In 2018, Phillip Greer was promoted from president to chief executive officer of Best Lawyers. Greer joined Best Lawyers in 2005 and became president in 2013.
He is a professional executive with more than 10 years of creative experience in the legal publishing and advertising industry. He is an expert business communicator, operational manager, web developer, business developer, and product and process designer. As CEO he manages a company with more than 50 employees in offices in Georgia, Florida, and New York. He oversees relationships with 78,944 lawyers and 18,667 law firms in 75 countries.
He is responsible for the publication of Best Lawyers lists in 80 newspapers and magazines ranging from the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal to Handelsblatt in Germany and the Australian Financial Review.
"I’ve worn many hats here at Best Lawyers," says Greer, "programmer, engineer, manager, director, and strategist. I enjoy the challenge of managing multi-disciplinary projects and, with the help of a superb team, constantly expanding the scope and the reach of Best Lawyers."
After the acquisition of Best Lawyers by Levine Leichtman Captial Partners, Mike Weinberg, Partner of LLCP said, "We are excited to partner with Phillip Greer and the rest of the management team, who have successfully led the growth of Best Lawyers over many years. We look forward to working with Phillip and his team as they continue to build brand equity and expand the business into new products and markets."
Alysa Carmichael joined Best Lawyers in 2012 and became the Director of Finance in 2014. First as Finance Manager, and now as Finance Director, she manages the company’s Finance team, as well as the financial matters for both the writing and art careers of Best Lawyers founder Steven Naifeh.
"Alysa has extraordinary energy, judgment, and wisdom," says Naifeh. "Best Lawyers wouldn’t be as successful as it is and growing as quickly as it is without the many skills that she brings to the management team."
Carmichael is a CPA with more than six years of experience in public and industry accounting. She obtained her Bachelors and Masters of Accounting from the University of Florida. In 2010, she acquired her Certified Public Accountant Certification for the South Carolina Board of Accountancy. But her skills extend far beyond the traditional accounting roles. Throughout her career, she has also served as analyst, project and business development lead, manager, and company spokesperson.
Beyond Finance, she is responsible for much of the daily administration of Best Lawyers, including the company’s 401k Plan and health insurance plan. Over the last year, she has assumed additional business development duties by helping to review contracts and advising management on new product lines, markets, and business strategy.
"I’ve grown so much here at Best Lawyers," says Carmichael. "It is so exciting to evolve with a company. Every day a new and challenging opportunity presents itself, and it is gratifying to rise to the occasion."
Naifeh adds, "Best Lawyers has been the leading peer review directory for 34 years and has more than 50 employees in two states. But it still has the youthful energy that helped us build this industry so many years ago, and that is because we have such a vibrant management team. Alysa has played a crucial and growing role on that team."
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Director of Research & Development and Managing Editor
Elizabeth Petit is the Director of Research & Development and Managing Editor for Best Lawyers. She brings more than 10 years of experience in project management, research, and business development to the organization, and has held this position since 2012.
Elizabeth leads the Research & Development Department and oversees planning, research, and implementation, in conjunction with the data analysis and management, for the company's three institutional programs: Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms, and Lawyer Directory. She also serves as in-house Project Manager for new business endeavors and regularly represents the organiation at public events and speaking engagements.
"We are uniquely capable of serving both the general public and the legal community with a reputable platform that combines legal search capabilities with a transparent awards methodology," Elizabeth says. "Best Lawyers is a dynamic, fast-paced organization, constantly evolving to meet the needs of our clients and I'm very proud of the work we have accomplished and the team we have amassed."
Elizabeth earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Tulane University before receiving her Master of Arts from the University of South Carolina. Additionally, she holds Certificates in Project Management (2019) and Non-Profit Management (2009) from the University of South Carolina and where she has also held the position of Adjunct Faculty member since 2009.
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