October 26, 2017


8:00 am


12:00 pm


The New York Downtown Marriott
New York, NY

Events 3

The 16th Annual Law Firm COO & CFO Forum & Dinner
October 25-27, 2017

Much has changed in the legal services market since the onset of the Great Recession. From high-profile mergers to shocking collapses, the past ten years have tested and recalibrated the legal profession in ways few may have truly imagined. This October, the 16th Annual Law Firm COO & CFO Forum offers a 10-year industry retrospective on strategic, operational and financial developments impacting the business of law.

Highlighted by a rotating cast of distinguished professionals, our program once again leverages industry-leading Thomson Reuters analytics to deliver robust, substantive and practical advice on improving firm productivity and anticipating business needs in 2018 and beyond.

Featured Session: Friday, October 27, 10:45am to noon

Building the Pipeline: Training and Talent Challenges After the Great Recession

Law firms today employ up to five different generations of professionals in the workplace. For years, the legal and business professional pipelines produced a steady supply of talent ripe for the proverbial picking. Since 2007, however, law schools are seeing a steady decline in student applications, and many recent graduates, along with business peers, are finding career paths outside the profession. This seismic shift has forced law firm leaders to reevaluate how they design and manage their most expensive resource—people—to meet the ever-changing demands of clients.  In considering the future of law firms, how are law firm leaders and chief talent officers adjusting how they hire and prepare the next generation? How are firms integrating new employees into existing enterprise culture? What impact have client requests for more diverse legal representation had on hiring strategy? And what lessons can be learned from other professional service industries? Our panel will consider these and other key questions as we look ahead to 2018 and beyond.


Amy B. Mallow, Managing Director, Law Firm Management, Major, Lindsey & Africa


Jean A. Durling, Chief Talent Officer, Fox Rothschild LLP
Susan E. Manch, Chief Talent Officer, Winston & Strawn LLP
Dr. Larry Richard, Founder & Principal Consultant, LawyerBrain
L. Tracee Whitley, US Chief of Operations, Norton Rose Fulbright





For more information and to register for the event, please visit the Legal Executive Institute.