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International Bar Association's Annual Conference



Date: September 21, 2016

Time: 12:00PM - 1:30PM

Location: Washington, DC


  • Law firm of the future, second instalment: managing independence in a globally connected world


The necessity of ‘professional independence’ is deeply rooted in the legal profession. Many law firms proudly state that they are ‘independent’, and in recent years, the meaning of ‘independent law firm’ has evolved to mean ‘not part of an international law firm’. However, in a globally connected world, the meaning of ‘independence’ is ever more elusive, and most if not all ‘independent law firms’ and their partners collaborate with international law firms in some way – on client work, business development and know-how.


Robert I. Bodian is the Managing Partner of Mintz, and he's received national recognition for his management approach. Bob's practice has covered employment, commercial disputes, private equity, financial services, insurance, securities, real estate, sports law, and banking.