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McDermott Will & Emery - Miami, FL

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CONFERENCE AGENDA

THE MPF 2018 LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
May 2-3, 2018
Capital City Club - Atlanta, Georgia

Agenda

The agenda for The MPF 2018 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 been approved for maximum CLE credit in numerous jurisdictions.
 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

6:00pm
WELCOME RECEPTION
sponsored by ALM Intelligence
Cocktails and Hors d'Oeuvres - Capital City Club


Thursday, May 3, 2018

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 State of the Legal Industry

As the legal profession continues its rapid pace of change, ALM Intelligence’s Patrick Fuller will begin the day with a brief overview of the state of the industry, showcasing some of the broader financial, operational and competitive trends.

Patrick J. Fuller
Vice President-Legal Intelligence, ALM Intelligence


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.

Terry Isner (Moderator)
CEO, Marketing & Branding, Jaffe

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

Ida Abbott
President, Ida Abbott Consulting LLC

Patrick J. Fuller
Vice President-Legal Intelligence, ALM Intelligence

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.
 
Marc D. Chapman, Esq.
President, Dean Mead

Donald L. Mrozek, Esq.
Former Chairman, Hinshaw & Culbertson
Chair of Consultants and Coaches for the Profession™ Practice Area

Robert A. Young, Esq.
Past Chair, ABA’s Law Practice Division
Managing Partner, English Lucas Priest & Owsley, LLP 
 
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.

Lee Hovermale
Chief Executive Officer, FlexManage

Donald L. Mrozek, Esq.
Former Chairman, Hinshaw & Culbertson
Chair of Consultants and Coaches for the Profession™ Practice Area

Gerry Riskin
Founder and Chairman, Edge International


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.

Ida Abbott
President, Ida Abbott Consulting LLC

Brett Spodak
Founder and CEO, Productive Power

Dr. Larry Richard
Principal Consultant, LawyerBrain LLC


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

Patrick J. Fuller
Vice President-Legal Intelligence, ALM Intelligence

 
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 Titus & Williams 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.