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What do I like best? The MPIE sessions and meeting so many managing partners in one place.

Thomas C. Logan, Esq.
Carr Allison - Birmingham, AL

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CONFERENCE AGENDA

THE MPF 2019 LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
May 1-2, 2019
Capital City Club - Atlanta, Georgia

2019 Conference Agenda

The agenda for The MPF 2019 Leadership Conference is presented below. Participants value the high-level, interactive format and, each year, we introduce new faculty to keep our content fresh. We've applied for maximum CLE credit in numerous jurisdictions.

The 2020 Conference Agenda will follow a similar format and will be published in the coming months.
 

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

1:30pm
REGISTRATION
2:00pm
MPF WORKSHOPS  ** NEW **

Based on feedback from prior participants and the MPF Advisory Board, we’re introducing two half-day workshops drilling down on topics about which they want to learn and discuss.
 

MPF WORKSHOP #1
Today’s Best Practices in Marketing and Business Development
Marketing is the force within your firm that drives business and attracts clients and talent. Terry will lead a practical, interactive, hands-on Workshop on trends and today’s best practices in law firm marketing and business development, including case studies showcasing innovation, gamification and social media.

Terry M. Isner
CEO, Marketing & Branding, Jaffe

        
MPF WORKSHOP #2
The Lawyer-Leader Dilemma: Getting to Know the Leader in You
The personality traits that make you a great lawyer can make it more challenging for you to be an effective leader. In this unique, advanced workshop, Larry will explain the traits in question and show how they relate to the fundamental behaviors of successful law firm leadership. Participants will complete the Caliper profile (additional $325 fee), a widely-used, scientifically constructed, and highly valid personality assessment tool.

Dr. Larry Richard
Principal Consultant, LawyerBrain LLC

3:30pm
REFRESHMENT BREAK
3:45pm
MPF WORKSHOPS - Continued
5:30pm
ADJOURNMENT
6:00pm
WELCOME RECEPTION
Cocktails and Hors d'Oeuvres - Capital City Club


Thursday, May 2, 2019

7:30am
REGISTRATION
8:00am
NETWORKING BREAKFAST
Coffee and Continental Breakfast
 
8:30am
WELCOMING REMARKS

John Remsen, Jr.
President, TheRemsenGroup
President & CEO, Managing Partner Forum

9:00am

 





 

 
 
OPENING SESSION (General Session)
 

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION
Highlights of the MPF 2019 Leadership Survey
The Leadership Imperative

The time for leadership is now! As the legal profession continues to evolve, we begin the day with an overview of the results of The MPF 2019 Leadership Survey which reveals how smaller and mid-size law firms are responding to the rapidly changing landscape. This is great bench-marking data to take back to your firm.


PANEL DISCUSSION 
Featuring Audience PollingTechnology

Next, we bring on the experts to gain their insights on “The Leadership Imperative.” Using audience polling technology, we’ll also ask the audience what their firms are doing to adapt to unprecedented change in the legal industry. Participants will leave with great bench-marking information to share back at their firms.

Using KPIs to Optimize Your Firm's Performance
According to Peter Drucker, one of the leading managements thought leaders of the 20th century, what gets measured gets done and what gets measured improves. For law firms, that means paying attention to a handful of meaningful Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that measure areas to improve and maintain optimal firm performance. Are you using KPIs at your firm? If so, are you using them effectively to drive your firm’s performance?

W. Steven Allen
Senior Vice President, Legal Specialty Group, SunTrust Bank

Roger Hayse
Director, Hayse LLC

Stephen Mabey
Managing Director, Applied Strategies, Inc.

Gerry Riskin
Founder Principal and Chairman, Edge International
 

10:00am

PANEL DISCUSSION
What Every Managing Partner Needs to Know About Technology
Technology has been (and will continue to be) a game-changer in the legal industry. It affects just about every aspect of the practice of law, including document management, time and billing, CRM, process improvement, artificial intelligence, cloud-based storage, cyber-security and social media. Many predict that technology will soon surpass rent as your firm’s number #2 expense item behind only salaries. How much should your firm be investing in technology? What does a responsible managing partner need to know?
 
Lee Hovermale
Chief Executive Officer, FlexManage

Managing Partner, Kohrman Jackson Krantz

Morris Tabush
Founder & President, Tabush Group

Robert A. Young, Esq.
Managing Partner, English Lucas Priest Owsley

 
10:45am
COFFEE BREAK
11:00am
MANAGING PARTNER IDEA EXCHANGES (MPIEs)
Session One: The MPIE concept is explained below.
MPIE Facilitators

Group 1    Oliver P. Yandle, JD
                 Executive Director, Association of Legal Administrators         

Group 2    Uri Gutfreund
                 Natl Law Firm Practice Leader, Risk Strategies Co.

Group 3    Stephen Mabey
                 Managing Director, Applied Strategies, Inc.

Group 4    Tea Hoffmann, Esq.
                 Managing Principal, Law Strategy Corp.

Group 5    Gerry Riskin
                 Founder Principal and Chairman, Edge International


MPIE Topics and Faculty Experts

Investing in Your Firm
Topics include firm culture, core values, policies, procedures, profitability, accountability, infrastructure, budgets, office space, technology, partnership agreements, governance models, compensation models, strategic planning.

Roger Hayse
Director, Hayse LLC

Lee Hovermale
Chief Executive Officer, FlexManage

Andrew E. Jillson
Director, Hayse LLC

Morris Tabush
Founder & President, Tabush Group


Investing in Your People
Topics include succession planning, growth strategies, mergers and acquisitions, lateral hires, recruiting and retention, generational issues, diversity, support staff, COOs, mentoring, training and development, criteria for partnership.

Fred Moore
President & CEO, Big River Strategic Advisors

Dr. Larry Richard
Principal Consultant, LawyerBrain LLC

Howard Rosenberg
Co-Founder & CEO, Decipher


Investing in Your Clients
Topics include quality work product, client service, staffing and delegation, knowing business and industry, client teams, alternative fee arrangements, industry practice groups, social media, website, marketing and business development.

Mark T. Greene
President, Market Intelligence LLC

Terry M. Isner
CEO, Marketing & Branding, Jaffe

Founder & CEO, LexTech Review
 
 
12:30pm
NETWORKING LUNCHEON
1:45pm
MANAGING PARTNER IDEA EXCHANGES (MPIEs)
Session Two
3:00pm
AFTERNOON BREAK
3:15pm
MANAGING PARTNER IDEA EXCHANGES (MPIEs)
Session Three
4:30pm
RECEPTION
5:30pm
ADJOURNMENT

 

ABOUT MANAGING PARTNER IDEA EXCHANGES (MPIEs)
 

Since their introduction in 2003, MPIEs have been consistently rated by firm leaders as the most valuable part of the MPF Leadership Conference. They provide a highly interactive format during which managing partners share ideas and practical solutions to the challenges of leading a successful law firm.

Each MPIE consists of 15-20 managing partners grouped by firm size. The sessions are facilitated by a professionally trained discussion leader with participation by some of the country’s leading law firm management consultants.

Topics are determined in advance based on input from the MPF Faculty and MPF Advisory Board. They often include:

  • Strategic Planning (including Succession Planning)
  • Leading Change and the Role of the Managing Partner
  • Compensation Systems
  • Staffing and Administration