2021 Managing Partners and Law Firm Leaders Conference Agenda

Managing Partners Conference Seminar

*Schedule and Speakers subject to change

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Thursday, August 26, 2021

Time (Central) Program
9:00 a.m. Fly-in Meeting for Committee Members
11:30 a.m. Registration
12:30 p.m. Welcome and Introduction

Richard D. Tucker, Tucker Law Group, Bangor, ME
Rosary A. Hernandez, Tiffany & Bosco PA, Phoenix, AZ
12:45 p.m. Nuts and Bolts: What Is Going On Here?

A primer on management basics, including overhead, finances, personnel management, tech adaptations to maximize data-driven decision making, and other issues faced by law firm managers. In addition to hearing from expert panelists, you will have the opportunity to share your experiences and learn through discussion with other similarly situated firm leaders.

Mario J. Delano, Campbell Foley Delano & Adams LLC, Asbury Park, NJ
Stephen E. Embry, The Embry Law Firm LLC, Louisville, KY
Amie Gartenberg, Marcum LLP, New York, NY
Bonnie R. Moss, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, San Diego, CA
Brian Kennel, PerformLaw, New Orleans, LA
2:00 p.m. Nuts and Bolts: Table Breakout Discussions and Group Reporting
3:00 p.m. Refreshment Break
3:30 p.m. Are You "Twitter-pated"? Don’t Be Afraid to Add Social Media to your Arsenal

From LinkedIn to Twitter to Slack to a variety of other platforms, social media offers unique opportunities to get in front of clients, establish more personal connections with people in the industry, and be top of mind for clients or potential clients when needs arise. Lawyers who use social media effectively can augment their marketing presence in their substantive practice areas and can nurture a variety of relationships which will serve as the foundation for current and future referrals.

Jeremy W. Richter, Webster Henry Lyons Bradwell Cohan & Speagle PC, Birmingham, AL
Pauline C. Will, Bennett Schechter Arcuri & Will LLP, Buffalo, NY
Claire Parsons, Adams Law, Covington, KY
4:30 p.m. Adjourn
5:30 p.m. Networking Reception
7:00 p.m. Dine-Arounds

Join your DRI friends and colleagues for local Dine Arounds on Thursday night where you can build your book of business, strengthen old relationships, and create new ones. But, hurry! Space is limited. Register for the local Dine Arounds.

Friday, August 27, 2021

Time (Central) Program
7:45 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:20 a.m. Opening Remarks and Introductions

Mario J. Delano, Campbell Foley Delano & Adams, Ashbury Park, NJ
Marta-Ann Schnabel, O’Bryon & Schnabel PLC, New Orleans, LA
8:30 a.m. Interrupting Unconscious Bias

By nature, we all have biases, and we need to stop pretending we are "color blind" or that we don’t see differences in other people. Although unconscious bias is present in all of us and is not inherently bad or wrong, unconscious bias can become a problem when our unconscious bias influences our actions and decisions when interacting with diverse and minority attorneys. It can affect the types of assignments they receive, the feedback and mentoring given, and our level of trust in a person. Learn how to interrupt unconscious bias in your own firms and how to address the root of the issue so that you can attract, retain, and develop a diverse workforce.

Koriambanya S. (Kori) Carew, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Chicago, IL
9:30 a.m. Pitch Perfect

In the age of emails and social media, how do you teach others to develop business? Creating and fostering rainmakers within your firms and legal communities is a requirement for any firm's future. This in-house panel will provide direct insight into what clients want to hear from more junior lawyers when they are soliciting business. You will watch attorneys present pitches to corporate counsel and observe immediate feedback on what works and what falls flat. Learn what you can do to assist more junior lawyers to grow their practices and client base and to deepen its client relationships with the firm.

Rosary A. Hernandez, Tiffany & Bosco P.A., Phoenix, AZ
Ricardo A. Woods, Burr & Forman LLP, Mobile, Alabama
Valerie Fontenot, Frilot LLC, New Orleans, Louisiana
Kenneth M. Batle, O'Connor & Battle LLP, Chicago, Illinois
Bryan R. Browning, Lenovo, Chicago, Illinois
10:30 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:45 a.m. Can You Hear Me Now? (Lessons in Effective Internal Communication)

As attorneys we pride ourselves on our communication skills. Internal communication with our partners, associates and staff, however, is often a struggle. This interactive program will share lessons learned the hard way and offer practical advice about improving inter-firm communication. The panel will provide perspectives from multiple viewpoints and discuss methods for overcoming common obstacles to effective communication and leadership.

Joseph C. Chancey, Drew Eckl & Farnham LLP, Atlanta, GA
Robert A. Luskin, Goodman McGuffey LLP, Atlanta, GA
Troy Bell, Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore LLC, New Orleans, LA
11:45 a.m. Networking Lunch (Onsite)
12:45 p.m. Having the Talk

Succession Planning is a popular talking point these days, but how do firm leaders actually accomplish a smooth transition with recalcitrant partners and nervous clients. This presentation will share approaches for handling difficult internal discussions and decision-making.

Amie Gartenberg, Marcum LLP, New York, NY
Marta-Ann Schnabel, O'Bryon & Schnabel PLC, New Orleans, LA
Richard D. Tucker, Tucker Law Group, Bangor, ME
1:45 p.m. You Survived COVID: Now What?

The panelists – from a large hospital system, insurance carrier and regional law firm – will discuss how issues faced during COVID inform the way in which businesses and lawyers will work together moving forward. The discussion will include the continued use of efficiencies discovered during COVID, effectively using remote work, and other lessons learned.

Ellen S. Cappellanti, Jackson Kelly PLLC, Charleston, WV
Jessica Alsop, West Virginia University Health System, Morgantown, WV
Gary L. Grubler, Grange Insurance, Columbus, OH
2:45 p.m. Wrap-up
3:00 p.m. Adjourn