June 25, 2020 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Central
Never have law firms played a more pivotal role in serving the needs of in-house counsel!
As the legal industry attempts to recover from the seachange brought on by the challenges of the first half of 2020, we seek to embrace the later half by regaining an equilibrium and re-establishing the set point of a "new normal" on many fronts.
At the onset of the pandemic, law firms and their marketing departments were challenged to produce novel legal solutions, alternative fee arrangements and cutting-edge tools for clients at a pace never experienced by the legal industry.
Law firms needed to pivot from what “was” to what “is” without the luxury of the time to properly reflect on and best understand their clients’ needs. The net result is that law firms pushed out a plethora of materials and programs at a hyper-speed on a wide range of legal topics and in the form of hourly and daily newsletters, webinars, podcasts, and blog posts. This created an overwhelmed consumer of information, data overload and the difficult task for in-house counsel of having to sift through the competing outlets and information in order to flesh out the most paramount and pressing information responsive to needs and concerns; or worse, they simply tuned out the noise on information overload.
In response to the compelling challenges law firms are facing, we put together a panel of esteemed in-house counsel who are decisionmakers and expert on the purchasing of legal services.
From this panel we will hear the panels views and prognostications of what matters most in today’s fluid and everchanging legal marketplace in the delivery of strategic and valued legal services and the importance that diversity, inclusion and equity and belonging plays in those efforts.
- What in-house counsel wants most from their law firms right now.
- How the role of a trusted advisor has changed post pandemic.
- Identification of value-driven solutions, tools and other resources which distinguishes a law firm from the crowd.
- A frank conversation of the importance of diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging in a law firm's service delivery.
Body of Knowledge (BoK): Business of Law, Client Services
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About The Presenters
Chief Growth Officer, Life Cross Training
A legal industry pioneer, an award-winning consultant, and a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management. With over 35 years of experience leading, innovating, and serving as a change-agent and connector, Jan delivers results and value by being a bridge-builder between law firms and law departments by focusing on proven methods to build long-term and profitable relationships. She has deep experience in the areas of business development and revenue generation, strategic communications, and brand, profile, and visibility building. Jan also serves as an executive coach providing perspective and strategic guidance to organizations and individuals. She has coached 1000s of lawyers from corporate law departments and law firms including leadership and high-potential individuals. Jan is a career-long champion of diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging and is passionate about her work in this area. She serves as an executive coach and strategic business partner to the Association of Corporate Counsel where she has helped to create an executive coaching program and career development workshops. Prior to starting JADC, she served as the first North American Business Development Director for Baker & McKenzie LLP and as the Director of Client Relations for DLA Piper US LLP and its legacy firms where she held senior leadership roles for more than 17 years. She was inducted into the Legal Marketing Association’s Midwest Hall of Fame and has received numerous LMA First Place Your Honor Awards. In 2019, Jan was selected by Streetwise to receive its Inspiring Chicagoan Award.
Brad has spent his entire career bridging the gap between in-house counsel, law firms and legal service providers. Blickstein Group has two missions: to help legal service providers better understand and serve their clients and to provide information about law departments and legal operations. Brad launched his Annual Law Department Operations Survey in 2008, when few law departments had legal ops, and he has been part of the function’s enormous growth ever since. With more than 300 data points, it remains the largest and most comprehensive legal ops survey. He also writes and speaks extensively on the topic. Brad is the publisher of the Annual Legal Spend Survey and a regular columnist on the topic for both Above the Law and Legaltech News. He also conceived of and is project editor for National Law Journal’s Trailblazer series, which celebrates groundbreaking attorneys and legal professionals in areas ranging from IP to litigation to emerging technology.
Kate Boege joined Wintrust in September 2015 and manages all legal affairs of the Company, as well as assisting banks and non-bank subsidiaries with legal matters. Prior to joining Wintrust, from January 2013 through August 2015, Kate served as general counsel and corporate secretary for Freightcar America, Inc. Prior to that, from August 2011 through December 2012, she served as chief administrative officer, general counsel and secretary at Bally Total Fitness Corporation. Kate also served as vice president, associate general counsel and assistant secretary at the Chicago Stock Exchange, and, before that, worked in private practices at two Chicago law firms from 1991 to 1999.
Deputy General Counsel
Tyrone H. Thomas, Jr. is the Deputy General Counsel at Invenergy, a leading privately held global developer of sustainable energy solutions. At Invenergy, Tyrone leverages his broad experience in complex commercial transactions to provide effective counsel on a wide range of legal, business, operations, administrative and risk management issues. Tyrone has led diverse teams of professionals in dozens of acquisitions, dispositions and project financings of utility-scale energy facilities, and he has separately negotiated land rights for more than 1,000,000 acres of real property globally. Tyrone leads a team of 15 attorneys and paraprofessionals in Invenergy’s Chicago and Denver offices. Tyrone’s areas of focus include: Legal Operations, Complex Commercial Contracts, Real Estate, Permitting, Construction, Procurement, Administration, Risk Management, and Litigation/ADR Management. Prior to joining Invenergy, Tyrone was in private practice at DLA Piper, Hanson Bridgett, and Gould & Ratner.
Amy leads all legal, compliance, and privacy functions at Lotame, and is instrumental in informing the product roadmap, including from data privacy strategy. Amy is a recognized senior leader with 15 years’ experience advising executive management and business leads on industry-disruptive technology and digital innovation, and data analytics initiatives in all company lifecycles – accelerated growth, mid-market expansion and company turnaround – at companies such as comScore, Dataminr, and ZeniMax Media. Prior to these experiences, Amy was in private practice at WilmerHale and clerked with the Delaware Court of Chancery. Amy is Co-Chair of Communications of the Law Department Management Network of the Association of Corporate Counsel, appointed as a board member to Duke University Alumni Association, and recently completed her term as co-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NABAPA). Amy holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Duke University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Chicago.
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