Chief Operating Officer
Ann Rainhart enjoys being an agent of change int the legal profession, understanding the needs of clients, collaborating within the firm, and spending time with the team of directors and other professionals at Briggs.
As Briggs’ chief operating officer and member of the firm’s senior leadership team, Ann collaborates with the managing partner and executive committee on strategy and oversees the firm’s business operations departments. Ann will serve as chief strategy officer beginning January 1, 2020 when Briggs combines with Taft.
During her tenure at Briggs, Ann has led the firm through a merger decision with Taft and a major remodel process, helped develop innovative processes including client development coaching, legal transactional operations and eDiscovery. She has also seen the firm through leadership transitions.
Prior to joining Briggs, Ann was a key member of the operations team at Faegre Baker Daniels. She played a significant role in the 2012 combination of Faegre & Benson LLP and Baker & Daniels LLP. In her role as chief talent officer, Ann worked with the firm’s management board and executive committee around strategies for retention, development and feedback for the firm’s 750+ lawyers, consultants and professionals, and collaborated with other administrative department leaders in key areas of business operations.
Ann’s experience also includes previous roles as director of legal personnel at Faegre & Benson, LLP and as part of the human resources team at Stinson Leonard Street. Ann began her career in law firm administration at Chapman and Cutler in Chicago.
Ann is a frequent author and presenter on the topics of legal operations, change in the legal profession and leadership.