In Medias Res Preparing Yourself for the Future of Law Practice

Event Details

Jun 19, 2018

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Toronto, ON

$299 USD

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In Medias Res refers to the increasing pace of change impacting the legal landscape. We enter the discussion not at the beginning of practice transformation, but somewhere in the middle, with the broader implication being that we are still in the chrysalis stage of envisioning how lawyers will behave in years to come.  Attendees are invited to participate in a series of practitioner-focused presentations that help associates, counsel and law firm partners improve their ability to deliver more effective and efficient legal services to clients.

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Why You Should Attend

  • This conference brings together law firm visionaries with their corporate counsel counterparts for a series of engaging dialogues focused on the evolution of legal services.
  • Our Forum is concerned with the practical (as opposed to archly theoretical) development of legal services in an era of pronounced disruption.
  • Attendees can take advantage of unique networking opportunities with in-house and outside counsel from Canada and beyond

    Who Should Attend

  • Law Firm Associates, Counsel and Partners
  • Law Firm Executive Committee Members
  • Law Firm Practice Group Heads
  • Law Firm Chief Operating Officers
  • Law Firm Practice Development Officers
  • Event Co-Chairs

    Terra Rebick

    Chief Counsel, Canada, Thomson Reuters

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    Judith McKay

    Chief Client and Innovation Officer, McCarthy Tétrault LLP

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    Event Details

    Tuesday, Jun 19

    8:00 AM
    Registration and Breakfast
    9:00 AM
    Opening Remarks
    9:15 AM
    On Stranger Tides: Understanding the Client of the Future

    As the global legal services market continues to evolve, the ability of practicing lawyers—no matter how senior their position—to consistently engage clients and win work remains a critical factor in distinguishing tomorrow’s rainmakers from their peers. Law firm clients, emboldened by expectations around value and transparency, want their firms to anticipate and address a wide swath of concerns emblematic of a world in flux. But are outside counsel truly prepared to deliver? This opening conversation offers a robust assessment of emerging client pain points that will help law firm practitioners better anticipate the needs of their customers and stand out from the competition.

    Jan Anne Dubin, Principal, Jan Anne Dubin Consulting

    Alida Gualtieri, Director, Marketing & Business Development, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP
    Jonathan Leibtag, Corporate Counsel, Corporate, External & Legal Affairs, Microsoft Canada Inc.
    Tanya Mushynski, Vice President, Canada Gas & Union Gas Law, Enbridge Inc.
    Jasmina Zurovac, Senior Director, Law Group Global Operations, Royal Bank of Canada

    10:30 AM
    10:45 AM
    Transforming Legal Practices: Leveraging LPM Approaches to Enhance Efficiency and Client/Lawyer Satisfaction

    The incorporation of legal project management (LPM) into daily practice has continued to garner steam across the profession. In North America, to take only one example, some of the region’s most strategic practitioners are reaping the benefits of using LPM’s approaches to add value to their practices from a matter-level or client satisfaction perspective. This presentation provides valuable guidance around incorporating LPM into your practice to enhance client relationships, win business and improve profitability of current matters.

    Susan Raridon Lambreth, Principal, LawVision Group LLC

    Rick Kathuria, Director, PMO and Legal Logistics, Gowling WLG
    Suzanne M. Wood, National Director, Legal Project Management, Norton Rose Fulbright
    Paul Erik-Veel, Partner, Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP

    12:15 PM
    Networking Luncheon
    1:15 PM
    The Price is Right: Mastering Client Value Propositions in Legal Practice

    Being able to convey the value of your services for an appropriate price is a skill every lawyer needs to develop. Although some firms have pricing professionals who help facilitate this process, lawyers will have a much easier time landing business if they themselves understand the fundamentals of legal pricing and how to deliver an effective value proposition. This session adopts a pragmatic tone in identifying ways lawyers can deliver effective proposals vis-a-vis cutting-edge pricing strategies and techniques.

    Dwight Floyd, Director of Pricing & Value, Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
    Mairi Stewart, Director, Business Development & Client Service, Stikeman Elliott LLP

    2:30 PM
    2:45 PM
    Approaching Inflection: Mastering Firmwide Resources in Practice Management

    If business development methodologies, legal project management, and matter-level pricing arrangements form the bedrock of modern-day legal service delivery, advances in technology are propelling lawyers forward in such areas as discovery, knowledge management (KM), and legal research. According to DWT De Novo architect R. Amani Smathers, today’s leading practitioners are “T-shaped” professionals with functional, cross-disciplinary knowledge to complement their legal backgrounds. This versatility, so reasons Smathers, is how lawyers can best satisfy their clients. Our closing panel offers a comprehensive take on how 21st-century lawyers are leveraging in-house technologies to enhance their overall practice and realize gains when it comes to research, KM, discovery and more.

    Kimberly A. Stein, Manager, Knowledge Management, Thomson Reuters Legal

    Andrea L. Alliston, Partner, Knowledge Management, Stikeman Elliott LLP
    Dan Dagan, Associate General Counsel, Commercial, Siemens Canada Limited
    Ginevra Saylor, National Director of Knowledge Management, Dentons Canada LLP
    Eva Sommer, Knowledge and Innovation Lawyer, Business Law, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

    4:00 PM
    Networking Reception
    Jan Anne Dubin

    Jan Anne Dubin Consulting

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    Susan Raridon Lambreth

    Principal and Founder
    LawVision Group and the LPM Institute

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    Thomson Reuters Toronto Offices

    The Thomson Reuters Customer Centre
    Bay Adelaide Centre
    333 Bay Street, 29th Floor
    Toronto, ON M5H 2R2
    (416) 687-7500

    The Thomson Reuters Customer Centre is a modern event space on the 29th floor of our Toronto corporate offices.

    Please be advised, we have not reserved a guest room block for this event. Below is a list of hotels within walking distance of the meeting venue. Please contact venues directly for rates/availability.

    For any further questions regarding hotel rooms, please contact our Conference Planner, Meghan Landis, at


    Nearby Hotels

    The Adelaide Hotel Toronto (269 ft.)


    One King West Hotel & Residence (0.2 mi)


    Executive Hotel Cosmopolitan (0.3 mi)


    Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel (0.3 mi)


    Hilton Toronto (0.3 mi)


    Shangri-La Hotel Toronto (0.3 mi)


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