Financial Poise Leadership Bios

Jonathan Friedland

Jonathan P. Friedland is well recognized as a lawyer’s lawyer. Clients turn to Jonathan with their most challenging restructuring and business matters. In addition to counseling privately owned businesses in their acquisition and divestiture transactions, Jonathan is highly regarded for serving as outside general counsel to closely held companies and their principals. In addition, he frequently serves as co-counsel to other law firms whose clients are facing financial distress. Jonathan’s practice is national, regional and local in scope. He is licensed to practice law in Arizona, Illinois, New Jersey and New York.

Jonathan is a highly regarded author, editor and speaker. He has authored more than 100 published articles in professional journals. He also has been profiled, interviewed and/or quoted in such publications as Buyouts Magazine, The M&A Journal, Inside Counsel, LAW360,, The Bankruptcy Strategist, Dow Jones Daily Bankruptcy Review; Dow Jones LBO Wire, and The Daily Deal.

Jonathan is lead author of:

Strategic Alternatives for and Against Distressed Businesses (West)

Commercial Bankruptcy Litigation (West)

The Investor’s Guide to Alternative Assets: The JOBS Act, “accredited” investing, and You (Financial Poise)

Jonathan is also the founder and chairman of DailyDAC, LLC, d/b/a Financial Poise™, an online provider of continuing education, information, and business intelligence for business owners, investors, and their trusted advisors.

Steve Starzyk

Steve Starzyk is Financial Poise’s Chief Technology Officer, with overall responsibility for designing, maintaining, and securing its websites. Steve has held various web design and front-end development positions of increasing responsibility for more than a decade.

Cristina Nolan

Cristina Nolan, director of Webinar Services at Financial Poise, earned her law degree in 1997. Cristina has worked in online education since 2004 and has significant experience in the design, development and execution of online curriculum at the college and graduate school level. She is also an experienced legal editor. Courses she has taught include Introduction to Legal Analysis and Writing, Introduction to Law and the Legal Profession, Criminal Law, Business Law, Legal Ethics, Trial and Courtroom Presentation, Wills and Estates, Family Law, Legal Philosophy, Family Law and Divorce Mediation, Employment Law, Torts, Contracts, Employment Mediation, ADR, Insurance Law, Product Liability, and Evidence.

Belinda Jones

Seasoned customer service, information services & research professional, with over nine years of experience providing remote/virtual information services, including CRM/database management, online research, and customer support services.

Renee Fensin

Renee is a former practicing attorney and financial professional. She now uses her legal and financial background as a writer and editor. She resides in Milwaukee, WI with her family and cats.

Carrie Miller

Carrie Miller is Financial Poise’s managing editor. After a career as an award-winning journalist, including time as a prestigious Pew Fellowship in international journalism, Carrie for five years was director of content and director of public relations for a downtown Chicago agency. She now puts those two careers to good use as a content strategist and editor for Financial Poise. Besides being a multi-media storyteller, Carrie is an accomplished and adventurous cook and freelance journalist and blogger at, “traveling between meals”.

Jerry Janes

Jerry was born in Chicago and raised in Joliet, Illinois. He attended Joliet Junior College and majored in Sociology. He finished his degree as an English/Creative Writing major and Sociology minor at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. After graduation, he was a copywriter for an ad agency, where he learned Web Development, SEO, and Internet Marketing. For a decade Mr. Janes taught high school Language Arts, Technology, Spanish, and served as a Technology Trainer and Librarian in Illinois, South Dakota, Wyoming, Kansas and Nebraska.

Todd Silberglied

Todd Silberglied works on author outreach for DailyDAC and Financial Poise. He is currently a student at American University studying Communications, Law, Economics, and Government.