Managing Partners Forum

The MPF is a first-class event. It’s a rare opportunity to interact and learn with other managing partners, and there is nothing else quite like it.

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The Florida Bar - Tallahassee, FL

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CONFERENCE AGENDA

THE MPF 2017 LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
May 3-4, 2017
Capital City Club - Atlanta, Georgia

Conference Agenda

The agenda for The MPF 2017 Leadership Conference is presented below. Participants value the high-level, interactive format and, each year, we introduce new faculty to keep our content fresh. The Conference was approved for 6.0-7.2 CLE credit hours, depending on the jurisdiction.
 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

6:00pm
WELCOME RECEPTION
sponsored by Cushman & Wakefield
Cocktails and Hors d'Oeuvres - Capital City Club


Thursday, May 4, 2017

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

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

8:45am
OPENING SESSION (General Session)

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

Highlights of The MPF 2017 Law Firm Leadership & Governance Survey,
Featuring Audience Polling Technology

We begin the Conference with a fast-paced, interactive session highlighting the results and findings of our annual MPF survey. Throughout the discussion, we’ll ask the audience, using polling technology, about what their firms are doing in the face of unprecedented change in the legal profession. We’ll also seek comments from a world-class panel. Participants will leave with an abundance of timely and relevant bench-marking information to share with partners back at their firms.

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

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

Sherry Cushman
Executive Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield

Susan Saltonstall Duncan
President, RainMaking Oasis

Dr. Larry Richard
Principal Consultant, LawyerBrain LLC

Gary T. Swisher, II, CLM
President, Association of Legal Administrators
Chief Administrative Officer, Clark Partington

9:45am

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. We’ll learn about a “cloud-based” law firm, a firm that’s all about “firm-first” culture, and a firm that’s investing big-time in its young lawyers.
 
Managing Partner, Blalock Walters

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

Christopher T. Wilson, Esq.
Managing Director, Taylor English Duma
 
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
                 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.

Michael Kraft, Esq.
Founder and General Counsel, Kraft Kennedy

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

Gary T. Swisher, II, CLM
President, Association of Legal Administrators
Chief Administrative Officer, Clark Partington


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.

Sherry Cushman
Executive Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield

Susan Saltonstall Duncan
President, RainMaking Oasis

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

Corey Saban
Co-Founder, TheLaw.TV

 
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.