Post #744 - Thursday, October 15, 2015

First quasi-NED of a U.S. Law Firm

Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country's preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce internationally renowned legal strategist Patrick J. McKenna has been appointed Advisor to the Board, where he will meet regularly with Jackson Lewis' Board of Directors to provide confidential counsel and advice.

"Jackson Lewis is thriving, in part due to our role in introducing business of law innovations such as alternative fee arrangements and our move away from the billable hour as an evaluative measure for associates," said Firm Chairman Vincent A. Cino.  "We want to make sure we continue to thrive.  For many years I have been a proponent of operating a law firm in the most client-centric and business-like manner.  Patrick's addition will introduce an external business voice to our Board's discussions, and is aligned with Jackson Lewis's mission to provide best in class legal services in the most efficient, strategic manner."

"The old methods of managing a law firm are no longer sufficient to address the magnitude of changes the legal community must regularly address," added Cino.  "We have watched as law firms in Europe and Australia have brought outside expertise to their boards by way of Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) and while we are not yet able to follow that precise model in the U.S., we are pleased to again stay ahead of the curve by adding this outside voice to our governing body."

Mr. McKenna, who brings with him over thirty years of extensive experience consulting to law firms on an international scale, is an author, lecturer, strategist and seasoned advisor to the leaders of premier professional service firms, having served at least one of the largest law firms in over a dozen different countries.  He has authored eight books - most notably the international business best seller, First Among Equals.  Mr. McKenna has been recognized by Lawdragon as "one of the most trusted names in legal consulting," and his three decades of experience led to being the subject of a Harvard Law School Case Study entitled: "Innovations In Legal Consulting."

"Law firms today are experiencing intense competitive pressure, encouraging those with vision to seek meaningful ways to differentiate themselves from the pack," said Mr. McKenna.  "My research suggests adding outside expertise to a law firm's governing body brings wider business experience and thinking to the firm, and contributes to clients viewing the law firm as more likely to operate with a greater awareness of prudent business practices than its peers.  Jackson Lewis is saying 'we are different and we are going to manage differently' and I am extremely proud to be a part of their innovative initiative."

About Jackson Lewis

Founded in 1958, Jackson Lewis is dedicated to representing management exclusively in workplace law.  With 800 attorneys practicing in major locations throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico, Jackson Lewis is included in the AmLaw 100 and Global 100 rankings of law firms.  The firm's wide range of specialized areas of practice provides the resources to address every aspect of the employer/employee relationship.  Jackson Lewis is a leader in educating employers about the laws of equal opportunity and, as a firm, understands the importance of having a workforce that reflects the various communities it serves.  Jackson Lewis is a founding member of L&E Global Employers' Counsel Worldwide, an alliance of premier employment law firms and practices in Europe, North America and the Asia Pacific Region.

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