The Corporate Legal Department Operations Forum – Atlanta Running the Corporate Legal Department Like a Business

Event Details

Sep 27, 2018

9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Atlanta, GA

$495 USD

As cost pressures mount on corporate legal departments to spend less and work more efficiently across the enterprise, the need to operate as a well-oiled business  grows ever more imperative by the minute. Thanks to the growing prominence of dedicated business professionals who run daily operations of these departments, in house counsel are reframing the conversation as valued business partners. This interactive forum offers case studies and best practices on how some of the country’s most progressive legal departments have evolved from historical cost centers to strategic allies.

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Why You Should Attend

  • Engage a faculty of accomplished peers in sharing best practices for managing the modern day legal department
  • Network with key industry players helping to revolutionize legal department operations
  • Engage in interactive discussions designed for practical solutions to common challenges facing corporate counsel

    Who Should Attend

  • Legal Department Chief Operating Officers
  • Chief Legal Officers
  • General Counsel
  • Corporate Counsel
  • Legal Department Operations Consultants & Third-Party Providers
  • Event Co-Chairs

    Stephanie Corey

    Co-Founder and General Partner
    UpLevel Ops

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    Jon S. Hoak

    Co-Founder and General Partner
    UpLevel Ops

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    Event Details

    Thursday, Sep 27

    8:30 AM
    Registration & Continental Breakfast
    9:15 AM
    Opening Remarks
    9:25 AM
    Beyond Measure: Exploring Today’s Corporate Legal Department Operations Strategy

    As the legal market place continues to shift, the increased reach of data analytics is helping to provide a clearer picture of the evolving nature of legal department operations. This opening session will explore the growth of corporate legal departments, the volume of work they contend with, the changing nature of their law firm relationships, the efficacy of their cost-control strategies and how they continue to evaluate their own success.

    Presenter:
    Thomas McDonald, Director, Legal Tracker, Thomson Reuters

    9:55 AM
    Break
    10:05 AM
    Budgets, Bandwidth & Business Process: A Corporate Legal Department’s Guide to Strategic Alignment

    Today’s corporate legal department faces constant pressure around budgets, bandwidth and process efficiency. Recognizing the need to become less a cost center than a valued business partner, many corporate legal departments are looking for innovations in productivity, better ways to control costs and are, in some scenarios, turning to third party providers in an effort to demonstrate greater strategic alignment. This panel will examine the corporate legal department’s decision-making process when dealing with such multifarious issues of efficiency. Pivoting upon personal experience and lessons learned, our accomplished panel will discuss how to master these complex—and essential—business decisions.

    This session will also lead participants through an exercise in identifying a work process/product that could achieve significant strategic alignment through modifications in process efficiency.

    Moderator:
    Dan Hamilton, President & Co-Founder, Mosaic Consulting

    Panelists:
    Susan Hackett, CEO, Legal Executive Leadership, LLC
    Elizabeth Lugones, Director of Legal Operations at DXC Technology, UnitedLex Corporation
    Michelle Willis, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Corporate Legal Team, SunTrust Banks, Inc.

    11:15 AM
    Break
    11:25 PM
    Examining Innovation in the Law Firm-Client Relationship

    Globalization’s impact on legal clients has  fundamentally altered the law firm-client relationship. Value—whether through alternative fee arrangements, investments in talent or technology, geographic convenience, etc.—is of paramount import to corporate legal departments interested in partnering with outside counsel—a trend which has led to a number of innovative engagements highlighted therein. This conversation explores several instances in which forward-thinking legal departments worked with law firms to engineer a sustainable, mutually beneficial business collaboration.

    Participants in this session will be asked to identify an area of value to explore with their clients/customers and to ascertain how this area aligns with the greater strategy of their organizations.

    Moderator:
    Rees Morrison, Principal, Altman Weil, Inc.

    Panelists:
    Ken Callander, Managing Principal, Value Strategies LLC
    Jennifer W. Hightower, Esq., General Counsel, Cox Communications, Inc.
    Michael E. Hollingsworth, Partner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
    Rahul Patel, Partner, King & Spalding LLP

    12:35 PM
    Networking Lunch
    1:35 PM
    Change, Technically Speaking: On Talent, Lawyer Training, and Cultural Recalibration

    Investments by corporate legal departments in advanced technologies have necessitated the formalized training of corporate counsel unaccustomed to such marked transformation. Thanks to the growing popularity of dashboards and metrics, in-house lawyers are expected to engage directly with a number of new technologies as part of their daily routines.

    This conversation begins with a high-level analysis of the pace of technological adoption in corporate legal departments today, followed by several real-world examples of where and how iconoclastic companies are making inroads in educating their legal talent. We will also focus on the importance of diversity and inclusion in an evolving in-house legal department.

    Through an exercise, participants in this session will be invited to explore the potential value of differing training models at their organizations.

    Moderator:
    Jon S. Hoak, Co-Founder & General Partner, UpLevel Ops

    Panelists:
    Joseph Ashkouti, Senior Managing Counsel, Enterprise Functions, Change Healthcare
    Robert Grey, President, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
    Sherronda Roach, Managing Director, Legal Operations, American Cancer Society, Inc.

    2:45 PM
    A Corporate Legal Outlook - Today, Tomorrow and Beyond

    With an eye toward the future, this discussion will provide a five to ten year outlook on the provision of corporate legal services and operations. Facilitators will lead participants in a discussion around how things such as changes in labor models, outsourcing, the liberalization of rules in the practice of law and technology will affect corporate legal departments within the next decade. This session will conclude with a summation of the day’s events as well as outline some recommended key takeaways.

    Facilitators:
    Stephanie Corey, Co-Founder and General Partner at UpLevel Ops; CLOC Co-Founder
    Jon S. Hoak, Co-Founder and General Partner at UpLevel Ops

    3:45 PM
    Closing Remarks
    Joseph Ashkouti

    Senior Managing Counsel, Enterprise Functions, Change Healthcare

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    Ken Callander

    Founder
    Value Strategies

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    Robert Grey

    President, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity

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    Susan Hackett

    CEO, Legal Executive Leadership, LLC

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    Dan Hamilton

    President & Co-Founder, Mosaic Consulting

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    Jennifer Hightower

    General Counsel, Cox Communications, Inc.

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    Michael E. Hollingsworth II

    Partner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

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    Elizabeth Lugones

    Director of Legal Operations at DXC Technology, UnitedLex Corporation

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    Thomas McDonald

    Director of Sales, Legal Tracker, Thomson Reuters

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    Rees W. Morrison

    Principal, Altman Weil, Inc.

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    Rahul Patel

    Partner, King & Spalding

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    Sherrhonda Roach

    Managing Director, Legal Operations, American Cancer Society, Inc.

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    Michelle Willis

    Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Corporate Legal Team, SunTrust Banks, Inc.

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    Accreditation

    Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Atlanta Offices

    Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
    18th Floor Conference Center
    Atlantic Station
    201 17th Street NW
    Atlanta, GA 30363

    We are hosting a guest room block at the nearby Twelve Atlantic Station Hotel. For guest rooms at the group rate of $209/night plus taxes, please contact the hotel directly and reference the “Thomson Reuters Corporate Legal Department Operations Forum” room block. The cut off date for guest room reservations is Monday, September 10, 2018. Rooms are subject to availability. For assistance with guest room reservations, please contact our Conference Planner, Meghan Landis, at meghan.landis@tr.com.

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