Leadership

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Phillip Greer

CEO

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In 2018, Phillip Greer was promoted from president to chief executive officer of Best Lawyers. Greer joined Best Lawyers in 2005 and became president in 2013.

He is a professional executive with more than 10 years of creative experience in the legal publishing and advertising industry. He is an expert business communicator, operational manager, web developer, business developer, and product and process designer. As CEO he manages a company with more than 50 employees in offices in Georgia, Florida, and New York. He oversees relationships with 78,944 lawyers and 18,667 law firms in 75 countries.

He is responsible for the publication of Best Lawyers lists in 80 newspapers and magazines ranging from the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal to Handelsblatt in Germany and the Australian Financial Review.

"I’ve worn many hats here at Best Lawyers," says Greer, "programmer, engineer, manager, director, and strategist. I enjoy the challenge of managing multi-disciplinary projects and, with the help of a superb team, constantly expanding the scope and the reach of Best Lawyers."

After the acquisition of Best Lawyers by Levine Leichtman Capital Partners, Mike Weinberg, Partner of LLCP said, "We are excited to partner with Phillip Greer and the rest of the management team, who have successfully led the growth of Best Lawyers over many years. We look forward to working with Phillip and his team as they continue to build brand equity and expand the business into new products and markets."

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Alysa Carmichael joined Best Lawyers in 2012, became the Director of Finance in 2014, and transitioned to the CFO in 2021. She heads the Finance department and oversees all financial aspects of the company from reporting to talent acquisition to business strategy and beyond. She is also an integral part of Best Lawyers’ day-to-day business, overseeing Human Resources and acting as an advisor on the leadership team.

"Best Lawyers has been the leading peer review directory for over 35 years. It is an honor to be a part of taking this company to the next level,” Alysa says. “There is so much room to grow. As a leader in the legal marketing space, we are on the forefront of advancing traditional marketing to the new era of client acquisition.”

Alysa is a CPA with more than 10 years of experience in public and industry accounting. She obtained her Bachelors and Masters of Accounting from the University of Florida. In 2010, she acquired her Certified Public Accountant Certification for the South Carolina Board of Accountancy; however, her skills extend far beyond the traditional accounting roles. Throughout her career, she has also served as analyst, project and business development lead, manager, and company spokesperson.

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Alysa Carmichael

CFO

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Elizabeth Petit

Director of Research & Development and Managing Editor

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Elizabeth Petit is the Director of Research & Development and Managing Editor for Best Lawyers. She brings more than 10 years of experience in project management, research, and business development to the organization, and has held this position since 2012.

Elizabeth leads the Research & Development Department and oversees planning, research, and implementation, in conjunction with the data analysis and management, for the company's three institutional programs: Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms, and Lawyer Directory. She also serves as in-house Project Manager for new business endeavors and regularly represents the organization at public events and speaking engagements.

"We are uniquely capable of serving both the general public and the legal community with a reputable platform that combines legal search capabilities with a transparent awards methodology," Elizabeth says. "Best Lawyers is a dynamic, fast-paced organization, constantly evolving to meet the needs of our clients and I'm very proud of the work we have accomplished and the team we have amassed."

Elizabeth earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Tulane University before receiving her Master of Arts from the University of South Carolina. Additionally, she holds Certificates in Project Management (2019) and Non-Profit Management (2009) from the University of South Carolina and where she has also held the position of Adjunct Faculty member since 2009.

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Josh Rupall is the Director of Sales for Best Lawyers. He joined the company as a Legal Media Specialist in 2013 and quickly grew within the organization. Josh now spearheads the company’s sales initiatives and strategies, along with leading our growing Sales Team. He is also involved in developing new and existing products. Josh travels extensively around the world to promote Best Lawyers and engages with law firms of all sizes to help further their marketing and business development goals.

Josh brings more than nine years of experience in both Public Relations and Sales. This background has proven advantageous for his acceleration at Best Lawyers, helping him form a strong understanding on the unique role that peer review and third-party recommendations have on individuals/entities as they seek to differentiate themselves in a crowded marketplace.

“With over 1 million private practicing attorneys in the US alone, Best Lawyers aims to help promote lawyers and firms of an exemplary caliber,” Josh says. “Best Lawyers is an independent authority on the most well-regarded lawyers globally. Our reputation as the gold standard in peer review, continues to elevate our publications and assist lawyer’s develop new and existing client relationships.”

Josh graduated from Durham University (UK) with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, which he has since evolved into a passion for communication and working in client facing roles.

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Josh Rupall

Director of Sales

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Manny Candal

Sales Manager & Legal Media Specialist

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Kristen Greer

Senior Research Manager

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Nancy Lippincott

Director of Content

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Larry Meadows

Director of IT

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Zachary Pearson

Production Manager & Marketing Strategist

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Valerie Smith

Best Law Firms Research Manager

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Melody Thomas

HR Manager and Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Leader

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Eleni Tzinakos

Senior Design Manager & Creative Lead