The Law Firm Leadership Podcast | We Interview Corp Defense Law Firm Leaders, Partners and Legal Consultants
By Chris Batz and The Lion Group
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We discuss life and leadership. Learn from corporate defense law firm leaders such as the chairmen, managing partners, executive committee members and law partners along with their legal consultants. We interview these men and women across the United States who practice law and provide leadership at the largest law firms to elite corporate boutiques. Glean wisdom, new ideas, relate to their stories and follow along as we talk about current legal industry topics, firm management, their personal journey as a leader and more.
||CleanEp: 14 Steve Harper | Author & Retired BigLaw Trial Lawyer | On Retiring | Law Firm Incentive Structures | Advice for Aspiring Authors | Dad vs. Jimmy Hoffa | Recommended Books | Trump & Russia||I interviewed Steve Harper, Author, Retired BigLaw Trial Lawyer and Adjunct Law Professor on Wednesday October 4Th, 2017. Steve and I first discussed the legal industry critique of the law firm model written in his book The Lawyer Bubble. He shared...||11/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp: 13 James Fisher | Managing Partner of FisherBroyles | Cloud Based Model | Amazon Analogy | Leveraging Technology and Talent | Training Young Lawyers | Blockchain Technology | Travel & Family||I interviewed James Fisher, Managing Partner of FisherBroyles on Wednesday September 29th, 2017. James and I discussed the history of FisherBroyles, when did it all begin and how did they get to where they are now. We talked about the tenets of the...||10/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp: 12 Daniel Rodriguez | Dean of Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law | The First Amendment | Innovation Lab | Enrollment | LSAT vs GRE | Firm Hiring Trends | Non-Attorney Ownership | Futurist | Reading List||I interviewed Daniel Rodriguez, Dean of Northwestern University Pritzker Law School on Thursday September 7th. We discussed several law school trends such as enrollment, LSAT vs. GRE, law firm hiring trends, etc. We discussed the current impact and...||10/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp: 11 Elliott Portnoy | Global CEO of Dentons | Seasoned Merger Advice | Growth History | Global Competitors | What’s NOT Changing in 10 years | 50k Feet Perspective | Personal Values||I interviewed Elliott Portnoy, Global CEO of Dentons, on Tuesday August 29th, 2017. Being that he was the youngest chairman of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal at 41 years old we discussed the meteoric growth since he took the role. We discussed the...||9/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 10: Norm Champ | Author & Partner of Kirkland & Ellis | Going Public Book | From Hedge Fund to the SEC | Preventing the Next Madoff | Biggest Surprises Working in Government | Books that Should Be Written||I interviewed Norm Champ on April 21st, 2017. We discussed how he came from a hedge fund to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and eventually being the Director of the Division of Investment Management and then now a law partner in the...||5/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 9: Part 2 Bob Bostrom | Abercrombie & Fitch | His Most Challenging Career Memory "The Moment the World Changed" | Lessons Learned From Corporate Crisis and Big Corporate Failures||I interviewed Bob Bostrom on March 9th, 2017. In Part 2 of our interview we discussed his stories of being General Counsel of Freddie Mac before, during and after the Financial Crisis of 2008/09. He shared how Henry Paulson and Ben Bernake sat...||4/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 8: Part 1 Bob Bostrom | Abercrombie & Fitch | Going In-House Advice | 3 GC roles and 3 Biglaw Firms | What are General Counsels Looking For in Outside Counsel | How the GC Role has Evolved||I interviewed Bob Bostrom on March 9th, 2017. In Part 1 of our interview we discussed how he has seen the General Counsel role evolve over 20 years. How Ben Heineman of GE was a catalyst for these changes. We discussed how his responsibilities...||3/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 7: Alan Hoffman | Blank Rome | Sir Alan, Defender of the East and Becoming a Knight | The Strategic Plan | Diversity in Succession Planning | Integration | Pricing Predictability & Planning | Bobby Kennedy | His Family||I interviewed Alan Hoffman, chairman and managing partner of Blank Rome. Today we discussed how his law firm absorbed the remaining partners of Dickstein Shapiro. He shared his conversation with Dickstein chairman Jim Kelly on Christmas eve 2015 and...||3/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 6: Kim Johnson | Quarles & Brady | Yearly Retreats | Legal Tech | Working Better Together | BTI & Client Feedback | Succession Planning | Trump | Future Firm Chair Advice | Being a Mother | Scuba Diving & World Travel||I interviewed Kim Johnson of Quarles & Brady, partner and Firm Chairperson. Today we started out discussing topics her executive committee highlighted during their annual retreat. They discussed growth, how to work better together, what their firm...||1/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 5: Don Prophete | Constangy Brooks Smith & Prophete | Diversity | Business Development | Client Trends | Future of Law | Personal Heroes | 50% Other||I interviewed Don Prophete of Constangy Brooks Smith & Prophete, partner and practice chair of the firm's Whistle Blower Group. Today we started out discussing some of Don's story being a minority black man among a dominant white male industry. I...||12/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 4: Richard Supple | Hinshaw & Culbertson | Partner Departure Insights | Africa Travels | Mountain Climbing | Fiction Reading for Leaders||I interviewed Richard Supple of Hinshaw & Culbertson, the New York Managing partner and Co-leader Hinshaw’s Lawyers for Professionals where he and his team represent law firms and lawyers in professional ethics-related matters. Today we...||11/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 3: Aric Press | Bernero & Press | Client Conversations & Surveys, Am Law 100 & 200 Questions, Axiom, Non-Attorney Ownership, Aric’s Heroes, His Preferred Podcasts, etc.||I interviewed Aric Press of Bernero & Press about what sets apart average and above average law firms through client conversations and surveys. We also discussed the following: meeting global client demand, how the Am Law 100 and 200 is compiled...||11/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 2: Kent Zimmerman | Zeughauser Group | Mergers & Law Firms, The Race to 10k Attorneys, Managing Partner Qualities, 2016 Elections, Brexit, Unfunded Pension Liabilities, Twitter, etc.||On this Episode #2, I interviewed Kent Zimmerman of Zeughauser Group on the 2016 law firm merger environment, the merger of Andrews Kurth with Kenyon & Kenyon, the Hogan Lovells merger, the Polsinelli & Novack Druce merger, Dentons challenge...||10/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 1: Lee Schreter | Chair of Littler | Diversity & Inclusion, Protege Program, Her Heroes, Reading list, Bucket List, Fav Drink||In this episode #1, I interviewed Lee Schreter, the Chairperson of Littler Mendelson, on diversity and inclusion, Littler's Protege Program, the firm's strategic initiatives, a key aspiring law firm leader trait, her go-to metric as a big law...||9/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Great choice for the first interview.
A very interesting and well done interview.
I am a non attorney and I found much to enjoy and learn that applys to my business.
As a Christian business owner I practice inclusiveness.
For us race, religion, orientation and the like are not ever considerations in hiring or advancement.
Chris, thank you.
Point of view from a law student
The interview with Mr. Hoffman was exceedingly helpful, interesting, and genuine both on the interviewer's part and the interviewee's part. Great job and looking forward to seeing more interviews pop-up on your page.
The interviews of law firm leaders help define what their individual styles and backgrounds may be but, more importantly, illustrates the different paths anyone can take to become a leader. Invaluable advice.