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New Law Firm Finance Conference Addresses Changing Business Models, Financial Strategies

  • Aug 10

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) will present its Finance Conference for the Legal C-Suite May 17 at the Omni Nashville Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.

The one-day event will focus on cutting-edge management, profitability, innovation, strategic and leadership topics in law firm finance. Advanced education and C-level speakers will offer solutions for busy law firm finance professionals.

Attendees can expect specialized subject matter, networking opportunities and an expo where they can explore new products and solutions and meet with vendors.

“It provides a level of education to CFO and C-Suite managers in law firms that you wouldn’t normally find,” says Dick Nigon of Robins Kaplan LLP. “This conversation is being raised to a level of complexity not found in a general finance session.”

Sessions include:

  • “Firm Leader’s Perspectives: Aligning Partner Compensation and Firm Strategy,” featuring panelists Ben C. Adams, JD, Chairman of Baker Donelson; Matt Burnstein, Chairman of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP; and Todd Rolapp, Managing Partner with Bass Perry; and moderator Patrick J. McKenna of McKenna Associates, Inc.
  • “Rational Growth: Are Mergers the Answer?” featuring panelists Douglas M. Doerfler, CPA, Chief Financial Officer with Stinson Leonard Street, LLP; Joe Wood, Executive Director at Bradley Arant; and Kevin L. Cash, Chief Financial Officer with BakerHofstetler; and speaker/moderator Thomas S. Clay, Principal with Altman Weil, Inc.
  • “Corporate CFOs and Corporate Counsel Relationships,” featuring speaker Steve Petrovich, Senior Vice President and General Counsel with Ardent Health Services.
  • “All the Ps – Pricing/Project Management/Profitability,” featuring speaker Pam Woldow of The Edge Group.

“This conference prepares us and gives us information we need to go back to our firms and deal with the legal profession as it exists today,” says Fred Esposito of Rivkin Radler LLP. “The conference topics relate to the changing business model of the profession and provide help in the rapidly changing legal environment.”

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