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Business and Ethics Basics of Law Firm Management 2022

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  • Start Date:2022-04-13 20:00:00
  • End Date:2025-04-13 20:00:00
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  • Level:Basic
  • Topics:Law Practice Management

$249.00 ["ProPass"]

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Within the rapidly changing legal landscape, learn how to effectively handle the evolving challenges of managing your law office. This program will help you to hone you practice management, whether you are starting your own law firm or whether you are a seasoned legal professional. Take away best practices and everything you need to know about law firm management.

Program Schedule

Logistics of Monitoring and Supervising Employees and Training and Advancement of Lawyers

How to Promote Diversity, Equity and Inclusion within your Firm

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Issues with Lawyers

All attendees will receive the course book as a digital download. A printed copy of the course book is available, at a discount to attendees, for $40. Additional copies are available at full price. If you wish to purchase the printed version of the course book, please call PBI Customer Service at 800-932-4637. Printed versions of the course book will not be distributed at the course; please allow up to two weeks after the program for the printed versions of the course book to be shipped.

Recorded in April 2022.



Laura Mattiacci Esq.

Ms. Mattiacci is a member of Console Law Offices LLC. She represents current and former employees, and applicants for employment, who have been victimized by discrimination based on sex, race, religion, national origin, color, disability, age, sexual orientation and pregnancy. Ms. Mattiacci also represents individuals in matters involving FMLA leave, long-term and short-term disability claims, retirement benefits, stock option plans, whistleblower claims, employment contracts and severance agreements. Ms. Mattiacci’s practice also includes significant class actions against large corporations, including claims involving sex and age discrimination, wage and hour violations, and illegal reductions in force. She has been a presenter on issues of employment law at PBI seminars, the People’s Law School and in other educational forums. From 2006-2009, Ms. Mattiacci was selected as a Pennsylvania Rising Star by Philadelphia magazine and the Philadelphia Super Lawyers magazine. She is a founding member of Philly MAMA (Mother-Attorneys Mentoring Association), a group dedicated to empowering attorney-mothers and encouraging them to succeed while celebrating their roles as both attorneys and mothers (www.PhillyMAMA.org). Ms. Mattiacci is also an active volunteer attorney with the Support Center for Child Advocates, representing abused and neglected children. Ms. Mattiacci is a graduate of the University of Scranton and the Beasley School of Law at Temple University. As a member of Temple’s National Trial Team, Ms. Mattiacci won several trial advocacy commendations, including a national championship in the American Association for Justice’s Trial Advocacy Competition. While in law school, she also clerked for the preeminent trial lawyer, James E. Beasley, Sr. Ms. Mattiacci is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. 

Stella Tsai

The Hon. Stella Tsai was appointed to the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in 2016 and elected to the bench in her own right in November 2017.  She has served in all three divisions of the First Judicial District and is now assigned to the Orphans’ Court Division, where she presides over trusts and estates disputes, will contests, and guardianship proceedings. She also has served as an election court judge in primary and general elections. Judge Tsai is Chair of the local Civil Rules Committee, Co-chair of the Civil Conversations and the Orphans’ Court Education subcommittees, and a member of the Judicial Ethics Advisory Board and a predecessor, the State Trial Judges’ Ethics Committee.  She is Treasurer of Clifford Scott Green Chapter of the National Bar Association and a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association State Civil Executive Committee. Judge Tsai has co-taught Remedies as an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and serves on the Law School’s advisory board of the Future of the Profession Initiative and Law School’s Equity & Inclusion Alumni Advisory Board, and is a Board member of Penn Carey Law’s Inn of Court. Judge Tsai received her B.A. with distinction and honors from The Pennsylvania State University in 1985 and her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School in 1988. 

Nicholas Centrella Esq.

Mr. Centrella is the Managing Shareholder of the Philadelphia firm of Conrad O’Brien PC, where he focuses his practice on litigation. During his 19-year career, Mr. Centrella has been selected as one of the top lawyers in the state for Legal Malpractice Defense by Best Lawyers in America, a leading lawyer in Chambers USA, The Clients Guide to Americas Leading Litigation Attorneys, and as one of 50 on the Fast Track by the Legal Intelligencer. He regularly represents law firms in legal malpractice and other civil actions, and has defended major corporations and other clients in complex commercial, regulatory, civil RICO, and white collar criminal defense matters.

Leslie John Esq.

Ms. John is the Practice Leader of Ballard Spahr’s Antitrust and Competition Group and Co-Leader of its False Advertising Litigation Team. Ms. John concentrates on antitrust and complex litigation, and she has represented clients in federal and state courts and before the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission. She also advises on antitrust issues in mergers and acquisitions, including securing pre-merger clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, and counsels clients on antitrust compliance and risk management. Ms. John is recognized for her antitrust acumen in Chambers USA and is among Benchmark Litigation’s Top 250 Women in Litigation nationwide. Chambers USA described her as “methodical, very strategic and highly intellectual. She also communicates very effectively.” Ms. John has substantial class action experience and was named “Litigator of the Week” by Global Competition Review in July 2015. She was honored by the Philadelphia Business Journal as the “Best of the Bar” in 2021, as a “Top Women in Law” by The Legal Intelligencer in 2016, and was the recipient of the Albert S. Dandridge, III Business Law Section Diversity Award, presented by the Business Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association in 2014. Ms. John has served as the Co-President of the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group from 2019 to present and is a member of Ballard Spahr’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council.  She is a Trustee and former President of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation.  She serves as General Counsel to Women’s Way.

Shelley Smith Esq.

Shelley R. Smith is Archer’s Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer and a partner in the firm’s Business Litigation and Labor and Employment Groups. She counsels clients in commercial litigation and labor and employment matters. She has experience litigating a wide variety of cases before federal and state courts and administrative agencies. She has handled cases involving discrimination and harassment allegations, including Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act. In addition, she has represented clients in matters regarding unlawful discipline, wrongful discharge, unfair labor practice issues, and whistleblower claims. She also handles collective bargaining issues, including private and public sector union negotiations and grievance arbitrations. She also provides day-to-day advice and counsel to personnel and human resource departments with respect to the numerous labor and employment matters which arise from daily operations. Ms. Smith is often called upon to review employee handbooks and manuals for Pennsylvania businesses, not only from a legal, but also from a human relations perspective. She assists such professionals in establishing and implementing policies, procedures and decisions regarding all aspects of the employment relationship, including hiring, firing, promotions, compensation, benefits, leaves, reasonable accommodations, and the investigation of harassment and discrimination claims. She counsels employers regarding compliance with federal and state disability laws, Civil Service Rules and Regulations, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and state and local employment practice acts. She also assists clients with hiring and termination processes, as well as purchasing and procurement matters. Ms. Smith joined Archer following a distinguished career in public service for the City of Philadelphia, most recently serving eight years as City Solicitor during Michael Nutter’s mayoral tenure. She represented the Mayor, City Council, all City elected officials, all City employees, Agencies, Boards, and Commissions. Shelley is the City of Philadelphia’s longest-serving City Solicitor. During her tenure with the City’s Law Department, she handled nearly every facet of the Law Department’s practice in some capacity, including managing the City’s Labor & Employment Unit. Matters under her supervision involved the defense of labor grievances and employment discrimination cases initiated in state and federal courts and administrative agencies, as well as managing the City’s collective bargaining and labor negotiations. As a trial lawyer, Ms. Smith tried more than 60 federal civil jury trials to verdict, as well as hundreds of other litigation and policy matters. Significant matters included the 39th Police District litigation, NAACP v. City of Philadelphia, and the jury trials of Joseph Frazier v. City of Philadelphia, Estate of Shannon Schieber v. City of Philadelphia, and Robert Mitchell v. Mayor John F. Street. She is a graduate of Villanova University School of Law (JD) and Temple University (BA, Criminal Justice.) Her memberships include the Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations; Archer Women Lawyers’ Network; Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania; Women’s Law Project; and Moore College of Art and Design. 

Raymond Williams Esq.

Mr. Williams is nationally recognized for his experience in litigation and diversity and inclusion. He has first-chair jury trial experience, as well as extensive pre-trial litigation experience in complex litigation with a concentration in multi-district litigation where he often serves as national coordination counsel. Mr. Williams also has significant experience in a range of internal investigation, compliance, and regulatory matters, particularly within the life sciences and media, sports and entertainment sectors. Mr. Williams regularly counsels clients on a wide-range of regulatory, risk management, due-diligence, product labeling, public disclosure, policy and crisis-management issues. Recent examples include acting as lead counsel with Senator George Mitchell as the monitor for Penn State University, reviewing product liability risk associated with the acquisition of a pharmaceutical company, analyzing pre-launch materials of a new product to the market and assessing grant agreement disclosures. Mr. Williams is a frequent speaker and contributor to litigation journals and industry publications regarding both diversity issues and his substantive practice areas. On numerous occasions he has appeared as a panelist on the Law Journal TV program and the American Law Journal TV program. Mr. Williams has consistently been listed by The Legal 500 United States, Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, The International Who’s Who of Life Sciences Product Liability Lawyers, and Euromoney’s Life Science Star Guide as a top lawyer in his field. He has used his legal skills to work on pro bono matters supported by his firm. Most recently Mr. Williams successfully represented the Navajo Human Rights Commission and other Navajo plaintiffs regarding their unequal access to voting polls in San Juan, Utah.

Robert Tintner Esq.

Mr. Tintner is a partner at Fox Rothschild LLP in Philadelphia and co-chair of the firm-wide Pro Bono Committee. His practice involves all aspects of real estate litigation, including title insurance matters, commercial litigation, professional liability matters, the representation of attorneys and law firms, defamation and First Amendment matters and intellectual property litigation. Mr. Tintner currently handles the Ethics Hotline for the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Professional Guidance Committee.  Mr. Tintner is a co-author of “Wrongful Use of Civil Proceedings and Related Torts in Pennsylvania” published by The Legal Intelligencer. He is the 2020 recipient of the “Citizens Bank Achievement Award” from the Philadelphia Bar Association and Citizens Bank, as well as the 2016 “Difference Makers Award” from the American Bar Association’s Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division. Mr. Tintner frequently lectures on topics related to attorney ethics, professional liability and quiet title/real estate litigation issues.  Mr. Tintner received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and his B.A., cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Middle District of Pennsylvania, the Western District of Pennsylvania and the District of New Jersey. Mr. Tintner is a member of the American, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Philadelphia Bar Associations.  Mr. Tintner presently serves on the board of directors for the Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program.

Brian Quinn Esq.

Mr. Quinn is a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania who currently serves as the Education and Outreach Coordinator for Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania, Inc., a Lawyers Assistance Program established in 1988 for the purpose of helping lawyers, judges and law students recover from alcoholism, drug addiction and mental health disorders. Mr. Quinn obtained his undergraduate degree in 1970, his law degree in 1973 and a certificate in Drug and Alcohol counselling in 2012, from Villanova University. Prior to his work with Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, he was a private practitioner for over 40 years and has also worked in the field of Alcohol and Drug Counseling in suburban Philadelphia. Mr. Quinn is a past member of the Board of Directors of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania and served as a peer volunteer for over six years prior to accepting his current role as the organization’s Educator in 2017. He has written and presented on lawyer wellness topics to law firms, Bar Associations and legal education providers for state, national and international groups as well.

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