Marina Makanova Joins Harrison LLP as CEO

CHICAGO, January 8, 2024 – Harrison LLP is pleased to announce that Marina Makanova has joined the firm as Chief Executive Officer, effective January 8, 2024.

“Marina has extensive experience serving in executive leadership capacities at multiple law firms with national and global footprints, which will certainly be an asset to our clients as the firm continues to grow and evolve,” said Matthew Madsen, Managing Partner of Harrison.

Makanova brings a wealth of leadership experience to the role, including within the legal industry. She previously served as the Executive Director for a bi-coastal law firm and the Director of Legal Operations and Innovation at a Big Four accounting firm, where she brought significant innovations to the Office of General Counsel. She was also the firmwide Practice Management Director of a national law firm, managing multiple practice groups.

Makanova earned her B.S. from Central Michigan University, M.B.A. from Johns Hopkins University, and M.S. from The New School University. She has also completed executive education courses at Harvard Business School and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. 

The arrival of Makanova as the new Chief Executive Officer marks a pivotal moment in Harrison LLP’s journey toward realizing our vision as the leading Private Wealth law firm. Marina’s leadership is a new chapter and a strategic piece in a carefully curated mosaic of expertise and ambition. With Marina’s guidance, we are poised to enhance our services, strengthen client relationships, and solidify our position at the forefront of the industry. Her appointment is a clear signal of our readiness to activate the full potential of our vision.

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