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SBANE Member Pierce Atwood Welcomes New COO and Director of Finance

Portland, Maine, July 8, 2014 – Pierce Atwood today announced that James Gorman and Leisa DuPuy have joined the firm as COO and Director of Finance, respectively. New Image In his role as COO, Gorman will oversee the finance, information technology, human resource, library, and office services teams. Gorman comes to Pierce Atwood from Woodard & Curran, an 800-person environmental consulting firm with offices around the country, and has extensive experience in developing and achieving financial and operational objectives. Based in the Portland office, Gorman held a variety of positions at Woodard & Curran and was most recently their VP Finance. He was also a member of the firm’s risk review board, chair of its 401(k) committee, and past chair of the firm’s project management training and development initiative. Gorman also brings to Pierce Atwood experience with software development and implementation, corporate and nonprofit board governance, and staff leadership and development training.  He received his MBA from University of New Hampshire, and a B.S. from University of Vermont. As director of finance, DuPuy will oversee payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable, client billing, and the financial business systems functions. DuPuy brings to the firm a strong interest in and focus on process improvement and experience using information technology to automate, streamline, and integrate planning, reporting, and analysis procedures. Prior to joining Pierce Atwood she was the financial manager at the Stantec Consulting location in Scarborough, Maine, where she had worked since 2008. There, she managed the financials for nine New England locations comprising 425 people and eight operational business centers.  Lisa has an MBA from Boston University and a B.S. from Bentley University. “Top-notch professional management of essential business functions is critical to law firms in this day and age,” said Managing Partner Gloria Pinza. “Leisa brings a wealth of practical business experience to our financial function and Jim brings IT, management, and organizational development experience to the COO position as well as financial acumen.  Working closely with Jim and Leisa will be Jim Matsoukas, our CMO and Director of Business Development. Together, they give us many years of leadership experience and success in professional services.  Clients increasingly expect their law firms to run efficiently and effectively on their behalf.  We intend to meet and exceed those expectations.”

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Pierce Atwood LLP, a leading New England law firm, and the largest in northern New England, has 140 attorneys that serve regional, national and international clients from offices in Portland and Augusta, Maine; Portsmouth, New Hampshire; Boston, Massachusetts; Providence, Rhode Island; Stockholm, Sweden; and Washington, DC.  Follow us on Twitter @PierceAtwoodLLP.
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