Smokeball Ranked in Top 50 of Crain’s Chicago Business 2019 Best Places to Work

//Smokeball Ranked in Top 50 of Crain’s Chicago Business 2019 Best Places to Work

CHICAGO – On Thursday, April 11, 2019, Smokeball added another jewel to its best workplaces crown by ranking #44 on Crain’s Chicago Business’s list of 2019 Best Places to Work.  Smokeball’s Director of People & Culture, Jacque Kress, Director of Client Success, Ruchie Chadha, and Lead Content Strategist, Josh Taylor, were in attendance at a lunch dedicated to Crain’s winners.  “For our first year joining the rankings, we were hoping to get into the Top 50, and we did!” said Josh Taylor.

Smokeball was also ranked as Chicago’s #24 best small company, an honor that truly speaks to the quality of employees and leadership that comprise the company.  “When I joined Smokeball a year ago, I knew I was joining something special,” recalled Jacque Kress, Smokeball’s people and culture leader, after the lunch ceremony.  “This is a place that understands that culture is not ‘made’ by one person; it’s formed by every single employee at the company.  Being named one of the Top 50 best workplaces in Chicago is pretty incredible, but the most rewarding part is knowing that our employees truly love working here. At the end of the day, that’s what matters to us.”

“It’s an honor to have Crain’s confirm and share with Chicagoland what we already know and pride ourselves on maintaining: that Smokeball truly is a great place to work!” said Ruchie Chadha, who heads up the Client Success Team at Smokeball.  “Our team consistently receives praise on how happy and helpful we are, and we do not take that lightly.  Each person at Smokeball contributes to our environment in a positive, meaningful, and fun way, and our clients benefit from this with every interaction.  We truly believe in the old Steve Jobs adage that the only way to do great work is to love what you do.  At Smokeball, we are lucky to have a leadership team that understands this starts with creating a place your employees want to work.”

The honor comes with great gratitude, but little surprise.  Smokeball’s office culture is a large part of its success in the legal technology sector, with happy employees bringing award-winning attitude to Smokeball clients.  Smokeball has previously received honors from the Chicago Innovation Awards, Diversity MBA Magazine for excellent executive leadership, Inc. Magazine’s 2018 Best Workplaces, and Built In Chicago.  The culture of the company spills over tangibly to its many clients across the U.S., meaning Smokeball as a best place to work makes its clients’ law offices a better place to work, too.

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By |April 16th, 2019|

About the Author:

For years, Josh has helped lawyers become more organized, productive, and profitable. A trained litigator, Josh came to Smokeball from a large east-coast law firm where his practice focused on franchise, insurance, marine, and general litigation. His work with Smokeball, and his continued passion for what he does each day, is driven by a desire to help lawyers and their staff do better in every way. Knowing well the stress and strain put on today’s legal professional, he regularly focuses on improving work and life in the law. He has traveled the country working with and learning from lawyers and their staff. Josh speaks regularly to bar associations about successful law firm practices and other legal topics. Recent notable engagements have been with the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Missouri Bar’s Solo and Small Firm Conference. In addition to his work at Smokeball, Josh serves on the Writing Resource Center staff at The John Marshall Law School. Besides legal technology, his research interests include judicial decision-making, jury decision-making and psychology, and legal writing. He has written and overseen research exploring causal effects of sex/gender on federal appellate court decision-making, and assisted with research for a forthcoming textbook on judicial decision-making. Additionally, Josh sits on the Board of Directors of Chicago-based Community Activism Law Alliance and on the Board of Directors of Chicago Fringe Opera Company. Josh holds his J.D., cum laude, from Washington University in St. Louis, where he served as a Senior Editor of the Wash. U. Law Review, held the prestigious Thompson Coburn Research Fellowship, served as Research Assistant to then-Vice-Dean (now Chancellor) Andrew D. Martin, and clerked at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and a B.M. in Music Performance with Honors Scholar distinction from the University of Connecticut, making him a Huskies basketball fan through and through. Follow Josh’s activity on LinkedIn, and keep up with new articles on the Smokeball Blog.