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Podcast: 20 years of the Law Firm COO & CFO Forum

William Josten  Senior Legal Industry Analyst, Thomson Reuters

William Josten  Senior Legal Industry Analyst, Thomson Reuters

In a new podcast we look back at 20 years of Thomson Reuters’ Law Firm COO & CFO Forum and how the business of law has changed during that time

The 20th Annual Law Firm COO & CFO Forum, scheduled for October 27-29 in New York City, is a unique event that caters specifically to the business and operations leaders of large law firms and gives them a rare opportunity to network and share ideas and insights with colleagues.

The event comes at sort of tipping point for the legal market — indeed, perhaps no time in the past has been as fraught with constant change for the legal market as the present.

We recently sat down with the event’s three co-chairs — Jeff Connor, Chief Financial Officer at McGuireWoods; Jim Jones, Director at the Center on Ethics and the Legal Profession at Georgetown University Law Center; and Gretta Rusanow, Head of Advisory Services in the Law Firm Group at Citi Private Bank — to take a look back at the history of the event as well as its present and future.

In our latest podcast, available on the Thomson Reuters Institute Market Insights channel, we explore the issues that 20 years ago seemed like potential game-changers, the topics on this year’s agenda that no one 20 years ago — or even perhaps two years ago — could have seen coming, and what issues might take center stage 20 years from now.

The discussion ranges from the resilience of the billable hour, to the current challenges around managing a hybrid workforce, to the possibility that the future will bring in a new tranche of “Big 4” law firms who bear as much resemblance to law firms today as the Big 4 accounting firms do to traditional accounting practices.

Episode transcript. 



You can hear more about the history of the Law Firm COO & CFO Forum in our latest podcast here; and you can still register for the 20th Annual Law Firm COO & CFO Forum, here

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