Welcome to another post from our “Meet the FindLaw Team” series. “Meet the FindLaw Team” provides insight into the day-to-day lives of our colleagues. Today we feature FindLaw Product Manager Maggie Koester. Get to know Maggie by reading about her experiences at FindLaw below.
What is your current title?
I am a Product Manager.
When did you join the FindLaw team and how did you get here?
I joined the FindLaw team in 2007 about a week after graduating from the University of St. Thomas. My aunt had worked at West for many years so I had grown up around the company name. I did some networking at Thomson West (the name at the time) and learned about FindLaw which seemed right up my alley.
I took a leap of faith and joined a small pilot group of three people called the “STARs” where I made cold calls and assisted our sales force in setting appointments with prospective clients. The team grew to more than 30 people and I later moved into marketing and then a product management role where I am able to refine my skills and use my talents to create and market the ‘latest and greatest’ solutions for our customers.
What interests you most about lawyer marketing or your functional area?
I love working in product management because every day is a new adventure. I am constantly challenged while also being given the opportunity to really think outside the box to get the job done. Working on our team forces me to stay ahead of the game whether it is new changes and trends in technology, or the ever-changing legal industry.
I really enjoy working cross functionally across the business to come up with great solutions for our customers and getting to watch the end product unfold from an idea, to an actual solution producing results for law firms.
What activities does your work day typically involve?
My typical work day involves a variety of activities including: collaborating with colleagues across FindLaw to build new products, ensuring existing products are always performing and enhanced to best fit our customers’ needs, and developing marketing materials for our sales force to help sell our products and make sure they are armed with the best tools to do so.
What are your interests outside of FindLaw?
When I’m not at work, I love spending time with friends and family up in northern Minnesota at our lake place, or trying out new restaurants and nightlife in the Twin Cities on the weekends. I enjoy singing in the University of St. Thomas alumni choir and currently serve as the “FRG leader” for my husband’s Army National Guard unit. I am a newlywed and my husband and I recently bought a fixer-upper home which keeps me busy and on my toes while he is deployed this year in Afghanistan.
Compiled by Tanya Roth, FindLaw Audience Team