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Ron Friedmann frequently speaks at legal technology and law practice management conferences on topics such as knowledge management, outsourcing, e-discovery, and online legal services.

Ron has also organized many conferences, including regular meetings of the DC Legal Market KM Group and the Law Practice Technology Roundtable. Ron is a founder and the organizer of both groups.


10 Years Gone: From Content to Tools to Productivity – A Legal KM Retrospective
(Presentation with Joshua Fireman – opening panel discussion at 10TH Annual Ark Knowledge Management In The Legal Profession, NYC, October 2014)

Time and Tide: Implementing Innovation Across the Firm – Legal Innovation Panel Discussion
(Co-panelist at The 12th Annual Law Firm COO & CFO Forum, NYC, October 2014)

Legal Market Innovation – The Long View of Change
(Presentation slides from a session at ITLA Annual Conference, 20 August 2014)

Maintaining Profitability with New Approaches to Legal & Business Support
[Presentation at  ALA Annual Conference, 20 May 2014]

Do Less Law
[Ignite presentation (video here) at ReInvent Law NYC, 7 Feb 2014]

Insights, Trends & Predicting the Future: How Law Firm Business and Practice Strategies Are Changing in the USA, UK & Canada
[Ark Legal KM Conference, with panelists Andrew Terrett, National Director of Knowledge Management, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP and Andy Daws, Vice President, North America, Riverview Law.  NYC, October 2013]

Innovation and Law Firms: Oxymoron, This Year’s Fad or Survival Imperative?
[ILTA Knowledge Management Peer Group Webinar.  With Ginevra Saylor, Andrew Baker, and Peter Daubaras.  13 Sept 2013]

Do Less Law, a TED-style talk in IT: The Catalyst
[ILTA Annual Conference, Las Vegas, August 2013]

Virtual Deal Rooms and Shared Collaborative Spaces: Technical and Practical Considerations for Managing Content
[Panelist with David Kiefer – DocAuto, Inc.; Mark Salamon – HighQ; Nancy E Woods – Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP; and T. Jason Smith – Duff & Phelps, LLC.
ILTA Annual Conference, Las Vegas, August 2013]

The Future of the Legal Profession, Plenary session at ACLEA Annual Meeting (program)
[Panelist with Professors Thomas Morgan and Mitt Regan, Baltimore, 5 August 2013]

Ark Group/Managing Partner’s 2nd Annual Law Firm Pricing & Profitability Conference
[Conference Chairperson, NYC, 19 March 2013]

Legal Project Management: Why, What, and How
[Presentation to 2013 World Services Group North America Regional meeting, Washington, DC, 1 March 2013]

New Model Law Firms, Futures Conference
[Moderator, panelists: Mark Cohen, Clearspire; Ben Lieber, Potomac Law Group PLLC; Andy Daws, Riverview Law, and Patrick Lamb, Valorem Law Group. Washington, DC, 26-27 October 2012]

College of Law Practice Management Futures Conference
[Conference co-chair with Steve Nelson, Washington, DC, 26-27 October 2012]

From Pricing to Service Delivery: Identifying & Re-Engineering the Most Important Drivers of Law Firm Profitability
[Panelist with Jerome Posatko, Manager of Financial Planning & Analysis, Steptoe & Johnson LLP; Matthew Laws, Director of Client Services & Pricing, Crowell & Moring; and Jill Nelson, IntApp (moderator). Ark Group / Managing Partner, Chicago, 27 September 2012]

Fixed Fees for E-Discovery
[Panelist with Brett Burney (Burney Consultants), Bill Belt (LeClair Ryan), and Alan Winchester (Harris Beach PLLC), ILTA Annual Conference, DC, August 2012]

Overcoming Irrationality: Improve Decision-Making and Client Service with Strategic Uses of Data
[Panelist with Mary Abraham (Debevoise & Plimpton LLP), Michael Mills (Neota Logic), and Jeffrey S. Rovner (O’Melveny & Myers LLP), ILTA Annual Conference, DC, 30 August 2012]

Forget the Wild Goose Chase … Focus on High-Impact Projects
[Facilitator with Mary Abraham (Debevoise & Plimpton LLP), Sally Gonzalez (SNR Denton), and Jordan Furlong (Edge International Consulting), ILTA Annual Conference, DC, August 2012]

Doing More with Less: Leveraging New Legal Service Models
[Panelist with Eric Albert, Deutsche Bank AG and Greg McPolin, Pangea3. ALM General Counsel Conference, NYC, 13 June 2012]

Delivering Innovation with Effective Change Management
[Panel Moderator, with panelists Rachelle Rennagel, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP and Kurt Stepaniak, KONE Inc. ALM General Counsel Conference, NYC, 12 June 2012]

Large Law Firm CIO Forum by Hildebrandt | West LegalEd Center
[Conference co-chair and moderator for two sessions. NYC, 24 April 2012]

Predictive coding: Salvation or just another passing fad?
[Co-panelist, with Mike McGuire (Littler), Howard Sklar (Recommind), Brandon Daniels (Clutch). Legal Tech NY Super Session, 31 January 2012]

LPO 2.0: Beyond document review and towards strategic partnerships
[Co-panelist with David Perla (co-CEO, Pange3) and John Cheek (Senior Corporate Counsel and Deputy IP Counsel, Caterpillar Inc.), New York Law Journal Webinar, 8 Nov 2011]

Law Factories vs. “Bet the Farm” Firms
[Session leader and co-panelist, with Toby Brown, Vinson & Elkins; Tim Corcoran, Hubbard One; and Mark Robertson, Robertson & Williams. An interactive session discussing whether law firms of the future need to segment clients in new ways at the College of Law Practice Management Futures Conference, Chicago, Oct 2011.]

Future-Proofing Your Law Firm
[Co-panelist, with Gerard Neiditsch, Executive Director Business Integration and Technology, Mallesons Stephen Jaques; Jeffrey Rovner, Managing Director for Information, O’Melveny & Myers LLP; Michael Mills, Kraft & Kennedy, Inc.; and Mary Abraham, Counsel, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. How large law firms can plan for an uncertain future, at the ITLA Annual Conference, Nashville, Aug 2011. PDF of slides at ILTA site.]

Outsourcing: Outrage or Opportunity
[Co-panelist with Jean O’Grady, Best Practices & Management Strategies For Law Firm Library & Information Service Centers, Ark Group, NYC, February 24, 2011]

Large Firm Knowledge Management Conference
[Conference co-organizer and session co-presenter for “The Rational Law Firm”, “KM BarCamp”, and “What’s Hot, What’s Tough”; private law firm KM meeting, NYC, February 2011]

Cost Management Strategies: Outsourcing
[Session moderator, private law firm knowledge management meeting, Toronto, October 2010]

Alternative Staffing Models
[Co-panelist with Maureen Atta, ILTA TV at the International Legal Technology Association Toronto, August 2010, Las Vegas]

A New View of the Automated Law Firm
[Co-panelist, with Gerard Neiditsch, Executive Director Business Integration and Technology, Mallesons Stephen Jaques; Jeffrey Rovner, Managing Director for Information, O’Melveny & Myers LLP; and Mary Abraham, Counsel, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. A look at the future path of law firms at the ITLA 2020 annual conference, Las Vegas, Aug 2010. INFO11 session. PDF of slides at ILTA site.]

Legal Process Outsourcing: Opportunities and Challenges 
[Co-panelist, Palo Alto Area Bar Association, Nov 2009]

Unbundling Legal Services
[Co-panelist, Ark Alternative Fee Arrangement conference, Nov 2009, San Francisco]

Legal Process Outsourcing: An Idea Ahead of Its Time or Just in Time?
[Co-panelist, ILTA Annual Educational Conferences, DC, August 2009]

Is There a KM Role for Administrative Staff?
[Session moderator, private meeting of law firm knowledge management professionals, NYC, February 2009]

Running Your Firm as a Business – A Closer Look at the Middle Office
[Co-panelist with Ed Poll of LawBiz and Ron Yano, CFO, Loeb & Loeb.  Law Firm Leaders Conference presented by the American Lawyer, October 2008, NYC. ]

Showcase Program of the ABA 2008 Annual Meeting: Outsourcing Legal Services Abroad
[Panelist, New York City, August 8, 2008.]

The Future of Law Practice:  Trends, Predictions, and Imperatives
[Panelist for plenary session at annual NALP conference, Toronto, April 18, 2008.]

Blogging: Why the Fuss  
[Presentation at the NYC Chapter of ALA, March 12, 2008]

The Future of Legal Secretaries
[Moderated discussion at private meeting of large law firms, Feb 2008, NYC]

Knowledge Mangement in the Modern Law Firm 
[Conference co-chair; panel moderator for An Expansive View of KM and for Aligning KM with Business Development and Competitive Intelligence, Ark Group Conference, October 24-25, 2007, Chicago]

Developing the Right IT and KM Governance Structure for Your Firm 
[Moderator, session at ILTA Knowledge Management Peer Group Track, August 2007, Orlando]

Legal Outsourcing – Overview, Opportunities, Issues 
[Panelist: The World Is Flat: What You Need To Know About Effectively Outsourcing Legal Services, an ALM – Law Journal Newsletter web audio presentation, May 16, 2007]

Blogging: Why the Fuss?
[Presentation at the ALA 36th Annual Educational Conference and Exposition, May 2007, Las Vegas]

Legal Publishers in 2007 and Beyond
[Presentation to a legal publisher, March 2007)

Non-Practicing Lawyers and Law Firm Startup Teams
[Co-presentation with Clark Cordner, IQPC Recruitment and Retention Strategies Conference, February 2007, NYC)

KM Best Practices
[Moderated a panel discussing KM best practices at a meeting of large law firm knowledge management professionals, February 2007, NYC]

Outsourcing Panel [“Better, Faster, Cheaper: The Advent of Truly Cost-Effective Legal Support Services”]
[Panelist at a Legal Tech session, January 2007, NYC]

Management Views of KM
[Moderator of a panel discussion at the Ark KM Conference, Chicago, October 2006]

KM – The Right Question?
[Guest lecturer, Strategic Technology & Innovation class in the SUNY/Stony Brook’s Graduate School of Business legal executive MBA program, NYC, October 2006]

Legal Technology and Outsourcing – A Legal Talk Radio Program
[Guest on Legal Talk Network’s Coast to Coast program with legal technology consultantRoss Kodner of Microlaw, August 2006]

Pragmatic Approaches to KM
[Presentation at the Interwoven Legal
IT Leadership Summit, May 2006]

Knowledge Management for the Modern Law Firm   
[Co-chair, 2-day advanced KM conference. Moderator, KM Morphing to Practice Support Consulting session. Ark Group, New York City, February 2006]

Experts’ EDD Trend Watch and Product Picks
[Panel discussion, recorded Webinar, ALM law.com EDD, November 2005]

Leveraging Technology to Enhance Your Knowledge Management Capabilities
[Co-presentation with Philip Crowley, Assistant General Counsel, Johnson & Johnson at the Marcus Evans LawTech Forum, New York City, November 2005]

Blogging – Is It Here to Stay?
[Presentation at the Fall Educational Forum of the ALA Capital Chapter, Washington, DC, November 2005]

Workshop – Making KM Client Facing
[Workshop co-led with Joshua Fireman of ii3, Inc. at the Ark KM in the Legal Profession conference, Chicago, IL, October 2005]

Trends in Knowledge Management
[Co-pesentation with Tania Daniels of eSentio to the eSentio CIO Roundtable Retreat, Washington, DC, June 2005]

Where are We Going? Lawyers as Technology Leaders
[Co-presentation with Toby Brown and Marc Lauritsen, ABA Tech Show, Chicago, April
2005]

Come Together, Right Now: Using the Internet to Communicate and Collaborate
[Co-presentation with Simon Chester and Rick Klau, ABA Tech Show, Chicago, March 2005]

A Case of Knowledge Management – KM Lessons from the Legal Industry
[Hummingbird Summit, Miami Beach, February 2005]

KM at the Crossroads
[Moderator for panel discussion, Legal Tech, NYC in January 2005]

Technology Update
[Glasser LegalWorks, The 2004 Law Firm Executive Director & CFO Forum, NYC, October 2004]

Making Knowledge Management Client-Facing
[Presentation to Chicago CIO Roundtable, organized by eSentio Technologies, June 22, 2004]

Hummingbird Legal CIO Advisory Board
[Moderator and agenda development, Hollywood, FL, February 2004]

Chart a Course for Knowledge Management Success
[Presentation with Kingsley Martin at Legal Tech, NYC in February 2004 and Chicago in October 2003]

NYC-Toronto-California Large Law Firm Knowledge Management Meeting
[Co-organized and co-moderated all day KM meeting, NYC, September 19, 2003]

Adopting Best Practices and Eliminating Castes
[Presentation to the College of Law Practice Management Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, September 13, 2002]

E-Discovery: The Inadvertent Production of Privileged Material and Protecting Databases as Work Product
[Presentation with Rebecca Levy-Sachs of Robinson & Cole, at the 2003 annual meeting of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, Le Manoir Richelieu, Quebec, July 2003]

A New Model for Innovation in a Professional Services Firm
[Presentation/Article at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young Center for Business Innovation forum on “Can professional service firms innovate fast enough to keep up with their clients,” Cambridge, Mass, December 2002]

In-House Counsel Use of Technology in the USA
[Presentation to clients of Blake Dawson Waldron, Sydney, November 2002]

The Future of Legal Technology
[ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law Technology Committee Midyear Meeting, May 2002, Boston]

Legal Advice and Guidance over the Web
[International Association for Artificial Intelligence and the Law, Practical Legal Knowledge Systems Workshop, March 2002, Chicago]

Law Practice Using the Web
[Fairfax County Bar, April 2001, Reston, VA]

Approaches to Knowledge Management
(Legal Tech, Jan 2000, NYC)

Emerging Competition on the Web
(Annual Partnership Meeting, large US law firm, Nov 99)

Legal Web Advisors
(Annual Partnership Meeting, large Australian law firm, May 99)

Update on Knowledge Management Tools
(Legal Tech, Jan 99, NYC)

Up and Coming Technology
(Glasser Legal Works, Sep 98, NYC)

Making the Net Pay
(Legal Tech Net, Apr 98, DC)

Managing the Legal Dept. in an Era of Change
(Large Law Department Council, Mar 98, NYC)

Lawyer Productivity Solutions
(Senior Management Retreat, legal publisher, May 97)

Internet Applications to Improve Law Practice
(Legal Tech, Apr 97, DC)

Using Technology to Manage Documents
(Strategic Techniques and Technologies for Efficient Litigation Management, Practising Law Institute, Mar 97, NYC)

Investing in New Technology: The New Paradigm for Law Firms
(Legal Tech, Jan 97, NYC)

Law Firm Intranets
(DC Litigation Support Managers Group, Jan 97, DC)

Technology Marketing and Marketing Technology
(Association of Legal Information System Managers, Oct 96, DC)

How Emerging Technologies Will Affect Law Practice
(Xerox-sponsored panel presentation, Oct 96, DC)

Building a Law Firm Intranet
(GE-organized meeting of in-house counsel, Jul 96, Fairfield, Conn.)

Client Communication Using E-mail and the Internet
(ABA Tech Show, March 96, Chicago)

Doing What the Client Wants Today
(ABA Tech Show, March 96, Chicago)

Technology to Trim Costs and Boost Production
(Law Department Governance: Lessons in Leadership, Business Development Associates, Oct 95, DC)

Client Communication Connections
(ABA 95 Annual Convention, Aug 95, Chicago)

Technology in Law Practice
(University of Maryland School of Law, guest lecture, Apr 95)

Alternative Billing and Technology
(ABA Tech Show, Mar 95, Chicago)

Managing Litigation Costs with Technology
(ABA Tech Show, Mar 95, Chicago)

Litigation Support
(American Lawyer’s “Surviving the ’90s Sea Change,” Nov 93, NYC)

Re-engineering for Productivity Breakthroughs
(Legal Tech, Dec 93, DC)

Work Product Retrieval
(12th Large Law Firm Technology Conference, May 92, Boston)

Marketing the Use of Information Technology in the Law Firm
(Association of Legal Information System Managers, Sep 91, DC)

Recent Advances in Litigation Support
(Idaho Bar Foundation, Mar 91, Sun Valley, Idaho)