Actionstep Appoints Early Stephens as Chief Executive Officer

Announcement from legal practice management platform signals further growth in US market and beyond.

June 19, 2022 / / Actionstep, the cloud-based practice management software company, has announced the appointment of Early Stephens as Global CEO, based in its US head office in Denver, CO. The appointment follows a period of significant growth for the global business, which provides an adaptable practice management software platform for mid-sized law firms in the US, UK, Australia, and New Zealand.

Ted Jordan, who founded Actionstep in 2004, is retiring after almost 20 years at the helm and will remain on the company board as Chairman. Ted commented, "As the first cloud-based legal practice management platform globally, Actionstep was founded with an ethos of bringing innovation and value to our law firm customers. It is clear that Early shares this ethos and has the experience to capture the opportunity ahead for Actionstep and our customers. Under Early’s leadership, we believe we can accelerate our value to customers and significantly expand our footprint, particularly in the US.”

As CEO, Early will focus on accelerating Actionstep’s global go-to-market strategy, with an emphasis on the US market. Early has a strong track record as CEO of fast-growing private equity backed companies, most recently Infogix, a leading data intelligence platform for Fortune 1000 companies. Early’s leadership experience across sales, product, and corporate development positions him well to lead Actionstep through the next phase of planned growth, alongside the company’s current leadership team and particularly David Hepburn, Global President of Actionstep.

Actionstep has tens of thousands of subscribers globally with 40% of these in the US. The company plans to accelerate the expansion of its boutique and mixed-practice law firm customer base nationally. Since September 2020, when Actionstep announced an investment from growth-oriented private equity firm, Serent Capital, the company has nearly doubled its headcount and invested in numerous key product developments, including a payments solution. The majority of new hires have been in the US, across the product, marketing, sales, customer success, and partnership teams.

Early Stephens commented, “I am thrilled to be joining the talented team at Actionstep, which already offers enormous value as the core technology of thousands of modern, mid-sized law firms. In my view, the company is primed to super-charge its growth and position in the US legaltech space. I am looking forward to working with our customers, partners, and industry stakeholders to help more law firms transform their practices using our comprehensive solution.”

Actionstep, with its US headquarters in Denver, CO, will be expanding to larger office space in the coming months to accommodate recent and further planned growth.

The announcement of Early as CEO comes on the back of two recently hired leaders who bring deep legaltech industry experience: Christian McLaughlin as Actionstep’s Director of Global Partnerships, who previously held similar roles at Litify and Filevine, and Mike McKell as Regional Director, Australia, who previously led sales organizations for Smokeball and Litera.

About Actionstep

Actionstep is an adaptable, all-in-one legal practice management platform for modern law firms. Built in the cloud, with workflow at its heart, Actionstep transforms legal productivity at every step.

Combining Matter Management, Document Assembly & Storage, Time & Billing, Trust & Office Accounting, CRM, Reporting, and much more in one software system, Actionstep has everything firms need to run their practice and get full visibility across the health of their firm.

Accessible from anywhere and built for customization, Actionstep's legal practice management software takes firms every step as they scale and evolve.

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Written by The Actionstep Team