.com
     
Rebecca Casavant
Paralegal Manager
Covington & Burling LLP
Washington, DC
(202) 662-5032
rcasavant@cov.com
Litigation, Corporate, Patent, Trademark
Barbara Gaffney
Financial Institutions Research Manager
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
New York, New York
(212)225-3713
bgaffney@cgsh.com
Jane Anne Gross
Paraprofessional Coordinator
Reed Smith LLP
Chicago, IL  
(312) 207-2436
Corporate and Litigation/Environmental
     
Candace Martin
Manager, Corporate Services
Gardiner Roberts LLP
Toronto, Ontario
(416)865-6727
Suzanne Mehl
Paralegal Administrator
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
Cincinnati, Ohio
(513) 977-8194
suzanne.mehl@dinsmore.com
Gary R. Platton
Mass Tort Manager
Ulmer & Berne LLP
(513)698-5094
gplatton@ulmer.com
Litigation/Products Liability
 
Laura Porter
Manager, Corporate Secretariat
OMERS
Toronto, Ontario
(416) 814-6502
lporter@omers.com
Corporate, Securities and Compliance

 
Alison Sinclair
Manager, Corporate Services
Wildeboer Dellelce, LLP
Toronto, Ontario
(416)847-6901
asinclair@wildlaw.ca


 
Karen Tuschak
Director, Law Clerks & Paralegals
McMillan LLP
Brookfield Place
181 Bay Street, Suite 4400
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2Te
(647)943-8060
Karen.Tuschak@mcmillan.ca
 
     
Carol J. Van Buren
Director of Paralegal Services
Perkins Cole LLP
1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900
Seattle, Washington  98101-3099
(206)359-6216
CVanBuren@perkinscole.com
Amy Williams
Director of Paralegal Services
King & Spalding
Atlanta, Georgia
(404) 572-2544
aswilliams@kslaw.com
Corporate US/International
 



Handbook

 
Rebecca Casavant
Paralegal Manager
Covington & Burling LLP
Washington, DC
(202) 662-5032
rcasavant@cov.com
Litigation, Corporate, Patent, Trademark
Barbara Gaffney
Financial Institutions Research Manager
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
New York, New York
(212)225-3713
bgaffney@cgsh.com
 
Suzanne Mehl
Paralegal Administrator
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
Cincinnati, Ohio
(513) 977-8194
suzanne.mehl@dinsmore.com
 
     
Alison Sinclair
Manager, Corporate Services
Wildeboer Dellelce, LLP
Toronto, Ontario
(416)847-6901
asinclair@wildlaw.ca

 
Amy Williams
Director of Paralegal Services
King & Spalding
Atlanta, Georgia
(404) 572-2544
aswilliams@kslaw.com
Corporate US/International
 
 



Human Resources

 
Cathy Boette
Director of Professional Programs
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
Columbia, South Carolina
(803) 255-9557
cathy.boette@nelsonmullins.com
Rebecca Casavant
Paralegal Manager
Covington & Burling LLP
Washington, DC
(202) 662-5032
rcasavant@cov.com
Litigation, Corporate, Patent, Trademark
Tara Kim Eberhart
Director of Paralegal Services and Docketing
Dentons US
Washington DC
(202) 496-7113
tara.eberhart@dentons.com
Litigation, Transaction, Regulatory
     
Jane Anne Gross
Paraprofessional Coordinator
Reed Smith LLP
Chicago, IL  
(312) 207-2436
Corporate and Litigation/Environmental
Suzanne Mehl
Paralegal Administrator
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
Cincinnati, Ohio
(513) 977-8194
suzanne.mehl@dinsmore.com
Laura Porter
Manager, Corporate Secretariat
OMERS
Toronto, Ontario
(416) 814-6502
lporter@omers.com
Corporate, Securities and Compliance
     
Karen Tuschak
Director, Law Clerks & Paralegals
McMillan LLP
Brookfield Place
181 Bay Street, Suite 4400
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2Te
(647)943-8060
Karen.Tuschak@mcmillan.ca
 
Carol J. VanBuren
Director of Paralegal Services
Perkins Cole LLP
1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900
Seattle, Washington  98101-3099
(206)359-6216
CVanBuren@perkinscole.com
Amy Williams
Director of Paralegal Services
King & Spalding
Atlanta, Georgia
(404) 572-2544
aswilliams@kslaw.com
Corporate US/International



Performance Management


Topics include: Evaluations, Firing, Performance Issues, Personality Conflicts & Starting the Difficult Conversation
 
Kathy Anderson
Manager of Corporate Services
Bennett Jones SLP
Toronto, Ontario
(416)777-6129
Brian Bernhard
Office Administrator
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Denver, CO
(303)764-6838
brian.bernhard@ogletreedeakins.com
Cathy Boette
Director of Professional Programs
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
Columbia, South Carolina
(803) 255-9557
cathy.boette@nelsonmullins.com
     
Rebecca Casavant
Paralegal Manager
Covington & Burling LLP
Washington, DC
(202) 662-5032
rcasavant@cov.com
Litigation, Corporate, Patent, Trademark
Tara Kim Eberhart
Director of Paralegal Services and Docketing
Dentons US
Washington DC
(202) 496-7113
tara.eberhart@dentons.com
Litigation, Transaction, Regulatory
Jane Anne Gross
Paraprofessional Coordinator
Reed Smith LLP
Chicago, IL  
(312) 207-2436
Corporate and Litigation/Environmental
 
     
Michelle D. Hess, MPS, ACP
Advanced Certified Paralegal (Discover/Trial)
Paralegal Manager
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP
201 E. Washington Street, Suite 1200
Phoenix, AZ  85004
(303)628-9694 x 5694
mhess@lrrc.com
Litigation, Govt. Relations, Intellectual Property, Gaming, Business Transactions, Religious Institutions
Suzanne Mehl
Paralegal Administrator
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
Cincinnati, Ohio
(513) 977-8194
suzanne.mehl@dinsmore.com




 
Gary R. Platton
Mass Tort Manager
Ulmer & Berne LLP
(513)698-5094
gplatton@ulmer.com
Litigation/Products Liability




 
     
Laura Porter
Manager, Corporate Secretariat
OMERS
Toronto, Ontario
(416) 814-6502
lporter@omers.com
Corporate, Securities and Compliance
Alison Sinclair
Manager, Corporate Services
Wildeboer Dellelce, LLP
Toronto, Ontario
(416)847-6901
asinclair@wildlaw.ca
 
Sylvia Skucha
Senior Paralegal Manager
Fenwick & West LLP
Mountain View, CA
(650)335-7393
sskucha@fenwick.com
 
     
Victoria Snook
Director, Business Law Clerks
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
Toronto, Ontario  
(416)868-7804
vsnook@fasken.com
Banking/Finance, Corporate, Charities, Commercial Real Estate, Securities, IP
Paige D. Stepan
Senior Paralegal Manager
Winston & Strawn LLP
35 W. Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL  60601-9703
(312)558-6350
PStepan@winston.com
Karen Tuschak
Director, Law Clerks & Paralegals
McMillan LLP
Brookfield Place
181 Bay Street, Suite 4400
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2Te
(647)943-8060
Karen.Tuschak@mcmillan.ca
 
     
Carol J. Van Buren
Director of Paralegal Services
Perkins Cole LLP
1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900
Seattle, Washington  98101-3099
(206)359-6216
CVanBuren@perkinscole.com
Amy Williams
Director of Paralegal Services
King & Spalding
Atlanta, Georgia
(404) 572-2544
aswilliams@kslaw.com
Corporate US/International
 



Recruiting & Onboarding


Topics include: Hiring 
 
Kathy Anderson
Manager of Corporate Services
Bennett Jones SLP
Toronto, Ontario
(416)777-6129

 
Brian Bernhard
Office Administrator
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Denver, CO
(303)764-6838
brian.bernhard@ogletreedeakins.com
 
Cathy Boette
Director of Professional Programs
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
Columbia, South Carolina
(803) 255-9557
cathy.boette@nelsonmullins.com
 
     
Rebecca Casavant
Paralegal Manager
Covington & Burling LLP
Washington, DC
(202) 662-5032
rcasavant@cov.com
Litigation, Corporate, Patent, Trademark
Tara Kim Eberhart
Director of Paralegal Services and Docketing
Dentons US
Washington DC
(202) 496-7113
tara.eberhart@dentons.com
Litigation, Transaction, Regulatory
Jane Anne Gross
Paraprofessional Coordinator
Reed Smith LLP
Chicago, IL  
(312) 207-2436
Corporate and Litigation/Environmental
 
     
Debra A. Janko
Support Services manager
JONES DAY - One Firm Worldwide
North Point
901 Lakeside Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44114-1190
(216)586-1065
dajanko@jonesday.com
Corporate, Lending, Real Estate, Bankruptcy
Suzanne Mehl
Paralegal Administrator
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
Cincinnati, Ohio
(513) 977-8194
suzanne.mehl@dinsmore.com


 
Gary R. Platton
Mass Tort Manager
Ulmer & Berne LLP
(513)698-5094
gplatton@ulmer.com
Litigation/Products Liability


 
     
Laura Porter
Manager, Corporate Secretariat
OMERS
Toronto, Ontario
(416) 814-6502
lporter@omers.com
Corporate, Securities and Compliance
Sylvia Skucha
Senior Paralegal Manager
Fenwick & West LLP
Mountain View, CA
(650)335-7393
sskucha@fenwick.com
 
Paige D. Stepan
Senior Paralegal Manager
Winston & Strawn LLP
35 W. Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL  60601-9703
(312)558-6350
PStepan@winston.com

Karen Tuschak
Director, Law Clerks & Paralegals
McMillan LLP
Brookfield Place
181 Bay Street, Suite 4400
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2Te
(647)943-8060
Karen.Tuschak@mcmillan.ca
 
Carol J. Van Buren
Director of Paralegal Services
Perkins Cole LLP
1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900
Seattle, Washington  98101-3099
(206)359-6216
CVanBuren@perkinscole.com

 
Amy Williams
Director of Paralegal Services
King & Spalding
Atlanta, Georgia
(404) 572-2544
aswilliams@kslaw.com
Corporate US/International

 



Tech Issues


Topics include: IT Questions
 
Cathy Boette
Director of Professional Programs
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
Columbia, South Carolina
(803) 255-9557
cathy.boette@nelsonmullins.com
Rebecca Casavant
Paralegal Manager
Covington & Burling LLP
Washington, DC
(202) 662-5032
rcasavant@cov.com
Litigation, Corporate, Patent, Trademark
Alison Sinclair
Manager, Corporate Services
Wildeboer Dellelce, LLP
Toronto, Ontario
(416)847-6901
asinclair@wildlaw.ca
     
Amy Williams - how tech interfaces with paralegal work
Director of Paralegal Services
King & Spalding
Atlanta, Georgia
(404) 572-2544
aswilliams@kslaw.com
Corporate US/International