Speaking Engagement

Lisa Damon Presents at Overcoming Lawyers' Resistance to Change Conference

"Transforming Six Sigma Into a Law Firm Value Initiative"

1/25/2011

AMA Executive Conference Center

New York, New York

Seyfarth Labor & Employment chair Lisa Damon presented January 25 for the Overcoming Lawyers' Resistance to Change Conference, hosted by Ark Group and Managing Partner magazine. In her presentation, "Transforming Six Sigma Into a Law Firm Value Initiative," Lisa discussed Seyfarth’s Lean Six-Sigma program, SeyfarthLean, which is designed to deliver legal services more efficiently and more transparently, and to assure that the right lawyers are handling the right matters, in a way that reduces costs to the client. A recent cover article in iSixSigma Magazine noted that by introducing process mapping and more collaboration with clients, Seyfarth Shaw is changing the behavior of people who have practiced law the same way for decades. The article quoted Association of Corporate Counsel sources who described the program as “five years ahead of every other AmLaw200 firm." But how do you pioneer an initiative when it goes against the traditional mindset and training of most lawyers? Lisa's session focused on how to bring about meaningful change by adopting a unique set of tools from the corporate world and making them work within a law firm.