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to fill key Department of Justice offices, increase the productivity of the Department’s 115,000 employees, revise outdated policies, confront new cyber threats, improve a dysfunctional immigration system, and reduce violent crime and opioid abuse.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
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 Intelligence, ALM
Gina Passarella, Editor-in-Chief, The American Lawyer, ALM
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 Initatives, Diversity Lab
James Chosy, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, US Bank
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
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
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, Strook
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
Track 3 - Strategy & Implementation of Talent Advancement
Real Talk: Addressing the Stigma Around Mental Health in the Legal Profession
Speakers:
Brian Cuban
Elena Rand, CMO, Wiggins and Dana
Eileen Travis, Director, Lawyer Assistance Program, NYC Bar Association
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM | Legalweek Wecome 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
Track 3 - Strategy & Implementation of Talent Advancement
Talent Development & the Path to Partnership in an Unloyal World
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM | Exhibit Hall Break
Track 1 - Strategy & Implementation of Business Development & Marketing
Marketing and Lateral Integration: The CMOs Role in Maximizing New Hire Potential
Track 2 - Implementation of Firm Strategy
Change Management: How to Get Lawyers and Staff to Buy-In to Change
Speakers:
Michele DeStefano, Law Without Walls
Bill Garcia, Chief Practice Innovation Officer, Thompson Hine LLP
Ari Kaplan, Principal, 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, Lateral Link
Chris Wilson, Partner, Taylor English Duma LLP
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM | Exhibit Hall Lunch
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
Lead Knowledge Analyst For Legal and Tax
EY
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
US Bank
Partner
Wigdor
Law Without Walls
Farone Advisors LLC
Global Leader
Deloitte
Vice President, Legal Intelligence
ALM
Chief Practice Innovation Officer
Thompson Hine LLP
Head of Technology
Jones Day
Justice
Utah Supreme Court
Senior Manager, Legal Department Partnerships and Inclusion Initatives
Diversity Lab
Associate General Counsel
AIG
Principal
Ari Kaplan Advisors
Chief Marketing Officer
Jones Day
Partner & Chairperson
Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld
Lateral Link
Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer
Strook
Editor-in-Chief, The American Lawyer
ALM
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