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May 2018

Submitted by: Lauren Curtis

 

 

What's Coming Up

Aloha!  You will, no doubt, be hearing a lot about the annual summer meeting in Hawaii in this Newsletter.  The LPM section is excited to be collaborating with the Employment Practices and Workplace Liability and Life section and the Health and Disability sections for our presentation in Hawaii.  Our very own Section Chair, Chris Steinmetz, will be presenting along with Thayla Painter Bohn of Life, Health and Disability and Paul Finamore of Employment Practices.  The program is entitled “You Don’t Have To Go Home, But You Can’t Stay Here,” and will address the difficulties of balancing the realities of legal work and business with insight into employment law topics, including practical issues such as dealing with older, unproductive partners, succession planning, attorneys with health or dependency issues, motivating millennials, and working with female attorneys who are pregnant.  These topics are sure to spark some meaningful conversations and debate.  You won’t want to miss it!

Important!

LPM Section Members – HELP! We continue to request that you please consider proposing a Nominee for membership, whether industry, international, or defense counsel, PLEASE let either LPM Section Chair, Chris Steinmetz (
cjs@ggsattorneys.com) or LPM Section Vice Chair for Membership, John Quinn (jquinn@manierherod.com) know of your proposed Nominee.  This is a continual process, so please keep people in mind for membership and submit proposed Nominees at any time throughout the year.
 
News and Noteworthy

As we’ve said before, Law Practice Management is an area that touches everyone.  If something good comes to you as the result of hard work, or if you devise or implement a strategy or plan of action which really changes your practice or operation, we would love to share it with the larger FDCC family.  Please send notice of any noteworthy verdicts, settlements, decisions, awards, honors, or achievements to LPM Section Chair, Chris Steinmetz at
cjs@ggsattorneys.com, and we will share with all FDCC Members via the Newsletter.

 


 

April 2018

Submitted by: Christian J. Steinmetz, III

 

What's Up (as submitted by LPM Vice-Chair, Tom Dixon)

The LPM section program Law Firm Management from a Woman’s Perspective proved to be one of the highlights of the Winter Meeting at Amelia Island.  LPM Vice Chair Lauren Curtis assembled and moderated a rock-star panel of female law firm leaders comprised of Teresa Arnold-Simmons, who manages Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A.'s Jacksonville, Florida office; Rayma Church, who manages Emerson Church in Fresno, California; and Heidi Goebel, who manages Goebel Anderson, P.C. in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Headline--men and woman are fundamentally different!  This is hardly a new concept, but it is more relevant than ever if you hope to successfully lead you law firm in today’s world.  Knowing that women now make up the majority of new lawyers coming into the profession and hold at least 25% of current law firm leadership roles, appreciating and managing gender differences is vital to the success of your firm.  As succinctly stated by one of the panelists, “men and women are different—know it and embrace it to make your firm more successful.”  The panel explained how the best law firm managers today choose to successfully leverage the diversification of firm personnel by combining the instinctual differences of its male and female lawyers.  And, repeating what might have been the best quote of the Winter Meeting: People are your biggest asset--diversify your portfolio.  Thank you to Lauren and her expert panelists for blazing a trail with this ever more relevant topic.

What's Coming Up? 

Hawaii.  From July 29 - August 3, the Federation will conduct its Annual Meeting at the Wailea Beach Resort & Spa, Maui, Hawaii.  While our joint LPM/Employment/Life, Health, and Disability Insurance Section(s) CLE Presentation is still in development, it is going to be an amazing look at a variety of LPM-focused topics including the difficulties of balancing the realities of legal work and business with insight into employment law topics, including practical issues such as dealing with older, unproductive partners, succession planning, attorneys with health or dependency issues, and motivating millennials.  Stay tuned to this radio station for further details! 

Important - HELP NEEDED FROM LPM SECTION MEMBERS! 

LPM Section Members - If you have a proposed Nominee for Membership, whether industry, international, or defense counsel, PLEASE let either LPM Section Chair, Chris Steinmetz (cjs@ggsattorneys.com) or LPM Section Vice Chair for Membership, John Quinn (jquinn@manierherod.com) know of your proposed Nominee.  This is important for our reporting requirements as a Section. 
  
News and Noteworthy 

FDCC Members - Law Practice Management is an area which touches and concerns ALL of us.  Thus, if something good comes to you or any FDCC Member as the result of hard work, or if you devise or implement a strategy or plan of action which really changes your practice or operation, I would love to share it with the FDCC.  Please send me, LPM Section Chair, Chris Steinmetz at cjs@ggsattorneys.com notice of noteworthy verdicts, settlements, decisions, awards, honors, or achievements, and I will share it with all FDCC Members via the Newsletter.

 


 

February 2018

Submitted by: Marshall Wall

 

The LPM section is excited about its program for the Winter Meeting at Amelia Island at the end of this month.  The section is having a panel discussion of female law firm leaders who will discuss their unique experiences and perspectives in law firm management. Lauren Curtis will serve as the panel’s moderator. The panel members will include: Teresa Arnold-Simmons, who manages Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A.'s Jacksonville, Florida office; Rayma Church, who manages Emerson Church in Fresno, California; and Heidi Goebel, who manages Goebel Anderson, P.C. in Salt Lake City, Utah. This presentation will have great information for anyone who is or wants to be involved in law firm management.  Please make sure to attend this meeting; we guarantee it will be worth your while! 


For those making the trip to Hawaii, the LPM section will partner with the Employment Practices and Life, Health and Disability Sections for a presentation that will touch on some of the key issues facing most or all law firms, including succession planning and unproductive partners, the impact of millennials, and other employment-related topics.

 

As our section chair likes to remind everyone, the issues addressed by the LPM section impact every FDCC member in one way or another and so you should join us!  Let Chris Steinmetz (cjs@ggsattorneys.com) or one of the other vice chairs know if you have an interest in joining us or contributing to our work.

 

 


 

 

January 2018

Submitted by: Christian J. Steinmetz, III

 

 

What's Up?


Happy 2018!  Here's wishing each and all among the FDCC a healthy, happy, and most prosperous 2018! 

 

Many of us located in the Coastal Southeast are catching up after getting SNOW for the first time in 28 years!  Stuff like this makes us look all the more forward to the Winter 2018 Amelia Island Meeting on February 25 - 28, 2018.  If you have not already made plans to attend, then please consider doing what you can to make it.  Many things on the agenda, including the LPM Section Presentation Law Firm Management from a Woman's Perspective.  With panelists from Florida to Utah to California, Moderator and LPM Vice-Chair, Lauren Curtis, has designed a program that will be unlike any ever presented in FDCC history.  The presentation will be on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 7:45 a.m.  We hope to see you there!


 

Important!

 

LPM Members - If you have a proposed Nominee for Membership, whether industry, international, or defense counsel, PLEASE let either Section Chair, Chris Steinmetz (cjs@ggsattorneys.com) or LPM Section VIce Chair for Membership, John Quinn (jquinn@manierherod.com) know of your proposed Nominee. This is important for our reporting requirements as a Section. 

 

 

News and Noteworthy

 

FDCC Members - Law Practice Management is an area which touches and concerns ALL of us. Thus, if something good comes to you or any FDCC Member as the result of hard work, or if you devise or implement a strategy or plan of action which really changes your practice or operation, I would live to share it with the FDCC. Please send me, LPM Section Chair, Christian Steinmetz at cjsattorneys.com notice of noteworthy verdicts, settlements, decisions, awards, honors, or achievements, and I will share it with all FDCC Members via the Newsletter.


 

 

December 2017

Submitted by: Christian J. Steinmetz, III

 

What's Up


Exciting news for Hawaii!  In true collaborative fashion, the Law Practice Management Section will be teaming up with the Employment Practices Section (Chair, Paul Finamore) and the Life, Health & Disability Section (Chair, Thayla Bohn) to present a combined program discussing the difficulties of balancing the realities of legal work and business with insight into employment law topics, including practical issues such as dealing with older, unproductive partners; attorneys with health or dependency issues; motivating millennials; and, female attorneys who are pregnant.  


Early discussions with Paul and Thayla, as well as the support and guidance already received from Program Chair, Bob Christie lead me to conclude that this will be a program with something for as wide of a spectrum of our Membership as imaginable.  Stay tuned for more details.


Important!


LPM Section Members - If you have a proposed Nominee for Membership, whether industry, international, or defense counsel, PLEASE let either LPM Section Chair, Chris Steinmetz (cjs@ggsattorneys.com) or LPM Section Vice Chair for Membership, John Quinn (jquinn@manierherod.com) know of your proposed Nominee.  This is important for our reporting requirements as a Section.

 

News and Noteworthy


FDCC Members - Law Practice Management is an area which touches and concerns ALL of us.  Thus, if something good comes to you or any FDCC Member as the result of hard work, or if you devise or implement a strategy or plan of action which really changes your practice or operation, I would love to share it with the FDCC.  Please send me, LPM Section Chair, Chris Steinmetz at cjs@ggsattorneys.com notice of noteworthy verdicts, settlements, decisions, awards, honors, or achievements, and I will share it with all FDCC Members via the Newsletter.

 

 


 

 

OCTOBER 2017

 

Thank Goodness!

Forgive the absence of any submission for the month of September for the LPM Section.  It is hurricane season, and Irma decided to show up down South and with a particularly nasty disposition.  Manners, as we all know, are indispensable, and showing up uninvited is, in the words of the great American Jurist, Learned Hand, "Fraught with peril."  Our prayers were answered, because it appears that most of our fellow Federates made it through Irma safely and largely intact.   


What's Up

Now that Irma's nastiness is behind us, there is good news to report for the LPM Section.  I am incredibly excited to report that our LPM Vice Chair for Section Meeting Programming, has a dynamite presentation scheduled for the Winter Meeting in February, 2018 in Amelia Island, Florida.  With the help of Lauren Curtis of Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP in Tampa, we have put together an All-Star Panel (and perhaps unprecedented in LPM) of Women Law Firm Managers for a presentation the likes of which has never been seen or heard in the Federation.  


Knowing that women now make up the majority of law students and the majority of new lawyers coming into the profession, the LPM is presenting something that, once again, is applicable to all Federation Members.  Teresa Arnold-Simmons, who manages Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A.'s Jacksonville, Florida office, Rayma Church, who manages Emerson Church in Fresno, California, and Heidi Goebel, who manages Goebel Anderson, P.C. in Salt Lake City, Utah, will, with Lauren Curtis acting as moderator, present Women Managers Discuss Law Firm Management.  For the first time in the LPM annals, an all-women panel will provide keen and detailed insight into women's perspective as to law firm management.  It is surely to be one not to be missed!  Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to the 2018 Winter Meeting. 


Important!

LPM Section Members - If you have a proposed Nominee for Membership, whether industry, international, or defense counsel, PLEASE let either LPM Section Chair, Chris Steinmetz (cjs@ggsattorneys.com) or LPM Section Vice Chair for Membership, John Quinn (jquinn@manierherod.com) know of your proposed Nominee.  This is important for our reporting requirements as a Section.

 

News and Noteworthy

FDCC Members - Law Practice Management is an area which touches and concerns ALL of us.  Thus, if something good comes to you or any FDCC Member as the result of hard work, or if you devise or implement a strategy or plan of action which really changes your practice or operation, I would love to share it with the FDCC.  Please send me, LPM Section Chair, Chris Steinmetz at cjs@ggsattorneys.com notice of noteworthy verdicts, settlements, decisions, awards, honors, or achievements, and I will share it with all FDCC Members via the Newsletter.


 

AUGUST 2017

 

Here is hoping that all who attended the fabulous event of the Summer that was FDCC Montreux 2017 brought back wonderful memories, candid recollections, and detailed insight to share with all FDCC Members, present and future.  Special thanks to LPM Vice Chair John Quinn, as well as Sheryl Willert and FDCC Products Liability Section Chair, Matt Cairns for presenting In Advance of the Crisis: An Ounce of Prevention and Preparation.  As LPM Section Chair, I am deeply indebted to the panel and uniquely to Matt for stepping in for LPM Vice Chair, Mike Shalhoub at the last moment.  I understand that the presentation was both very well attended and received.  For those who did not get the chance to attend, please check back to the FDCC LPM Section web page in the near future, because the Panel's materials, loaded with very good, practical advice, will be posted for Members.

Were that not enough, in July of each year, we both lose and gain new Vice Chairs.  To this end, I want to thank the following outgoing LPM Vice Chairs for their service in the 2016-2017 Year - Mike Shalhoub, Chris DePhillips, and Edward Stewart.  To each, as they say where I am from - "Good numbers to y'all."  I am honored to work with returning Vice Chairs, John Quinn and John Trimble for the 2017-2018 Year.  Joining John, John, and me for 2017-2018 are new Vice Chairs, Marshall Wall, Thomas Dixon, and Lauren Curtis.  Welcome, y'all, and hold on, because it's going to be in the words of Old Crow Medicine Show - "a real humdinger!" in LPM for 2017-2018.

News and Noteworthy
FDCC Members - Law Practice Management is an area which touches and concerns ALL of us.  Thus, if something good comes to you or any FDCC Member as the result of hard work, or if you devise or implement a strategy or plan of action which really changes your practice or operation, I would love to share it with the FDCC.  Please send me, LPM Section Chair, Chris Steinmetz at cjs@ggsattorneys.com notice of noteworthy verdicts, settlements, decisions, awards, honors, or achievements, and I will share it with all FDCC Members via the Newsletter.

 

 

JUNE 2017

 

GO, GO, GO to MONTREUX, MONTREUX, MONTREUX!!!  At the FDCC Annual Meeting in Montreux, LPM Vice Chairs Mike Shahloub and John Quinn along with Sheryl Willert will be presenting In Advance of the Crisis: An Ounce of Prevention and Preparation.  Given the terrorist and internet hacking events in the last 30 days alone, that LPM is presenting a program designed to assist us all in designing a plan of action, including systems and procedures, to implement when (not if!) a crisis occurs could not be more opportune!  Expect this one to be standing-room only, because all of us, not just some, can bring back takeaways from what will be such a relevant presentation, Federation-wide. 

 

News and Noteworthy

 

FDCC Members - Law Practice Management is an area which touches and concerns ALL of us.  Thus, if something good comes to you or any FDCC Member as the result of hard work, or if you devise or implement a strategy or plan of action which really changes your practice or operation, I would love to share it with the FDCC.  Please send me, LPM Section Chair, Chris Steinmetz at cjs@ggsattorneys.com notice of noteworthy verdicts, settlements, decisions, awards, honors, or achievements, and I will share it with all FDCC Members via the Newsletter.

 

 

 

MAY 2017
If you have not yet made plans to be in Montreux this Summer for the FDCC Annual Meeting, you really ought to consider going.  LPM Vice Chairs Mike Shahloub and John Quinn along with Sheryl Willert will be presenting:


In Advance of the Crisis: An Ounce of Prevention and Preparation, a program designed to assist you in designing systems and procedures to help effectively deal with the crisis if one occurs.  There are things that lawyers and firms can do proactively to prepare for crises and to help manage it as it unfolds.  The LPM Panel will walk through some of the things we can all do today to help minimize the damage of a potential crisis tomorrow.  Given today's headline news story of the cyber-attacks arising out of the NSA code leaks, this is a "don't miss" presentation.


News and Noteworthy

FDCC Members - Law Practice Management is an area which touches and concerns ALL of us.  Thus, if something good comes to you or any FDCC Member as the result of hard work, or if you devise or implement a strategy or plan of action which really changes your practice or operation, I would love to share it with the FDCC.  Please send me, LPM Section Chair, Chris Steinmetz at cjs@ggsattorneys.com notice of noteworthy verdicts, settlements, decisions, awards, honors, or achievements, and I will share it with all FDCC Members via the Newsletter.

 

 

APRIL 2017

Wow!  Better yet - WOW!  For those among y'all who missed last week's FDCC/IADC Joint Law Firm management Conference in Chicago, I cannot tell you just how many "things one never thinks of" and "So, THAT's what y'all do!" came up.

 

Among the many takeaways from the conference were these 10 which apply to all of us across the board:

 

 1.    Read your firm's insurance policy on hacking events and check if there are sub-limits!

 2.    Check with your IT Vendor and find out exactly what service is being provided and at what cost.

 3.    If you have not conducted a firm "fire drill" with your back-up system, what are you waiting on?

 4.    Does your firm have a Succession Plan, and if not, then why and what are you doing to implement one?

 5.    Consider the role of business development as opposed to marketing.

 6.    The Big Buzz right now is artificial intelligence will soon begin to replace associates.

 7.    Predictive Technology will not only learn your habits, but it will bill your time before you can.

 8.    Millennials do not live to work - they work to live. 

 9.    Balancing the preservation of the law firm culture with the flexibility of remote and virtual practice.

10.   Have you read your insurance policy yet?  Checked on your IT vendor yet?  What are you waiting for?

 

Kudos to FDCC Superstars such as John Trimble, Mike Bonasso, Bob Christie, and Kile Turner for amazing and thought-provoking presentations!  Mega-kudos to FDCC's own Johnny Sarber for putting together a conference and program which will affect the practice of all attendees going forward.

 

Coming Up

If you have not yet made plans to be in Montreux this Summer for the FDCC Annual Meeting, you really ought to consider going.  The LPM Section Presentation is coming together, and LPM Vice Chairs Mike Shahloub and John Quinn have got a really amazing program in store.  More on that next month!

 

News and Noteworthy

FDCC Members - Law Practice Management is an area which touches and concerns ALL of us.  Thus, if something good comes to you or any FDCC Member as the result of hard work, or if you devise or implement a strategy or plan of action which really changes your practice or operation, I would love to share it with the FDCC.  Please send me, LPM Section Chair, Chris Steinmetz at cjs@ggsattorneys.com notice of noteworthy verdicts, settlements, decisions, awards, honors, or achievements, and I will share it with all FDCC Members via the Newsletter.

 

 

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