January 19, 2021

Navigating Disruption in the Legal Space

Last week, we hosted a live panel discussion with our partners Tenant Talks. Originating in Vancouver, Canada, Tenant Talks now hosts events throughout the United States. Tenant Talks is an educational forum for office tenants. 

Our Tenant Talks event on January 13, 2021 “Navigating Disruption in the Legal Space in Philadelphia” was the first of many engaging panels we have planned for this year. The focus of last week’s event was how the coronavirus pandemic disrupted legal spaces. 

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The legal industry, like many high-touch industries, had to navigate disruption. The pandemic’s restrictions forced many office workers to work from home permanently. Many standard legal processes like in-person meetings and court hearings changed virtual formats. 

But the pandemic also brought light to new long-term habits like video conferencing. 

“We used to travel to client meetings all over the place. I think what Zoom calls have shown is that you really don’t need to travel all the time. You do get one-on-one interaction on these video calls. That will be a forever change. I think it’s going to cut down travel immensely in the future,” said Stephanie Resnick.

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How Industry Leaders Are Navigating Disruption in the Legal Space 

The panel that was moderated by Lizzy McLellan, Senior Editor, Business of Law, at ALM. She offered insightful feedback and hard-hitting questions to encourage panelists to share the ways that they navigated disruption in the legal space. 

The three legal leaders in the panel were: 

John D. Martini, Executive Partner, Philadelphia Office | Holland & Knight LLP

Stephanie Resnick, Partner | Fox Rothschild LLP

Nick Centrella, Managing Partner | Conrad O’Brien

First, each expert panelist shared different challenges they faced as they navigated business operations. One example was how to get people back into the office.

“The plan was to have 30% capacity at any one time. And, only have people come in 1 day a week until they got acclimated,” said Nick Centrella. However, due to city of Philadelphia ordinances, they have yet to implement their plan due to safety concerns and precautions. 

John D. Martini shared that Holland & Knight LLP bases their return to work plan on location of their offices throughout the country. In Philadelphia, the firm wrestles with a few approaches. “With mass transit, shared elevators, there has been zero rush to come back to the office…We did retrofit our office to ensure the space is thoughtful to coronavirus safety guidelines, but there’s more planning to do in our city offices.”

These three Philadelphia legal firms serve as an example of navigating disruption in the legal space. Their plans to gradually transition from permanent work from home policies to hybrid work-from-home / work-in-office policies provide guidance for many firms in the legal space.

Thank you to all three panelists for an exceptional panel discussion. 

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