Lynn Galbenski

Chairman and CEO of Lumen Legal in Royal Oak. Lumen Legal is a legal service provider that also practices as a virtual law firm. Galbenski drives the firm's vision and strategy which includes several strategic alliances. With her marketing expertise, she has led Lumen's thought leadership by launching two types of free webinars, the Corporate Counsel series and the Technology Advantage series. Lumen Legal also developed a popular blog that highlights the latest legal trends, provides entrepreneurial thinking in the legal space, and keeps readers abreast of technological advancements in law. Galbenski has 18 years of business experience at Fortune 50 companies. She started at Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, learning strategy, brand management, and marketing. She then moved to General Motors where she held posts in new product development, brand management, market research, segmentation, and strategic alliances. Lumen Legal is certified as a Women's Business Enterprise by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council. Galbenski supports women and girls through the Detroit chapter of Women of Tomorrow, designed to help at-risk girls in public high schools live up to their potential. She has also led numerous projects as president of a community improvement foundation. Her most recent project was a field house for children who enjoy baseball, soccer, cross-country running, sledding, or skating. As vice president of her St. Vincent de Paul conference, she leads spring and fall clothing drives as well as the Thanksgiving food drive. Galbenski received her bachelor's degree in marketing with high distinction from the University of Michigan Business School and received her MBA from Indiana University.

WHERE BORN: “Bad Axe.”

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: “Two. Tom O'Brien, my first manager at Proctor & Gamble in Cincinnati, for leading people and creating a culture of accountability. Malcolm Gladwell, who teaches you how to think differently about problems and solutions.”

LAST BOOK READ: “My husband and founder of Lumen, David Galbenski, just published Legal Visionaries: How to Make Their Innovations Work for You. It has profiles of 27 visionaries shaping the legal industry.”

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: “Focused, positive, results-oriented.”

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: “Legal work is being unbundled. Corporate legal departments are now in the driver's seat regarding how to get their work done. They don't give work to two law firms exclusively anymore. For example, during large-scale litigation, corporate legal would give document reviews to law firms and pay hourly rates to get the work done, but today we do many of those document reviews in our Michigan offices and do it at lower rate and bring jobs to the Detroit area. Another trend is that we place contract attorneys in corporations, so when they have work flow that goes up or down, they can hire high-level or low-level work depending on what they need. Law has entered the field of big data and using legal analytics to purchase services better. Law firms can compare rates and the work being done and act smarter.”

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: “My Kindle. When I go on a trip, I used to have to take several books and now I can just take that or my Kindle app on my iPhone and always know where I'm at in the book. I can use the library or buy online.”

FAVORITE PLACE: “Port Austin, a great small town.”

FAVORITE HOBBIES: “Reading, biking, and tennis.”

FAVORITE FOOD: “The lasagna at Andiamo's cannot be beat.”

MY HIDDEN TALENT: “I'm really good at planning middle school parties. My daughter is in middle school and I've planned several parties there.”

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: “As a good wife, good mother, community volunteer, and a person who really loved to learn.”