Clifford Forrester brings more than 20 years of professional experience to his role as the firm’s Chief Information Officer (CIO). Previously, he was the head of IT for a global law firm and the global IT and Security manager for an Am Law 100 firm. As both an operational leader and strategist, Clifford is skilled at transforming IT into a business-oriented function that addresses the strategic needs of the organization and clients. In his career, he has successfully implemented initiatives in applications development, networking, infrastructure, cyber security, business continuity, outsourcing, business expansion, cloud computing, and operations management.
His areas of expertise include:
- Executive Partnership and Leadership
- Project and Change Leadership
- Budgeting, Analysis, and Cost Controls
- IT Governance/Risk Management
- Enterprise Architectures and Roadmaps
- Team Building, Growth and Development
- M&A Integration and Turnarounds
- Server/Desktop Virtualization
- Social Media, Mobile, and Cloud Solutions
- Maintaining Security and System Integrity without sacrificing business needs
- Network design and Implementation
- Application Development
- Unified Communications
- Agile Workspace Development
Clifford is also the CIO for Berdon LLP, the parent company of CFS.
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ACTIVITIES
Association of Information Systems (AISNET)
Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA)
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
International Legal Association (ILTA)
Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF) Open Source
Wall Street Technology Association (WSTA)
W3C Artificial Intelligence Community and Business Groups
W3C Block Chain Community and Business Groups
Clifford also serves on the board of directors for Score High Foundation, a New York based youth organization whose mission is to inspire and empower youth through social skills, technology, education, and sports.
EDUCATION AND LICENSES
Clifford earned a Bachelor of Science in eBusiness from the University of Phoenix, a Bachelor of Information Technology from City University of New York – Herbert H. Lehman College, and a Master of Business Administration, Finance from the University of Syracuse, Whitman School of Management. He also holds the Certified Information Security Manager® (CISM) and Business Architecture designation.