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About Affinity

Affinity Consulting Group was founded by a group of legal IT and management consultants with a collective 135 years of legal experience and specializes in strategic technology and management solutions for law firms and legal departments of all sizes. Uniquely positioned via decades of experience as attorneys, law firm administrators, paralegals, law firm trainers, and legal IT, Affinity consultants have been working with law firm clients since 1998 on technology audits; strategic business & management assessments; technology selection and implementations; traditional and cloud-based financial practice management; litigation support and trial preparedness; and in-house training and professional development.

We excel because our consultants are the most experienced in outfitting law firms and legal departments with solutions tailored to their specific needs—saving our clients time and money and giving them their lives back.

Culture and Philosophy

We focus on helping our clients get their lives back by addressing their work needs so that they can run an efficient and more productive law firm/legal department. We recommend real solutions that specifically address the individual needs of each firm/department in the most cost effective way possible. We measure our success in our capacity to exceed clients’ expectations; our ability to produce a high quality work product; our professionalism; our teamwork; our resourcefulness; our strong work ethic and our commitment to one another and to our clients.


 
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Cindy Melfa

Cindy Melfa was founder and president of Legal-Tech Solutions, Inc. prior to mergering her practice into Affinity Consulting Group. She has over 22 years experience in law firm accounting and financial workflow and management, practice management, and document management. Prior to working in legal technology, Cindy was a law firm real estate closer and firm administrator for 8 years, after which she started her consulting and training career in 1997.

In 2002, she formed LTS to bring her expertise in these processes, combined with the automation of leading software providers, to solo and small firms across Florida. LTS now has installation, training and service clients throughout the United States and the Caribbean.

In her free time, Cindy enjoys cooking, traveling, music, walking, the beach, and spending time with her two sons. She is an avid Miami Dolphins and Jimmy Buffet fan.

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Barron Henley

Mr. Henley is one of the founding partners of Affinity Consulting Group, a national legal technology consulting firm which handles all aspects of law practice automation including document assembly, case management, document management, legal accounting software, trial presentation/litigation support, paper reduction/scanning, hardware, networks/servers and security. He is an attorney and has been helping other lawyers with technology since 1990.

He received his B.S./B.A. (marketing and economics) and J.D. from The Ohio State University and is a member of the American, Ohio and Columbus Bar Associations, and the Worthington Estate Planning Council. He is a member of the ABA Law Practice Management Section and is the former Chair of the Ohio State Bar Association Law Office Automation & Technology Committee. Mr. Henley heads Affinity’s document assembly/automation and software training departments; he is a renowned expert on Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat and HotDocs document assembly software; and has authored legal-specific manuals on HotDocs, Adobe Acrobat, and Microsoft Word, Excel & Outlook.

Barron teaches continuing legal education (CLE) classes throughout the U.S. and Canada covering a wide variety of topics related to law practice management, technology and ethics.

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Steven Best

Steven J. Best is the managing partner of our Atlanta office. Steve is an attorney as well as a certified law office software consultant. With an educational background in law, accounting and economics, Steve consults with law firms throughout the United States on law office software as well as sophisticated practice management issues.

Steve is a graduate of Rutgers University (B.A.) and Emory University School of Law (J.D.). He is a member of the Florida and Georgia Bars and is also a certified consultant/trainer, maintaining certifications in PCLaw, Time Matters, Tabs3, Amicus Attorney, Worldox and Symphony. He is also a recognized expert in both law office billing/accounting solutions as well as paperless office adoption, configuration, workflow and functionality. Steve serves as the vice-chair of the 2015 ABA TechShow and frequently speaks on legal technology topics throughout the U.S. and Canada.

In his free time, Steve enjoys composing music, playing tennis, cooking, and spending time with his wife and two children.

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Sandy Adams

Sandy Hernandez Adams is the managing partner of our Miami office.

Sandy began providing specialized software and services to law firms in 1982; she grew her business and, in 2005, sold to a local CPA firm based in Miami. She, and the consultants, operated as Onsite Advisors until November, 2009, when they spun off from the CPA Firm to become Strategic Legal Technology Consulting. Although the name changed, Sandra maintained the same vision...to provide expert consulting and support services to law firms and legal departments.

Today, as a partner at Affinity Consulting Group, Sandra continues her commitment to customer service and working to provide unique solutions to suit each client's specific needs.

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Paul Unger

Paul J. Unger is one of the managing partners of Affinity's Columbus Ohio office. He is a 1994 graduate of Capital University Law School. He is an attorney and founding member of HMU Consulting, Inc. (now Affinity-Columbus). Prior to forming HMU with Barron Henley, Paul was Vice President of a Columbus-based technology consulting firm. He spent five years at Clark, Perdue, Roberts & Scott Co., L.P.A., limiting his practice to civil litigation.

Mr. Unger now specializes in trial presentation & litigation technology consulting, document and case management software, paperless office strategies, and legal-specific software training for law firms and legal departments throughout the Midwest. He has provided trial presentation consultation for 300+ cases.

Mr. Unger is a member of The American Society of Trial Consultants, the American Bar Association, the Ohio and Columbus Bar Associations, and the Ohio Association for Justice and the Central Ohio Association for Justice. He is very active in the Law Practice Management Section of the American Bar Association, and recently served as the Chair of ABA TECHSHOW 2011. He is also an Adjunct Professor for Capital University Law School’s Paralegal Program.

Mr. Unger is a national speaker and frequent lecturer for CLE programs. He is the author of Adobe Acrobat for Law Firms, PowerPoint for Legal Professionals, and co-author of Microsoft Word for Legal Professionals, all manuals designed to maximize the use of legal-specific features.

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Britt Lorish

Britt Lorish is the managing partner of Affinity's Roanoke office. She is the President and Founder of Automated Horizons (now a part of Affinity Atlantic), which she opened in 2000. Prior to that she spent more than a decade as a litigation paralegal and law firm network administrator. Britt is a graduate of the University of Tampa with a Bachelor of Science in Criminology/Pre-Law.

Britt regularly speaks on legal technology and law firm finance issues at the local, regional and national level, including CLEs for organizations such as the Ohio State Bar, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, the West Virginia State Bar, and the Institute for Paralegal Education. She is a regular speaker at the ABA TECHSHOW and in March of 2009, Britt was selected to serve on the ABA TECHSHOW Planning Board. She also served as the Chair of ABA TECHSHOW 2013.

She has contributed articles to publications such as the ABA LPM’s Law Practice magazine, Law Office Computing and Technolawyer. Britt has extensive experience consulting on legal technology issues, implementing and conducting training on legal specific software and she specializes in tailoring custom technology solutions for law firms and law-related agencies. She maintains certifications in a majority of our software products including Tabs3, PracticeMaster, DragonNaturally Speaking, PCLaw, Worldox, HotDocs, Philips SpeechExec and ProLaw.

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Debbie Foster

Debbie Foster is the managing partner of Affinity's Tampa Bay office. She founded InTouch Legal (now part of Affinity Consulting) in 1998, seeing a need for a consulting company that focused specifically on lawyers and their technology needs. Since then, Debbie has expanded the services offered by her Tampa based office and has helped hundreds of law firms implement technology, finance, marketing and management solutions.

Debbie has been working with law firms since 1995, personally helping implement solutions ranging from practice management, time/billing/accounting, document management and general law office management issues. In addition to working with law firms throughout the U.S., Caribbean and Canada, she has also trained hundreds of consultants around the country on software programs used in law firms and best practices when consulting on a law firm’s specific technology needs.

Debbie is very active in the Law Practice Management Section of the American Bar Association, and served as the Chair of ABA TECHSHOW in 2010. Debbie is also very active in Local and State Bar Associations, and she regularly speaks on topics relating to technology, management, finance and marketing of a law firm.

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