The COVID-19 pandemic made 2020 a very challenging year, as law firms were forced to quickly pivot from an in-office environment to a remote work model. Our newly released edition of the Intapp Risk Staffing Survey builds on our earlier surveys, and investigates the true impact of the pandemic’s global disruption.
In this year’s survey, we aimed to provide more-detailed insights into the breadth of risk services, staffing by function and firm size, and metrics for risk activities.
Our report tells an encouraging story, illustrating how key factors — the ever-increasing professionalization of risk teams; flexibility, creativity, and resiliency of risk managers; and investment in supporting technology — supported a successful transition to remote and hybrid work.
Join Intapp as we discuss the survey results and cover a wide range of topics, including:
– Pandemic-driven impacts on risk management activities and staffing
– Increased range of dedicated risk-management staffs
– Ongoing risk-management challenges
– Key risk-management staffing and business-agility metrics
Brenna GreenwaldRegional Counsel, Head of Business Acceptance
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer U.S.
Regional Counsel, Head of Business Acceptance
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer U.S.
Brenna Greenwald serves as Regional Counsel and Head of Business Acceptance at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer U.S. She leads day-to-day operations of the U.S. Legal Department and oversees the Global Legal Department Team in reviewing U.S. conflicts of interest and ethics issues. Greenwald initiated the firm’s overhaul of U.S. engagement letter and terms of business templates, and led the implementation of Freshfields’ advance waiver initiative to support firm growth in the U.S. market, increasing advance waiver compliance from 25% to 83% in 2019. Additionally, she managed the firm rollout of Intapp Terms software to catalog.
Allison Martin RhodesDeputy General Counsel
Allison Martin Rhodes
Deputy General Counsel
Allison Martin Rhodes is Sheppard Mullin’s Deputy General Counsel and is based in the firm’s San Francisco office. She specializes in legal ethics and risk management. Rhodes serves as counselor to the firm’s lawyers on an array of matters, including client and matter intake, engagement and disengagement issues, policy development and enforcement, conflicts of interest, internal investigations, the firm’s contracts with vendors and consultants, the firm’s partnership agreement, subpoena compliance, lateral partner intake and integration, insurance renewals, and the defense and coordination of claims and arbitrations.
Rhodes has been a longtime member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL) and served as the organization’s president from 2018 to 2019. She is a member of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility and serves on the center’s diversity committee. She is also the co-author with Professor Robert Hillman on the industry-leading treatise, Hillman on Lawyer Mobility: The Law and Ethics of Partner Withdrawals and Law Firm Breakups.
Meg BlockVice President, Risk Consulting
Vice President, Risk Consulting
Meg is a recognized thought leader, bringing more than 25 years of management consulting experience to professional service firms. She joined Intapp in 2014 and began its risk management consulting practice, which focuses on risk-oriented process reviews and design of enterprise-wide risk management programs. Before joining Intapp, Meg was a shareholder at Baker Robbins & Company and a senior manager in the Price Waterhouse Law Firm Services Group.