Alicia Bond
Director of Operations, Counsel

Alicia M. Bond, Esq.

Director of Operations, Counsel

With a strong business background, Alicia M. Bond serves as the Director of Operations and Counsel at Jacko Law Group, PC (“JLG”). Ms. Bond manages legal operations, day-to-day business of the firm, and oversees the company’s processes and systems. As trusted counsel, she collaborates with the CEO on the strategic direction and vision of the firm. Operationally, Ms. Bond focuses on multi-department alignment, cross-functional communication, and implementation and effectiveness of business growth strategies.

Ms. Bond is values-driven and committed to creating a corporate culture while providing exceptional service through collaboration and teamwork. She oversees the firm’s approach to the delivery of comprehensive legal services and supports the overall company mission. Ms. Bond is dedicated to building excellence and exceeding client expectations through strategic business planning that supports client initiatives and accelerates outcomes.

As a relationship-focused professional, Ms. Bond works in partnership with our external business partners to nurture positive long-term relationships and foster trust. Her commitment to DE&I and concentrated efforts prioritize creating an inclusive environment that promotes diversity at all levels. At JLG, she focuses on people, seeks to build successful teams, and identifies opportunities for growth to create a sustainable workplace for all. Ms. Bond’s passion for advocacy, conscious leadership and service helps improve operational efficiency and drive overall growth.

A changemaker, she encourages sharing diverse ideas and empowers others to make a difference through their work. Daily, Ms. Bond provides support and training to our JLG Team. In decision-making, her intuitive problem-solving skills empower her to identify challenges and propose individualized solutions that address specific business objectives and meet clients’ unique service demands.

Given her background in corporate law, Ms. Bond truly enjoys representing clients, working with business partners, and helping to manage risk. A lifelong learner, she continues to expand her practice areas to build upon her broad legal experience. Having worked as part of an in-house legal team, she is a forward thinker who collaborates with our JLG Team and business clients to provide strategic outsourced general counsel services. Ms. Bond believes in achieving limitless potential and works hard to understand the various issues businesses and leaders face.

Ms. Bond adds value to her innate ability to listen to clients’ needs and find the best path forward coupled with her passion for achieving positive results. In building an effective team, she identifies their unique talents and develops those strengths holistically to achieve the best outcomes on behalf of our clients and overall success for our JLG Team.

Ms. Bond believes in servant leadership and collaborates to align behaviors with values in leading client servicing efforts. As a trusted advisor, she is intentional in her counsel and strategic in her legal approach. In working to provide outsourced general counsel on client projects, she has been able to help identify opportunities for improvement and mitigate business risks. She has positioned herself to be effective in multiple practice areas by developing creative solutions and custom-tailored service offerings.

Working with Ms. Bond, she encourages tough conversations and leads with honesty and integrity in “doing the right thing.” She partners with our legal team on project management in providing valuable legal insight and conscious counsel on client matters. She has developed a keen eye for “finding the needle in the haystack” and problem-solving at all stages of business from formation to succession planning.

Through analysis and constant learning, Ms. Bond gains a greater understanding of the financial markets and the securities industry. In Mergers and Acquisitions, Ms. Bond is focused on oversight adding in-depth analysis starting during the initial due diligence process. For clients anticipating an imminent transition, she brings her prior in-house experience to the table. Alongside our JLG Team, Ms. Bond works with clients in strategic business planning that aligns with organizational values and business goals.

As part of the strategic initiatives at JLG, Ms. Bond’s approach to business and legal practice emphasizes organic growth and keeps the best interest of the clients who we serve at top of our minds especially as we expand our business model and service areas. Throughout her career, she has developed and continues to hone her understanding of complex business agreements, contract terms, and business transactions. Ms. Bond takes the time to understand the goals of our clients and their business objectives to fully align agreements including employment contracts to protect clients as companies manage continuous change and growth.

Prior to joining the JLG team, Ms. Bond served on the corporate legal team for Welk Resorts as Compliance Manager working with the General Counsel. Within her role, she concentrated on board management, compliance, and corporate governance. Ms. Bond successfully managed 14 legal entities in collaboration with the management team and supported various legal projects. In over a decade of law practice, she has worked with law firms in Florida, Illinois, and Mississippi. Ms. Bond has handled criminal and civil matters in varied practice areas including breach of contract, corporate law, employment law, insurance claims, non-profit management, as well as other general business matters.

Ms. Bond earned her Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law and her Master of Business Administration from Stetson University. She received her undergraduate degree in Legal Studies from the University of Central Florida. She is admitted to the Florida Bar and eligible to practice law in California as a Specially Registered Attorney.

A zealous advocate, Ms. Bond has a passion for promoting equity and community service having been recently selected for the 2023 SDBCA Leadership Academy. She currently serves as Board Member and Development Co-Chair for the Chicano Federation of San Diego County. Ms. Bond has previously served as a volunteer attorney for the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, Inc., where she provided pro bono legal services to some of San Diego's most vulnerable residents. She also served as the first President of the USS America Family Readiness Group (FRG), a military support organization. Ms. Bond is a dedicated mother and wife who loves spending time with family and friends; she enjoys being outdoors hiking, traveling, and practicing yoga.

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People Over Profits: How and M&A Can Affect the Employee Experience
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March 29, 2023

In the face of ever-changing markets and despite uncertainty in the current financial environment, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) continue to be a popular growth strategy for businesses looking to expand their reach, grow, and increase market share. These transactions can have a significant impact on employees, and it is crucial for companies to consider the employee experience when undertaking M&A deals.

There can be many reasons underlying the proposed M&A.  Some of the most common goals are to increase profitability and efficiencies, based on expansion of tools and the team by combining resources, companies can reduce costs and improve overall performance. However, doing so may lead to eliminating positions or changing job responsibilities for certain personnel, which can cause anxiety and uncertainty for employees.

This month’s Legal Risk Management Tip will discuss tips employers can use to help manage the employee experience during a merger and acquisition.  With change comes opportunity – and remembering the employee experience is critical throughout the pre- and post-M&A period.

A Positive Employee Experience Involves Effective Communication, Retention, & Culture

To minimize the negative effects of an M&A on the employee experience, it is crucial to have a communication plan in place as successful companies focus on effective communication throughout the M&A process. Whenever possible, the leadership team needs to be transparent about the changes that will take place, and the reasons behind them.  As leaders, through active listening there is an opportunity for leadership and management to acknowledge challenges and collaborate with employees to gain better understanding of the collective experience. It is also important that leadership recognizes that there will be an impact on employees (and other business relationships).

To address uncertainty, clear and frequent communications are key. This includes providing regular updates and, to the extent possible and practical, discussing the company’s plans for the future including anticipated timelines and benchmarks.

During an M&A, it is possible that the firm can lose valuable employees and team members who they want to keep.  To avoid this potential risk, companies can consider offering retention incentives such as equity or bonuses to key employees. These incentives often help to retain talent and ensure a smooth transition. Moreover, creating a work environment with happier employees where key employees are involved in the integration process so that they can have a footprint on the future of the company has a positive impact on the employee experience and leads to the overall success of the business.

In addition, companies need to consider the collective impact on the organizational culture and the synergies between the two organizations’ teams. Cultural differences can lead to conflicts and a lack of cohesion, which can negatively impact employee morale and productivity. Before the M&A is finalized, diligent companies and business leaders need to assess cultural similarities and differences and work together to address any potential issues that may arise.

For example, the acquiring company may have a different set of values, work behaviors, and management structure, which can be challenging for employees to adjust to. It can lead to confusion about the direction of the company and how a new onboarding employee will fit in with the new organization. Focusing on employee integration will help create a positive employee experience by putting people first.  Start by addressing why things are done the way that they are and offer to hearing feedback on continuous ways to improve existing processes.  Creating an environment where everyone feels valued will go a long way.  

Managing change effectively requires awareness, flexibility, and a willingness to have some hard conversations when needed.

M&A can have a significant impact on the employee experience, and it is essential for companies to take steps to mitigate the negative effects. By being transparent and involving employees in the process, companies can create a more positive and productive work environment for everyone involved.

Finally, for those companies that are in a highly regulated environment such as financial firms, it is essential to work with counsel knowledgeable about the legal and regulatory considerations related to M&A deals. Employment laws and regulations also must be considered, particularly when negotiating employment contracts for onboarding employees from to the acquiring firm. Companies can take action as leaders take prudent steps to work with experienced legal counsel to ensure that all aspects of the M&A transaction comply with relevant laws and regulations.


M&A can be an effective growth strategy for businesses, but it is essential for companies to consider the impact on employees. By focusing on effective communication, retention of key employees, cultural fit, and legal and regulatory considerations, companies can ensure a smooth and successful transition and maintain a positive employee experience.

At Jacko Law Group, our Mergers and Acquisitions lawyers work closely with clients in the highly regulated financial industry including investment advisers, broker-dealers, investment companies, hedge funds, and corporate clients. Our JLG Team of experienced M&A attorneys provide customized legal solutions to assist in your next merger or acquisition, support due diligence efforts, and accelerate outcomes for your firm. For more information on how JLG can help, please contact us at (619) 298-2880.

Author: Alicia Bond, Director of Operations, Counsel, Jacko Law Group, PC (“JLG”).  JLG works extensively with investment advisers, broker-dealers, investment companies, private equity and hedge funds, banks and corporate clients on securities and corporate counsel matters.  For more information, please visit

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