Shumaker taps top strategist to enhance growth opportunities

National law firm Shumaker has tapped Mark Usellis to be its Chief Growth and Strategy Officer. 

A top strategist, Usellis will work with leaders throughout the firm to position Shumaker for long-term, sustainable success.

“Mark will play a key role in advancing Shumaker’s growth strategy,” Shumaker Chief Operating Officer Paul Favorite said. “He will collaborate with clients, lawyers, and staff to strengthen our business in targeted business sectors and recruit and strengthen our team of professionals. Mark will also bring new and innovative ideas to capture growth opportunities and help our clients achieve even greater success.”

Usellis has more than 20 years of experience working with law firms, including in positions such as Chief Marketing Officer, Chief Strategy Officer and as a consultant. 

He also spent 13 years in public affairs as a legislative director on Capitol Hill; as a public affairs director for a large telecommunications company; and as a consultant for a global public affairs firm.

Most recently, Usellis served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer for an international reforestation non-governmental organization, which he helped lead through a leadership and business model transition.

“Known as a standout and a trusted advisor in the legal world, hiring Mark is a big win for Shumaker,” Shumaker Management Committee Chair Jennifer Compton said.  “We look forward to him using his years of experience to drive new growth and build on Shumaker’s impressive momentum.”

Shumaker has been growing rapidly over the past two years, adding new service lines to meet the rising demand for legal counsel in growing industries such as technology, health care, and manufacturing. The firm has hired a director of associate recruitment and several teams of new attorneys, in addition to growing office space in Tampa and expanding in Charleston.

Shumaker employs a team of more than 300 lawyers and advisors, providing legal and legislative solutions. Its mission emphasizes positive and impactful work on behalf of clients and communities. 

The firm has offices in Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and South Carolina. 

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