Registration & Continental Breakfast
The State of the Legal Market
We begin our program with a comprehensive summary of the 2018 Report on the State of the Legal Market, published by Georgetown Law’s Center for the Study of the Legal Profession and Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute. This industry-leading study offers a robust, data-driven portrait of volatility and transformation in the midsize and large law market. In addition to elaborating upon key conclusions, our presenters will offer exclusive new insights courtesy of Thomson Reuters Peer Monitor®.
Invasive Maneuvers: Emerging Markets, Client Demand & the Return of the Big 4 in Legal Services
With the collapse of Arthur Anderson in 2002, many observers felt that the era of Big 5 accounting firms in legal services had reached its ignominious end. Yet sixteen years later, so Harvard Law Professor David B. Wilkins explains, such thinking could not be further from the truth. The now-Big 4 accounting firms have assembled a formidable legal network, larger and more versatile than ever before, and are actively expanding beyond tax-related matters toward more “high level” (lucrative) work. This discussion examines the global implications of the Big 4’s return to legal services. Our panel will consider strategic responses around business development and brand differentiation in the shadow of globalization.
West of Everything: A Silicon Valley General Counsel Conversation
Historically speaking, Silicon Valley has been largely spared federal regulations wrought upon other business sectors. Following the 2016 election, however, lawmaker scrutiny over what Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner has called the “Wild Wild West” has continued to gather steam among elected officials. Suffice to say, in today’s contentious political climate, increased demands for targeted legislation, greater transparency, and even the repeal of net neutrality are casting an uncomfortable spotlight on the entire tech industry. This round table offers a candid take on how some of the world’s most influential tech companies are responding to these harrowing developments.
Operation Reformation: Operational Management for Client Success
There is little doubt that a firm’s success is, in many ways, attributable to the success of its clients. In recognition of this, most firms are offering things such as alternative fee arrangements in order to respond to client needs. Yet some firms are taking this connection a step further by redesigning internal operations to promote client success. What does a firm need to do to make this happen? How do you engage others across the enterprise to be invested in this process? How does one quantify or evaluate ROI from both the client and firm perspective? This session ponders these and other key considerations for today’s agile, client-centric law firm.
Forming the Phalanx: Law Firm Compliance Around General Data Protection Regulation
With the EU General Data Protection Regulation coming into effect on May 25, 2018, law firms and their clients must be fully prepared to comply with this critical mandate. This practical session offers expert guidance around key obligations for law firms today. Our presenters will address a number of best practices around data storage, client consent, third party risk, and more.
Closing Remarks & Reception