February 23, 2022Published Article

Michael Best Names Ex-Willis Towers Exec As CFO

Law 360

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP has announced that it hired a former Huron Consulting Group and Willis Towers Watson financial executive as its new chief financial officer, succeeding John Huber, who left the firm for Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP earlier this month.

Matthew Moss joined Michael Best last month after spending the past seven years with Huron. Moss told Law360 on Wednesday that he chose to join the firm because of its established growth pattern and aspirations, as well as its culture.

"The growth platform that they've established with a forward-thinking leadership team has aspirations both in the sense of attorneys and skills along with from a geographic perspective, which aligned well with my background," he said. "The culture also felt like a great fit, and it's a great group of hardworking professionals."

Moss said one of the main areas of focus for Michael Best moving forward is the expansion of its legal and consulting sides, noting that the firm offers consulting services in a wide range of areas such as autonomy, technology, health care and workplace solutions.

Michael Best's consulting arm was launched this week, following the recent addition of former Trump administration officials Jim Carroll and Uttam Dhillon in Washington, D.C.

"We're determining the right path for growth not only in the legal space, but we're also looking to expand the consulting group," he said. "We have to think outside the box of a traditional law firm by aligning our strategy with our consulting businesses in an efficient way to allow them to grow as well."

During his time with Huron Consulting as senior director of financial operations and Willis Towers as Midwest finance director, Moss said he worked primarily on mergers and acquisitions, and was involved in financial systems, specifically mentioning the implementation of enterprise resource planning systems.

"Matt's extensive experience in a variety of professional service fields will be a great asset to our firm and our clients as we continue to provide new and innovative approaches, particularly in the areas of pricing and adoption of technologies to deliver legal services as efficiently as possible to our clients," managing partner David Krutz said in a statement.

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