Agenda Highlights

Monday, July 9 - Wednesday, July 11


Welcome Networking Reception
Monday, July 9th


Two Full Days of Keynotes & Breakout Tracks
Tuesday and Wednesday, July 10-11


Can't-Miss Dinner Event
Tuesday, July 10th


Thanks to our Sponsors

Keynote Speakers

Michael Smerconish

Michael Smerconish


Radio & TV Host

Michael A. Smerconish is the host of The Michael Smerconish Program on SiriusXM Channel 124, the host of CNN’s Smerconish on Saturday mornings, and author of six books, two of them New York Times’ best sellers. Smerconish also authors a Sunday column in the Philadelphia Inquirer. His columns have been re-printed in various newspapers across the country, including The Washington Post, Dallas Morning-News, Denver Post, and the Boston Herald.

On August 20, 2009, Smerconish became the first radio host to interview President Barack Obama live from the White House. He has also interviewed Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, as well as Vice Presidents Al Gore, Dick Cheney and Joe Biden. Prior to turning to broadcasting as a full-time endeavor, Smerconish practiced law for 10 years with James E. Beasley, a legendary Philadelphia-based trial lawyer, who is the namesake of the Beasley School of Law at Temple University. Today, Smerconish is of counsel to the Philadelphia law firm of Kline & Specter. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and remains a member of the Bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. When actively practicing law, Smerconish was a trial lawyer specializing in complex tort litigation. His work spanned various subject areas, including contracts, medical malpractice, and products liability. His clients ranged from the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police (in an action against a music group responsible for publishing an FOP photograph on an album cover that advocated the murder of police) to the City of Rome, Italy (in a contract dispute). He is a past member of the board of directors of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association.

Brent Johnson

Brent Johnson

Cadence Preferred, CEO

Brent Johnson is the former head of marketing at, director of marketing at Microsoft, and co-founder and CEO of Cadence Preferred, a top-tier marketing agency for Microsoft and its partners.

Cadence Preferred has developed over 100 sales and marketing courses that are available on Microsoft’s Partner University website, and Brent has personally trained partners across the US and Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia. In this session, you will learn how you can grow leads 3x, even with limited time and budget. Discover proven actions to get more sales opportunities. Plus learn about free & low-cost tools that can help.


Dawn Brolin


Dawn Brolin is a Certified Public Accountant and Managing Member of Powerful Accounting, LLC – a nationally recognized accounting, tax and consulting firm. With more than sixteen years in the field, Dawn has in-depth accounting expertise, coupled with a personal understanding of the challenges of running a business.

As a speaker, Dawn brings her entertaining style and rock star energy to audiences. Dawn has been featured on MSNBC’s “Your Business” and shared her experience at national conferences including Scaling New Heights, QBConnect, Spark & Hustle, Live Your Legacy, and more. She’s also a contributing author on the book The World’s Most Inspiring Accountants.

Doug Sleeter

Doug Sleeter

The Sleeter Group, Founder

Doug Sleeter is a passionate leader of innovation and change in the small business accounting technology world. As a CPA firm veteran and former Apple Computer Evangelist, he melded his two great passions (accounting and technology) to guide developers in the innovation of new products and to educate and lead accounting professionals who serve small businesses.

In 2017, Doug was inducted into The CPA Practice Advisor Hall of Fame in the accounting profession. He was also named to Accounting Today's "Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting" each year 2008 through 2015. In 2013, he was recognized by Small Business Trends with the Small Business Influence Champion award. Always in search of the next big thing, he is currently focusing on digital currencies and blockchain technology, which he believes will change virtually everything in global commerce.


Jeff Lanza

Retired FBI Special Agent

Jeff Lanza is a nationally renowned speaker  on the topics of cybercrime, leadership, crisis communication, ethics, identity theft, body language and more. His program on the topic of leadership integrity has been certified for education credits across the United States.

Jeff was head of operations security for the Kansas City FBI and a graduate of the world-renowned John E. Reid School of Interviewing and Interrogation. He is a certified FBI instructor and has trained numerous government agencies and corporate clients on how to interpret and project body language for more effective interpersonal communication.

Chris Heeter

Chris Heeter

The Wild Institute, Founder

Chris Heeter was selected as a Top Ten Speaker of 2014 by MeetingsNet, and was the highest rated speaker of Meeting Professional International's 2014 World Education Congress. She is out to create a Wild revolution in the workplace. A wilderness guide since 1984 and professional speaker since 2001, Chris has led and worked with a diverse array of teams, both canine and human!

Combining business expertise with hilarious stories from her sled dog team and from guiding whitewater trips, Chris challenges and inspires organizations and individuals toward Wild leadership, compassionate presence, and daring authenticity.

Elliot Lewis

Elliot Lewis

Renowned Security Architect

Elliot Lewis our President and Chief Architect for Lewis Security Consulting, Inc. Elliot provides thought leadership and practical experience for all aspects of IT – specializing in Cyber-Security – and across all of our discipline areas, and provides strategic and tactical guidance to clients.

Elliot has over 25 years of executive management experience.  Prior to his recent work as a leading Cyber-Security research analyst, he most recently as the Chief Security Architect at the office of the CTO at Dell. Elliot also worked as the Director of Strategic Services, Security, and Identity at Cisco Systems, was Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of Merrill Lynch, and former Senior Security Architect, Security Center of Excellence for Microsoft.


Additional Speakers

Breakout Sessions, Panels, and More
With Keynotes from thought leaders across Accounting, Legal, IT and Cybersecurity spaces, breakaway sessions and product training tracks centered around giving you everything you need to succeed, and an Exhibitor Hall packed with tools to help your grow your firm, you are guaranteed to win big in Las Vegas this time.

* Speakers and Schedule subject to change


Connect with thought leaders and experts from your profession.



Earn Continuing Professional Education (CPE) or Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits at AbacusMAXIMUS with in-depth training tracks built to take your firm to the next level. Some of the topics that will be covered are:

  • Getting Started with APX and Billing
  • Creating a Perfect New Case Workflow
  • Handling Hourly and Flat Fee Billing
  • Quick and Easy Time Tracking
  • From Trust Deposits to Reconciliations
  • Reporting Must-Haves
  • Never Miss a Deadline with Abacus Rules
  • Mission Control—Getting the Most Out of Your Dashboard
Amicus Attorney
  • Workflow Automation: Utilizing Linked Events and Precedents
  • Amicus Tailor-Made to Your Firms Needs
  • Streamlining File Intake Procedures
  • Advantage of Matter-based Document Management
  • Saving Time with Automated Document Assembly
  • Billing, from Setup to Advanced Functions
  • What's Great About HotDocs Author
  • Getting Started in HotDocs Author Session 1
  • Getting Started in HotDocs Author Session 2
  • HotDocs Expert Panel Discussion
  • Power Up Your Document and Interview Design
  • HotDocs Market Update
  • Project Tracking and Workflow – Setup and Configuration
  • Project Tracking and Workflow – Usage and Functionality
  • Time and Billing – Setup and Configuration
  • Time and Billing – Usage and Functionality
  • eSignatures and the Client Portal
  • OfficeTools Tips and Tricks

* Speakers and Sessions subject to change

Tickets & Hotel

What Happens in Vegas...


Monday, July 9 - Wednesday, July 11
Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas


Future Proof Your Firm

How is your firm confronting the challenges of the digital future? Do you have the tools you need to succeed?

AbacusMAXIMUS will help you navigate the path forward by exploring the latest developments in technology and practice management. Connect with industry experts and thought leaders, as well as other firms from all over the country and receive unmatched training and educational resources for all members of your firm–from owners and partners to back office staff.

Join us for an unforgettable event and discover what you need to Take the Bull by the Horns!