Dec 14 2021


12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Effective Practices and Technology for Managing Law Firms

SPEAKERS: Jenny Karlsson, Head of Legal and Director of Global Markets, Lex Mundi (New York City, U.S.A.)
Stéphanie Tétreault, M&A Partner, TDS (Winnipeg)
Christopher Thurn, Founder, Alacrity Law (London, U.K.)
MODERATORS: Lisa Stiver, Business Law Practice Group Leader, TDS (Winnipeg)
Cory Shangreaux, Co-Chair, MBA Corporate Counsel Section

The purpose of the panel is to share insights with in-house lawyers on effective law firm management.

Best Practices for Managing Law Firms – Jenny Karlsson 
Jenny will discuss common pitfalls, standard retainers falling short and new approaches for legal departments to consider when managing relationships with external law firms, including Equisphere. Jenny will draw on her unique perspective from past roles as an in-house lawyer and more recently, a global perspective with Lex Mundi.

Managing Firms on Behalf of Clients as Outside GC – Stéphanie Tétreault
Stéphanie has been involved with hundreds of transactions involving external counsel in over 30 U.S. States and across the Canadian Provinces. Stéphanie will review the initial outreach process, engagement, retainers, billing, managing the file/relationship and liaison with external counsel and the client.

Operational Capacity to Manage Legal Firms – Christopher Thurn
You need the right structure and management capabilities in place to be successful managing your firms. Using a “legal operations as a service” – enabled with technology and using a relationship-based approach – means you set expectations, monitor progress, and hold everyone to account (external counsel and your legal department). With that in place, you can now gather the right data and drive value for your organization (while helping your firms to be successful).

Please RSVP (PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED) to the Manitoba Bar Association online at

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At approximately 9:30am on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 an email will be sent from the MBA advising you of the link that you will click on to join the Zoom video conference meeting.  So it will be important to register before 5:00pm on Monday, December 13, 2021.

Attendance at this MBA Section learning session can be applied towards your Law Society mandatory yearly continuing professional development requirement for Ethics, Professionalism and Practice Management for a maximum of 1.5 hours.

Michael Jason
Co-Chair, MBA Corporate Counsel Section
Richardson International Limited
Ph: 204- 934-5249

Cory Shangreaux
Co-Chair, MBA Corporate Counsel Section
Richardson International Limited
Ph: 204-934-5115

The event is finished.