This week, Rob and Amanda have the pleasure of talking to Nick Manty who started his career as a Firm Administrator at a boutique law firm specializing in bankruptcy and creditors' rights. Now Nick is part of the Barnes & Thornburg team the Minneapolis and Salt Lake City Marketing Manager. Nick takes us along his journey from his transition from these two roles. This episode covers everything from resume jokes to meditation, and even glass blowing. Join us for a thoughtful discussion on the impact of a cognitive disability and Nick’s ability to think through accessibility when executing various marketing events.

About the Guest

Nick Manty

After studying psychology at the University of Minnesota, Nick Manty started working as a Firm Administrator for a boutique law firm specializing in bankruptcy and creditors' rights. In 2018, he joined Barnes & Thornburg as the Minneapolis and Salt Lake City Marketing Manager. At Barnes he oversees all marketing initiatives for the Minneapolis and Salt Lake markets, working with a team of skilled professionals from across the country. In addition to his marketing work, he is also active in LMA and the ALA. He is a member of the organization's chapter resource team where he advises local chapter leadership across the country. In his free time, he is an avid cyclist and enjoys training his dog, Cowboy.

Episode Resources

How far would you go to get the career you’ve dreamed of since your childhood?

In high school, Kyle Weigand (Director of Operations, Brouse McDowell, LPA) wrote letters (yes, back when snail mail still existed!) to 40 law firms in the Cleveland area and got one response. He started in that firm’s mailroom soon after.

Kyle’s personal touch paid off; from there, it’s been a steady rise from paralegal to director to helping start a law firm from the ground up for this go-getter.

Join us for this fascinating discussion on why transparency and communication for all levels of employees are crucial to a firm’s success. Kyle brings a unique perspective to this topic and gives us all a lot to think about.

About the Guest

Kyle Weigand

Director of Operations, Brouse McDowell, LPA

Kyle Weigand is the Director of Operations at Brouse McDowell, LPA, overseeing management, operations, and budgeting for the firm’s administration, human resources, facilities, records, and library resource departments. Kyle is the Assistant Corporate Secretary of the firm. He works directly with the firm’s CFO, Managing Partner and Executive Committee to develop and implement firm strategies, and to ensure all firm directives are effectively communicated and properly enacted throughout the firm.  He serves on the Diversity & Inclusion, Records Retention and Hiring committees.

Prior to joining Brouse McDowell, Kyle was the Firm Administrator for a litigation boutique that was one of the only certified women-owned law firms in the state of Ohio.  He helped found the firm on January 1, 2010, and it combined with Brouse in 2018.

Kyle has been a member of the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) since 2010.  He is a former NW Ohio (Toledo) chapter president and current Business Partner relations committee co-chair for the Cleveland chapter.  Kyle is the current President of the Foundation of the ALA, the association’s charity affiliate, where the overarching goal includes developing the next generation of leaders in the legal management profession.

A lifelong Clevelander, Kyle is passionate about his city, Lake Erie, food, and international travel. He resides in the city with his fiancé Steven, a Chiropractor, and their tabby Jasmine Marie. He graduated from St. Ignatius High School 25-years ago (oy!) and earned his B.A. in Political Science from Fordham University.  He went to the University of Toledo for law school for a year then wised up.

Episode Resources

Pitch Your Passion:

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Everyone knows you should always maintain a professional relationship with your coworkers, but what happens when your coworker also happens to be a great friend? From a floating Walmart to comfortable tensions, Rob and Amanda speak with long-time friends Tina Terrian (Executive Director at Pirkey Barber PLLC) and Chris Sims (Director of Finance at Pirkey Barber PLLC) to explore the dynamics of a friendship that defies the odds in an industry that can leave you feeling rather lonely – not to mention a discovery about the true difference between casinos in Vegas and the ones on cruises. And if we were betting folks, we’d bet that you didn’t know this either.

About the Guests

Tina Terrian

Executive Director, Pirkey Barber PLLC

Tina Terrian is the Executive Director for Pirkey Barber PLLC, one of the largest US firms practicing exclusively in trademark, copyright, and unfair competition law. Tina is SHRM-CP certified and a certified Professional in Human Resources with a BA in Psychology. She has over 25 years of experience in office management, business operations, consulting, and leadership.

Tina enjoys a peaceful life in the Texas hill country with her husband, son, and new puppy Oliver.

Chris Sims

Director of Finance, Pirkey Barber PLLC

Chris Sims is the Director of Finance for Pirkey Barber PLLC. His primary focus is the strategic direction of the firm working closely with the Management and Finance Committees to further the business of law. In his toolbox: cash management; budgets and forecasts; compensation; trust accounting; technology integration; banking relationships; financing mechanisms; and risk management.

Chris earned a Bachelor of Business Administration – Finance from the University of North Texas in Denton and is a Texas Certified Public Accountant. He is a member in the Association of Legal Administrators where he served on the Board of Directors for the Austin Chapter most recently as President, President-Elect, and Treasurer.

Beyond the fascinating world of accounting and finance, Chris enjoys spending time with his better half of 21 years, traveling, and snow skiing.

Episode Resources

Pirkey Barber PLLC

Austin Chapter of ALA

Chapter Leadership Institute (CLI)

Charities and Organizations:

Jack in the Box Commerical

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