Where Do Managing Partners Go to Learn How to Manage?

If you’re managing partner, or future managing partner of a large law firm, there are a number of educational opportunities to assist you in defining your role and gaining the necessary expertise to fill it capably. But resources for small and mid-size firms has been sorely lacking. Until now.

Four widely respected regional law firm consultants have announced the formation of the Managing Partner Development Institute, LLC. With experience in every aspect of law practice management, the group will provide a broad range of strategic and tactical guidance to current and prospective managing partners of small to mid-size law firms throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland.

According to founding partner Ellen Freedman, CLM, theirs is a significantly underserved niche. “While there are a number of institutes, programs and other resources for the largest law firms, very few of them address the unique needs of firms with between two and 50+ lawyers. That’s where we will focus our efforts.”

Joining Ms. Freedman, who is Law Practice Management Coordinator of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and president of Freedman Consulting, are: Mary Beth Pratt of MBPrattConsulting, a former law firm marketing director who consults with small and mid-size firms and also teaches a course on law practice management at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law; Daniel J. Siegel, an attorney and founder of Integrated Technology Services, LLC, a consulting firm that assists law firms with all aspects of legal technology and practice management; David Sorin, an attorney, author and president of Management Mpowerment Associates, a strategic planning, entrepreneurial and leadership development firm.

Ms. Freedman conceived the concept and organized the group in response to conversations with many law firm managing partners who lamented the lack of resources available to them run their firms – while at the same time serving clients and developing new business.

“There’s a real level of frustration on the part of these very capable and busy lawyers who, after all their education and experience, still find themselves struggling to master the many disciplines required to lead their firms,” Ms. Freedman commented in a recent interview. “It’s amazing what they don’t teach in law school.”

Others agree, including Alan Feldman, immediate past chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association and managing partner of the Philadelphia law firm of Feldman, Shepherd, Wohlgelernter, Tanner & Weinstock. “It’s an open secret within the profession that running a firm really well requires help, and I’m very pleased Ellen and her partners have stepped into the breach. I have the highest regard for Ellen, and feel confident that the Institute will be a valuable resource.”

The Managing Partner Development Institute will hold its first conference June 1 and 2, 2007, at the Normandy Farm Hotel & Conference Center in Blue Bell, Pa. It is expected to draw current and future managing partners from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland, as well as administrators and executive directors from small and mid-size firms. In addition to programs, the Institute will provide on-going resources to attendees.

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