CONFERENCE CHAIRS

Ralph Baxter

For more than 20 years Ralph has led Law Firm Leaders Forum; he was the longtime leader of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe; and now has become a true student and teacher of the future of the business of law. Ralph shares a passion for bringing together the true thought leaders on the most cutting-edge issues facing the profession and has helped create the Legal Business Strategy agenda to reflect the most prevalent, forward-looking issues impacting the profession, and lend themselves to a collaborative discussion among in-house leaders, law firms, legal services providers, regulatory bodies, legal educators and more. All of the sessions will conclude with actionable takeaways on what they mean for your business. Click here to read more.

Gina Passarella

Gina Passarella is editor-in-chief of The American Lawyer. She has covered the business of law for her entire career, first as a reporter and special projects editor with The Legal Intelligencer in Pennsylvania and then as senior editor for business of law in ALM's global newsroom. She took over as editor-in-chief of The American Lawyer in January 2017.

AGENDA

Day 1 — Tuesday, February 4, 2020

7:00 AM - 8:30 AM | Registration
8:30 AM - 8:35 AM | Welcome Remarks - Bill Carter, CEO, ALM Media
8:35 AM - 8:40 AM | State of the Industry Intro
8:40 AM - 9:05 AM | State of the Industry - ALM Intelligence
9:05 AM - 9:10 AM | Keynote Intro
 
Appointed by President Donald J. Trump, Rod Rosenstein navigated a complex political environment to complete the Russian election interference investigation while working to fill key Department of Justice offices, increase the productivity of the Department’s 115,000 employees, revise outdated policies, confront new cyber threats, improve a dysfunctional immigration system, and reduce violent crime and opioid abuse.
 
Session will cover: 
  • Importance of separating politics from the rule of law
    •   Politicalization of the Department of Justice
  • The evolving role of the Department of Justice/Law Enforcement in light of the ever-present cyber, foreign and other threats
    • Covering, cyber, social media, data privacy and protection
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM | Exhibit Hall Grand Opening
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM | Exhibit Hall Lunch
Track 1 - Strategy & Implementation of Business Development & Marketing
The CMO and the CIO: A Winning Partnership
Speakers:
Bill Gregory, Head of Technology, Jones Day
Despina Kartson, Chief Marketing Officer, Jones Day
Scott Winter, Director of Product Management, InterAction, LexisNexis
Track 2 - Implementation of Firm Strategy
40 Years of Data: What the Data on the Industry Says About Its Future
Speakers:
Patrick Fuller, Vice President, Legal, ALM Intelligence
Gina Passarella, Editor-in-Chief, The American Lawyer, ALM
James Jones, Senior Fellow & Director of Program on Trends in Legal Practice, Center on Ethics and the Legal Profession, Georgetown University Law Center
Track 3 - Strategy & Implementation of Talent Advancement
When Opportunity Knocks: As GCs Actively Seek Diverse Counsel, How Do You Get the Work?
Speakers:
Dawson Horn, Associate General Counsel, AIG
Mitch Zuklie, CEO, Orrick
Leila Hock, Senior Manager, Legal Department Partnerships and Inclusion Initiatives, Diversity Lab
James Chosy, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, U.S. Bank
Annette Bernstein, Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, AIG
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM | Exhibit Hall Break
Track 1 - Strategy & Implementation of Business Development & Marketing
Leading Through a Recession: How the CMO Can Prepare and Safeguard in Tough Times
Speakers:
Deborah Farone, Farone Advisors LLC
Lisa Simon, Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie
David McClune, Chief Marketing Officer, Hogan Lovells LLP
Keith Edwards, Vice President, Legal Market Leader, ALM Media
Track 2 - Implementation of Firm Strategy
Open Access: Utah, California, Arizona, Oh My. What Changes to Law Firm Ownership Rules Really Mean
Speakers:
Hon. Deno Himonas, Justice, Utah Supreme Court
Rebecca Sandefur, Professor, Arizona State University
Hon. Ann A. Scott Timmer, Vice Chair Justice, Arizona Supreme Court
Andrew Arruda, Co-Founder & CEO, ROSS Intelligence
Track 3 - Strategy & Implementation of Talent Advancement
Gender and Racial Equity in an Evolving Corporate Environment
Speakers:
Jeanne Christensen, Partner, Wigdor
David Sanford, Chairman, Sanford Heisler
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM | Exhibit Hall Break
Track 1 - Strategy & Implementation of Business Development & Marketing
Building Client Loyalty for the Law Firm of the Future
Speakers:
Trish Lilley, Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer, Stroock
Rhonda Powell, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Buzzfeed, Inc.
Mark Young, Counsel, Vox Actio LLC
Catherine Zinn, Chief Client Officer, Orrick
Gina Rubel, CEO, Furia Rubel Communications, Inc.
Track 2 - Implementation of Firm Strategy
The Big Four, ALSPs and the Law Firm Restructured
Speakers:
Nicholas Bruch, Lead Knowledge Analyst For Legal and Tax, EY
Luis Fernando-Guerra, Global Leader, Deloitte
Gina Passarella, Editor-in-Chief, The American Lawyer, ALM
Jeroen Plink, CEO, Clifford Chance Applied Solutions
Karl Kong, SVP of Product, Axiom
Track 3 - Strategy & Implementation of Talent Advancement
Real Talk: Addressing the Stigma Around Mental Health in the Legal Profession
Speakers:
Brian Cuban, Attorney, Author, Addiction Recovery Advocate
Elena Rand, CMO, Wiggin and Dana
Eileen Travis, Director, Lawyer Assistance Program, NYC Bar Association
Kathleen Mahieu, Lead Business Consultant for Strategy and Innovation, Aetna Behavioral Health
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM | Legalweek Welcome Reception in Exhibit Hall

Day 2 — Wednesday, February 5, 2020

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM | Registration
9:00 AM - 9:05 AM | Keynote 2 Intro

With a gift of clearly explaining complex—and confusing—technologies, Blockchain researcher Bettina Warburg educates executives in leveraging emergent technologies including AI, IoT, and others. Click here to view her TED talk on how blockchain will transform the economy.

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM | Exhibit Hall Break
Track 1 - Strategy & Implementation of Business Development & Marketing
Harnessing the Power of a Business-Backed Client Team
Speakers:
Melissa Seitter, Managing Director of Business Development, Marketing and Communications, Kobre & Kim
Dawn Sheiker, Director of Client Relations, Morris James
Track 2 - Implementation of Firm Strategy
Data Analytics From the Top Down: What GCs, Law Firm Leaders and the C-Suite Should Know About Data Analytics
Speakers:
Mark Smolik, General Counsel, DHL Supply Chain Americas
Jae Um, Director of Pricing Strategy, Baker McKenzie
Owen Byrd, Chief Evangelist & General Counsel, Lex Machina
Track 3 - Strategy & Implementation of Talent Advancement
Talent Development & the Path to Partnership in an Unloyal World
Speakers:
Jill Backer, Assistant Dean for Career and Professional Development, Pace University School of Law
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM | Lunch
Track 1 - Strategy & Implementation of Business Development & Marketing
Marketing and Lateral Integration: The CMOs Role in Maximizing New Hire Potential
Speakers:
Aleisha Gravit, Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer, Akin Gump Strass Hauer and Feld LLP
Track 2 - Implementation of Firm Strategy
Change Management: How to Get Lawyers and Staff to Buy-In to Change
Speakers:
Michele DeStefano, Founder and Executive Director, Law Without Walls
Bill Garcia, Chief Practice Innovation Officer, Thompson Hine LLP
Ari Kaplan, Founder, Ari Kaplan Advisors
Track 3 - Strategy & Implementation of Talent Advancement
The Path Less Followed: The Rise in Nontraditional Career
Speakers:
Zach Abramowitz, Co-Founder and CEO, ReplyAll.me
David Lat, Managing Director, Lateral Link
Chris Wilson, Partner, Taylor English Duma LLP
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM | Exhibit Hall Networking Break
This session will draw together our attendees from all three disciplines: the business of law; talent management and diversity; and marketing; to harness the power of all stakeholders in driving the profession forward. We will map out what the future relationship between client and provider looks like.
 
The session will explore:
  • Who will clients look to hire?
  • How will those providers need to be structured?
  • What services will they need to offer?
  • What roles will they need to hire?
Come prepared to be creative and work with stakeholders from the client, law firm and ALSP side, as well as across C-suite disciplines. This is an issue the whole industry needs to address and one that can be advanced with collaboration and a willingness to think outside the box. What will the firm of the future look like when you are done drawing it up? What will a client-provider relationship mean in 2-5-10 years? What skills will lawyers need? You can write the script!
SPEAKERS
Co-Founder and CEO
ReplyAll.me
Co-Founder & CEO
ROSS Intelligence
Assistant Dean for Career and Professional Development
Pace University School of Law
Vice President, Deputy General Counsel
AIG
Lead Knowledge Analyst For Legal and Tax
EY
Chief Evangelist & General Counsel
Lex Machina
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
U.S. Bank
Partner
Wigdor
Attorney, Author, Addiction Recovery Advocate
Founder and Executive Director
Law Without Walls
Vice President, Legal Market Leader
ALM Media
Farone Advisors LLC
Global Leader
Deloitte
Vice President, Legal
ALM Intelligence
Chief Practice Innovation Officer
Thompson Hine LLP
Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer
Akin Gump Strass Hauer and Feld LLP
Head of Technology
Jones Day
Editor-in-Chief
National Law Journal
Justice
Utah Supreme Court
Senior Manager, Legal Department Partnerships and Inclusion Initiatives
Diversity Lab
SPONSORS