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April 02, 2013

Legal project management workshop in Chicago

On May 17, the Ark Group and Managing Partner magazine will present a “Legal Project Management Showcase and Workshop: Changing Behavior within the Firm” in Chicago.  When I chaired a similar event in New York two weeks ago, participants said:

“All of the speakers were excellent… with very different perspectives”

“I learned a great deal from their frank discussion about what had worked well at their firms and what had not worked well.  Also their frankness in the morning sessions set the tone for the small table discussions where people spoke very openly about challenges and things that had to be done to move forward at their respective firms.”

“This was a good panel – good diversity of viewpoints, and each of the panel members was willing to be candid about their experiences.”

There will be four panelists in Chicago, three of whom also spoke in New York:

Stuart Dodds, Director, Global Pricing and Legal Project Management, Baker & McKenzie

Albert Dotson, Partner, Bilzin Sumberg

Scott Kane, Partner, Squire Sanders

Mark Williamson, Principal, Gray Plant Mooty

All four firms are leaders in the LPM movement to increase efficiency and value to clients.  The panelists will compare notes about what has worked best, what hasn’t worked, and what they plan for the future. Near the end of the workshop, the audience will break into small groups to discuss unique challenges at their firms and to brainstorm the best way for each firm to make progress.

I will moderate the panel discussions, and some of the small group discussions will be led by LegalBizDev principals Mike Egnatchik and Steve Barrett.

One thing will be different from the March session.  Several audience members in New York asked for samples of tools and templates developed by the firms on the panel and by LegalBizDev, so that is what we will do in Chicago.  Sample tools and templates will not only be included in the workbook, but will also be discussed by panelists.

When I gave a speech at the beginning of the New York workshop, I said that if I were not already on this panel, I would have paid to attend the event.  It would have been worth every penny.  The workshop presented a rare opportunity to listen to partners in firms that are successfully implementing LPM brainstorm with each other about the nitty gritty details of exactly what is working and what isn’t.

If you plan to come to Chicago and are interested in alternative fees, you should also consider attending Ark’s Fourth Annual Alternative Fee Arrangements Forum which is in the same location the day before.  The speaker list is a who’s who of experts on the topic, including Fred Bartlit of Bartlit Beck, Mike Roster of the ACC Value Challenge Committee, Lisa Damon of Seyfarth Shaw, Paul Williams of Shook Hardy & Bacon, Richard Rosenblatt of Morgan Lewis and Pat Lamb of Valorem Law Group.  If you decide to attend both events, be sure to check the bottom of Ark’s registration form for a significant discount.

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