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Publication date: January, 2017
Format: Paperback
Pages: 100
ISBN:

For law firms considering restructuring their business to meet the demands of a highly competitive market, hiring an experienced chief operations officer (COO) is sure to be a consideration. 


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For law firms considering restructuring their business to meet the demands of a highly competitive market, hiring an experienced chief operations officer (COO) is sure to be a consideration. 

However, the reassignment of duties and shift in perspective this appointment will require may prove challenging for some firms. Finding the perfect match for a firm’s unique culture and requirements is a difficult yet essential task. 

With input from a number of current law firm COOs and executive directors, alongside some of the most respected and sought-after consultants working in the legal space, Rise of the Legal COO examines the scope and variety of the legal COO role and how the challenges and demands of the position have altered as law firms have evolved over the last two decades. 

Broken up into two parts, part one features first-hand experiences and insight from the likes of Chris Bull, founding director of Kingsmead Square, Rod Harrington, COO of Norton Rose Fulbright, Sherry Gini, COO of Goldberg Kohn, Michael L. DeLargy, Executive Director of Barnes & Thornburg LLP, and Blane R. Prescott, COO Foley & Lardner LLP, Patrick McKenna, internationally recognized author, and James G. Perkins, COO of Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves and Savitch LLP.

Part two of the Rise of the Legal COO is a series of exclusive interviews with current COOs, who talk about how they relate to and support other leadership positions, get buy-in for change, and how they add value to the role, including ​Alastair Mitchell, COO of Pinsent Masons LLP, Blane R. Prescott, COO Foley & Lardner LLP, Sherry Gini, COO of Goldberg Kohn, and Michael L. DeLargy, Executive Director of Barnes & Thornburg LLP


Authors

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Patrick J McKenna

Patrick J. McKenna is an internationally recognized author, lecturer, strategist, and seasoned advisor to the leaders of premier professional service firms, and he has also had the honour of working with at least one of the largest firms in over a dozen different countries.

Patrick is the author of numerous books, most notably his international business bestseller, First Among Equals (currently in its sixth printing and translated into nine languages). 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). One example of that innovation was his launching the first instructional program designed to specifically address the issues that new firm leaders of larger firms face in their first 100 days – which has thus far graduated over 70 new leaders many from AmLaw 100 and 200-sized law firms, as well as from notable accounting and consulting firms.

He is the only expert in professional service firms admitted to the Association of Corporate Executive Coaches, the #1 US group for senior level CEO coaches; and was acknowledged in 2014 by The American Lawyer magazine as ‘a long time succession consultant and coach to new firm leaders’.

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Chris Bull

Chris Bull is a founding Executive Director of professional services consultancy Kingsmead Square.

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James G. Perkins

James G. Perkins, chief operating offi cer and chief compliance offi cer
at Procopio, leads the fi rm’s non-legal operations including fi nance,
human resources, administration, marketing, and information
services. With 20 years of experience at the fi rm, he has more than
35 years total leading as a chief operating and chief fi nancial offi cer in
the professional services, management consulting and manufacturing
industries.

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Michael L. DeLargy

Michael L. DeLargy is executive director of Barnes &
Thornburg and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of
the firm, including finance, information technology, human
resources, marketing and facilities. Mr. DeLargy has served as
chief operating officer and chief growth officer at a large regional
law firm in Chicago. Prior to entering the legal administration field, he was an accountant, controller and director of operations
for regional and national accounting firms.
He is a graduate of Point Park College and he earned an MBA
from Robert Morris College. He joined Barnes & Thornburg in
2014.
Mr. DeLargy is a member of the Association of Legal
Administrators’ (ALA) national, Chicago and New York City
chapters and is a past treasurer and current advisor to the board
of directors of the Chicago ALA chapter. He is also a member
of the Legal Marketing Association; International Facilities
Management Association; International Legal Technology
Association; and American Management Association.

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Sherry Gini

Sherry Gini is the Chief Operating Officer at Goldberg Kohn,
a commercial mid-size law firm in Chicago, where she oversees
the management of the day to day operations of the firm,
including human resources, recruiting, technology, security,
marketing, operations, and space planning. Sherry is a member
of the management committee, which is responsible for the
long-term strategic planning of the firm. She is also an active
member of the firm’s diversity committee and women’s task
force.
Sherry has 24 years of human resources and management
experience in the legal and corporate communities. She earned
her Bachelor of Science in Business from Indiana University, a
Master of Science in Human Resources from Loyola University
Chicago, and a Certificate in Financial Management from
University of Chicago. She is an active member in the ALA,
SALA, SHRM, and several other roundtable associations.

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Rod Harrington

Rod Harrington joined Norton Rose Fulbright as Chief
Operating Officer in May 2016. Prior to that he spent five
years at Latham & Watkins in 2011 to manage their European
operations and help develop and deliver on the firm’s strategic
objectives in the region. He also spent 18 years in the management
consultancy sector, latterly as European COO for Booz & Company (formerly Booz Allen Hamilton) where he was
responsible for financial management and operational leadership
for a business of over 700 consultants. An accountant
by background, Rod has held many senior finance positions
in the past including CFO for the Global Integrated Markets
practice at Booz. He holds a degree in Chemical Engineering
from Exeter and is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered
Certified Accountants.

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Alastair Mitchell

Alastair Mitchell has over 30 years’ experience of working
in professional service firms. He is currently Chief Operating
Officer at Pinsent Masons where he is responsible for the firm’s
operational infrastructure across the global network.
Alastair plays a lead role in ensuring that business operations
departments work together to support the firm through
provision of services that are fit for purpose and support the
firm’s strategy, whilst being high quality and cost effective.
Alastair has extensive international experience having
worked in Asia and Central and Eastern Europe.
He has previously held roles as COO at both Linklaters,
where he worked for 13 years, and Holman Fenwick Willan.
Alastair is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants
and is also a graduate of the Meyler Campbell Executive
Coaching Programme, with a keen interest in developing young
talent.

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Blane R. Prescott

Chief Operating Officer, Foley and Lardner


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