2022 DRI Law Firm Leaders and Managing Partners Conference

November 1–2, 2022 | San Diego, California

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Join us this fall in San Diego for DRI’s Law Firm Leaders and Managing Partners Conference!

The 2022 Law Firm Leaders and Managing Partners Conference is exploring what it means to manage a law firm in these post-pandemic times. Scarce human resources, increasing overhead expenses, cyber-security threats, and changing client expectations have come to the forefront of law firm management since the world shut down in March 2020. This conference will arm law firm leaders with knowledge from numerous sources on the best ways to address and attack the challenges law firms continue to face following the COVID-19 Pandemic!

View registration information here.

What You Will Learn:

  • Methods for handling the tough market and attorney burn-out and attrition
  • Practical pointers on how to handle tough questions related to employment decisions in a law firm
  • Practice management pointers when working with clients, carriers, and vendors in the increasingly virtual world of law practice
  • Discuss issues with non-law firm ownership of law firms and how it impacts our practices
  • Methods for responding to and dealing with cyber-security threats and other threats on the practice of law

Expand Your Network By:

  • Meeting Law Firm Leaders and Managing Partners in firms from all over the country in a small, collaborative group atmosphere
  • Joining attendees for amazing dine-around experiences at San Diego’s best restaurants
  • Mingling with DRI members attending the Appellate Advocacy and Asbestos Medicine Seminars occurring simultaneously with this conference

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Thank You to DRI's Law Practice Management Committee Leadership

Robert A. Luskin
Robert A. Luskin
Co-Program Chair
Mandy J. Kamykowski
Mandy J. Kamykowski
Co-Program Chair
Mario J. Delano
Mario J. Delano
Committee Chair
Audrey K. Bentz
Audrey K. Bentz
Committee Vice Chair
Mark A. Fahleson
Mark A. Fahleson
Law Institute

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Registration Information

DRI Member Pricing: $895
Non-Member Pricing: $1,195

DRI Member Pricing: $1,195
Non-Member Pricing: $1,495

Early Bird Pricing: $695
Regular Pricing: $995

Register by October 4, 2022 to receive the early registration rate.

*If your membership recently lapsed, please renew your membership prior to registering to ensure you receive your discounted member rate. If you would like to join DRI to receive the member pricing and see the benefits of becoming a member, click here to go to the Application page.

Pricing: $795 per person

**Group registration is for registering 5 or more attendees, members and non-members. There is one free registration with every 10 registrations. You must lock in the rate three weeks prior to the seminar. If you want to register for the group pricing, please send an email to rstiner@dri.org (online registration is not available for this offering).

Networking Events

Premier Networking Event at the USS Midway Museum

Sponsored by: Hawkins Parnell & Young, Tucker Ellis LLP

Date: Wednesday, November 2 from 7:00–10:00 p.m.
Pricing: Free when you register for the seminar (guest tickets $100 each, available at check-out)
Location: USS Midway Museum, 910 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA

Join the Appellate Advocacy, Asbestos Medicine and Managing Partners Seminars and reconnect with your DRI friends Wednesday evening at a networking event aboard the USS Midway sponsored by Hawkins Parnell & Young and Tucker Ellis LLP. It’s only a short walk from the hotel and food and adult beverages will be served! Imagine experiencing life at sea aboard one of the United States Navy’s most storied ships. Prepare yourself for a lifetime memory aboard the USS Midway Museum and walk in the footsteps of 225,000 Midway sailors who served our country and upheld the American ideals of strength, freedom and peace. You’ll explore a floating city at sea and relive nearly 50 years of world history aboard the longest-serving Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century.

Agenda with Speakers

*Schedule and Speakers subject to change

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Time (Pacific) Session Description
5:00 p.m. Registration
6:00 p.m. Networking Reception (Joint Reception with Appellate Advocacy)
7:30 p.m. Dine-Arounds

Join colleagues and friends at selected restaurants for dinner (on your own).

Please sign up here for your preferred restaurant. Must be a registered seminar attendee to attend.

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Time (Pacific) Session Description
7:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Welcome and Introduction

Mark A. Fahleson, Remboldt Ludtke, LLP, Lincoln, NE
Robert A. Luskin, Chartwell Law, Atlanta, GA
8:15 a.m. Playing in the Sandbox: The Alternative Business Structure Movement

Alternative Business structures and models are here to stay. What they look like and will look like in the future is a big question and this is the place to get the answers. This session will look at the ethical interplay involving non-lawyer ownership of firms, flat fee or flat rate arrangements and the other ethical quandaries that law firm management must look at and be prepared to handle.

Marta-Ann Schnabel, O'Bryon & Schnabel PLC, New Orleans, LA
Thomas E. Hurney, Jackson Kelly, PLLC, Charleston, WV
Susan E. Gunter, Dutton Brock, LLP, Toronto, ON Canada
9:15 a.m. Employment Law for Dummies (a.k.a. Law Firm Management)

Lawyers sometimes make the worst clients. This session is designed to give the Law Firm Leaders and Management that are not employment lawyers some of the tools to recognize when there is an issue that needs some expertise, but also how to address some of the most common issues that face law firms. From remote work to ADA and FMLA and expanding diversity initiatives, these will be addressed.

Dessi N. Day, Greene & Roberts LLP, San Diego, CA
Stanley E. Graham, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, Nashville, TN
Tara T. Paulson, Rembolt Ludtke, Lincoln, NE
10:15 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:45 a.m. Managing the Evolving Workforce: Preparing Yourself for the Future Conditions of Law Firm Operations

This session is geared towards the financial and day-to-day operational changes seen throughout the legal industry during and now after the COVID-19 pandemic. From PPP loan funding to commercial real estate questions and concerns, these speakers will touch on all aspects of managing a law firm in the post-pandemic world.

Brian Kennel, PerformLaw, New Orleans, LA
Lisa J. Black, Black Marjieh & Sanford LLP, Elmsford, NY
11:45 a.m. Lunch (on your own)
1:30 p.m. Post-Pandemic Recruiting, Hiring & Retention: Keeping up with the Jones Days

Interactive session designed to discuss the trials and tribulations of human resources management in the post-pandemic law firm landscape including novel recruiting tactics and compensation models to entice and keep not only attorneys, but paraprofessionals and support staff.

Toyja E. Kelley, Locke Lord LLP, Washington, DC
Robert A. Luskin, Chartwell Law, Atlanta, GA
Jeremy W. Richter, Gordon Rees, Birmingham, AL
2:30 p.m. Managing Those Ever-Changing Client Expectations

This interactive session will address the expectations of Clients on their outside counsel as the landscape has changed where many traditional functions have gone remote or virtual. What impact will this have on the costs of cases, and the expectations of counsel as the courts reopen.

Karen Wood, Karen D. Wood & Associates, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, San Diego, CA
Gary L. Grubler, Grange Mutual Insurance Co., Columbus, OH
3:30 p.m. Refreshment Break
4:00 p.m. Things That Keep Firm Management Up at Night

This session is the exciting culmination of the other sessions on the day. Designed to make everyone feel that they are not alone as a law firm leader. What are the things that keep you up at night? How do you deal with the things that are not in the Management Handbook? This session will give you the practice and management pointers you need.

Colette Magnetta, Acker & Whipple, Los Angeles, CA
David J. MacMain, MacMain Connell & Leinhauser, West Chester, PA
Christopher J. Pyles, Sulloway & Hollis, PLLC, Concord, NH
5:00 p.m. Program Adjourn
5:00 p.m. Law Practice Management Committee Business Meeting
6:00 p.m. Networking Reception
7:00 p.m. Shell-abrate Good Times! The USS Midway Event (includes food)
Sponsored by: Hawkins Parnell & Young, Tucker Ellis LLP

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NEW in 2022 – 4 Additional On-Demand Programs Included With Every Seminar!

CLE Credit will be sought from every state requiring CLE hours in elimination of bias/diversity and inclusion, ethics, substance abuse/mental health and law practice management. The CLE grid will provide updated information concerning which courses have been approved by which states and for which credits. For states not requiring these special credits, general education credits will be sought.

Diversity/Elimination of Bias in the Profession

Batson v. Kentucky and its progeny were meant to eliminate bias in jury selection. But has that happened? This program will address that question and discuss issues of bias in the courtroom more broadly and will challenge viewers to recognize their own biases and to learn how those biases could affect their assessment of potential jurors, witnesses, judges, and adversaries. The program also will provide viewers with skills on how to identify the biases of potential jurors and how those biases could come into play during deliberations.

Stacy Douglas, Everett Dorey LLP, Irvine, CA
Gary Howard, Bradley, Birmingham, AL


Investigating claims and lawsuits often requires interviews with employees. Corporate in-house attorneys and their outside counsel need to be able to identify potential conflicts of interest and confidentiality issues with employees who may leave their employment and become opposing counsel’s best witness.

Kristie S. Crawford, Brown & James, Springfield, MO
Lauren Buford, Walgreen Co., Deerfield, Illinois 60015.

Mental Health & Attorney Wellness

Study after study suggests that lawyers aren’t happy. Continued unhappiness impacts performance, relationships, and physical health. That’s the bad news. The good news is that research proven interventions exist that increase happiness without requiring a radical change in circumstances. Even a slight increase in happiness has a lasting impact on both your current performance and resilience, not to mention, happier just feels better. This program will quickly, efficiently, and practically explain why happiness matters and offer tools you can use today to work, lead, and live happier.

Rebecca Morrison, Aldie VA

Law Practice Management

Law firms must operate more efficiently to ensure they can deliver high-quality services, handle more volume and maintain a profit margin in today’s climate of rate pressure and rising costs. Understanding Key Performance Indicators and law firm analytics concerning financial, operational and client service data are key to mastering law firm performance management. This presentation will address methods to collect information necessary for evaluating key areas of performance, identify tools and techniques to analyze data and generate action items and more.

Brian Kennel, PerformLaw, New Orleans, LA
Jan Sander, PerformLaw, New Orleans, LA
Sean Kennel, PerformLaw, New Orleans, LA

Hotel and Travel Information

The DRI room block at the Manchester Grand Hyatt has now sold out. Please feel free to use the link below to reserve a room outside of the DRI block at the Manchester Grand Hyatt or at an available nearby hotel.

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Travel Discounts: DRI is pleased to announce that discounted air fares are available on various major air carriers for DRI seminar attendees. To receive these discounts, please contact Direct Travel Ltd., DRI’s official travel provider, at 800.840.0908. If you would like to have access to the DRI online travel booking tool, you must complete a Business Travel Profile form at www.dt.com. Within 24 business hours, you will receive information on accessing the system.

CLE Information

Earn up to 6.00 hours of continuing legal education hours from this seminar.

Law Firm Leaders and Managing Partners Conference CLE Grid


DRI's Law Firm Leaders and Managing Partners Conference is proudly sponsored by:

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If you would like to contact DRI about seminar sponsorship opportunities, including pricing, or to reserve a spot, please go to Advertising and Sponsorship.

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