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Legal Operations Leader Marina Makanova Joins Eisner, LLP as Executive Director

LOS ANGELES – December 13, 2021 – Eisner, LLP announced that Marina Makanova, a longtime leader in the field of legal operations who most recently served as the director of legal operations at PricewaterhouseCoopers, has joined the Firm as its Executive Director. She will work from the Los Angeles office of the Firm.

“Marina is the ideal professional to oversee the business practices of Eisner, LLP as we continue to grow the Firm,” said Michael Eisner, managing partner of Eisner, LLP. “Her experience setting the strategic direction and managing legal operations at multiple law firms with national footprints will be invaluable to Eisner, LLP, and I look forward to working closely with her.” 

At Eisner, LLP, Makanova will manage the Firm’s practice areas and have broad oversight of the Firm’s business operations. She brings extensive experience in senior management roles at several national law firms. She previously served as the Practice Management Lead for the national litigation group at Kaye Scholer and as a Practice Group Manager for multiple global practice areas at DLA Piper. 

“I am excited to bring my experience guiding strategy and improving legal operations to the dynamic legal practice at Eisner, LLP,” said Makanova. “This firm has tremendous assets, including its reputation for excellence in the entertainment industry. I look forward to working collaboratively with lawyers and staff across all practice areas as the Firm continues to expand.” 

At PwC, she created programs to improve the performance of the corporate legal department through increased efficiency, standardized processes, and enhanced cost controls. She is a member of the executive advisory board of Onit, a leading maker of software that improves workflows in legal departments and other organizations. 

Makanova received her B.S. in international business from Central Michigan University; her MBA from Johns Hopkins University; an M.S. in organizational change management from the New School; and an executive education from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. She has professional certifications in legal project management, pricing strategy, digital acumen, and human-centered design.

About Eisner, LLP

Founded in 1999, Eisner, LLP is a full-service business and entertainment firm. Our comprehensive services include sophisticated counsel in the areas of entertainment, media, and the arts, corporate, real estate, and litigation, from lawyers committed to providing efficient services of the highest quality.

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