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April 17, 2014

Experts from five firms discuss how to implement legal project management

On May 22 in Chicago, five law firms that have made significant progress in LPM will frankly discuss what has worked and what hasn’t at the fourth session of the Ark Group’s most frequently repeated event - Legal Project Management Showcase & Workshop: Changing Behavior within the Firm.  I look forward to chairing this session so I learn what these experts have to say: 

Sari M. Alamuddin, Partner, Morgan Lewis
Vincent Cordo, Global Director of Client Value, Reed Smith
Stuart J T Dodds, Director of Global Pricing and Legal Project Management, Baker & McKenzie
David Schaefer, Deputy Chair, Loeb & Loeb
Donald R. Ware, Partner, Foley Hoag

After previous sessions of this program, audience members said:

"This workshop did an excellent job of offering practical suggestions for dealing with the issues law firms encounter when they implement legal project management.  The frank discussions between partners and executives at firms that have successfully changed lawyers’ behavior would be helpful to anyone who is trying to get their arms around this challenging transition." - Delilah Flaum, the Partner in Charge of Knowledge Management and Legal Project Management at Winston & Strawn LLP

"The greatest benefit of the workshop was hearing from others about what they are doing and how they are responding to the same market challenges that we are facing.  Brainstorming solutions together was useful because it helped me to walk away with some ideas that could be adapted for our firm." - Christine Johnson, Director of Client Matter Management at Quarles & Brady LLP

Implementing LPM successfully is more critical than ever.  For years, clients have been asking firms to apply LPM to produce more predictable costs, and lower costs.  (For example, see my recent post about two client surveys.)

But many firms that have invested heavily in LPM awareness training have been disappointed by the results.  Here’s what the managing partner of one AmLaw 200 firm I interviewed for my new book Client Value and Law Firm Profitability had to say:

I think project management probably will have the longest-term positive impact [on value and profitability], but it’s been the biggest challenge, because it’s something that hasn’t been easily absorbed by a lot of the lawyers. When busy lawyers start scrambling around, the inefficiency creeps right up. At our firm, project management has not met expectations.

Many firms have learned the hard way that while it is easy to teach lawyers about LPM, it is very hard to change their behavior.  On May 22 in Chicago, five experts in implementing LPM will discuss how they have succeeded.  At the end of the day, they will lead interactive small group discussions on:  “How to Identify the Most Effective Action Items for Your Firm.”

For more details, download the brochure, see the Ark Group’s web page or contact Ark’s Peter Franken at pfranken@ark-group.com or (312) 212-1301.  For a special 15% discount, just write “LegalBizDev Discount” on your order form and subtract 15%, or ask for the discount when you order by phone. 

 

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