Our Team

Karen Dunn Skinner

Co-founder & CEO

Karen Dunn Skinner is Gimbal’s co-founder. She’s a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and an attorney with over 20 years of experience practicing law in Canada and Europe. She combines her deep understanding of the legal industry with her training in Lean Six Sigma to provide practical solutions to the competitive and budgetary pressures on practitioners and clients alike.

Karen is an expert in Lean and process optimization. Her work adapting Lean’s business improvement strategies to the legal industry has made her a recognized leader in legal practice innovation. She’s taught Lean and process improvement to over a thousand lawyers and legal professionals. And she’s led process improvement projects in law firms and in the legal departments of government agencies and multinational companies across North America. Karen was a member of the Quebec Bar for over 20 years.

David Skinner

Co-founder & President

David Skinner is a co-founder of Gimbal and a certified Lean Six Sigma Sensei with over 20 years experience practicing law. David spent more than 10 years in large, international law firms in Canada, Europe, and the UK, and spent the second half of his career in-house in the venture capital and biopharma industries. Most recently, he was Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of a public company. David combines his profound understanding of the practice of law with the perspective he gained as a client, to help lawyers improve their practice, performance, and profitability.

David is a change management expert and a recognized leader in the application of Lean to the legal profession. Since founding Gimbal, he’s facilitated successful improvement projects in law firms and legal departments across North America, and taught Gimbal’s unique LeanLegal™ approach to over a thousand lawyers and legal professionals. David was a member of the Quebec Bar for 25 years, and remains a member of the Bars of Massachusetts and New York.

Performance, Profitability & Innovation Group

The Performance, Profitability & Innovation Group includes Karen and David, as well as consultants from Fireman & Company. This unique team combines expertise in process excellence, pricing, financial analysis, project management, knowledge and document management, artificial intelligence, and strategic technology to create a comprehensive, strategic approach to improvement.

Joshua Fireman

Founder & President of Fireman & Company

Joshua Fireman is Fireman & Company’s founder and president. He has practiced law with two of North America’s largest law firms, and was in-house counsel at a multi-billion dollar multinational corporation. Joshua is recognized as one of the leading experts in law firm strategic consulting, and is a recognized thought leader in areas such as knowledge management and change management.

With a decade of consulting experience, Joshua has advised clients on the development of firm strategies, knowledge management, change management, and client collaboration strategies. He has led complex engagements executing strategic plans, including the implementation and integration of portals, enterprise search, file, document and email management, and records management.

Tom Baldwin

PPI Group Partner

Tom Baldwin has established himself as globally recognized thought leader and expert in practice management and economics, information management, legal technology, and knowledge management. Tom’s deep understanding of law firms comes from a 20-year career in roles such as Chief Information Officer and Chief Knowledge Officer at firms including Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, Reed Smith, and Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton. In 2016, Tom was inducted as a Fellow into the College of Law Practice management.

As a partner at Fireman & Company, Tom specializes in building and leading teams aimed at improving firm efficiencies, profitability, attorney working practices, and user experiences. He understands how to align law firm financials and business practices with legal processes, attorney behaviors, and best of breed legal technologies.

Ron Friedmann

PPI Group Partner

Ron Friedmann has spent over two decades improving law practice and legal business operations with technology, knowledge management, and alternative resourcing. Ron was one of the first non-practicing lawyers hired by a large law firm, Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now WilmerHale), to manage practice support. He pioneered legal process improvement, knowledge management, online legal communities for lawyers, electronic discovery, virtual law libraries, law firm portals, and online legal services based on expert systems.

Prior to joining Fireman & Company, Ron was a senior executive at Integreon, a leading legal outsourcing company. He advised large US, Canadian, UK, and Australian law firms and corporate legal departments on how to improve practice support and business operations while reducing cost.