Leanna R. Simon is the firm’s Director of Research and Knowledge Management. She is charged with managing the research, knowledge management, and business operations of the firm. As creator of the firm’s knowledge management program, she responsible for execution, training, and advising attorneys with best practices across all practice areas. Ms. Simon champions legal disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain, as well as develops practical, effective lawyer and client facing knowledge management systems.

Ms. Simon is active in the law library and knowledge management communities and currently sits as the chair of the Private Law Librarians and Information Professionals (PLLIP) Strategic Directions Committee and member of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Leadership Development Committee. In the past, she has taken on roles that include President of the Michigan Association of Law Libraries (MichALL), Chair of the Emerging Leader Award Jury (AALL), Treasurer of the PLLIP Executive Board, and Chair of the Grants and Scholarship Awards for PLLIP. She has presented and spoken on various topics pertinent to the legal research community, including ESG trends.

Ms. Simon received her M.L.I.S. from Wayne State University in Detroit and B.A. in Biological Anthropology from the University of Michigan. She is a Certified Knowledge Manager from the Knowledge Management Institute in Washington D.C.





Emerging Leader Award, American Association of Law Libraries, 2017

Emerging Leader Award, Private Law Librarians and Information Professionals Special Interest Section, 2018

American Libraries Association Library Legislative Day Grant Recipient, 2015

Professional & Community Involvement

American Association of Law Libraries

  • Leadership Development Committee, 2021 - Present
  • Chair, Emerging Leader Award Jury, 2020 - 2021
  • Vice-Chair, Emerging Leader Award Jury, 2019 - 2020
  • Emerging Leader Award Jury, 2018 - 2021
  • Council of Chapter Presidents, 2015 - 2017
  • Digital Access to Legal Information Committee, 2013 - 2016

Special Interest Sections

  • Chair, PLLIP Strategic Directions Committee, 2021 - Present
  • Co-Chair, PEGA-SIS Nominations Committee, 2022-2023
  • Treasurer, PLLIP Executive Board, 2019 - 2021
  • PLLIP Awards Committee, 2014 - Present
  • Chair, PLLIP Grants and Scholarship Committee, 2015 - 2019
  • Chair, PEGA Bylaws Committee, 2017 - 2018
  • PLLIP Grants and Scholarship Committee, 2013 - 2015

Michigan Association of Law Libraries

  • Past-President; Webmaster, MichALL, 2017 - 2018
  • Chair, MichALL Community Service Committee, 2016 - 2018
  • President, MichALL, 2016 - 2017
  • Joint Meeting Program Committee (MichALL, ORALL, MAALL, MALL, CALL, and LLAW), 2016 - 2017
  • Organizer, Joint Meeting with ORALL and MichALL, 2016 - 2017
  • Chair, MichALL Nominations Committee, 2016 - 2017
  • Vice-President, MichALL, 2015 - 2016

News & Insights


  • Knowledge in the New Work Era: Challenges and Opportunities
    Event | Fall 2023 | | Panel Speaker
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    Event | Fall 2023 | | Panel Speaker
  • Generative AI and KM : A New Paradigm
    Event | Spring 2023 | | Panel Speaker
  • KM and Innovations Experiences for Mid to Large Firms
    Event | Fall 2022 | | Panel Speaker
  • ESG: Investing in your Portfolio
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  • Developing a Data Science Perspective
    Webinar | Spring 2019 | | Moderator
  • Law Librarian Conversations with Richard Leiter
    Podcast | Fall 2016 | | Speaker


  • Ask a Director : Qualities of a Strong Leader
    Publication | AALL Spectrum | January/February 2023
  • Knowledge Management and Innovation : A Manual for Law Firms and Other Legal Services Organizations treatise
    Publication | Practising Law Institute | Fall 2023
  • 60 sites in 60 minutes
    Publication | SLA Legal Division Quarterly | Summer 2014
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