Managing Legal Uncertainty: What the Legal Profession Can Learn from the Real World

Nashville Litigation Lunch & Learn


Speaker(s) ,

Wednesday, August 20-Thursday, August 21, 2014
5:00 AM-5:00 AM


Litigation is risky and expensive, but like all legal work, it can be managed using disciplines that are well-developed in private industry. Join the Litigation Team of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP for an illuminating one-hour program on the use of operations management methods to improve legal work. Even we lawyers can be taught to be better in scoping our projects, whether it is litigation or another major project! Project Management and Lean are among the operations disciplines that can be applied to law practice. But how do these disciplines, which were born in industry, apply to the ambiguous and unpredictable world of legal work? This fast-moving, illustrated program will address:

      -    What are Project Management and Lean?
      -    What seven terms should every lawyer know to apply the lessons of these 
      -    How do these disciplines address the uncertainty inherent in legal cases?    
      -    How do they relate to the use of information technology?
      -    How do they change what clients should expect of their outside counsel?
      -    How many lawyers should it take to change a light bulb?

The structure and disciplines that will be presented in this course will provide a framework for communication between counsel and client that maximizes the “return on investment” in the legal relationship.

This course is pending approval by the Tennessee Commission for Continuing Legal Education for one hour of CLE credit.



John E. Murdock III
John Murdock’s practice includes private capital, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial law. John combines a knowledge of law with a sensitivity to process. John is a leader in the use of information technology and operations methods in law practice and a frequent speaker on these subjects and the future of law. John’s present efforts include a detailed collaboration with Nancy Lea Hyer, a professor at Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management and a leading expert on operations management. John will highlight lessons from that collaboration.

Robert S. Patterson
Bob Patterson is a trial lawyer who understands business from the inside. During his 36 years of practice, Bob has tried innumerable lawsuits of all types and complexity to a verdict. Bob also advises clients on issues of corporate governance, having served as managing partner of the legacy firm of Boult Cummings Conners & Berry and chaired numerous outside boards. When handling complex litigation, he combines these legal and business skills to apply project management strategies for the benefit of both the client and the lawyers serving the client.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Tennessee Health Management, Inc.
512 Autumn Springs Ct., Suite A
Franklin, TN 37067

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
1600 Division Street, Suite 700
Nashville, TN 37203

11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.- Registration & Lunch
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.- Seminar

By invitation only; seating is limited.
RSVP by August 14.
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For questions, please contact Pam Wiener at or 615.252.3515.
No representation is made that the quality of legal services performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.