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The 20th Annual Law Firm Leaders Forum

Join us this October as the Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute proudly presents the 20th Anniversary of Law Firm Leaders at The Pierre Hotel in Midtown Manhattan.

Continuing the forum’s unrivaled tradition of industry-defining content and professional networking, the 2015 program offers a comprehensive update on the state of the legal profession and the ongoing challenges affecting law firm leadership throughout the AmLaw 150.

This year’s key topics include:

  • Restoring Professionalism to the Practice of Law
  • Leading Change: A Presentation from Heidi Gardner, Lecturer on Law & Distinguished Fellow, Center on the Legal Profession, Harvard Law School
  • The Meaning of Client Relationships in the 21st Century
  • Data Privacy & Cybersecurity in the Global Law Firm

Our networking dinner is sold out.


Event Co-Chairs


Ralph Baxter

Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute


Bradford W. Hildebrandt

Hildebrandt Consulting LLC

Event Keynote Speaker


Bob Woodward

Associate Editor, The Washington Post


Opening Remarks

9:00 AM

The Parallax View: An Annual Report on the State of the Profession and Business of Law

As we do each year, we begin with an overview of important developments in the profession and business of law. The panel will address the nature and pace of global change that law firms must navigate, including emerging client preferences, the progress of legal technology, and the growing market share of new entrants. Our discussion will examine the interaction of these trends and their implications for law firms and their lawyers, including suggestions on what type of reforms law firm leaders should consider in response.

Ralph Baxter – Chairman, Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute
Bradford W. Hildebrandt – Chairman, Hildebrandt Consulting LLC

William C. Hubbard  President, The American Bar Association & Partner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
Jami Wintz McKeon – Firm Chair, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Aric Press – Partner, Bernero & Press LLC

10:00 AM

A Call to Action: Restoring Professionalism to the Practice of Law

What does it mean to be a lawyer and professional citizen in the early 21st century? What ethical responsibilities exist for lawyers in their multifaceted roles as counselors, leaders and expert technicians? This key conversation examines the evolving ethical dimensions of lawyering in a time of significant cultural, political and economic upheaval. Our illustrious panel will offer a provocative take on what each perceives to be a widespread slippage in professional ethics across the profession. Cognizant of the broader     ramifications of a profession falling from grace, our presenters will offer an ardent plea for today’s law firm leaders to consider their critical role in helping (re)define the future of lawyers’ ethical responsibilities.

Ralph Baxter – Chairman, Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute  

Ben W. Heineman, Jr.
 – Senior Fellow of the Program on Corporate Governance, Harvard Law School
William C. Hubbard – President, The American Bar Association & Partner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
William F. Lee – Partner, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

10:45 AM

Morning Break

11:15 AM

A Comprehensive Report on Law Firm Financial Performance

The changing times call for new metrics in the measurement of law firm financial performance.  This session will offer an innovative and comprehensive look at law firm economics by focusing on exclusive Peer Monitor data intended to gauge true profitability in the new and complete market for legal service. Our panel, consisting of experienced law firm leaders and one of the most seasoned observers of law firm economics, will offer thoughtful commentary on this new Peer Monitor report.

Bradford W. Hildebrandt 
– Chairmain, Hildebrandt Consulting LLC

Mike Abbott – Vice President, Client Management & Thought Leadership, Thomson Reuters
Dan DiPietro – Managing Director & Chairman, Citi Private Bank Law Firm Group
Paul W. Theiss – Chairman, Mayer Brown LLP
J. Henry Walker IV – Chairman, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

12:15 AM

Keynote Luncheon | Leadership: Presidents, CEOs and the Larger Lessons

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Bob Woodward will offer keynote remarks on the numerous leaderships lessons learned and observed over his distinguished career. From Presidents to CEOs to the personal lessons learned during his Naval service in the 1960s, Mr. Woodward will deliver important takeaways for today’s law firm leaders.

Bob Woodward
 – Associate Editor, The Washington Post

1:30 PM

Leading Change for Collaboration

In her audience engaging manner, Harvard Professor Heidi Gardner, will discuss how to lead law firms though times of profound change. Based on her ground breaking research, Heidi will explore how fostering a culture of collaboration amongst partners is a foundational step toward preparing a firm for the sort of genuine innovation that will be discussed in the succeeding session.

Heidi Gardner – Lecturer on Law & Distinguished Fellow, Center on the Legal Profession, Harvard Law School

2:45 PM

Afternoon Break

3:00 PM

An Examination of Change Underway in Major Law Firms Today

Everyone talks about this being a period of unprecedented change in the way legal service is delivered, but it is not clear how much change is underway in large law firms today. In this session, Heidi Gardner will lead a discussion with four notable thought leaders about what they are doing, why they are doing it, and why they are not doing more.

Heidi Gardner – Lecturer on Law & Distinguished Fellow, Center on the Legal Profession, Harvard Law School

Lucy Endel Bassli – Assistant General Counsel, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Corporation
Tim Mohan – Chief Executive Partner, Chapman and Cutler LLP
Hugh Verrier – Chairman, White & Case LLP

4:30 PM


6:30 PM

Law Firm Leaders 20th Anniversary Dinner