Angie in Her Own Words

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"Angie is a great leader and never backs away from difficult tasks or decisions. She identifies issues and discusses necessary steps in order to resolve them. She encourages people to step forward into leadership roles and to take on as much as they are willing to handle." - 2016 LP Leadership Survey

Angela Sebastian

Angela (Angie) Sebastian is the Chief Executive Officer of Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC, where she also is a member of the firm's Executive Committee and Compensation Committee.

Angie oversees all of the firm’s financial and operational functions, including business development, marketing, human resources and technology. She is the chief architect of the firm's client experience strategy, The LP Way™, and is responsible for the strategic development and execution of the firm-wide business plan.

A communication-focused leader, Angie has hosted "Ask Angie" open sessions for many years as a means of offering attorneys and staff meaningful financial and operational updates and providing them the opportunity to give their feedback. Angie’s technical expertise and innovative management style have been catalysts for many of the programs and processes that Levenfeld Pearlstein has implemented. She has developed profitability reporting processes and customized dashboards that facilitate robust project management and places a strong focus on helping the firm's attorneys hone their financial management and project management skills. In addition, Angie also spearheaded the use of partner, client and operational effectiveness surveys that have become a hallmark of Levenfeld Pearlstein, and was instrumental in the development of the firm's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, which is unique among law firms and recognized nationally for its comprehensive nature, integration with firm culture and results-oriented approach.

Angie joined Levenfeld Pearlstein in 1999 as the firm's first Director of Finance and was named Executive Director in 2003. Prior to joining Levenfeld Pearlstein, she spent seven years as accounting manager at an AmLaw 200 firm, and before working in the legal industry, worked in the field of higher education. 

Georgetown University, Graduate Certificate in Leadership Coaching
Keller Graduate School of Business, MBA
Governors State University, B.S. in Accountancy
Certified Public Accountant
Illinois CPA Society and the American Institute for Certified Public Accountants
Board of Advisors for Catholic Charities of Chicago
Board of Trustees of Governors State University
CEO of Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago Northwest Indiana Camp
Women Worth Watching, Profiles in Diversity Journal, 2016
Women to Watch, Illinois CPA Society and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, 2014


What is your favorite quote?
My favorite quote is by Margaret Mead: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." I used this quote to close many a Girl Scout meeting when I was a troop leader. I often use it during my role at LP. I do not take "no" or "we can't" as answers. There is much more power and fun in envisioning what's possible than finding ways not to do something.
What is your most productive day of the week?
Wednesday. I typically work outside of the office on Wednesdays. These days are dedicated to writing and thinking time for those long-term, non-urgent issues that require thoughtful consideration. A great mentor of mine taught me that "thinking is work." There are four other days in the office for meetings, conferences, phone calls, and other urgent matters that require my attention. The discipline of carving dedicated time to thinking about where the firm is going and how I can help to effectively navigate the path serves the firm and ultimately our clients well. I find that I am far more effective when I take the time to consider the forest rather than just dodging trees.
What is the best compliment you ever received from a client?
"We can never leave you now!" - This from a client who was one of our first to receive a dedicated extranet. Using a Microsoft SharePoint platform, we worked with technology experts to design and deliver a powerful tool that saves enormous time and energy for both the client and for LP. Based on this experience, we invested heavily into this technology and now have more than 30 clients using it. This proliferation of extranets was led by our Manager of Process Improvement, another testament to LP's commitment to value for our clients.

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