Leadership

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Phillip Greer

Chief Executive Officer

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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 South Carolina, 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 Captial 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 and became the Director of Finance in 2014. First as Finance Manager, and now as Finance Director, she manages the company’s Finance team, as well as the financial matters for both the writing and art careers of Best Lawyers founder Steven Naifeh.

"Alysa has extraordinary energy, judgment, and wisdom," says Naifeh. "Best Lawyers wouldn’t be as successful as it is and growing as quickly as it is without the many skills that she brings to the management team."

Carmichael is a CPA with more than six 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. But 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.

Beyond Finance, she is responsible for much of the daily administration of Best Lawyers, including the company’s 401k Plan and health insurance plan. Over the last year, she has assumed additional business development duties by helping to review contracts and advising management on new product lines, markets, and business strategy.

"I’ve grown so much here at Best Lawyers," says Carmichael. "It is so exciting to evolve with a company. Every day a new and challenging opportunity presents itself, and it is gratifying to rise to the occasion."

Naifeh adds, "Best Lawyers has been the leading peer review directory for 34 years and has more than 50 employees in two states. But it still has the youthful energy that helped us build this industry so many years ago, and that is because we have such a vibrant management team. Alysa has played a crucial and growing role on that team."

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Alysa Carmichael

Director of Finance

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Elizabeth Petit

Managing Editor & Director of Research and Development

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Elizabeth Petit is Managing Editor and Director of Research & Development for Best Lawyers, a position she has held since 2012.

Although Petit considered studying law after graduating from college, and even worked briefly in the legal industry in Houston, her home town, she eventually returned to art history. Petit received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Classical Studies from Tulane University before receiving her Masters of Art in Art History and Non-Profit Management from the University of South Carolina.

It was as an art historian and as a project manager that Petit joined Woodward/White, Inc., the parent company of Best Lawyers, in 2010 to oversee the final research for Van Gogh: The Life, the biography of the great Dutch artist written by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith, founders of Best Lawyers and Pulitzer Prize-winning authors of Jackson Pollock: An American Saga. She also serves as an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of South Carolina, where she continues to teach art history to this day.

When Petit completed her work on the Van Gogh biography, she became Director of Research & Development for Best Lawyers. In that capacity, she has drawn on her extraordinary gifts in research and management to oversee the ongoing research that is the core of Best Lawyers and to serve as its Managing Editor. She oversees the Editorial Department, which has largest staff in the company, including both the U.S. and international listings for Best Lawyers and the listings for Best Law Firms.

“Greg Smith and I got to know Elizabeth extremely well as she managed, with extraordinary skill, the vast research that went into our biography of Van Gogh,” says Naifeh. “We are very fortunate that, as Managing Editor, she now brilliantly manages the team of researchers who collect the data for our Best Law Firms and Best Lawyers lists. Her department is the largest in the company, and is responsible for the quality of our lists. Our research is the most widely-respected in the legal profession, and is the heart of what we do as a company.”

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Kristen Greer

Research Manager

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Larry Meadows

Senior IT Manager

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Katie Morgan

Public Relations Manager

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Cheryl Rucker

Publications Manager

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Josh Rupall

Legal Media Specialist and Sales Manager

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Valerie Smith

Best Law Firms Manager