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Member Spotlight | Larry Fujara

Friday, December 20, 2019  
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My name is: Larry Fujara

I work for:  Pattishall, McAuliffe

The firm & practice is:  Trademarks, Copyright,
Advertising Law both Litigation and Transactional

My title is:  Executive Director CFO/COO

Before becoming an Administrator:  I was an Assistant Controller and Foreign Operations Director
for a global marketing consulting firm.

I have been working in the legal field for: 33 years

I joined ALA Chicago Chapter because:  There was no such organization for consulting firm administration but I had always wished there was so upon joining a law firm and hearing about the ALA, I was quick to join.

To be successful in legal administration:

1) Listen
2) Be confident in your decisions and not afraid to make the unpopular call (after fully exploring the options)
3) Be friendly to all

The thing I like best about being an Executive Director is:  Having a seat at the table and influencing the strategy and direction of the organization.

One of the challenges of being in legal administration is:  Gaining and maintaining the trust of all your constituents (attorneys and staff).

The best advice I've ever received is:  Never get bored or complacent in your role. It's easier to just change jobs than to reinvent yourself regularly. So take the harder role and keep reinventing yourself.

The best advice I would give to someone who is just entering the legal management field is:  As Aaron Burr says in HAMILTON, "talk less, smile more" until you understand the underlying relations in place in your organization.

I try to motivate my staff by:  Leading by example.

If I weren't an Executive Director, I would:  Be a legal industry consultant.

The last good book I read was:  Actually my third re-read over the past decade, THE SECRET by Rhonda Byrne (powerful stuff!)

The last good movie I saw was:  Cars 3 (I'm a Pixar fan).

The last vacation I took was:  A long weekend in Maine and a week in the California desert enjoying the sunshine and mountains.  Aruba is next!

The one appointment I never miss is:  Chicago ALA Salary Survey Committee meetings (over 30 years now).

In my free time, I enjoy:  travel, golf, landscaping, spending time outdoors and following the Blackhawks.