NC Managing Partner Summit


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NC Managing Partner Summit
March 12, 2019
NC State Bar Headquarters


8:15 - 9:00 | Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 10:30 | Adapting and Thriving in the Changing Legal Marketplace

Timothy B. Corcoran

Timothy B. Corcoran is a keynote speaker, consultant, author, and legal commentator. With deep experience spanning two decades as a corporate executive, he guides law firm and law department leaders through the profitable disruption of outdated business models. Tim is a faculty member in the Legal Lean Sigma Institute and a Fellow and Trustee in the College of Law Practice Management. Tim also authors the widely read Corcoran’s Business of Law blog.

As a change agent, Tim’s focus is on helping law firms operationalize their strategy: profiting from experience through project management and process improvement; embracing profitable alternative fee arrangements; assessing and redesigning partner compensation plans; designing new financial metrics and dashboards; building or reorganizing an effective ecosystem; training current and future leaders; succession planning; refining business development skills; and launching new technology tools. 

In this keynote address, Tim Corcoran connects the dots to provide a roadmap to the new normal by drawing parallels to, and insights from, other industries in order to provide the financial basis for change. You will discover the economic rationale and incentive for change, equipping you to shift partner perspective from “adapt or die” to “adapt and thrive” and leave the program with a practical roadmap to get started.

Tim’s confident and irreverent stage presence enables him to bring levity to topics of particular gravitas, while masterfully navigating tough discussions from a refreshing perspective. Audiences cite Tim’s simplification of complex concepts, a reduced learning curve, and actionable take aways as key factors in catalyzing their change process.

10:30 - 10:45 | Break

10:45 - 11:45
| Innovation Strategies for Today’s Law Firm

Does your firm think of innovation as a core business function of your law firm? Is your firm prepared for the growth needed to replace retiring partners and attract the clients that will sustain your future? Have you discovered the keys to retaining talent? This program will guide you through the challenges of retaining top talent, hiring trends for law firms, best practices for succession planning, as well as a “behind the scenes” inside some of NC’s most innovative law firms.

C. Christopher Clark, Clark.Law
Brian W. King, King Law
Jeff Wolfe, The Forrest Firm
Tom Lenfestey, lawyer and owner of The Law Practice Exchange

11:45 - 12:45 | Networking Lunch

12:45 - 1:45
| Discover How Diversity + Inclusion Pays Benefits to Your Clients and You Firm

Join us for an important conversation about Diversity + Inclusion in the legal workplace. This session spotlights the broad definition of diversity as well as the opportunities, successes and challenges involving Diversity + Inclusion inside law firms of all sizes. This program is designed to showcase a variety of perspectives on this important topic, as well as explain how it affects and benefits the legal profession from workplace satisfaction to meeting business objectives.

Julie D. Beavers, Director of Client Services, Lawyers Mutual
Lynn H. Boone, Director of Diversity Initiatives, UNC Law School
Denisse Gonzalez, Corporate Counsel, Cisco

1:45 - 2:00 | BREAK

2:00 - 3:00 Session
| Clients as Advocates: Driving Value through Customer Experience

In today's legal market, the only true differentiator among firms is Client Experience. CX is fundamental to a law firm's success and it's more than just collecting client feedback or providing "good service." But how does a law firm embrace CX and measure its success? In this session you will hear a NC law firm case study in action and learn valuable tips you can apply to your own firm.


Brandi M. Hobbs, Director, Client Service & Strategy, Poyner & Spruill
Chandra Storrusten, Chief Value Creation Officer, Visible Value
Tim Asimos, Vice President & Director of Digital Innovation, Circle S Studios

3:00 - 4:00 Session
| Managing Partner Conversation Among Peers

Audience members will participate in a facilitated discussion of hot topics in law firm management today including a “deep dive” in survey results obtained prior to the Summit. Topics will fall under the core law practice management fields of technology, finance, and leadership.


Camille Stell, President, Lawyers Mutual Consulting & Services

4:00 - 5:00 Session | Conversations with the Experts

Audience members can sign up for “speed dating” with the experts. Meet the speakers for a brief one-one-one session to discuss your highest priority challenge for your law firm or question from the day’s presentations. Sign up will be available during the day and spots will be limited.




March 12, 2019
NC State Bar Headquarters
Raleigh , NC

$299.00 Early Registration Fee - before Feb. 28
$350.00 after Feb. 28
$199.00 for 2nd Attendee From Same Firm
$99.00 for 3rd or more Attendee From Same Firm