Dinner-Debate on International Practice Strategies
The Committee hosted a great event during the Annual Meeting in Boston, drawing in dozens of bar leaders and international lawyers from several continents. The event began with a Legal Walking Tour of downtown Boston, during which participants learned about some interesting sites of historical and modern significance to the legal profession.
The Dinner-Debate began with a rousing introduction by Fred Lipp of Bernstein Shur LLP (Portland Maine), who focused on how globalization is impacting the whole spectrum of clients, not just large multinationals. Fred was followed by Janis Nordstrom of Foley Lardner LLP, who accentuated the importance of trust and “the right fit” between lawyers and firms collaborating on behalf of their clients.
Round two was led by Abe Schear of Arnall Golden Gregory. Abe described his Firm’s success in acting as an entry point to investors in the US and their legal representatives, highlighting that formal alliances did not always permit the ideal matching of services with client needs. Hermann Knott then relayed the thoughts of Rob Millard of Venturis Consulting (a law firm strategy specialist), who unfortunately was unable to attend the event in person.
The Dinner-Debate concluded with round three, with Stephen Denyer highlighting the openness of the London legal market. Stephen pointed out the benefits of a regulatory regime which encourages innovation and flexibility in helping lawyers and law firms serve their clients’ cross-border needs. Jonathan Goldsmith echoed these sentiments in relation to the efforts of the European bar councils and law societies to promote liberalization of the legal practice and a pragmatic approach to cross-border lawyering.
All together the event was a great way for the Committee to close out a successful year and launch another year of exciting programming and involvement in the Section.