Despina C. Kartson Joins BakerHostetler as Chief Marketing Officer

Brings Decades of Experience with Top International Am Law Firms

Press Releases / March 9, 2020

WASHINGTON – March 9, 2020 – BakerHostetler announced today that Despina C. Kartson has joined the firm as Chief Marketing Officer. She will lead the Business Development and Marketing department and work closely with firm leadership to develop and implement targeted business development and marketing strategies. She brings extensive experience spearheading global business development, marketing and communications initiatives at top Am Law firms to her new role.

For nearly two decades, Kartson has served as the head of marketing for large, international law firms, including Jones Day, Morgan Lewis and Latham & Watkins. She was instrumental in setting the strategic direction and overseeing the operational implementation of the firms’ client development, marketing and communications programs. Additionally, she led firm rebranding and website projects and worked closely with firm leadership on the combination of two firms.

“I am extremely pleased to have someone with Despina’s record of success join us as our Chief Marketing Officer,” said BakerHostetler Chairman Paul M. Schmidt. “She is a recognized leader in the field and has a unique understanding of the challenges facing law firms today.”

“I very much look forward to leading the business development, marketing and communications at this exciting time for the firm,” Kartson said.

Kartson received a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Bowling Green State University. She is a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management, a member of the New York Local Steering Committee of the Legal Marketing Association (LMA) and was the winner of the Susan Benjamin Legacy Award from the Metro New York LMA chapter, which is a lifetime achievement award given to a long-standing member who has left a distinguishable mark on the chapter.


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