Meet The Management Team
Keona Williams, COO
Keona Williams is Merlin Law Group’s Chief Operating Officer. She manages the overall day-to-day administrative functions of the firm ensuring the attorneys have the support, information and resources needed to perform effectively. Keona is also responsible for the human resources administration of Merlin Law Group including recruitment, hiring, payroll, benefits, monitoring of staff workflow, special event planning and handling the local strategic and tactical planning. Keona also oversees office operations, facilities management, information systems, and related support functions.
As the Chief Operating Officer, she identifies and plans for the changing needs of the firm to ensure efficient operation of its offices. Keona has her Master of Business Administration, Concentration: Human Resources.
Mary Kestenbaum Fortson Esq., Managing Attorney
As Managing Attorney, Mary Fortson participates in the Merlin Law Group’s most complex legal cases and projects, and provides litigation and appellate support to the attorneys, overseeing and ensuring the quality of the legal work conducted. She coordinates and supervises the attorneys of the firm, and oversees case intake, case assignments, supervision and professional development of the firm’s attorneys.
Mary directs the attorneys and their legal staff in effective and efficient use of resources while servicing the client. She assures that services are in compliance with professional standards, and state and federal regulatory requirements. Mary supplies advice and guidance to the Firm attorneys on all matters of procedure, practice, and policy. She provides administrative and technical oversight for attorney activities and coordinates with other internal staff and external entities and organizations. Mary has her Juris Doctorate.
Ruck P. DeMinico, Esq., Knowledge Manager
Ruck DeMinico manages all aspects of Merlin Law Group’s Document Management System, library and the informational operations of the firm. He ensures that all legal research and supporting documentation associated with current and previously litigated cases are accurately maintained, catalogued, updated and accessible to the firm’s attorneys and designated staff personnel.
As the firm’s Knowledge Manager, Ruck performs a critical role in researching, gathering and disseminating legal information – trends, case law, legislation, etc., – to attorneys throughout the firm, and is the primary resource for attorney reference information. He also maintains and edits the Merlin Law Group family of blogs. Ruck has his Juris Doctorate and a Master of Library Science.
William J. Midtbo, Director of Marketing
As Director of Marketing, William Midtbo oversees and initiates marketing activities throughout all 9 offices around the country. Aside from implementing new marketing strategies and measuring results, William works with the attorneys to set up seminars, speaking engagements, conventions and helps build professional relationships. He coordinates the firms publications, distribution channels, customer relationship management (CRM) and branding efforts.
William’s background consists of working in advertising agencies, interactive studios, and prestigious law firms, which has enabled him to implement unique effective marketing campaigns and strategies.
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