As a former general counsel and CEO, Kent counsels leaders of top-ranked global, international, national, regional, and specialty firms in three principal areas: strategic growth planning (at the firm-wide, practice, department, industry sector and office level), mergers and other combinations, and marketing and business development strategy, including key client programs and client service interviews. As part of this work, he routinely conducts one-on-one, in-person interviews with chief legal officers, managing directors and business unit heads of Fortune 500 and global companies.
Earlier in his career, Kent was one of three equity partners who transformed a small technology start-up, Hubbard One, into one of the fastest-growing private companies in North America, according to Inc. Magazine and Deloitte & Touche. In 2004, on behalf of his partners, he negotiated and led the sale of the business, ultimately to a public company, now known as Thomson Reuters. Subsequently he was appointed chief executive and led the turnaround of West Legalworks, an education business, which became a unit of Thomson Reuters.
He is a contributor to The National Law Journal, Lexis-Nexis sites, and appears routinely in the mainstream and legal media, including in publications as diverse as The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, The National Law Journal, The American Lawyer Magazine, Am Law Daily, on wire stories by Reuters, and on the websites of CNBC and MSNBC. He also has appeared on FOX News, Bloomberg, Sirius Satellite Radio, and National Public Radio shows. He is a frequent speaker at law firm retreats and in law firm management committee meetings.
Kent is a native of Connecticut. Before going to law school, he was a television news producer for an affiliate of CNN. During the 100th congress, he was appointed by Senator Lowell Weicker, Jr. of Connecticut to be a page in the United States Senate, where he became a chief floor page.
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