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Allen Matkins Responds to Changes in the Legal Marketplace with Promotions and a New Hire

Adam Stock named Chief Information Officer; Ramona Whitley promoted to Chief Business Development and Marketing Officer; and John Murphy hired as Strategic Pricing Director

SAN FRANCISCO – February 28, 2018 – Allen Matkins, a California-based full service real estate and business law firm, announced today personnel changes to help the firm increase its value and efficiency of legal services to benefit clients through new client relationship and pricing initiatives and technology and information management projects. Adam L. Stock has been named the firm's Chief Information Officer and will oversee all IT operations and innovation projects; Ramona R. Whitley has been promoted to Chief Business Development and Marketing Officer and will lead client relationship and marketing initiatives; and John Murphy was hired as the firm's new Strategic Pricing Director and will manage value-based pricing and alternative fee agreements. Adam and John work out of the firm's San Francisco office and Ramona is in the firm's San Diego office.

"The legal landscape is in a process of rapid change, and we are striving to improve the quality and value of our services and technologies in order to advance the needs of our clients," says Ralph Allen, Chief Operating Officer at Allen Matkins. "Allen Matkins is responding to these industry changes by reorganizing its departments to better streamline client-facing programs and implement forward-thinking strategies. Adam, Ramona and John each will play a key role in positioning Allen Matkins as a strong competitor among the country's top law firms."

Adam joined Allen Matkins in 2006 as Director of Marketing and Business Development and has since played a leading role in developing and implementing many of the firm's advanced technology platforms, including building the firm's Intranet and various research and tracking databases, forging ongoing partnerships with tech-driven vendors and consultants, and identifying "big picture" opportunities that are key to the firm's growth and success. Before joining the legal profession, Adam hired outside law firms as an executive for several successful Silicon Valley technology companies as well as several start-ups.

Ramona joined Allen Matkins in 2012 as Director of Client Services and has been instrumental in advancing the firm's customer service capabilities while identifying key business development opportunities. In this position she oversaw the firm-wide key client program, competitive intelligence and strategic initiatives. Prior to joining Allen Matkins, Ramona was Director of Marketing and Business Development at two separate leading law firms.

John has over 13 years of financial experience at top professional services firms and has a vast understanding of pricing, revenue forecasting, executive compensation, contracting risk and headcount/FTE planning. He works with client relationship attorneys, practice group leaders and firm management to refine pricing initiatives through analytical insights. This includes aligning clients and the law firm's business objectives by developing and monitoring arrangements that increase predictability and promote efficiency. Prior to joining Allen Matkins, John held positions in pricing and project management at prestigious global and regional law firms.


Allen Matkins, founded in 1977, is a California-based law firm with approximately 200 attorneys in four major metropolitan areas of California:  Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and San Francisco.  The firm's areas of focus include real estate, construction, land use, environmental and natural resources; corporate and securities, real estate and commercial finance, bankruptcy, restructurings and creditors' rights, joint ventures and tax; labor, employment and OSHA; and litigation and trials. For more information about Allen Matkins please visit