How to Build and Scale a Modern Law Firm – A07

Legal Entrepreneur Track
Solo and Small Firm Section

Session A: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  

About the Program
During this program you will receive a roadmap for the steps to take to build and scale a firm constructed to meet your needs, both now and in the future. 

 You Will Learn

  • How to build your law firm constitution and how all policies and hiring fall under that constitution 
  • How to identify, hire, manage, and lead your team 
  • About marketing, intake, conversion, and Net Promoter Score 
  • About automation and technology 

Ryan McKeen, Connecticut Trial Firm LLC, Glastonbury

Ryan McKeen is a personal injury lawyer at Connecticut Trial Firm, LLC and co-author of the upcoming book Tiger Tactics: Powerful Strategies for Winning Law Firms






James O. Ruane, Ruane Attorneys at Law, Shelton

Attorney Jay Ruane began his career as a public defender in 1998. He did so after completing his bachelor’s degree at the University of Scranton (1994), and his law degree at the University of Connecticut School of Law (1998). After two years working in public defense, he decided to go out on his own, and began a private law firm with his father, Attorney Jim Ruane. In 2001, Ruane Attorneys was founded, and it has since become the largest criminal defense law firm in the state of Connecticut.

Jay is a founding member of the DUI Defense Lawyers Association, and served as President of the Connecticut Criminal Lawyers’ Association in 2015-2016. He has also written several books on divorce as well as criminal defense, including “A Divorce Lawyer’s Guide to the Connecticut Criminal Process”. Jay is a frequent speaker at criminal defense seminars and conferences.

Attorney Ruane has been working with criminal defense cases for the past twenty years. His experience with domestic violence cases, restraining orders, and more bring a unique perspective to criminal defense and divorce.

Billie Tarascio, Modern Law, Mesa, AZ

Billie attended University of San Diego Law School and the University of Oregon School of Law, graduating in 2005. She worked at several firms in Eugene including the Department of Justice, Family Law Division, the non-profit A Family for Every Child and clerked at the Lane County Juvenile Court under Justice Kip Leonard. Her legal focus is on education law, including special education within schools, family law, adoption and mediation. Billie is a skilled practitioner, national speaker, law firm business consultant and a Martindale-Hubbel honored attorney. She was granted the prestigious “Client Distinction” award based on her Communications Ability, Responsiveness, Quality of Service, and Value for Money. Fewer than 4% of attorneys nationwide have been accorded this honor of distinction.


CLE Credit: 2.0 Hours (CT: 2.0 General; NY: 2.0 LPM)