MORGANTOWN – The Association of Legal Administrators announced that Michael
T. Bumgarner has been elected to its board of directors. Bumgarner will serve
as an at-large director for a three-year term beginning this year.
The announcement was made earlier this month and the
Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso chief operating officer is excited to get started.
Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) is the undisputed leader in the
business of law,” Bumgarner told The West Virginia Record. “As the legal
management field continues to develop, I’m most excited about providing my
perspective as an independent member of the association and continuing to build
relationships with my peers.”
Bumgarner is one of 400 Certified Legal Managers worldwide
and was the first in West Virginia. Before accepting this position, he served
six years on the ALA Certification Committee and currently serves a two-year
stint as a Region 3 Representative. He hopes his experience with ALA will serve
him well in the new position.
“I have found my membership and volunteer
experiences with ALA to be invaluable both professionally and personally,”
Bumgarner said. “Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso PLLC has been incredibly
supportive of me in my volunteer efforts as the firm has received a great deal
of benefits from my participation.”
The new board member will be working very closely with the regional directors to establish frequent communication with independent
members, such as himself. Bumgarner will provide support and guidance and encourage
input him from fellow members. As a member of the board, it is the board's job to
promote the overall need and responsibilities of the ALA.
He is also the first independent member elected to the
board. Approximately 20 percent of the ALA membership is independent, according to
“Independent members do not belong to a particular chapter,”
Bumgarner said. “There are 95 chapters throughout the membership. West Virginia does not have a chapter, even
though there are currently 15 members in the state.”
With these new responsibilities on Bumgarner’s plate, he
hopes he can manage his new position and still make time for the things most
“My only reservation is being able to balance my time commitments
between work, family and ALA,” Bumgarner said. “It’s important to me to
continue being a reliable and trusted professional leader at work as well as
being there for my family.”
During his term, Bumgarner’s main priorities are to continue
strengthening ALA’s network and reputation, meet the needs of its members, and
provide resources to law firm management professionals so they can meet expectations.
“I want to be part of finding ways to help engage members and make sure that
they are receiving what they see as a benefit of participating in the
association,” Bumgarner said.
The ALA serves more than 9,000 management
professionals worldwide and is known as the leader of business law. To learn
more about the Association of Legal Administrators, visit its website.