Smokeball Celebrates the Holiday Season

//Smokeball Celebrates the Holiday Season

Smokeball staff members participated in their annual Yankee Swap this past week, a holiday-themed gift exchange that’s just another example of why Smokeball was chosen as one of Inc. Magazine’s “Best Workplaces 2018”. The annual gift exchange gives Smokeball staff the opportunity to get in quality time with their colleagues outside of usual business hours and have a little fun during the holiday season.

This year’s gift exchange was In-House Counsel Emily Wood’s third annual Smokeball Yankee Swap. Emily said, “I love that the gift exchanges gives our colleagues the opportunity to express their individuality through the gifts they contribute. We get to learn more about colleagues’ personalities every day at Smokeball!”

Smokeball employees embody the core value of “Caring Is Not Optional” even in the company social events, with staff shopping for one-of-a-kind gifts and staying at work late to celebrate the holiday season with one another. A non-inclusive list of some of the hot gifts, and suggestions for last minute gifts for anyone left on your list are:

  • Garrett Mix from Garrett’s Popcorn;
  • A snow globe featuring a photo of support team member Frank Furjanic;
  • Moscow Mule copper drinking cups;
  • A madeinChicago Co-op Hot Sauce gift box;
  • Board games, including Handemonium and Exploding Kittens.

“At Smokeball, caring about each other, caring about our product, and caring about our clients go hand in hand,” said Marketing Operations Specialist Taryn Mohnsen. “‘Caring is Not Optional’ is part of every-day life at Smokeball and is part of what makes our team and the product so special.”

Smokeball’s Renewal Coordinator Rob Everette participated in this year’s Yankee Swap. Rob feels lucky to work with colleagues that he also considers his friends, stating: “Things like our Yankee Swap really showcase the work culture at Smokeball – we put in a lot of hard work, but we also have a ton of fun.”

By |December 20th, 2018|

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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.

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