Briefing on Key Issues and Trends in Law Department Compensation and Talent Management

October 1, 2008

Our Program:
Our briefing provides first-hand information on compensation data and staffing and talent management strategies for in-house legal personnel from Hildebrandt’s consultants. Hildebrandt reports on their annual Law Department Survey, the 2008 edition of which will be released days before the briefing.

The focus of the briefing is on compensation data – national and regional – and staffing and talent management strategies for general counsels and other in-house lawyers. In addition, the consultants briefly summarize other key spending and staffing metrics and organizational and management information contained in the Hildebrandt Survey. Drawing from their consulting experience with a wide range of law departments, the balance of the presentation will cover other important topics related to law department staffing and talent development and management. Ample opportunity will be provided for questions and answers, both during and at the conclusion of the presentation.

Materials from the briefing are available:

Who Should View This Program:
Chief Legal Officers and General Counsels; Deputy and Assistant General Counsels; Managing Attorneys and other attorneys with management responsibilities; Law Department Managers and Administrators; and Corporate Human Resources Managers who support the corporate legal function.

Featured Presenters Include:

Jonathan Bellis
Vice President and Chair of the Law Department Consulting Group, Hildebrandt International
Jon has twenty-five years of experience helping law departments apply sound management concepts, methods and programs, and effective systems and technologies, to their operations. His client work spans all aspects of legal management and technology. This includes strategic and operational planning; organizational structure and staffing design; legal talent management; client alignment and satisfaction; cost and financial management; performance management, metrics and reporting; process analysis and improvement; management and optimization of inside and outside legal resources; and process and technology alignment and improvement initiatives. Prior to joining Hildebrandt in 2003, Jon developed and led the Law Department Consulting Group at PricewaterhouseCoopers over a 20 year period. Jon established the leading benchmarking and compensation survey of U.S. law departments in the mid-1980s which is now the annual Hildebrandt Law Department Survey. Since the mid-1990s, Jon has led the identification and definition best practices in global legal function management.

Lauren Chung
Director and Editor of the Law Department Survey, Hildebrandt International

Lauren has over 10 years of management consulting experience. She has spent over four years working primarily with law departments in organizational and management improvement initiatives. She handles strategic planning, structural and organizational assessments, diagnostic reviews, cost management analysis, benchmarking, and outside counsel management. She also leads the industry’s premier law department management and compensation survey. She works with law department leaders and compensation professionals to define and implement best practices in benchmarking methodologies. She assists law departments in applying and utilizing metrics as a management tool for the legal function.

Jeffrey Reeves
Co-Partner-in-Charge, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Orange County Office

Jeff is a member of the firm’s Litigation, Securities, Media & Entertainment, and Class Action and Complex Litigation Practice Groups, handling complex commercial business disputes. Since joining Gibson Dunn in 1991, Jeff has handled all sorts of business litigation cases, including consumer and securities fraud class action cases, unfair competition, theft of trade secrets, auditing malpractice, accounting malpractice, Indian gaming, entertainment litigation and intellectual property matters. He has experience trying cases before juries in both federal and state courts involving a broad range of issues. Jeff is currently representing Grateful Dead Productions and a number of other rock and roll music icons as plaintiffs in federal court litigation asserting claims regarding the alleged unauthorized exploitation of artists’ rights of publicity and other intellectual property rights.

MCLE Credit Information:
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP certifies that this activity has been approved for MCLE credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of 1 hour.

This program has been approved for credit in accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board for a maximum of 1 credit hour, of which 1 credit hour may be applied toward the areas of professional practice requirement. This course is NOT approved for transitional credit.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is authorized by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to provide in-house CPD training. This programme is approved for CPD Credit in the amount of 1 hour.

Application for approval is pending with the Texas and Virginia State Bars.

For other questions regarding this briefing, please contact Katalin Vlaskovits at [email protected].