Change Catalyst

Law Business Strategist

Community Creator

Hi I’m Anne-Marie.

I’m the founder and principal of Modern Juris which provides training, tools, and support to help solo and small firm lawyers and legal industry professionals build sustainable businesses designed to serve the latent legal market.

Prior to founding Modern Juris in 2020, I directed the Texas Opportunity & Justice Incubator (TOJI) at the State Bar of Texas. I led TOJI from its April 2017 launch and quickly scaled the program to become the largest legal incubator in Texas (possibly the world). In 2019, we expanded statewide and transitioned to virtual delivery. Prior to TOJI, I directed the Access to Law Initiative, a legal incubator at California Western School of Law in San Diego.

For over a decade, I have been a frequent CLE speaker and organizer. In addition, I was an adjunct professor teaching Federal Income Tax at California Western School of Law, Taxation of the Business Entity at University of California San Diego Extension, and an Introduction to Taxes for the Solo/Small Firm Attorney for Solo Practice University®.

In 2009, I started Rábago Business & Tax Law, APC, and over the following seven years, I advised hundreds of small business owners, including other solo and small firm attorneys, on tax and legal compliance matters. For this work, I was named a San Diego Super Lawyers® Rising Star in 2016 and 2017. I am a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Member of the American Bar Association (ABA). I serve on the Programs Board and Membership Board of the ABA GPSolo Division, as well as the Executive Committee of the Association for Continuing Legal Education.

After completing my JD at California Western School of Law, I earned an LLM in Taxation from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. I am licensed to practice law in California and Texas.

Before stepping into the legal industry, I held various professional roles including fundraising for two regional theatre companies, sales management for an international retail chain, recruiting and corporate training for a Fortune 100 financial services company, and international tax consulting for a big-4 public accounting firm.

In my spare time, I am an avid craft beer enthusiast and enjoy world travel adventures with my husband.