First State Chapter


A Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators



The Association of Legal Administrators (“ALA”) is an international organization with over 10,000 members representing law firms and corporate legal departments world-wide. The ALA was founded in 1971 to promote and enhance the competence and professionalism of legal administrators and all members of the legal management team.  Much more information about the ALA can be found on the website - www.alanet.org


The First State Chapter, established in 1979, actively supports the mission of the ALA, and currently has over 50 chapter members.


The  First State Chapter offers relevant, educational programs with national and local speakers, leadership events, social events, volunteer opportunities and community outreach projects as well as the unique ability to network with and receive support from others in roles similar to yours,   whether you are in HR Management, Financial Management, Practice Management, Systems Management, Facilities Management, Marketing Management, or “all-of-the-above".


In addition, through our chapter’s strong and long-standing Business Partner Program,  our members are connected to outstanding businesses that specialize in providing services to the legal industry.    In return, our Business Partners gain exposure to the finest legal administrators around! A participation package is available on this website to potential Business Partners looking to build relationships with our members and enjoy our calendar of social-networking and community events throughout the year!


If you are considering joining our chapter as a member or a Business Partner, please contact one of our Board or Committee members.  You can find contact information below or use the “contact us” section and someone will get back to you.  We welcome you to join us as a guest at one of our upcoming educational sessions to see for yourself how rewarding your membership with the First State Chapter could be.    Whether you are new to the legal world or a tenured legal professional, or a business professional looking to meet administrators in the Delaware legal community, this organization has so much to offer.  We encourage you to reach out to one of us to explore the impact your membership with the First State Chapter can have on your career.  Speaking from personal experience, the value I have gained from being part of this fabulous organization is without measure!


On behalf of the First State Chapter Board of Directors, I welcome you to our website.  Take a look around…we know you’ll like what you see!







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Vice President
Immediate Past President
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Tel: 302-472-1732


Tel: 302-573-4811


Tel: 302-429-4244


Tel: 302-552-4379


Tel: 302-674-5484



Business Partner Committee Chair 

Tel: 302-421-6854


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Business Partner  Co-Chair

Tel: 302-425-5805


Tel: 302-573-4811


Membership Chair

Tel: 302-429-4253


Marketing & Communications Chair
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Social Committee  Chair

Tel: 302-468-5627


Meetings & Programs Chair

Tel: 302-351-9283


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Meetings & Programs Co-Chair

Tel: 302-571-5742


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 Diversity & Inclusion 

Tel: 302-552-4379


Please follow the link for a list of the First States Past Presidents 



First State Chapter - ALA

For any general inquiries, please fill in the following contact form:

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Education Session:

Making Zoom Magic

9 & 29

Education Sessions:
Workers' Comp and Risk Management Considerations

 ISO certification process


ALA Member Roundtable



13 & 22

Diversity, Equality & Inclusion
By Ari
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Past Presidents Happy Hour


Blood Drive
Fall Activity event - more details to follow



Holiday Social





Valentine's Day Virtual

Chocolate Tasting Party



March Madness




Education Session:

Remote Work Policies

Career Opportunities 


The Blue Hen News is a quarterly newsletter which, includes educational articles written by our members, business partners, past event speakers and other professionals in the legal industry. It includes fun features on our members and business partners, local polls on hot topics, social and community service event pictures as well as information on upcoming events and programs presented by both the First State Chapter and National ALA. 

Blue Hen News Editions Below:



Our Business Partner sponsorship program enables the First State Chapter to provide many of our scholarships and educational programs to our members. We would like to thank all of our vendors for their continuing support; they are all a key part of the benefits our members receive. For more information regarding our Business Partner sponsorship program please contact the chair of our Business Partners Committee, Denise Frawley, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr (denise.frawley@saul.com
To sign up to become a business partner, please complete the Registration Form and return it to Denise Frawley at denise.frawley@saul.com.
The First State Chapter invites business partners to subscribe to the e-newsletter titled ALA Means Business using the online form click here.
For information on 5 key resources for our Business Partners please click the following link to ALA's national chapter, UNPACK ALA .
Current Business Partners click the following link to access exclusive information!

First State Chapter members and business partners are encouraged to visit the following sites:

Increase your company's exposure to the leaders in law firms, corporate legal departments and government agencies by linking your company's Web site from the "Legal Marketplace" section. Click on the title to visit the ALA Legal Marketplace.
ALA is pleased to offer its line of member benefits, providing an array of resources and services from nationally known companies. ALA members, their employers and their families have the opportunity to enjoy the savings of special benefits these programs provide. Click on the title to visit the VIP section
The ALA’s Business Partner Relations Committee (BPRC) and the Business Partner Advisory Panel (BPAP). prepared guidelines and objectives to further enable ALA chapters and members to develop and enhance productive working relationships with the ALA business partner community, as well as offering guidance to the business partner community for establishing mutually beneficial working relationships with ALA chapters and members. Click on the title for the complete document.


Caesar Rodney Level

230 North Market Street PO Box 27
Wilmington, DE 19899
Contact Person: Vito DiMaio
Email: vdimaio@parcelsinc.com
Phone: (302) 658-9926

Parcels is a leading provider of high-quality support services to the legal and corporate community. The one driving force behind the company is simple: the client comes first. Incorporated in 1980, Parcels is owned and operated by James A. and Maureen Cauley Johnson, Delawareans with deep ties to the community.


The company's objective has always been to grow the organization and its reputation through extraordinary service to the client, through the recruitment and retention of exceptional cross-trained staff, and through prudent financial management. The focus has always been on expansion of services that are useful and cost-effective to our clients rather than on increasing the number of locations.


Although Parcels' clients are from diverse segments of the corporate world, it specializes in serving the legal community in Delaware. Established first as a Courier service to law firms, Parcels kept a fine ear tuned to the needs of its clients; it built relationships with the major law firms and with the courts, and it developed a deep, integrated staff with expertise in the services it offered. Parcels, with its wide range of peripheral services, allows law professionals to do what they do best - the practice of law.




B+H Insurance (BHI) is an independent insurance agency that provides insurance solutions to businesses and individuals in the mid-Atlantic and beyond. Our product offerings include business insurance, home and auto insurance and employee benefits. In addition to traditional insurance brokerage services, in the last two years we’ve added safety and human resources consulting as available services.


Our mission statement was revised in 2017 to be authentic, factual and truly reflect how our independent agency operates on a daily basis. Gone are the catchphrases, such as “exceeding expectations”, and subliminal messaging. Our leadership team, consisting of our CEO, VP of HR, VP of Operations and two senior advisors, met for nearly two months to develop our new mission statement. In addition to our leadership team meetings, we also asked our entire staff for their input and more specifically, “why do you do what you do?” During this time we also developed our foundational principles, focusing on our need to communicate, be accountable, act with integrity and evolve.


As an independent insurance agency, we “sell” someone else’s product; a product that over time, and against our wishes, has become largely commoditized. Our philosophy is very simply: Our product is our people. By having a client-focused environment, we have been able to develop strong relationships with our clients. We feel that while many clients initially purchase from us as part of a commodity transaction, rarely do they treat each annual renewal with us like a commodity purchase. By having the best people in the industry and offering safety, claims and HR services in-house, our clients think of BHI as their insurance relationship, not the actual insurance carriers, which is the industry norm.


Our Mission

We believe in the power of personal relationships. We are committed to helping our clients make the right financial choices in order to establish a solid foundation for today and a clear vision for the future.



Since 1989, Diamond State Financial Group has been committed to helping our clients improve their long-term financial successes. We make available a wide range of quality financial products and the advice and expertise of some of the best financial professionals in the industry.



Peter Bradshaw, ChFC®, CPFA, is an Associate Partner at Diamond State Financial Group. Since 2009, Peter has been dedicated to working with private businesses, non-profit organizations and their owners to provide retirement plans (401(k), 403(b), defined benefit), investment and risk management, succession planning and employee focused benefits.  His practice is centered on fee-based corporate and personal financial planning and advisory services, tax and wealth protection strategies, and life and disability analysis.  Peter strives to deliver the highest level of service and utilizes his experience and expertise to create solutions for highly complex financial circumstances. 

He has earned his Chartered Financial Consultant designation from the American College and his Series 6, 63, 66 and 7 registrations as well as his Life and Health insurance licenses.  Peter has also earned his CPFA designation, which demonstrates his knowledge, proficiency and commitment to act as a plan fiduciary or help plan fiduciaries manage their roles and responsibilities.

Peter is a Registered Representative and Investment Advisor Representative of Securian Financial Services, Inc. 

111 Ruthar Drive
Newark, DE  19711
Contact Person:  Mark Doughty
Email: mdoughty@BHI365.com
Website:  https://bhi365.com/
Phone: (302) 356-2708
Fax: (302) 995-2220

121 Continental Drive, Suite 110
Newark, DE 19713

Contact Person: Peter Bradshaw

Email: peter.bradshaw@dsfg.com

Website: https://www.dsfg.com 

Phone: (302) 366-0366

Fax: (302) 454-9405

Brandywine Blue Level

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Christiana Level

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  • Network with 50 + members

  • Educational Programs

  • Leadership events

  • Social Events

  • Volunteer and community outreach projects


If you are an administrator or manager of a legal services organization in Delaware and your responsibilities include human resources, finance, facilities, technology or other systems or services, you are eligible for membership in the First State Chapter. To qualify for membership in the First State Chapter, you must first be a member of the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA).  Please visit www.alanet.org for more information on joining ALA.

The First State Chapter was formed in 1979 and is part of ALA Region 1 which includes Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, as well as Newfoundland, Ontario, and the CyberChapter. There are more than 50 members throughout the State of Delaware.  Included in your membership are monthly catered lunches at local law firms and other venues with top-notch educational presentations by national and local speakers on today’s hottest topics as well as updates on labor law and banking regulations, social events, and opportunities to participate in various charitable and community outreach programs.  Continuing education credits are available to members of SHRM and other professional organizations.


In addition to local professional advancement opportunities, ALA offers national and regional, as well as discipline-specific, conferences and programs throughout the year in various cities.  Chapter scholarships are available to those interested in attending.
For more information about ALA and the First State Chapter, contact our Membership Chairperson, Alison Keys at AKeys@bayardlaw.com. She will be happy to answer your questions by email or phone, meet with you, and/or bring you as a guest to an event.


If you are ready to join, you may click on the membership application to the left that applies to you.  We offer full membership privileges to all types of membership.  Your annual dues cover the cost of monthly speakers and lunch catering and attendance at all social events.

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