OUR TEAM. YOUR PARTNERS.
Co-Founder Robert Murphy
Favorite Quote: “Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.”— John Wooden
Experience: Practicing attorney since 1974. Held Associate through General Counsel positions in a law firm, an insurance company and financial services firm.
Accomplishment: Board Chairman of United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, The Center for Autism and the United Way of Pennsylvania and Board Member of Wheels, Inc., Valley Forge Historical Society and The Library Company of Philadelphia.
Degree: JD University of Pennsylvania Law School. BA History & Theatre, Wesleyan University.
Personal: Triathlete. Long-time indoor cycling instructor.
Co-Founder Joel Adams
Experience: Currently a Vistage Coach. Founder/CEO of Devon Consulting 1982-2010. One of the largest IT staffing companies in the Northeast. • Board Member/President of the Industry Association for IT Staffing • Board Member/President of Cerebral Palsy Association of West Chester
Degree: BA Economics, Wesleyan. MBA Boston University.
Susan Bodalski: Manager of Finance
Position: Has been overseeing Assigned Counsel’s accounting department since 1993.
Favorite Quote: “No life is so hard that you can’t make it easier by the way you take it” — Ellen Glasgow.
Experience: Part of the Assigned Counsel leadership committee since 1993. Over five years of paralegal experience working with several major defense litigation firms in the Greater Philadelphia area.
Accomplishment: Served as a board member for the Chester County National Alliance on Mental Illness. Sue taught NAMI Family to Family Education Program for many years on state and local levels.
Degree: Attended St. Joseph’s University
Cheri Holdan: Administrative Manager
Position: Administrative Manager since 1997
Favorite Quote: “Love the life you live, and live the life you love.”— Bob Marley
Experience: Ensuring that all legal placements go smoothly for the candidates and clients since 1997. She handles contract administration, database administration, marketing and human resources. Prior to joining Assigned Counsel, Cheri worked for a nationally known credit provider as a financial lender.
Noteworthy: Cheri lives in a western suburb of Philadelphia, PA with her husband and two children.
Degree: Studied at Widener University and Clarion University of PA
Suzanne Stahl Heyer, Esq.
Position: Senior Recruiting Attorney since 1998.
Favorite Quote: “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
Experience: Environmental Law Associate with premier law firms in Morristown and Florham Park, New Jersey.
Specialties: Environmental compliance and regulatory issues, due diligence matters and environmental insurance coverage disputes.
Accomplishments: Case Notes and Comments Editor of the Pace Law Review.
Degree: 1989 graduate of the Pace University School of Law, where she was a Ranking Scholar and on the Dean’s List. Undergraduate degree from Rutgers University.
Alisa Austin, Esq.
Position: Senior Recruiting Attorney since 1996.
Favorite Quote: “Life isn’t about how to survive the storm but how to dance in the rain.”
Experience: Employment law attorney with Seyfarth Shaw. Author of employment law advisories for the Research Institute of America. Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division.
Accomplishments: U.S. Department of Justice’s Honor Program. University of Georgia Law Review, Research Editor. University of Georgia Order of the Coif.
Degree: JD (magna cum laude) from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1984. Top 10 percent of class. BS (magna cum laude) in Administration of Justice from The American University.
Position: Business Development Manager since 2008.
Favorite Quote: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” — Mahatma Gandhi
Experience: Brenda’s career spans over two decades in legal and technology fields serving senior-level executives and government officials in client companies and organizations across the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom.
Noteworthy: She resides with her family in Prescott Valley, Arizona, where her interests and volunteer activities include horses, animal rights, animal rescue, green living, healing arts, and the historic West.
Degree: Brenda is a 1989 graduate of Northern Arizona University.
Mary Duff: Controller
Position: Has been Assigned Counsel’s controller since 2003.
Experience: Founder/President of Duff Accounting Solutions LLC, a financial services firm for small and mid-size businesses. Prior to entering public accounting, Mary worked for Shared Medical Systems in their accounts receivable and billing departments.
Accomplishments: National director of the American Society of Women Accountants and is past president of the Philadelphia Chapter. Named president of BKI Solutions, Inc.; predecessor to Duff Accounting Solutions LLC.
Specialization: Certified professional advisor for QuickBooks. Compilation, review and tax engagements specialists for closely held businesses.
Degree: Holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Scranton.
Position: Business Development Manager since 2012.
Favorite Quote: “Enjoy the little things, for one day you will look back and realize they were the big things.” — Robert Brault
Experience: 20 years of marketing experience focused on legal search and telecom industries.
Hobbies: Tennis. Explorer of the “great outdoors.”
Degree: 1985 graduate of Northern Illinois University where she was awarded a Bachelor of Science in marketing and communications.
Debra Vinikour, Esq.
Position: Senior Recruiting Attorney Western and Midwest Regions since 2008 (also from 1999-2000).
Favorite Quote: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
Experience: In-house corporate attorney at Freddie Mac and Household Finance. Corporate associate at midsize New York law firms. Contract attorney at Chicago nonprofit lender and law firms. Career consultant at Right Management.
Interests: Classical piano, running, yoga, exploring Portland neighborhoods.
Degrees: JD Boston University School of Law; member of Law Review. BS (with Distinction) in Communication Studies from Northwestern University.
Elissa Outtrim, Esq.
Position: Senior Recruiting Attorney at Assigned Counsel since 2006.
Favorite Quote: “Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” — Abraham Lincoln
Experience: Account Specialist for major national accounts for a Fortune 50 property and casualty carrier for ten years; training coordinator for major claims management within this same company for three years. Constant and successful interaction with major national law firms and corporate insureds with regard to handling and settling high exposure, complex claims. Legal research and writing for private firm.
Accomplishments: Recipient, Reimel Moot Court Award, 1989. District and Divisional Officer United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. Member, American Mensa.
Degree: Achieved JD from The Villanova University School of Law, 1990. Achieved BFA in communication design, magna cum laude, from Kutztown State College, 1982.
Position: Business Development Manager since 2012.
Favorite Quote: “Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.”— John Quincy Adams
Experience: Over 20 years in legal and corporate business development. Experience includes creating new company divisions and products – such as legal and financial events, as well as various publications. She has also opened new markets and territories while providing customized branding opportunities and product or service awareness in the legal marketplace.
Degree: MBA, Baruch College.
Experience: Kelly came on board in early 2018 to help with Assigned Counsel’s online presence, digital media and marketing efforts. Previously, she has worked as a music supervisor for advertising and creator of online media.
Noteworthy: Kelly grew up in Colorado but now enjoys life with her family in a small village in central Vermont. She enjoys gardening, yoga, hiking and spending time with family and friends.
Degree: Kelly holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Audio Engineering from the University of Colorado.