Founder and CEO
Michael has a passion for helping clients utilize actionable intelligence to achieve their business objectives. As the Founder and CEO of Decipher, a competitive intelligence company, he is committed to empowering professional services leaders to make informed and just decisions through intelligence-driven transparency in lateral hiring.
Michael leads an experienced team of intelligence and data analysts who deliver credible, real-time actionable intelligence to professional and financial services organizations to support their key talent decisions. He believes deep-dive, pre-hire due diligence is THE critical factor in the success of any enterprise; protecting both the business as well as internal and external stakeholders. His vision is to build Decipher to better safeguard the larger professional and financial services industries.
A frequent speaker and author on the critical importance of utilizing competitive intelligence to mitigate talent-related risk in the legal market, Michael serves as a trusted advisor to law firms evaluating their lateral hiring programs and strategies.
Michael earned his B.A. from the University of Washington, his J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, School of Law, and studied business at City University in London, U.K.
Chief Financial Officer
Lara earned her Bachelors of Science in Political Science, and a minor in Accounting, Magna Cum Laude, from Southeast Missouri State University. After graduation, Lara worked in the political arena, as a field organizer for a 2006 U.S. Senatorial campaign and the 2008 Presidential election.
Lara transitioned to public accounting in 2009 with a well-known accounting firm. During her tenure, Lara served as the manager of the firm’s tax practice. Prior to joining Decipher, Lara served as Chief Operating Officer for a legal search boutique.
Lara is currently pursuing her Master of Accounting degree at the University of Missouri – St. Louis and will then consecutively apply to become a licensed U.S. Certified Public Accountant.
Director of Client Experience
Kevin earned his bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 2009. He then spent three years at mid-Missouri’s National Public Radio affiliate, hosting a popular afternoon show and appearing as a panelist in the 2008 Missouri Attorney General debate.
Kevin returned to St. Louis and served as both a producer and on-air personality for a popular sports talk radio station. He developed a large St. Louis following covering the St. Louis Blues hockey team and writing a weekly hockey column.
Kevin earned his juris doctorate from Saint Louis University’s School of Law in 2015 and clerked at a well-known specialist labor and employment law firm.
Director of Business Insights
Greg earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and business administration from Saint Louis University. After completing his undergraduate studies, Greg went on to receive his juris doctorate from the University of Dayton in Ohio and his MBA from LaSalle University in Philadelphia.
While in law school, Greg worked primarily in the healthcare arena for a company that staffed medical personnel for emergency room care. Additionally, Greg earned the Pro Bono Commitment to Community Award for volunteering at a legal clinic that provided civil services to impoverished clients.
Business Development Coordinator
Jennifer holds an MFA in playwriting from the New York University Tisch School of the Arts. Working in business development and event planning for many years, Jennifer has key experience as the program director for Legal Management Resources, where she used event planning, customer service and website development to facilitate roundtables for law firm general counsel.
A talented author, Jennifer has written numerous articles, industrials and plays, including the award-winning “Appearance of Life.” She also writes for a number of websites and has completed her first book, How to Connect with Your Adoptive Child.