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Director of Operations Kate Lain

Kate Lain joins Triangle Smart Divorce as the new Director of Operations. This is obviously an important position with immense responsibility for the person assuming it. After all, the better our office runs, the better it is for our Team, and the much better it is for our clients.

It was important enough for us to look nationally. We placed an ad with the Association of Legal Administrators, and Kate found us . . . in Kansas City, Missouri.

Kate has everything we were looking for, an MBA from the University of Missouri, deep experience as a Firm Administrator with “executive responsibilities”, and experience as a Director of Human Resources. Legal administration plus human resources make Kate pretty much the Shohei Ohtani of Director of Operations.

This is where we’d typically discuss her immense capabilities, listing her skill sets and experiences, such as twenty years of experience “building and leading successful and engaged teams, setting vision and strategy, and solving complex business issues.”

As well as this: Kate took a break from law firms for a few years to be the Director of Administration and Facilities for a large, publicly traded company where she was responsible – in every way imaginable – for corporate properties and administrative team members in thirty-two states.

After all that, we’d sum things up by noting that Kate has done it all when it comes to running a law firm, from operations to financials to cultivating firm culture to event planning to managing facilities to, well, working with people.

But we’re not going to dive into all that. It’s easier and perhaps more illustrative to mention two things. First, Kate has sixty-seven plants—she is a self-described ‘Plant Mom’—and they have been and continue to thrive. Why? Because Kate tracks when each plant gets water, food, pruning, cleaning and repotting. Needless to say, the plants have not cooperated by synchronizing their needs. It’s a full-time job, one with a 100% success rate.

Second, Kate packed up the house, the sixty-seven plants, her dog, and her cat and moved from Missouri to Raleigh over Memorial Day weekend. One state ahead of severe thunderstorms the whole way, it went off without a hitch. If that doesn’t describe organizational genius, nothing does.

Kate loves the outdoors. Aside from Triangle Smart Divorce, NC’s fantastic hiking trails, mountains, and beaches were a major selling point in her recruitment. She is also working her way through visiting every National Park. The rest of her free time is spent giving in to her cat’s extortion demands. For more details on this, ask her. It’s chilling.

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