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Awards

Leslie Firtell Receives 2014 SmartCEO Brava! AwardNew York, NY

The Brava! Awards program celebrates female CEOs who combine their irrepressible entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for giving back to the ... Read more

The Brava! Awards program celebrates female CEOs who combine their irrepressible entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for giving back to the community. Brava! Award winners are exemplary leaders of both their companies and their communities. They encourage local philanthropy, mentor up-and-coming leaders and set their companies on the path to tremendous growth.

Each year, an independent committee of local business leaders selects winners based on the quality of applications submitted. SmartCEO shares their inspiring stories in the July/August issue of SmartCEO magazine and celebrates their success at an awards reception in July.

This year, Tower Legal’s CEO and President, Leslie Firtell, has been selected to receive a Brava! Award for her exceptional spirit and talent within Tower’s company and the community. Firtell’s commendable leadership skills and inspirational vision have inspired extraordinary expansion within Tower’s quickly growing company. Tower Legal continues to thrive under Firtell’s management and looks to many more successes in the future.

“Brava winners possess the utmost qualities in a leader — vision, passion, compassion, dedication, perseverance. Every one of this year’s winners exhibits these qualities in running their business, their families and their philanthropic activities. They give 110 percent of themselves,” says Rick Crane, regional president of SmartCEO Media. “We are honored and humbled to recognize a group of women who are truly making a difference in the world.”

For more on SmartCEO, visit their website here: http://www.smartceo.com.

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Ernst & Young LLP 2012 Entrepreneurial Winning WomenNew York, NY

Leslie Firtell, President and CEO, of Tower Legal Solutions was named one of Ernst & Young LLP’s 2012 Entrepreneurial Winning Women. Leslie is ... Read more

Leslie Firtell, President and CEO, of Tower Legal Solutions was named one of Ernst & Young LLP’s 2012 Entrepreneurial Winning Women. Leslie is one of 11 exceptional women entrepreneurs recognized throughout the country with this prestigious award. Now in its fifth year, the Entrepreneurial Winning Women program is a national competition and executive leadership program that identifies a select group of high-potential women entrepreneurs whose businesses show real potential to scale — and then helps them do it. Leslie was honored at a special luncheon induction ceremony during this year’s Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum.

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Tower Legal Solutions Ranks 7th on Women Presidents' Organization's 7th Annual list of 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/Led CompaniesNew York, NY

Tower Legal Solutions (“Tower Legal”), a full-service legal staffing and managed review company, was recently included in the Women Presidents’ ... Read more

Tower Legal Solutions (“Tower Legal”), a full-service legal staffing and managed review company, was recently included in the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO) 7th Annual list of the 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/led companies around the globe. Tower Legal was ranked number seven on the list of 50 companies that, for the first time, opened to applicants on a global level. Participating companies were ranked according to a sales growth formula that combines percentage and absolute growth. To be qualified for the ranking, businesses are required to be privately held, woman-owned/led companies with annual revenue of at least $500,000 by year end 2008.

“We’re so honored to be included in WPO’s 50 Fastest list,” said Founder and CEO Leslie Firtell. “WPO is so empowering for women entrepreneurs and being recognized by them as a company that is making a significant impact on business and society by creating jobs as well as custom-tailored solutions that help our clients grow competitively in the marketplace is very rewarding.”

Companies on the 50 Fastest list generated $4.9 billion in combined 2013 revenues and collectively employed 22,000 people. Winners represent a diverse range of industries, including staffing and recruitment, advertising and marketing, energy, manufacturing and technology.

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Articles about Tower

Tower featured in the NY Post - New York City boasts four top women-led companiesNew York, NY

For the third straight year, Tower’s own Leslie Firtell has been named to the Women President’s Organization’s 50 Fastest- Growing Women-Owned/... Read more

For the third straight year, Tower’s own Leslie Firtell has been named to the Women President’s Organization’s 50 Fastest- Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies list.  She most recently spoke with the NY Post who published the following article and provided some advice for future entrepreneurs – http://nypost.com/2015/05/10/new-york-city-boasts-four-top-women-led-companies/

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Tower Legal Solutions Ranks 7th on Women President's Organization's 7th Annual list of 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/Led CompaniesNew York, NY

Female-owned company experiences extreme growth rate of 654% in four years Tower Legal Solutions (“Tower Legal”), a full-service legal staffing ... Read more

Female-owned company experiences extreme growth rate of 654% in four years

Tower Legal Solutions (“Tower Legal”), a full-service legal staffing and managed review company, was recently included in the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO) 7th Annual list of the 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/led companies around the globe.

Tower Legal was ranked number seven on the list of 50 companies that, for the first time, opened to applicants on a global level. Participating companies were ranked according to a sales growth formula that combines percentage and absolute growth. To be qualified for the ranking, businesses are required to be privately held, woman-owned/led companies with annual revenue of at least $500,000 by year end 2008.

“We’re so honored to be included in WPO’s 50 Fastest list,” said Founder and CEO Leslie Firtell. “WPO is so empowering for women entrepreneurs and being recognized by them as a company that is making a significant impact on business and society by creating jobs as well as custom-tailored solutions that help our clients grow competitively in the marketplace is very rewarding.”

Companies on the 50 Fastest list generated $4.9 billion in combined 2013 revenues and collectively employed 22,000 people. Winners represent a diverse range of industries, including staffing and recruitment, advertising and marketing, energy, manufacturing and technology.

 

More about the 2014 WPO 50 Fastest:

●     Average revenue grew from $32.6 million in 2009 to $98.8 million in 2013

●     Founded the business: 90%

●     Average age: 48

●     Average number of projected 2014 employees: 657

 

The WPO’s 2014 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies are:

 

Entrepreneur Name

Company Name

City/State

Cindy Monroe

Thirty-One Gifts

Columbus, OH

Kathy Mills

Strategic Communications

Louisville, KY

Jennifer Maier

WDS, Inc.

Lake Wylie, SC

June Ressler

Cenergy

Houston, TX

Shelly Sun

BrightStar

Gurnee, IL

Zeynep Erkunt-Armagan

Erkunt Traktor Industry Inc.

Sincan, Ankara – Turkey

Leslie A. Firtell, Esq.

Tower Legal Solutions

New York, NY

Dr. Rebecca Thomley

Morning Star Financial Services, LLC

Golden Valley, MN

SungJoo Kim

Sungjoo D&D

Seoul – Korea

10 

Anita Emoff

Boost Technologies

Dayton, OH

11 

Fiona Gathright

Wellness Corporate Solutions, LLC

Bethesda, MD

12 

Lenora Payne

Technology Group Solutions, LLC

Lenexa, KS

13 

Rebecca Cenni

Atrium Staffing

New York, NY

14 

Liz Elting

TransPerfect

New York, NY

15 

Beatriz Manetta

Argent Associates, Inc.

Edison, NJ

16 

Celeste Gudas

24 Seven Inc.

New York, NY

17 

Jennifer Guthrie

In-Flight Crew Connections

Charlotte, NC

18 

Therese Tucker

BlackLine Systems

Los Angeles, CA

19 

Lori A Blaker

TTi Global

Rochester Hills, MI

20 

Pamela Chambers O’Rourke

ICON Information Consultants, LP

Houston, TX

21 

Leslie O’Connor

Search Wizards, Inc.

Atlanta, GA

22 

Natalie Davis-Runyan

Anserteam Workforce Solutions

Dallas, TX

23 

Keeli Jernigan

Trans-Expedite, Inc.

El Paso, TX

24 

Cheryl Y. Biron

One Horn Transportation

Wayne, NJ

25 

Patricia Bible

Katom Restaurant Supply

Kodak, TN

26 

Kara J. Trott

Quantum Health

Columbus, OH

27 

Claudine S. George

ICONMA LLC

Troy, MI

28 

Jacqueline B Wilson

American Fashion Network

Manlius, NY

29 

Teresa Sherald

Diversity Search Group

Columbus, OH

30 

Denise Wilson

Desert Jet

Thermal, CA

31 

Cassandra Sanford

KellyMitchell Group, Inc.

Clayton, MO

32 

Phyllis W. Newhouse

Xtreme Solutions Inc

Atlanta, GA

33 

Lisa David

eCapital Advisors, LLC

Bloomington, MN

34 

Jennifer Smith

Innovative Office Solutions

Burnsville, MN

35 

Orit Koren

Trillium FSB Inc.

Concord, ON – Canada

36 

Allison McGrath Judge

Transformhealthrx

Statesboro, GA

37 

Anjali “Ann” Ramakumaran

Ampcus Inc

Chantilly, VA

38 

Cheryl Brunetti

RVM Enterprises, Inc.

New York, NY

39 

Ranjini Poddar

Artech Information Systems, LLC

Cedar Knolls, NJ

40 

Necole Parker

The ELOCEN Group, LLC

Washington, DC

41 

Meredith Leapley

Leapley Construction Group of Atlanta, LLC

Atlanta, GA

42 

Joanne Santomauro

Ancillare

Horsham, PA

43 

Shari Dingle Sandifer

Avant Healthcare Professionals

Casselberry, FL

44 

Dee Hays

Excellence Engineering, LLC

Tulsa, OK

45 

Shelly Morse

The Mosaic Company

Tukwila, WA

46 

Elaine Osgood

Atlas Travel & Technology Group

Milford, MA

47 

Karen Clark Cole

Blink UX

Seattle, WA

48 

Tracy Balazs

FSR

Annapolis MD

49 

Jamie Fletcher

Mach 1 Global Services

Tempe, AZ

50 

Jessica Firestone

Tempest Telecom Solutions LLC

Santa Barbara, CA

 

 

About the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO)
The WPO is the ultimate affiliation for successful women entrepreneurs worldwide. In monthly meetings across the world, women from diverse industries invest time and energy in themselves and their businesses to drive their corporations to the next level. Local WPO chapters are coordinated by a professional facilitator and meet monthly to share business expertise and experience in a confidential setting. For more information, call 212-688-4114 or visit www.womenpresidentsorg.com.

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Leslie Firtell, President and CEO of Tower Legal, featured in Women's Enterprise MagazineNew York, NY

Leslie Firtell, President and CEO of Tower Legal Solutions, was recently featured in a Women’s Enterprise magazine story. The article, “The ... Read more

Leslie Firtell, President and CEO of Tower Legal Solutions, was recently featured in a Women’s Enterprise magazine story. The article, “The Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women program helps WBEs to think big,” was the lead story from the magazine’s current issue. The story can be read below.  

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Tower Legal Solutions' CEO, Leslie Firtell, Featured in WE USA MagazineNew York, NY

Women’s Enterprise USA Magazine recently featured an article on Tower Legal Solutions’ CEO, Leslie Firtell. The article explains how Tower has ... Read more

Women’s Enterprise USA Magazine recently featured an article on Tower Legal Solutions’ CEO, Leslie Firtell. The article explains how Tower has developed since it’s launch in July of 2007. The company began with 2 permanent employees, 4200 sq. ft. of office space, and 25 computers. Today, Tower celebrates the company’s seventh anniversary with extraordinary growth and successes. Tower now has offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Charlotte, Minneapolis, Dallas and Washington, D.C., with placements worldwide. Annual revenues are nearing the nine-figure mark and Firtell is looking to adding to her sales force to facilitate additional growth. Despite obstacles, Tower Legal Solutions has experienced monumental development that Firtell attributes much to her employees. Read the full article below.

 

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Tower Legal Solutions Named to 2013 Crain's New York Business Fast 50New York, NY

Tower Legal Solutions (“Tower Legal”), a full-service legal staffing and managed review company, was included in the top 20 in the Crain’s New ... Read more

Tower Legal Solutions (“Tower Legal”), a full-service legal staffing and managed review company, was included in the top 20 in the Crain’s New York Business Fast 50 List. The feature serves as an annual spotlight on New York’s most successful and innovative companies that seek out new markets and devise growth strategies to stay on top.

“We are delighted to have been included on the Crain’s Fast 50 list, as we strive to distinguish ourselves by providing superior service to our clients,” said Founder and CEO Leslie Firtell. “We recently expanded our offerings through our new consulting division, which will help clients control costs, improve efficiencies, and increase productivity. We look forward to continuing to offer our clients custom-tailored solutions that will allow them to grow competitively in the marketplace.”

Tower Legal was ranked number 20 on the list of 50 companies, with a growth rate percentage of 409 percent. This year’s diverse list included publicly traded firms for the first time and required that honorees have more than 100 percent revenue growth for three consecutive years and overall revenues greater than $10 million. Winners represent a diverse range of industries, including staffing and recruitment, advertising and marketing, energy, manufacturing and technology.

A full list of the winners and company profiles can be viewed at www.crainsnewyork.com/fast50.

 

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Tower Legal Solutions' and Leslie Firtell's post - Sandy Disaster Preparedness Strategy featured in The Huffington PostNew York, NY

Leslie Firtell, founder and CEO of Tower Legal Solutions, was forced to test her pet project, disaster preparedness, when Sandy hit New York. With a ... Read more

Leslie Firtell, founder and CEO of Tower Legal Solutions, was forced to test her pet project, disaster preparedness, when Sandy hit New York. With a committed team, acute decisiveness and planning, and a seamless execution, she and her team were able to keep work on track — especially one client’s case that had a looming deadline they were not willing to move.

 

Read the full story here

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In the Industry

Tower Legal Solutions Announces New Office in Los Angeles, CALos Angeles, CA

Tower Legal Solutions, a leading national staffing and managed review company, announced today that it is launching its new document review facility ... Read more

Tower Legal Solutions, a leading national staffing and managed review company, announced today that it is launching its new document review facility in Los Angeles, CA. It is located on the 67th floor of US Bank Tower, the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. With a panoramic view of the city and surrounding mountains, the new space will house the corporate office as well as 25 workstations dedicated to document review. “I am excited about our new offices and the ability to assist our clients who prefer to conduct their reviews offsite,” said Daniela Dakshaw, the managing director of Tower’s Los Angeles’ office.
Tower Legal Founder and CEO, Leslie Firtell, Esq., selected Los Angeles, one of the top US cities for finding employment, because it has a large corporate and law firm presence. We have been servicing our LA clients for some time so it made sense to officially establish a West Coast presence.
“Los Angeles, in general, offers a business-friendly environment to corporations of all sizes, The Los Angeles market continues to enjoy significant growth and prosperity. In addition, it has a large pool of talented legal professionals. As we continue to focus on saving our clients’ money, we found that Los Angeles is strong market, where we are able to do so without sacrificing quality,” said Firtell.

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Tower Legal Solutions Appoints Laura Martino to Lead Regulatory Compliance PracticeNew York, NY

Tower Legal Solutions, a leading legal services and consulting company has expanded its Compliance Solutions practice, which includes anti-bribery ... Read more

Tower Legal Solutions, a leading legal services and consulting company has expanded its Compliance Solutions practice, which includes anti-bribery services such as third party due diligence, sanctions compliance, contract management, regulatory alerts, and market surveillance. Laura Martino has been appointed General Counsel & National Compliance Director and will lead the practice.
Martino’s role will include directing Tower’s compliance business as well as serving as General Counsel for the organization. As Tower continues to expand its reach globally and enter new markets, she and her team will play a pivotal role in managing the company’s commercial agreements and reducing the organization’s legal risks.
As companies are being investigated more rigorously, penalties for violations are reaching record highs. Under Martino’s lead, the practice will offer end-to-end compliance solutions with a focus on major corporate risks, such as:
• Anti-bribery solutions: identifying red flags for corruption so companies can avoid penalties that can arise from violations of anti-bribery laws.
• Watch list Screening & HITS investigation: ensuring clients avoid doing business with blacklisted and restricted persons, bolstering clients’ compliance with international sanctions regulations.
• Regulatory analysis: assistance with compliance needs that span across regulatory regimes ranging from import/export compliance to data privacy.
Prior to joining Tower, Martino served as Global Practice Head & Regulatory Compliance Officer at CPA Global where she focused on anti-bribery and sanctions compliance for both the organization and external clients. Martino began her legal career at the White House in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), and has since worked in private practice for various law firms, serving as an international trade attorney and representing clients before federal agencies and at the U.S. Court of International Trade in areas of customs, export controls, compliance and economic sanctions.
“The diverse breadth of legal knowledge and compliance expertise that Laura brings to Tower is invaluable,” said Leslie Firtell, President and CEO of Tower Legal Solutions. “I am highly confident that Laura’s appointment will allow us to deliver high quality and targeted content that will position Tower to be the comprehensive legal solutions advisor for each client we serve.”
Martino obtained her JD from Washington College of Law, American University in 2003, and has published numerous articles on customs, sanctions and anti-bribery. She is licensed to practice in New York, Washington, D.C. and Connecticut.

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Leslie Firtell, Founder and CEO of Tower Legal Solutions, Recognized With Two Awards for Exceptional Business Growth StrategiesNew York,NY

Leslie Firtell, CEO and Founder of Tower Legal Solutions, has recently been recognized by two prestigious organizations – the Women President’... Read more

Leslie Firtell, CEO and Founder of Tower Legal Solutions, has recently been recognized by two prestigious organizations – the Women President’s Organization and the Executives’ Association of New York City – for leading the company’s tremendous and successful growth strategies.

Earlier this month, Tower Legal Solutions was named for the third straight year on the 2015 Women Presidents’ Organization’s 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies Worldwide. To be qualified for the ranking, businesses are required to be privately held, woman-owned/led companies and have reached revenue of at least $500,000 by the first week of 2010 and $2 million in 2014.

Last week, Leslie Firtell was recognized with an Executives’ Association of New York City’s inaugural Deals of Distinction award in the category of Professional Services, Large. The Deals of Distinction program honors innovative business leaders and dealmakers from the Greater New York City region who have a unique story to tell about a business transaction and/or partnership that made a significant impact on the company and its success. Founded in 2007, Tower Legal Solutions was recognized for diversifying and expanding the company’s service offerings to include legal consulting, compliance and permanent recruiting divisions.

“I think it is incredibly important for Tower to continue to diversify our services and offer more resources to our clients,” said Leslie Firtell. “In this highly competitive market, expanding our products and services not only creates an additional revenue stream, but also provides our clients with comprehensive support and a commitment to helping them succeed.”

Most recently, the company announced the firm’s compliance division expansion. The practice offers end-to-end compliance solutions, including anti-bribery services such as third party due diligence, sanctions compliance, contract management, regulatory alerts, and market surveillance. A video interview with Firtell on her decision to expand the company’s offerings can be viewed here. Firtell’s interview begins at 1:25.

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Tower Legal Solutions Names Daniela Dakshaw Managing Director in Los AngelesLos Angeles, CA

Tower Legal Solutions, a full-service legal staffing and managed review company, continues to expand its services to the west coast and build a strong... Read more

Tower Legal Solutions, a full-service legal staffing and managed review company, continues to expand its services to the west coast and build a strong Los Angeles presence. Daniela Dakshaw is named Managing Director.
Based in the Company’s Los Angeles office, Dakshaw will manage west coast operations, including San Francisco and Palo Alto, and will be responsible for overall office management as well as leading a team of legal recruiting, client service, project management, and business development professionals. In addition, she will manage the offerings of Tower Consulting Services in Los Angeles, which include a range of services tailored to the client’s needs from vendor management and database implementation to the roll out of cost-saving techniques.
“Daniela has a deep understanding of the legal staffing industry,” said Leslie Firtell, President and CEO of Tower Legal Solutions. “Combined with her drive to provide top-notch client service, she understands what it takes to achieve results cost effectively, which is essential to providing quality, sustained services to our clients – regardless of their size or particular demands.”
Prior to joining Tower, Dakshaw served as Division Manager for Beacon Hill Staffing Group, launching the Beacon Hill Legal Los Angeles division. In this role, she developed and rolled out new initiatives within the organization as well as matched and placed highly skilled legal professionals with major corporations and law firms. In addition to her experience in legal recruiting, Dakshaw has an extensive sales background in the business equipment, biopharmaceutical, and pharmaceutical industries.
“I welcome the opportunity to grow Tower’s presence in Los Angeles and the broader west coast. Tower has established a sound reputation along the west coast, I look forward to building a strong, dynamic team committed to providing the highest level of service the company’s clients receive across all locations,” said Dakshaw.

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Tower Legal is Safe Harbor CertifiedAll Locations

Tower Legal Solutions is pleased to announce our official certification with Safe Harbor.   Safe Harbor stipulations require that: companies ... Read more

Tower Legal Solutions is pleased to announce our official certification with Safe Harbor.

 
Safe Harbor stipulations require that: companies collecting personal data must inform people that the data is being gathered, and tell them what will be done with it; they must obtain permission to pass on the information to a third party; they must allow people access to the data gathered; data integrity and security must be assured; and a means of enforcing compliance must be guaranteed.
 
This enhances our pillar of transparency and aids in our insurance of providing the utmost protection of your data.
 
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Tower Legal Solutions Opens New Document Review Facility at its New York HeadquartersNew York, NY

Tower Legal Solutions continues to grow, as the company recently announced the opening of a new state-of-the-art document review facility at its New ... Read more

Tower Legal Solutions continues to grow, as the company recently announced the opening of a new state-of-the-art document review facility at its New York headquarters on 65 Broadway in the heart of the Financial District. The new 8,000 square feet facility houses six project rooms and can accommodate more than 120 contract attorneys. This continues Tower Legal’s extraordinary growth, expanding from 4,500 total square footage to more than 50,000 square feet in just 5 years. With the addition of this new facility, Tower Legal can now accommodate up to 800 people.

Tower Legal’s new facility permits the company to house and oversee a growing team of skilled professionals to execute document review, foreign language translation and legal research and provides the perfect opportunity for clients who prefer to keep contract workers offsite. With a management team having more than 60 years of combined legal staffing and managed review experience, Tower Legal continues to expand its national presence as it fast becomes the most reliable and flexible resource for law firms and corporations requiring temporary and direct-hire staffing and outsourced managed review services. Tower Legal takes pride in providing no-fee document review facilities and on-site management for projects taking place at any of its offices in New York, Washington, DC and Charlotte

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