Debbie Foster


Debbie Foster is a nationally recognized thought leader on efficiency and innovation in professional legal organizations. Her 20+ years of experience, combined with a mix of strategic management and strong leadership skills, has enabled Debbie to develop a unique ability to work with law firms and legal departments to help them navigate the ever changing legal services delivery landscape.

Debbie has been working with law firms and legal departments since 1995, originally implementing software solutions ranging from practice management and time/billing/accounting to document management. This quickly led to her helping solve general law office management issues. It became abundantly clear that in addition to helping clients with their software and technology, what was really needed was help thinking about one’s firms and departments like a business, and running them accordingly.

Debbie earned her Lean Six Sigma Certification and is relied on by firms all over the country as a management consultant. She has been working with legal professionals to understand the importance of accuracy and efficiency in their processes, along with inspiring them to focus on innovation – or simply put, finding the better way. If a bigger picture focus in needed, Debbie is also a trusted advisor for many when it comes to assisting law firms with strategic management problems and their resolutions.

Debbie is very active in the Law Practice Division of the American Bar Association, and is currently serving on the Finance Committee. She was the Chair of ABA TECHSHOW 2010 and is serving again as the Co-Chair of ABA TECHSHOW 2018. Debbie is also very active in Local and State Bar Associations as well as the Association of Legal Administrators, serves as the Chair of the Associate Member Advisory Board for the American Legal and Financial Network, and she regularly speaks on topics relating to technology, management, finance and marketing of a law firm.

Debbie lives in Seminole, FL with her husband Dan and has 2 grown children.

My Sessions

This year, TECHSHOW combines the best of “60 Sites,” “60 Tips,” and “Gadgets and Gizmos” into one rollicking, fast-paced session. We say goodbye to TECHSHOW 2018 with an hour of the latest in apps, work hacks, hot technologies, and more.


Making the Case for Moving to the Cloud

Columbus IJ

In this session, you’ll hear from the innovators who changed the face of computing for the legal industry – the designers of cloud-based law practice tools. You’ll hear why they believe the cloud makes sense for all lawyers – always-updated software, lower total cost of ownership, on-demand flexibility, and any-platform availability are just a few […]

Practice in the Cloud

Embedding Process Through Effective Change Management

Columbus EF

Process is also about people. No matter how refined your processes, if your lawyers and staff don’t understand or believe in them, they won’t succeed. In this session you’ll learn the best strategies for changing user behavior and empowering your staff to adopt consistent, repeatable processes and the technologies that help us all to be […]

Process Management

Welcome to ABA TECHSHOW / Introductory Session / Meet the Planning Board

Grand Ballroom EF