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224: Interview with returning guest, advisor on M&A and strategy in the legal industry, Kent Zimmermann

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The Yummermann’s are back! Dr. Yum and her husband, Kent Zimmermann, cover their relationship milestones and how they influenced one another through their joint and personal successes. Episode 224 is available for download now on all of the top podcast platforms or listen now by clicking the player above!

Episode highlights:

-The Yummermanns reminisce about their relationship milestones, beginning with their origin story and their first date

-The two reflect on their career journeys and how their relationship influenced one another’s success

-The conversation pivots to the adventure of adding children to their growing family

-The Yummermanns talk about their recent cross country move and how they came to their decision

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Meet this week’s guest:

Kent Zimmermann is one of the leading strategic advisors to law firm leaders in the United States. He has been called “an exceptional presenter” who is “the definition of value.”

He has advised on many of the most high-profile law firm mergers and other combinations over the past decade and is presently advising on multiple active merger discussions. He is also presently advising a group of Global 25 firms on updating and achieving their growth strategies. In addition, he is engaged on an ongoing basis by a group of Global 100 and 200 firms as a trusted advisor to their chairs and senior leadership teams.

With more than two decades of relevant experience, Kent is valued for his well-informed and sophisticated understanding of the evolving legal market and inside knowledge of the strategies, cultures and best practices of high-performing law firms. He routinely counsels and provides insights to industry leaders on the challenges and opportunities they face as a result of the consolidation, specialization, segmentation and globalization of the legal services market. This work often involves advising firms on paths to market leadership and strategies of high-performing firms to address gaps with peers and aspirational peers in balancing scale, quality, financial performance and culture. He also routinely conducts one-on-one interviews with chief legal officers, managing directors, and business unit heads at market-leading Fortune 500 and global companies.

Kent speaks at about 25 law firm retreats and leadership meetings annually and publishes regularly. At the invitation of contributing editor and Harvard Law School Fellow Heidi K. Gardner, he co-authored a chapter on law firm merger best practices in Leadership for Lawyers: Essential Leadership Strategies for Law Firm Success, Volume Two (Globe Law and Business Ltd.). He is also presently co-authoring a book about law firm mergers, including best practices in identifying, pursuing and consummating successful combinations.

Kent also serves as a fellow, contributes to The American Lawyer, and has appeared as a legal analyst on CNN Headline News, Fox News, and The Wall Street Journal’s WSJ Live. His insights have also been featured by Bloomberg, CNBC, Law360, and Reuters.

Before joining Zeughauser Group, Kent was one of three equity partners who developed a small startup, Hubbard One, into one of the fastest-growing private companies in North America. He eventually led the sale of the business to the public company now known as Thomson Reuters. Subsequently, Kent was appointed chief executive and led the turnaround of New York-based West Legalworks, a unit of Thomson Reuters.

Kent is originally from Connecticut. He graduated with honors from Washington University in St. Louis and earned his J.D. from Illinois Institute of Technology’s Chicago-Kent College of Law. He lives in Newport Coast, Californa with his family. He is on the board of the Children’s Research Fund of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

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