About Us

About Us

 

Fireman & Company is a legal industry-focused management consulting firm. We are the trusted advisor to innovative law firms and corporations.

We strive for client impact

We partner with the world’s most innovative law firms and corporations. Engagements are collaborations – and we succeed because we are invested in our clients’ results. We have deep expertise in the business and practice of law, and extensive experience implementing changes in how lawyers and their clients work. We are passionate about taking on challenges that matter to our clients and their clients.

We develop unparalleled management insights

Working with our clients on their most challenging issues requires deep industry and functional expertise. We invest significant time and effort in developing and renewing a knowledge base that offers unique perspectives and insights to our clients. Knowledge development is integrated into everything we do.

Client service

There is no substitute for knowing an industry inside and out. Law firms and corporations need to track competitive dynamics, market changes, and advances in technology to compete and thrive. Our consultants draw upon years of direct legal industry experience as well as deep industry knowledge to ensure our clients’ success.

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Joshua Fireman

President

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Joshua Fireman

President

Joshua is Fireman & Company’s founder and president. He has practiced law with two of North America’s largest law firms, and was in-house counsel at a multi-billion dollar multinational corporation. Joshua is recognized as one of the leading experts in law firm strategic consulting, and is a recognized thought leader in areas such as knowledge management and change management.

With a decade of consulting experience, Joshua has advised clients on the development of firm strategies, knowledge management, change management and client collaboration strategies. He has led complex engagements executing strategic plans, including the implementation and integration of portals, enterprise search, file, document and email management, and records management. He is a frequent speaker at law firm retreats and industry conferences.

Joshua earned his BCL and LLB degrees from the McGill University Faculty of Law. He has also studied economics at the Université de Montréal.


Eben Joel

Vice President of Consulting

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Eben Joel

Vice President of Consulting

Eben works with law firms to improve their Knowledge Management, Enterprise Search, Portals, Processes, and Project Management. As a VP of Consulting for Fireman & Company, Eben leads large projects to success based on a systematic approach that covers defining requirements, designing a solution, planning deployment, and providing on-going support. An integral part of this approach is helping firms evaluate and select commercial software; he then works with the firm and vendor to optimize the software deployment to meet firm-specific needs. His support has helped client law firms win recognition, for example, from ILTA, for legal technology projects.

Eben has worked with large law firms since 2010. Previously, he was an executive at Accenture, helping clients develop and implement complex technology solutions in financial services, transportation logistics, and government for over 12 years. Eben also has experience in implementing enterprise architecture, application rationalization, and setting up enterprise IT governance. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a BS in Engineering and a BS in Economics.


James Anok

Senior Consultant

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James Anok

Senior Consultant

James is a senior consultant at Fireman & Company. He has acted as a consultant and project manager for a number of North America’s largest law firms and in house corporate law departments. James was a member of the Library and Knowledge Management group at one of Canada’s largest law firms, and has been immersed in the legal industry segment for over two decades. Working with both clients and vendors, he has led the development and deployment of enterprise wide knowledge management, search, library, and document management initiatives. In addition he has worked with clients to identify gaps in workflow, evaluate technology vendors, identify risk management opportunities, and develop strategic plans focusing on implementation, adoption planning and change management.


Tom Baldwin

Partner

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Tom Baldwin

Partner

Over his 20+ year career in the legal industry, Tom has established himself as globally recognized thought leader and expert in practice management & economics, information management, legal technology, and knowledge management. During his career he has held several C-level positions at leading Amlaw 100 firms and in 2013 was named by the National Law Journal to their inaugural list of 50 Business of Law Trailblazers & Pioneers.

As a Partner at Fireman & Company, Tom specializes in building and leading teams aimed at improving firm efficiencies, profitability, attorney working practices and user experiences. His career success stems from a deep understanding of law firm financials and business practices then strategically aligning them with legal processes, attorney behaviors, and best of breed legal technologies.

Tom has been a member of a number of industry boards including the Thomson Reuters Engage Advisory Board, Law Technology News Editorial Advisory Board, the Lexis Nexis Advisory Council, and the Law.com Technology Advisory Board. He is regularly asked to present at and chair international and domestic conferences covering emerging trends in the legal industry.

Tom received his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California in 1996.

He will be starting with the company on March 8.


Ron Friedmann

Partner

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Ron Friedmann

Partner

Ron Friedmann has spent over two decades improving law practice and legal business operations with technology, knowledge management, and alternative resourcing.

Ron was one of the first non-practicing lawyers hired by a large law firm, Wilmer, Culter & Pickering (now WilmerHale) to manage practice support. He pioneered legal process improvement, knowledge management, electronic discovery, virtual law libraries, law firm portals, and online legal services.

Most recently, he was a senior executive at Integreon, a leading legal outsourcing company, where he advised large US, Canadian, UK, and Australian law firms and corporate law departments on how to improve practice support and business operations while reducing cost.

Prior to joining Integreon, Mr. Friedmann founded and operated Prism Legal Consulting, Inc., a firm that assisted law firms and law departments with practice technology and legal market vendors with marketing.

Other positions Ron has held include CIO at Mintz Levin, an executive at two legal software companies, a strategy consultant at Bain & Company, and an econometrician at Data Resources, Inc.

Ron is well-known in the legal market: he speaks frequently at professional conferences, regularly publishes articles, blogs at Strategic Legal Technology, and Tweets @ronfriedmann.

He has a JD from NYU School of Law (’86) and BA in Economics from Oberlin College (’79). He is a Fellow and former trustee of the College of Law Practice Management; member, Board of Governors, Organization of Legal Professionals; member, Legal Market Advisory Board, Box.com; organizer of the DC Large Law Firm KM Group.


David Delker

Business Development & Law Firm Consulting

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David Delker

Business Development & Law Firm Consulting

David Delker is a management consultant with more than 12 years of law firm experience serving in progressively responsible roles ranging from technology, marketing, and knowledge management.  Prior to joining Fireman & Company, David served two  years overseeing the Recommind Professional Services team responsible for all enterprise search software implementations spanning across North and South America, Australia and New Zealand.

David’s expertise lies in planning and managing a broad array of technology projects, including big data and high-availability search systems, from project inception through to successful delivery of solutions.

David earned his Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland University College and Masters of Information Systems (MIS) from the University of Phoenix.


James Tuvell

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James Tuvell

James Tuvell has over a decade of experience planning and executing Knowledge Management projects in the legal industry.  He has deep experience with enterprise information management and with architecting solutions that solve the problems that both attorneys and legal administrators experience day to day.  Jim has extensive knowledge of SharePoint, related tools and line of business systems common to the legal industry as well as vast experience leading teams to achieve efficient results through development of Intranets and Extranets. Jim holds both a Masters of Information Science and Technology and a Masters of Library and Information Science from Drexel University in Philadelphia.


Richard Chang

Senior Search Engineer

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Richard Chang

Senior Search Engineer

Richard Chang brings a deep level of expertise and experience to enterprise search analysis and implementations drawn from his extensive hands-on work with law firm clients and vendor technical teams. He is known for his attention to detail and ability to execute and troubleshoot search implementations. Richard started his career in software development after going to University of Toronto’s computer science program. Since then, he has worked with major clients in the financial and legal industries in the US and Canada on projects of increasing complexity and organizational reach.


Carolyn Cracraft

Technical Consultant

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Carolyn Cracraft

Technical Consultant

Carolyn loves data. She is happiest when writing complicated queries, and she is a Microsoft Certified Database Administrator as well as a Cloudera Certified Developer for Hadoop. She has many years experience working in technology for law firms and comes from a family of lawyers, so she understands the necessity of being thorough and accurate when dealing with the legal system. She has been working as a software consultant for over 15 years and is deeply committed to providing value to her customers. She has a masters in information systems from UC Berkeley and an undergraduate degree in Egyptology from the University of Chicago, so she can also translate hieroglyphs if need be, and also speaks conversational French. And she is College Jeopardy! champion 1999 and would like to thank Alex Trebek for giving her a really nice car.