Managing Partners Forum

Ours is a dynamic industry and The Managing Partner Forum provides a great opportunity to learn about how other law firms are adjusting to the rapidly changing marketplace.

Wm. Stephen Boyd, Esq.
Hunton & Williams LLP - Dallas, TX

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CONFERENCE AGENDA

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

Preliminary Agenda

The preliminary 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.
 

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

8:45am

 





 

9:00am
OPENING SESSION (General Session)
 

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION
The Leadership Imperative

As the legal profession continues its rapid pace of change, we begin the day with a brief overview of the state of the profession, showcasing some of the broader financial, operational, and competitive trends affecting the legal industry.


PANEL DISCUSSION with the EXPERTS
Feauturing Audience PollingTechnology

Next, we bring on the experts to gain their insights on “The Law Firm of the Future.” 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.

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

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

Dr. Larry Richard
Principal Consultant, LawyerBrain LLC

Gerry Riskin
Founder and Chairman, Edge International
 

9:45am

PANEL DISCUSSION with the FIRM LEADERS
Leadership in Action
Next, we’ll hear from three managing partners who have successfully led and implemented bold, innovative programs investing in the futures of their law firms.
 
Panelists to be determined.
 
10:30am
COFFEE BREAK
10:45am
MANAGING PARTNER IDEA EXCHANGES (MPIEs)
Session One: The MPIE concept is explained below.
MPIE Facilitators

Group 1    Uri Gutfreund
                 National Law Firm Practice Leader, Risk Strategies Company
                 Founder, Managing Partner Round Table

Group 2    Stephen L. Mabey
                 Managing Director, Applied Strategies, Inc.

Group 3    Tea Hoffman, Esq.
                 Managing Principal, Law Strategy Corp.

Group 4    Jeff Reade
                 Chairman & CEO, ContactEase CRM

Group 5    Dr. Sharon Meit Abrahams
                 Director, Professional Development/Diversity & Inclusion
                 Foley & Lardner LLP


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.

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

Roger Hayse
Director, Hayse LLC

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.

Dr. Larry Richard
Principal Consultant, LawyerBrain LLC

Gerry Riskin
Founder and Chairman, Edge International


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

Julio Gabay
President & CEO, Abacus Worldwide

Terry M. Isner
CEO, Marketing & Branding, Jaffe

Dr. Mark T. Greene
President, Market Intelligence LLC

 
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
  • Associate Recruiting and Retention (including Gen X,Y and Diversity Issues)
  • Firm Governance and Partnership Structures
  • Growth Strategies (including Mergers, Lateral Hires and Branch Offices)
  • Strategies to Improve Profitability
  • Marketing and Business Development

In this rich, interactive environment among peers, law firm leaders learn about best practices, acquire critical benchmark information and establish relationships with other firm leaders from around the country.

After the Conference, participants will receive notes highlighting the best practices and take-aways from each session.



TESTIMONIALS ABOUT MPIE SESSIONS
 

I thoroughly enjoyed it! The MPIEs were especially worthwhile and very well presented.
Elisabeth M. Snyder, Esq. - Manion Gaynor & Manning LLP

The sessions on strategic planning and the interactive afternoon sessions were extremely valuable.
Charles M. Dalziel, Jr., Esq. - Gregory, Doyle, Calhoun & Rogers, LLC

The MPIE sessions were rich in content, and are what make this leadership conference better than all the rest.
Vincent L. Valenza, Esq. - McNamee Lochner, PC

I got an unbelievable number of great ideas in the Managing Partner Idea Exchange sessions.
Thomas M. Sullivan, Esq. - Lando and Anastasi 

It's a great format overall, and the MPIEs provide a fabulous exchange for ideas and perspectives.
Mark E. Goodman, Esq. - Capes Sokol Goodman Sarachan, PC

A terrific program. The interactive sharing of information in a non-competitive atmosphere among peers was most valuable to me.
Peter S. Marlette, Esq. - Barclay Damon LLP
 


JOHN'S VIDEO

MPF President & CEO John Remsen, Jr. discusses the MPIE Concept and the Conference Agenda.