Navigating the Coronavirus Pandemic: How Firms are Aiding Clients and Running Their Own Operations - COMPLIMENTARY PROGRAM

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 72 minutes
Recorded Date: March 19, 2020
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  • COVID-19 Disruption: How are clients’ businesses being impacted? How are they adjusting investments, growth, supply chains, etc.? How long do they expect to feel the impacts?
  • How are law firms making decisions on firm operations, client meetings, and remote work? 
  • We will examine the legal issues clients are grappling with due to the coronavirus.
  • How might clients change their use of outside counsel as a result? What legal expertise will be needed? Where might they scale back? How will outside legal spend be impacted, if at all?
  • What has been the most helpful type of advice they’ve received so far? And where are they turning to get advice?

Runtime: 1 hour, 12 minutes
Recorded: March 19, 2020


The Coronavirus has had major implications for businesses around the globe, from travel, employee safety and managing large gatherings, to supply chain disruption, impact on deals and beyond.

GCs are facing unprecedented questions around crisis management, risk mitigation, business continuity and more. And law firms are looking for the best ways to advise their clients on these novel questions as they manage their own operations.

How do you run a global business in the midst of a global health scare?

In this seminar, our senior editors and analysts will detail what we are hearing from our deep contacts in the global general counsel community as well as in the law firm arena. We will explore what clients are asking of their firms, the needs of clients by industry and geography, how clients may adjust their outside legal spend, what law firms are doing to respond to the crisis for clients and themselves, and what this will all mean for law firm business in the near and far terms.

**This is a complimentary program provided by Pro. It will be included in all Learn from Home Bundles and is available to any CLECenter account holder. If you are not a member, you can create an account for free.**

This program was recorded on March 19, 2020.

Provided By


Alex Dimitrief

Zeughauser Group

Alex Dimitrief is an experienced C-suite leader, general counsel and trial lawyer who has collaborated extensively with dozens of law firms around the world to steer varied global businesses through a wide range of complex legal challenges. He is a champion of lawyers and the important roles that law firms and legal departments play in promoting integrity, civilized discourse and the rule of law.

As a partner at Zeughauser Group, Alex advises law firm leaders and general counsel and speaks on topics that he is especially passionate about, including leadership, diversity and inclusion, talent development and expanding and deepening strategic relationships between law firms and their clients. Alex is able to offer valuable and practical perspectives drawn from a unique combination of 20 years as a senior partner at a leading global law firm and over ten years as a leader of the world’s largest in-house legal department that consistently ranked as one of the largest global procurers of law firm and consulting services. He publishes frequently and is a sought-after speaker at law firm and legal department retreats, leadership meetings and high profile industry events.

As President and CEO of General Electric’s Global Growth Organization, Alex was responsible for driving GE’s growth in 180+ countries. On Alex’s watch in 2018, GE landed $76 billion in international orders. As GE’s General Counsel, Alex served as the principal executive advisor to the Board of Directors and led a global team of 5,000+ responsible for GE’s legal matters, compliance and government affairs and environmental health and safety programs. Alex was also a leader of the transformation of GE Capital, where he oversaw the largest-ever IPO/split-off of Synchrony Financial and over $200 billion of dispositions. In earlier GE roles, Alex led complex joint venture negotiations in China and Russia and won the “Hero of Growth Award” for GE’s defense of financial-crisis investigations and litigation.

In announcing Alex’s retirement from GE in January 2019, GE Chairman & CEO Larry Culp described Alex as “one of the most respected leaders at GE. He has ... been a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion … and is widely recognized as a compelling champion of integrity, transparency and the rule of law.” Alex was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree in 2018 by New York Law School for championing diversity and inclusion around the globe.

Alex joined GE from Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he was a trial lawyer in a broad variety of cases for 20 years. Alex attended Yale College and Harvard Law School, where he was Managing Editor of the Harvard Law Review, and he was subsequently selected as a White House Fellow and worked in the Reagan Administration’s Office of Political & Intergovernmental Affairs. He is co-teaching a new class at Harvard Law School on the “Corporation as a Citizen” and has served as a Trustee on numerous non-profit Boards.

Richard Caruso

Vice President & General Manager, Legal Media
ALM Media, LLC

Richard Caruso is the Vice President & General Manager of Legal Media at ALM.

Patrick Fuller

Senior Director, ALM Intelligence
ALM Media, LLC

Patrick Fuller is the Vice President of Legal Intelligence at ALM Intelligence. He is an accomplished Executive with nearly 20 years of experience within the legal profession. Most recently, he’s served as the VP of Business Development for AI start-up Neota Logic, and previous to that was the Director Legal Analytics for Wolters Kluwer’s ELM Solutions, working with legal departments to define, measure, and take action on key performance indicators for law departments and operations. Over his career, he’s had roles in business development, senior management, and consulting. He is a frequent author and lecturer who has logged more than 200 speaking and authorship credits within the legal profession over his career. Patrick is a Fellow in The College of Law Practice Management.

Heather Nevitt

Editor-in-Chief, Corporate Counsel
ALM Media, LLC

Heather Nevitt is the Editor-in-Chief of Corporate Counsel, Inside Counsel and Global Leaders in Law. Heather brings Valuable content to the various publications sites she manages while building communities and developing new event ideas to engage readers.

Heather joined ALM in 2005 and was the Editor-in-Chief of Texas Lawyer. Before joining ALM, she practiced law and earned her JD from Michigan State University College of Law in East Lansing, Michigan.

Gina Passarella

Editor-in-Chief, The American Lawyer & Global Legal Brands
ALM Media, LLC

Gina Passarella is Editor-in-Chief of The American Lawyer. She has covered the business of law for her entire career, first as a reporter and special projects editor with The Legal Intelligencer in Pennsylvania and then as senior editor for business of law in ALM's global newsroom. She took over as editor-in-chief of The American Lawyer in January 2017.

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