Surviving a Disaster III: Putting It All Together and Preparing for the Inevitable-Writing and Testing a Business Continuity Plan

Level: Intermediate
Runtime: 65 minutes
Recorded Date: January 10, 2018
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1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • What is business continuity?
  • How to become compliant with ISO 22301?
  • Why choose to be certified to ISO 22301?
Runtime: 1 hour and 5 minutes
Recorded: January 10, 2018


This CLE webinar is designed to enable law firms, lawyers, and law practice managers to appreciate that the business continuity management programs are based on ever-changing industry standards, guidelines, and best practices. It describes how more law firms are adopting and leveraging standards for resilience that maximize value, minimize cost, deliver benefits, and contribute to top-level performance.

Business continuity is a key component of any law firm’s risk management program. However, law firm partners, associates, and employees are often not aware of the existence of the program or their roles within the business continuity effort. Are managing partners able to rely on a business continuity program if key stakeholders are unaware of their response and recovery and responsibilities? No. And, as a result, the time and resources invested in the continuity planning effort are often wasted.

Writing and testing a business continuity plan are essential components of any law firm’s business continuity but, before beginning to write a plan, the law firm should define the business continuity program, including the governance design; conduct the business impact analysis and risk assessment processes; and complete the development and selection of the firm’s response and recovery strategy.

This program was recorded on January 10th, 2018.

Provided By

American Bar Association


Eric Kretz, PMP, MBA

The Continuity Project, LLC

Eric served at the Federal Emergency Management Agency leading two divisions from 2006 to 2017 in the National Continuity Programs Directorate. Eric was responsible for leading Continuity for Federal, State, territorial, tribal and local governments for the United States. Eric developed Federal policy and requirements, and integrated Federal and non-Federal government programs through joint training and exercises. Eric managed requirements, planning guidance, training, exercises, assessments and operational support to help ensure Federal, State, territorial, tribal, and local governments continue their essential functions under all conditions. Prior to assuming responsibility for division leadership, Eric served in various management positions within the National Continuity Programs Directorate beginning in 2002.

Since 2016, Eric serves as a U.S. Representative to the NATO Civil Preparedness Group providing alliance and bilateral resilience and civil preparedness improvements.

Eric served in FEMA’s recovery operations from 1998 to 2002. He held various management positions in providing federal individual disaster assistance, individual family grant disaster relief in coordination with State governments, cooperative disaster relief with the American Red Cross, and cooperative relief with international organizations worldwide.

Eric began his government service in the U.S. Coast Guard. He is a graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy and also studied as an exchange student at the United States Military Academy at West Point. His active duty service included six years at sea aboard Coast Guard Cutters and three years on the staff of the First Coast Guard District Commander. Eric served as the Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Red Oak from 1991 to 1993. Eric served as an Aide to the First Coast Guard District Commander as well as on his operations staff. After leaving active duty Eric continued to serve in the Coast Guard Reserves, recently retiring after 30 years combined service.

Eric worked in the manufacturing industry from 1993 to 1998. He held several management positions in plastic container manufacturing and quality control including responsibility for the production of over $60 million in annual sales.

Eric holds a Masters of Business Administration Degree from James Madison University and is a Project Management Professional (PMP). He is a Master Continuity Practitioner, Level II. He and his family reside in central Maryland where he is active in several volunteer organizations in his community.

W. James Williams

Business Continuity Specialist
Sidley Austin, LLP

Jim Williams is a Business Continuity Specialist at Sidley Austin, LLP.

George B. Huff, Jr.

The Continuity Project, LLC.

George B. Huff, Jr., is the founder of The Continuity Project, LLC, which provides coaching, mentoring and consulting services on emergency preparedness and response, and business continuity management systems for organizations of all types and sizes.

Prior to founding The Continuity Project, George served as Attorney-Advisor for the Space and Facilities Division of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts (AO). George advised the U.S. Judicial Conference’s Committees on Space and Facilities and Judicial Security. In his work with the Judiciary, George also served as a law clerk in the Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C., in the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago, and in a variety of legal positions at the AO associated with court management, facilities and security. As a former Deputy Attorney General of Indiana, he is the attorney of record on a number of reported cases. George retired from the Army Reserve after service in various senior-level operational positions.

George’s primary additional duty with the Administrative Office of mthe U.S. Courts was advising the AO's Judiciary Emergency Preparedness Office during more than 35 disaster-related incidents affecting court operations throughout the U.S. He has published cover articles on business continuity and pandemic preparedness in journals of Federal and American Bar Associations. George is a Certified Business Continuity Professional. In addition, he served as the advisor to the Judiciary Emergency Preparedness Program providing guidance and assistance for operational continuity management programs. He participated in the activities of the Interagency Continuity Advisory Group. George conducted continuity exercises for the AO and U.S. courts, and continues to teach business continuity in continuing legal education programs and webinars. George is a graduate of the Park-Tudor School in Indianapolis. He holds an undergraduate degree from Hanover College, attended the Graduate school in Forensic Studies at Indiana University, and the College of Law of Northern Illinois University. As an U.S. Army Reserve officer, George qualified an an airborne-ranger and earned the green beret. He completed the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the British Territorial Army Command and Staff College, and the Air War College's Associate Program. He was awarded the Legion of Merit and other military decorations. An active member of the bar of the Indiana Supreme Court and a number of federal courts , George serves as a Member of the American Bar Association’s Special Committee on Emergency Response and Preparedness.

Chauntis Jenkins-Floyd

Porteous Hainkel Johnson

Chauntis T. Jenkins has practiced in the New Orleans office since 2001. She has a general civil litigation practice with an emphasis in insurance defense, coverage disputes, first party extra contractual claims, bad faith, fraud and special investigation litigation. Ms. Jenkins has successfully represented clients in matters that have proceeded to trial in Louisiana state, appellate and federal courts. She also has been able to secure the successful resolution of matters prior to trial in mediation. She serves on the firm’s Business Development Committee. Ms. Jenkins is a recipient of the 2010 Louisiana State Bar Association President’s Award for her role as Chair of the Third Annual Conclave on Diversity in the Profession.

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