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Legal Project Management Showcase & Workshop
22 May 2014 - 22 May 2014
Gleacher Center, University of Chicago
$995.00 per registrant
A full-day workshop evaluating how five law firms changed the way that lawyers manage matters, and how to adapt these tactics to increase efficiency and client satisfaction at your firm
Jim Hassett, Founder, LegalBizDev 
David Schaefer, Deputy Chair, Loeb & Loeb 
Sari M. Alamuddin, Practice Group Leader for the Chicago Labor and Employment Practice, Morgan Lewis & Bockius
Vincent Cordo, Global Director of Client Value, Reed Smith 
Donald R. Ware, Chair of the Intellectual Property Department, Foley Hoag LLP 
Stuart J T Dodds, Director of Global Pricing & Legal Project Management, Baker & McKenzie
Why should you attend this program?
It is easy to teach lawyers project management tactics that will increase efficiency and client satisfaction. But it is very hard to change their behavior.
Behavior change is the most important challenge in legal project management. A few years ago, the Association of Corporate Counsel and the ABA conducted a meeting “at which leaders of corporate and law firm litigation departments rolled up their sleeves and tackled the complex issues surrounding present day concepts of value in litigation.” An ACC Docket article summarizing the event noted that progress will not be based on improved understanding or increased knowledge (May 2011, p. 130). Instead, “the challenge is change/behavior management.” It’s not a question of knowing what to do, it’s a question of getting lawyers to do it.
When ALM Legal Intelligence surveyed 236 law firm respondents about the best ways to implement LPM, they concluded that an important key to success is to focus first on behavior change with a few key attorneys so that they will become influential internal champions. “Partners most willing to adopt LPM should lead efforts in an incremental manner. The quicker there are demonstrable positive benefits, the faster other partners will take notice” (“Legal Project Management: Much Promise, Many Hurdles,” ALM Legal Intelligence, August 2012, p. 17).
In this workshop, experts from regional and global firms that have successfully used a variety of tactics to build a track of record of LPM success will compare notes about what worked best, and what didn’t, for a showcase of LPM best practices. The workshop will conclude with optional small group discussions in which every participant will have an opportunity to brainstorm the best way to make progress at their own firms.
Here’s a sample of what audience members said about previous sessions of this workshop:
“This workshop did an excellent job of offering practical suggestions for dealing with the issues law firms encounter when they implement legal project management.  The frank discussions between partners and executives at firms that have successfully changed lawyers’ behavior would be helpful to anyone who is trying to get their arms around this challenging transition.” - Delilah Flaum, the Partner in Charge of Knowledge Management and Legal Project Management at Winston & Strawn LLP
“The greatest benefit of the workshop was hearing from others about what they are doing and how they are responding to the same market challenges that we are facing.  Brainstorming solutions together was useful because it helped me to walk away with some ideas that could be adapted for our firm.” - Christine Johnson, Director of Client Matter Management at Quarles & Brady LLP 
Conference Venue & Hotel Accommodations:

Gleacher Center
450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60611

Group Discount:

Group discounts are available! Contact Peter Franken at for more info!

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Can’t Attend?

You can still benefit from our program! Workbooks are available for our conferences. Individually priced and packaged, each captures the information and insights delivered by our faculty. For more information please email or call 312.212.1301 to reserve your copy today!

Cancellation policy
  • Registrations can be submitted at any stage prior to the event, subject to availability. A limited allocation is being held and registering early is therefore recommended - in the event of the registration not being accepted by Ark Group the total amount will be refunded.
  • Payment must be received in full prior to the event.
  • All speakers are correct at the time of printing, but are subject to variation without notice.
  • If the delegate cancels after the registration has been accepted, the delegate will be liable for the following cancellation charges:
            1. Cancellations notified over 45 days prior to the event will not incur a cancellation fee
            2. In the event of a cancellation being between 45 and 30 days prior to the event, a 20% cancellation fee will be charged.
            3. For cancellations received less than 30 days prior to the event, the full delegate rate must be paid and no refunds will be available.
  • All registrations submitted by email, fax, U.S. Postal Service, FedEx or over the telephone are subject to these booking conditions.
  • All cancellations must be received in writing.
  • Ark Group will not be held liable for circumstandes beyond their control which lead to the cancellation or variation of the program.
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