THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE TECHNOLOGY
As the world of AI continues to evolve in our business and personal lives, one fact remains constant at Hire Counsel – people make projects happen, not computers. Please take a moment to meet the people behind the technology that brings matters to life.
JOAN MADERA DAVISON - CEO
Joan Davison serves as the CEO and President of Hire Counsel, assuming this position in 2017. With a remarkable tenure spanning 28 years, she brings invaluable expertise in operations management, as well as proficiency in business development, marketing, recruiting, and staffing.
Joan’s professional journey includes an impressive 18-year stint at Staff Management | SMX, a globally renowned provider of contingent workforce solutions and a TrueBlue Company. Her ascent from Director of Operations to President and COO was marked by significant achievements such as substantial sales growth, process optimization, and the formulation of long-term strategic plans.
In her most recent role as the CEO of FLT, an international freight delivery company, Joan demonstrated her adept leadership abilities and keen business acumen. Furthermore, she played a pivotal role in directing the overall operations of Forward Mobility Relocation Services, a reputable national relocation consulting firm.
Throughout her illustrious career, Joan has garnered recognition for her exceptional leadership skills and transformative management practices. She has been honored as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Executives in Staffing-by-Staffing Industry Analysts and received the prestigious Gold Stevie Award in the Executive of the Year – Business Services category. Moreover, Joan actively contributes to the industry as a speaker and contributor to industry publications. Her commitment to professional development is evident through her membership in the Vistage CEO group.
Joan’s involvement extends beyond her immediate responsibilities, as she has served as a Board Member of SeatonCorp, FLT and currently HCMC Legal. She holds a B.A. in Business Administration and Management from Saint Xavier University in Chicago, IL.
When not immersed in her professional endeavors, Joan resides in the suburbs of Chicago with her family. An ardent fan of Chicago sports teams, she also indulges her passion for travel and aspires to cultivate her skills as a gardener.
ANDREANA AMAYA, CRO
Andreana Amaya is Chief Revenue Officer for Hire Counsel, where she oversees the strategic initiatives and sales activity of Hire Counsel’s national sales team, business development teams and company marketing initiatives. She works closely with each member of the team and take a hands-on approach, focusing on sales strategy, process optimization, performance management, and team collaboration.
Andreana brings over 20 years of legal experience and background in sales development and management. Prior to joining Hire Counsel, Andreana was at LexisNexis, where she was responsible for leading teams of all sizes to deliver growth of legal software and services. With a long tenure at LexisNexis, she is well versed in eDiscovery services and software, enterprise legal software and services, large and small law litigation in legal/government/corporate markets.
Andreana earned her BA from Marist College and is fluent in Spanish. She lives in New York and is always up for adventure and new experiences.
STEPHANOS ZANNIKOS, GENERAL COUNSEL
As General Counsel for Hire Counsel and its sister legal search company Mestel & Company, Stephanos Zannikos Esq., serves as senior legal adviser, responsible for day-to-day legal operations.
In this role, his responsibilities include corporate governance, commercial transactions, litigation, dispute resolution, settlements, employment, real property, data privacy, governance, risk and compliance, enterprise risk management, insurance, intellectual property, and management of inside and outside counsel.
Previously, Stephanos served as General Counsel for a private equity holding company serving North America and India and Brazil. He also worked for Borrelli & Associates, PL.L.C. and Frank & Associates, both specialists in labor and employment law.
Stephanos holds a J.D from New York Law School and a B.S. in Psychology from New York University. He also served in the U.S. Navy and was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal.
PATTI AYALA, VICE PRESIDENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES AND TALENT
Patti leads the Human Resources, Talent, and Administrative functions, that empower our talent nationally. With 20+ years’ experience, Patti develops and executes Human Resources strategies that contribute to the growth and innovation of Hire Counsel. In partnership with the leadership team, we are transforming our culture with an emphasis on retention and engagement.
Prior to joining HCMC Legal, Patti held Human Resources leadership positions at Chamberlain Group and Seaton Corp, Patti earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in biology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Outside of her professional endeavors, Patti resides in the suburbs of Chicago. She possesses a natural curiosity and finds joy in exploring new knowledge domains. She shares memorable adventures with her family and has a passion for travel.
TODD KUNZ, NATIONAL DIRECTOR FOR MANAGED REVIEW SERVICES
Todd Kunz is the National Director for Managed Review Services at Hire Counsel. Todd has more than 15 years of eDiscovery project management experience and he oversees Hire Counsel’s team of project managers. He has designed metrics reports in various review platforms and specializes in creating optimal workflow solutions for clients, focusing on reducing document volume and achieving significant cost savings. He is experienced in several eDiscovery platforms such as Relativity, Axcelerate, Recommind, RingTail, Catalyst, Concordance, etc.
Todd has his Relativity and ACEDS certifications and he is also a registered patent attorney, focusing on prosecuting pharmaceutical patents. Todd has worked on the vendor and client sides of Relativity, where he ran over 100 cases and teams of 250 reviewers in databases containing over30 million files. He has conducted standard linear reviewers all the way through to technology assisted review (TAR) and he regularly consults with clients on eDiscovery best practices.
Todd earned his J.D., at the Illinois Institute of Technology – Kent College of Law, and was admitted to practice in Washington, DC. Todd is a member of the American Bar Association.
NEIL TSAO, SENIOR DIRECTOR OF ANALYTICS DEVELOPMENT
As Senior Director Of Analytics Development, Neil is responsible for the evaluation and implementation of AI and analytics based tools for Hire Counsel.
He is a Reveal Academy Certified Genius, a Certified eDiscovery Specialist (CEDS) and is well versed in the document review platforms, Relativity, Reveal and Axcelerate. Neil has managed projects for Hire Counsel for over 7 years and has made it his goal to accurately guide reviewers, reduce costs and increase the accuracy of reviews through management and the use of analytics.
Neil Tsao holds a Bachelor of Science in Cell & Molecular Biology and Genetics from the University of Maryland and a Juris Doctor from George Mason University School of Law. He is a registered Patent Attorney with over 20 years of experience in the eDiscovery space including several years as a staff attorney in an AMLAW 100 firm working on Pharmaceutical, products liability, and financial litigation.
Neil was admitted to law practice in New York and USPTO, and is a member of the American Bar Association.
DENISE ASNES, SR. MANAGING DIRECTOR, NATIONAL FULFILLMENT
Denise joined Hire Counsel’s NY office in 2001 and was responsible for the recruitment and placement of temporary attorneys, temporary and permanent paralegals and contract specialists across the country. She opened our Philadelphia office and headed up the Philadelphia and Wilmington markets.
Prior to joining Hire Counsel, Denise was a paralegal for 15 years at New York City’s most prestigious law firms before joining Ernst & Young as an associate director responsible for the management of V.P. hiring in North America.
Since 2012, Denise has been responsible for hiring, training and supervising Hire Counsel’s project-based recruiters nationwide. She is responsible for process optimization to ensure best in class results. Based on her years of staffing experience, she is well versed in the nuances of plaintiff, defendant and government agency needs and has experience in multiple practice areas and industries, including but not limited to; Biotech Data Breach Mass Tort, Toxic Tort and Product Liability, Pharmaceutical Finance and Crypto Patent/IP, Antitrust and other Government Investigations.
Denise earned her B.S. degree from State University College at Buffalo and Paralegal Certificate from Adelphi University. Denise has been instrumental in staffing and supervising the staffing of projects exceeding 250 contract attorneys with fluency in foreign languages in both the U.S. and U.K. Denise currently serves on the board of Women in eDiscovery – Philadelphia.
NICK RADOICIC – MANAGING DIRECTOR OPERATIONS
Nick Radoicic is Managing Director of Operations for Hire Counsel, where he oversees all operations for MSP/VMS clients and leads the (SPA) Specialized Project Attorney recruiting team. He works closely with the team and take a hands-on approach with training up his team, managing placements and providing recruiting and market analysis while searching for the best talent out there
Nick brings over 15 years of staffing operations experience with emphasis on process analysis, production operations, customer service, and technical/operations support functions..
Nick earned his AAS Degree from DeVry University. He lives in the Chicagoland area and still loves to compete in sporting events.
NANCY RAUSCH - VP, FINANCE
As a highly skilled finance and accounting professional with 20+ years’ experience in public accounting and the private sector, Nancy Rausch is the Controller at Hire Counsel. Nancy has amassed extensive experience across many functions inclusive of: GAAP financial statement reporting, budgeting, forecasting, and strategic planning, cash management and investment, human resources management and payroll / benefit administration and overall office management.
Nancy’s strong background in analytical, problem-solving and communication / speaking skills complements the skills and experience of Hire Counsel’s executive team.