What they're saying about Barry Jackson...
I have had two careers – the first 12 years I owned a durable medical equipment company and the last 12 years I have owned a law practice. I recognized early on that the primary basis for making all business decisions rested upon a sound financial understanding – past, present and future. I knew from the start of my business career that I needed a rare breed of accounting professional – one who understood the financial nuts and bolts backwards and forwards but who also, just as importantly, had a financial common sense that could be applied within a real world environment of people, markets, products, competition, etc. I felt at some times that I was searching for the Holy Grail; at other times I was living in Dr. Seuss’s Go Dog Go book: I interviewed and hired accountants from large and small firms; and I interviewed and hired controllers from large and small companies. All excelled in either the business acumen or basic fundamental accounting expertise but never both. Five years ago, after having evolved from business to law, I met Barry Jackson. Finally I met a financial professional who embodied both accounting expertise and business acumen. Barry’s expertise is in the area of law firm management. Just perfect for me.
I highly recommend Barry – for his business acumen, accounting skills and knowledge. I trust and rely upon Barry, however, primarily because of his values, perspective and sense of humor. I consider Barry a good friend of mine as well as my law firm’s accounting and practice management guru.
David S. Barmak, Esq.
Law Offices Of David S. Barmak, LLC
1330 Rt. 206 | Suite 103 #400 | Skillman, New Jersey 08558 Tel: (609) 688-0055 | Fax: (609) 688-1199 E-mail: email@example.com | www.barmak.com
“Barry is truly an impressive executive director. He easily sees the big picture of today's law firm and understands what is necessary to make a firm fiscally viable and successful, while still remaining understanding and compassionate to the human element of running a business. From the perspective of someone who has worked under Barry, I have benefited personally from how willing Barry is to make himself available, to listen to concerns and to provide solid, effective direction. It has been inspiring to learn from someone who is so energetic, so efficient, and so passionate about his career, and it is truly a pleasure to work with him.”
Site Manager, Swiss Post Solutions
worked indirectly for Barry at Davis & Gilbert LLP
“I have had the opportunity to work with Barry for several years and with two distinct business organizations; Davis & Gilbert and the ALA.
I have been the banker of Barry's firm with two different banks. Barry appreciates the value of a strong relationship and is open to new ideas to foster a mutually beneficial relationship. He allows me an opportunity to address situations where issues may be developing, before they become big problems, and often suggests a course of action in which to deal with it.
As President of the ALA, Barry and I somewhat reverse our positions as client and provider, and also enjoyed working together to further our individual objectives.
Barry is a bright forward thinker, excellent manager, and fine gentleman. I greatly value our relationship.”
Vice President, City National Bank
Consultant/Contractor to Barry at Davis & Gilbert LLP
“Barry Jackson was a first-rate manager, and led our financial management team. His work was timely and accurate, and he was excellent at leading the personnel that reported directly to him. We were sorry to see him leave us to move on in his career.”
Andre R. Jaglom
Co-chair, Franchise Law, Distribution and E-Commerce
Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP
managed Barry indirectly at Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP
“I have known Barry for 5-6 years now and I can confidently say that Barry is one of the best in his field in my opinion. He has a unique ability to motivate groups to achieve a common goal without allowing politics or ego to get in the way. Barry is a visionary and a major asset to any organization he's working with.“
Swiss Post Solutions, Inc.
What they're saying about Rick D'Aversa...
From Law Firm Partners:
“Rick stands out as one of the most effective mentors and counselors with whom I have ever worked. He teaches, he nurtures, he insists on accountability, and he motivates those with whom he works to push hard for success but never lose sight of the people who make it all possible."
Michael Patrick Partner, Fragomen
“I have known and worked with Rick for close to twelve years. He has served very different roles for me both personally and professionally. He has a unique ability to serve as a mentor for varying levels of staff including Office Administration roles, Legal Professionals at both the Paralegal and Attorney level, and other related roles. I worked very closely with him during management training sessions where he taught me valuable skills I still call upon to this day. We also worked closely together as he developed different tailored management training approaches for different members of my staff over the years. He has a way of connecting with his students that allows him to customize an approach that will not only bring out the best in them, but serve the most useful purpose for them in the long term. I truly still find myself calling upon approaches and even phrases and "words of wisdom" that I learned directly from Rick over the years”
Tina Niedzwiecki Partner, Fragomen
"Rick has been a helpful mentor, coach and sounding board to attorneys on my team, helping them understand interpersonal skills and management techniques to use in our practice and potentially in their personal lives as well."
Ethan E. Kaufman, Esq. Partner, Fragomen
"When I became a managing attorney, Rick's one-to-one guidance and coaching were essential in helping me to establish priorities for myself and my new team, and in understanding how to implement effective and successful management tools. In addition, I found his periodic management training sessions to be highly relevant and helpful to the entire team."
Parisa Karaahmet Partner, Fragomen
“Rick, did a fantastic job in the role of Administrator & HR Manager for Fragomen's New York office. Rick truly served as a leader within our office and was quite successful acting as an intermediary between the partnership, attorneys, paralegals and support staff. Rick was always right on with his evaluation and assessment of a personnel or HR issue and was fair and professional with how he dealt with it. I recall Rick’s assistance with one issue in particular where he was able to help me turn around an underachieving member of my team to become a top notch producer. As such, I can't say enough good things about his leadership abilities and management insight”
"I have known Rick for over 15 years. He is a true professional. As head of our Human Resource Department he had a wonderful way with people to motivate, educate and encourage our employees to become the best they could be. I personally observed situations where individuals were struggling until Rick sat down with them and formulated a plan for them to improve their performance and they became valuable members of the team.
One of Rick's greatest strengths is his ability to assess the interpersonal dynamics between managers and their staff. He is incredibly helpful to young managers by teaching them how to solve problems with staff members and teaching them how to motivate people. His years of experience made him a valuable resource for our firm. "
Patrick J. Quane Partner, Fragomen
“Rick D’Aversa truly has all of the right attributes that make the consummate operations and human resources professional: passion, ethics and organization. Rick is passionate not only about his organization, but about the talent who make the organization thrive. He is highly ethical and organized. I am a partner at an AmLaw 200 firm, and I know that I am a better manager because of Rick. I had the pleasure of working with Rick for over 12 years, and I consider him my mentor. Rick has an incredible knack for making people see the positive in any situation. He is an inspirational coach and any organization that is fortunate enough to work with Rick, will benefit greatly from that experience”
Janet Henner Partner, Fragomen
“Rick took the time to get to know every employee in our office, which provided him with valuable insights when advising on a wide range of HR issues. His enthusiasm and positive attitude had a significant impact on the morale of the firm, and his ability to counsel employees through difficult management situations was greatly appreciated”
John Carter, Partner , Fragomen
"Rick was a constant source of support and encouragement throughout my growth at Fragomen. He supported my development and promotion along the way, and his enthusiasm in this regard over my 10 years at Fragomen was very appreciated."
Sharon Finkel, Partner, Fragomen
“I began working with Rick beginning in April of 2007, when we moved our team to New York from our Connecticut office. Rick was extremely helpful with our integration in the New York office and provided valuable management guidance over the years. Rick was also a great leader for the New York office, and was always very responsive to team concerns.”
Karin Lestelle, Partner, Fragomen
“Rick is a consummate professional, and an HR Administrator with a heart. I worked with Rick for over a decade. During this time, he always had a smile on his face, never said no to a request, and always found a practical and compassionate way to approach difficult issues, enabling each party to reach for the best that they had to offer.
Rick had many significant accomplishments during his long tenure with our firm, perhaps the most memorable was his Project Management during the myriad of office moves, large and small that we faced over the years. Rick kept us very organized, and brilliantly orchestrated all the moving pieces into a semblance of order. ‘’
Lisa Koenig, Partner, Fragomen
From The Organization of Legal Professionals:
"You could not have had a better presenter for this webinar! Very inspiring, positive, and enthusiastic message ~ thanks again,"