Barbara A. Foley, CLM
Chief Operating Officer
P: (610) 993-4233
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Barbara A. Foley, CLM joined RatnerPrestia in 1998 and holds the position of Chief Operating Officer.  With over 20 years of success in leadership, business strategy and legal management, Barbara is a results oriented leader, with solid business acumen, strong operational talents and a passion for delivering excellent client service.  In addition to providing both strategic and tactical leadership, she is responsible for finance, operations, business processes, administration and policy matters and strategic planning at RatnerPrestia.  Barbara is a frequent speaker and author of articles on a wide range of legal management topics, including leadership, succession planning, attorney compensation, strategic planning, finance and law firm management. 
Barbara achieved the designation of Certified Legal Manager (CLM) through the International Association of Legal Administrators (ALA), the credentialing body for the CLM designation.  She is actively involved with the Association of Legal Administrators, serving most recently as a member of their International Board of Directors and also as Director of Region 1.  She has served in many other positions, including President of the Independence Chapter, Education Officer of Region 1 and Chair of ALA’s Intellectual Property Section.  In 2011, Barbara received ALA’s Outstanding Volunteer Award for her commitment and dedication to the organization.
Barbara is co-chair of the “IP Risk Preferred Group”, a group of Intellectual Property Law Firms sharing risk management, creating best practices and procedures and collectively negotiating professional liability insurance terms and conditions. 
Barbara is also member of the Legal Marketing Association, Society of Human Resources Management and an associate member of the American Bar Association (ABA) and Law Practice Management Section.
Articles & Presentations
  • Origination Credit and Cross-Selling Legal Service
  • Human Go-Betweens
  • The Secret to Safeguarding our "Human" Intellectual Property
  • Maximizing Talent: Key Components to Developing a Successful Managing Partner/Legal Manager Team
  • Outsourcing Your IS Department
  • The Changing Role of the Legal Secretary
  • Trends Impacting Paralegals
  • What Keeps Administrators Up At Night
  • Law Firm Management
  • Demystifying CLM
  • TRANSITIONING: Keeping the Leadership Claim Strong
  • The Legal Administrator's Role: Step Up To Leadership
  • Clear Communications, Building a Sustainable Operations Procedural Manual

  • B.S. Business Management, Rosemont College
  • Certificate in Professional Human Resources, Villanova University
  • Paralegal Certificate, Pennsylvania State University 
Professional Designations
  • Certified Legal Manager

  • IP Risk Preferred Group
    • Co-chair
  • Association of Legal Administrators (ALA)
  • American Bar Association, Law Practice Management and Intellectual Property Law Sections
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • Legal Marketing Association (LMA)

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