Like it or not, your law firm is a business. As such, it’s critically important to have a strong, competent, strategic leadership team to keep your firm profitable and deliver value to clients. The two most critical players in this leadership role are the principal administrator, or COO and the managing partner, or CEO. Working together, these leaders can ensure your firms are positioned for long-term success in a dynamic and competitive environment. 


  • Discover why the CEO-COO relationship is so important to running a successful law firm

  • Learn the importance of clearly defined roles and job descriptions for firm leaders

  • Develop and maintain a highly efficient and productive working relationship with one another.


Dave Bartz helps transportation and construction businesses throughout the Pacific Northwest resolve disputes, gain approvals and keep projects moving forward. In more than 30 years of practice he has been involved in many of the most complex and high-profile projects in the region, including the deepening of the Columbia River channel and the West Coast National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) relocation to Newport, Oregon.

An accomplished trial lawyer, Dave has extensive experience representing clients in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Washington Department of Ecology, and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

Dave’s deep industry background involvement allows him to understand the big picture and find innovative strategies that work for the long term. His creative, bold ideas have given rise to the phrase, “Let’s Bartz it!” for clients and colleagues who face challenging issues.

Known for his diverse experience throughout the transportation and construction industries, Dave advises key principals and stakeholders including ports, airlines, ship operators, marine transportation companies, tribes, developers, owners, financial institutions, and asbestos removal and construction companies. He has served as lead environmental counsel to the Port of Vancouver for more than 25 years, and is General Counsel to the Columbia River Steamship Operators Association.


Denise Gaskin is Schwabe’s Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Executive Committee. She provides leadership to the team that oversees the firm’s administrative functions, including finance, technology, talent management, marketing and business development.

With a background in psychology, collaboration, communications and wellness, Denise brings a unique perspective to the firm. Her teambuilding philosophy underlies and strengthens all aspects of Schwabe’s operations and client service.

Denise has worked in the legal field as a Chief Operating Officer since 2008. Before that, she worked as an administrator for a seven county behavioral health organization in western North Carolina.


Scott Remington divides his time between the practice of law and serving as the firm’s President & Managing Shareholder.  He practices in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Government Relations & Lobbying, Securities & Shareholders Disputes, and Real Property Litigation.  Scott’s clients include individuals, banks, and businesses across the Southeast. He has substantial experience in other areas of commercial litigation, including bankruptcy, corporate wind up and involuntary dissolutions.  Scott has an active local government consulting and lobbying practice throughout the state of Florida.

As President, Remington is responsible for day-to-day oversight of the firm’s five offices and approximately 100 employees stretching across the Florida Panhandle into Lower Alabama. Prior to serving as President, he was a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee and Chairman of the Commercial Litigation Department. Remington regularly represents clients before public boards and bodies. For his work in the public sector, he was recently recognized as #29 on the Independent Weekly’s “Power List”—a list of the 100 most influential people in the community. He is the President-Elect of the Board of Directors for Autism Pensacola, and the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Good Works Partnership, Inc., a not-for-profit entity that operates a 30 bed cold weather shelter for women and children.  Scott is active in the Episcopal Church serving as Florida Chancellor for the Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast and as a member of the National Church’s Planning, Budget & Finance Committee.

In his free time, he enjoys reading a good book, fishing, and playing tennis. In 2010, Remington was the Pensacola Country Club Men’s Singles Tennis Champion. Most weekends, you can find him with his wife, Amie, and their three children—Virginia, Tom & Harry—chasing “Molly,” their beloved Boykin Spaniel, around Cordova Park.


Gary Swisher graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in Accounting and completed his fifth-year requirement for the CPA exam. He has been designated a Certified Legal Manager by the Association of Legal Administrators.

Gary is known for his can-do attitude and passion for helping colleagues and clients. He is very active in the Association of Legal Administrators, serving in numerous roles since 1998, including his current role on the International Board of Directors as President (2017-2018). In his spare time, Gary enjoys golf and fishing, supporting worthy causes within the community, and spending time with his family.

Oliver Yandle took the helm of the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) in July 2012, the largest international organization providing support to people in the legal management profession. With nearly 8,000 members in 30 countries, Yandle steers an organization of leaders in the legal management industry who are experts in management, finance, human resources, systems and technology, facilities, marketing and practice management.

Prior to ALA, Yandle served as the executive vice president of the Commercial Law League in Chicago. Oliver’s law association experience includes holding the executive director position at the International Association of Defense Counsel, in Chicago, Illinois and he served as an adjunct instructor of legal analysis and writing at the Washington College of Law at American University.

In addition to his legal experience, Yandle has had a long-standing career in association work. He has held senior director positions at SmithBucklin in Chicago, Illinois, at the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association in Washington, D.C. and at the Intelligent Transportation Society of America in Washington D.C.

He is active in both the Society of Association Executives (ASAE) where he holds the Certified Association Executive designation, and the Association Forum of Chicagoland, where he served as Chair of the Board of Directors.

Yandle is a native of Louisiana and holds a BA in journalism from Loyola University of the South in New Orleans, and a JD from Washington College of Law at The American University in Washington, D.C. 


John Remsen, Jr. is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading authorities on law firm leadership, management, marketing and business development. Since 1997, TheRemsenGroup has worked with more than 350 law firms to help them develop and implement long-term strategic objectives to improve cohesiveness, performance and profitability. John is a frequent speaker and author on law firm leadership and marketing topics. In 2002, he created The Managing Partner Forum, a highly-acclaimed conference series for managing partners and law firm leaders. More than 1,100 managing partners from 850 law firms in 43 states have participated. In 2013, he was inducted a Fellow in the College of Law Practice Management. A native of West Palm Beach, Florida, John holds an MBA degree from The University of Virginia (1985) and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida (198

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