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The 21st Annual Law Firm COO & CFO Forum Pre-Conference Workshop

Assessing a Maturing Return-to-Office Blueprint

Wednesday October 26, 2022 | 12:00PM-5:00PM ET

Few business issues are as critical these days as modern talent management. Pandemic-era revelations around remote or hybrid work and organizational culture present new, even perhaps uncanny challenges for firm executives tasked with organizational oversight. How are leading firms managing “The Great Return” amid so many disparate interests? This year’s Law Firm COO & CFO Forum Pre-Conference Workshop addresses strategic and tactical innovations around people, purpose, and professional development. With uncertainty abound for return-to-office planning, where are firms succeeding–or ultimately falling short–within a dynamic industrial landscape?

 

Public Health Guidance:
Thomson Reuters is committed to the health and well-being of all conference attendees and event partners. Out of an abundance of caution, we are requiring all guests to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least two weeks prior to the program. Full vaccination is defined as two doses of the Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, or AstraZeneca vaccine or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. We do not require booster vaccinations to participate.  Guests will be asked to complete an online attestation form closer to the conference date to confirm acknowledgment of this policy.

 

Due to popular demand, our Pre-Conference Workshop is at capacity. Interested parties may sign up below to join our wait list.

Event Details

New York, NY

$395 USD / Complimentary (with 21st Annual Law Firm COO & CFO Forum registration)

For questions about this event, please call 1-800-308-1700 or email us at tri@thomsonreuters.com

Why You Should Attend

  • The Law Firm COO & CFO Forum Pre-Conference Workshop is the premier gathering of eponymous title holders and their executive brethren across the AmLaw 200.
  • Our forum addresses key developments and trends impacting the business of law.
  • We leverage highly regarded industry veterans and advisors for robust, substantive content unmatched at other programs.
  • Attendees can expect practical advice for immediate and lasting impact at their firms.

Who Should Attend

  • Law Firm Chief Operating Officers
  • Law Firm Chief Financial Officers
  • Law Firm Executive Directors
  • Law Firm Chief Talent Officers
  • Law Firm Chief Human Resources Officers

Chair(s) and Faculty

Chair(s) Faculty
Jennifer Fowler
Chief Human Resources Officer, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Sonya King
Director & Business and Professional Services Senior Analyst, RSM Canada
Gina Buser
Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Traveling Coaches, Inc.
Anthony Davies
Chief Revenue Officer, Forrest Solutions
Terri Hartwell Easter
Managing Principal, T.H. Easter Consulting LLC
Michael Ellenhorn
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Decipher
Virginia Essandoh
Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, Ballard Spahr LLP
Cecy Graf
Chief Financial Officer, Stoel Rives LLP
Rob Mattern
President & Founder, Mattern LLC
Barbara Mica
Chief Operating Officer, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP
Geline Midouin
Chief People Officer, Shearman & Sterling LLP
Michael Motyka
Executive Director, Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP
Susan Olson
Chief Operating & Chief Financial Officer, Hawley Troxell
Michael Orce
Chief Operating Officer, Robinson & Cole LLP
Jessica Pavlilk
Chief Operating Officer, Berger Singerman LLP
David Pickwoad
Chief Operating Officer, Miller Thomson LLP
Mat Rosswood
Chief Operating Officer, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
Dan Safran
President & Chief Executive Officer, Unbiased Consulting
Laura Sears
Chief Administrative Officer, Gould & Ratner LLP
Adam Silver
Chief Operating Officer and Managing Partner, McCalla Raymer Leibert Pierce, LLC
Martinelle Stevenson
Director of Professional Development & Training, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Anna Thea Bridge
Chief Operating Officer, Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP

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Wednesday October 26, 2022

11:30AM ET Registration & Luncheon
11:55AM ET Opening Remarks
12:00PM ET Tiny Fractures: Leading Organizational Alignment Around Return-to-Office Plans

As the modern workforce continues to diversify across gender, ethnic, geographical, and generational lines, entrenched employee resistance toward return-to-office plans—even if only 2 or 3 days a week—remains a challenge for many law firm leaders. Ever mindful of weighing individual concerns against broader organizational priorities, firm executives must evince empathetic leadership in moving the organization forward and ensuring that the “stickiness” of culture remains intact. This discussion ponders modern people management strategy in a hybrid environment. How are firms engineering the human side of pandemic-era work with so many disparate voices in the fold?

 

Moderator:
Gina Buser, Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Traveling Coaches, Inc.

 

Panelists:
Anthony Davies, Chief Revenue Officer, Forrest Solutions
Michael R. Orce, Chief Operating Officer, Robinson & Cole LLP
Laura T. Sears, Chief Administrative Officer, Gould & Ratner LLP
Anna Thea Bridge, Chief Operating Officer, Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP

1:15PM ET Break
1:30PM ET Stress Test: Performance, Tax, & Business Liability Considerations in Hybrid Work

With hybrid or flexible working models growing increasingly popular, businesses must consider hypothetical tax and liability scenarios for remote employees. How, for example, should employers account for work completed by staff with multiple residences? What supervisory mechanisms exist to track individual performance, ensure accurate timekeeping, or assess core behaviors such as collaboration and teamwork? What happens when a remote employee is injured (or worse) while on the job? Please join us for a timely and practical conversation on how firms continue to recalibrate and adapt.

 

Moderator:
Terri Hartwell Easter, Managing Principal, T.H. Easter Consulting LLC

 

Panelists:
Cecy Graf, Chief Financial Officer, Stoel Rives LLP
Rob Mattern, Partner & Founder, Mattern LLC
Barbara A. Mica, Chief Operating Officer, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP
Geline Midouin, Chief People Officer, Shearman & Sterling LLP

2:30 PM ET Break
2:45PM ET Work in Progress: Achieving Equity in the Modern Firm

An overlooked, but no less critical, offshoot of hybrid work arrangements is the notion of equitable treatment within the organization. Throughout the pandemic, essential personnel—whether at an individual or departmental level—were expected to work from the office, even as colleagues remained productive from home. Now, as return-to-office plans swiftly mature, questions over who can or cannot work remotely is an important consideration for senior leaders. This conversation offers a frank assessment of new workplace dynamics and social strata. How can firm leaders ensure equity around core concepts such as attendance, promotions, or flexible arrangements?

 

Moderator:
Michael Ellenhorn, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Decipher

 

Panelists:
Virginia G. Essandoh, J.D., Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, Ballard Spahr LLP
Jessica Pavlik, Chief Operating Officer, Berger Singerman LLP
Mat Rosswood, Chief Operating Officer, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
Adam Silver, Chief Operating Officer & Managing Partner, McCalla Raymer Leibert Pierce, LLC

3:45PM ET Break
4:00 PM ET “Firm & Constant”: Supporting Professional Staff Development Across the Firm

In the legal profession, firmwide coaching and professional development programs almost always cater to legal personnel. But as client expectations and evolving notions of “value” continue to span core business functions such as technology, finance, project management, or marketing, the need for more formal coaching and training of professional staff is a top priority. What actions are firms taking to develop world-class business talent? What creative measures are in place to attract and retain professional staff? What does compensation look like for top performers? Join us as our distinguished panel opines.

 

Moderator:
Dan Safran
, President & Chief Executive Officer, Unbiased Consulting

 

Panelists:
Michael P. Motyka, Executive Director, Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP
Susan Olson, Chief Operating & Chief Financial Officer, Hawley Troxell
David Pickwoad, Chief Operating Officer, Miller Thomson LLP
Martinelle Stevenson, Director of Professional Development & Training, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

5:00PM ET Conclusion

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85 West Street (at Albany St.)
New York, NY 10006
212-385-4900

Thomson Reuters has negotiated a special room block rate starting at $409/night plus taxes for the dates of Tuesday (10/25/22) through Thursday (10/27/22).

Interested parties may book through the following reservation link:

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Please be advised, our reservation cutoff date is TuesdayOctober 4, 2022.

Rooms are subject to availability.

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