Creating Your High Performance Practice Team

An Intensive One-Day Workshop for Practice Group Leaders; Identifying and Implementing the Structural Necessities for Effective Practice Management


  • 07 February, 2018
  • 09:00 - 17:00
  • 55 Fourth Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103, United States ()

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What your peers are saying:

"I enjoyed the practical tips. Patrick really understands law firm cultures and was responsive to specific questions and situations."

Kerrin Slatery - McDERMOTT WILL & EMERY

"This was extraordinarily helpful. Much more helpful than a similar event I went to at the Harvard Business School. It has given me some terrific insights that I intend to implement immediately." 

Scott Turner - NIXON PEABODY


Full Description

Whether you are the leader of a practice group or industry team, whether this is your first experience in leading a group or the custodian of an especially challenging group of mavericks, you are among the most essential players in achieving your firm’s long-term profitability and success…

This job is not an easy one! It is your challenge to:

  • Create a strong cohesive group out of a collection of bright, intelligent, autonomous individuals
  • Identify how, as a practice leader, you add value and what specifically is it, that you can do, that is likely to actually affect the success of the group you lead
  • Positively impact and enhance client satisfaction – turning client needs into growth opportunities
  • Find a way to develop a strategic direction in an intensively competitive marketplace and have your colleagues actually want to work together
  • Lead effective meetings that result in some action plans being formulated and your colleagues taking responsibility for actually doing something

Obviously, there are many challenges inherent to this position as law firms (and their clients) increasingly embrace the application of new economic and structural pillars necessary for the profession to benefit from greater alignment on issues such as efficiency and value. And perhaps you were never trained or given any guidance on how to go about organizing and managing a group of your fellow professionals. So, now where do you turn?

This intensive, skills-building workshop is an investment in your ability to make a measurable difference to your group’s quality of service, profitability, and professional morale. Every aspect of this experience is designed to provide hands-on checklists, interpersonal techniques and exercises to make it completely applicable for you to use immediately.

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Patrick J. McKenna

Patrick J. McKenna, McKenna Associates, Inc. is an internationally recognized author, lecturer, strategist and seasoned advisor to the leaders of premier law firms. One of the profession's foremost authorities on law firm leadership, Patrick has authored more than a few pioneering texts, including his book (co-authored with David Maister), First Among Equals: How to Manage a Group of Professionals, (The Free
Press) — which topped business bestseller lists in the United States, Canada and Australia, has been translated into nine languages, and has been widely described as the essential guide to practice group

McKenna’s published articles have appeared in over 50 leading professional journals, newsletters, and online sources; and his work has been featured in Fast Company, Business Week, The Globe and
Mail, The Economist, Investor’s Business Daily and The Financial Times. His consulting expertise was acknowledged in 2008 when he was identified through independent research compiled and published by
Lawdragon as “one of the most trusted names in legal consulting" and his three decades of experience led to his being the subject of a Harvard Law School Case Study entitled: Innovations In Legal Consulting
(2011). An example of that innovation was launching the first instructional program designed to specifically address the issues that new firm leaders face in their First 100 Days, which has thus far
graduated over 70 new leaders many from AmLaw 100 and 200 sized firms. His latest work is entitled, The Changing of The Guard: Selecting Your Next Firm Leader and was released by Ark Group Publishing in
April 2015. McKenna has consulted with at least one of the largest law firms in over a dozen different countries.