News and Events

August 27, 2017 6:30 pm to September 27, 2017 8:30 pm

Folks, we are ready to kick off our 15th (!) fun-filled LFMP year with a panel featuring the folks from Bloomberg BNA.  Casey Sullivan will lead a group of reporters from Bloomberg-land (specific players to be named later) where we will hear—1) What’s a Bloomberg story?  2) How to pitch ‘em;  3) how NOT to pitch ’em;  4)  changes afoot in coverage?   And 5) anything you care to ask.  We hope you’ll come for the usual revelry before, and the panel.  RSVP now, and let us know.

Whats: Inaugural LFMP Meeting, September Style

When: August 27, 2017 6:30 pm to September 27, 2017 8:30 pm

Who: Reporters and Editors from Bloomberg and BNA

Where: King & Spalding, 1185 6th Avenue, between 46th and 47th Street

Eats: Of course (thanks, King & Spalding and Micheline Tang!)

Why: In furtherance of our noble profession


September 21, 2017 - 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

The next LFMP London event will be on Thursday 21st September, kindly hosted by Baker McKenzie

This month, our guests will be reporter Will Shaw and copy editor Ed Harris from Law 360 UK, also joined by other reporters in the financial services and insurance teams.

Will and Ed will take us through topics including:

  • How Law 360 UK is growing and developing, and what the plans are for the future,
  • How Law 360 UK is structured and the team’s typical working day,
  • The differences between the way the different teams works and how best to engage with them,
  • The team’s current interests, views and editorial focus and how Law 360 globally differs from the other legal publications.


The event is free to attend, will take place under the Chatham House Rule and, as ever, questions and debate from the floor will be encouraged. 

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to

We look forward to seeing you there.

Whats: LFMP London: Meet the Law360 UK Team

When: September 21, 2017 - 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm


Baker McKenzie, 100 New Bridge St, London EC4V 6JA


June 19, 2017

My almost kinda last note of the school year….

Many, many thanks to all those who helped make Wednesday night’s final, huge gathering of the 15th LFMP year so great. Arielle Lapiano and her team at Paul Hastings provided us with beautiful space, superb sound, and food that will not soon be forgotten. Love that guacamole. And thanks for the scrumptious cheesecake! You shouldn’t have (even though I demanded it).

American Lawyer brass: Executive Editor Gina Passarella; Managing Editor Emily Barker; Global Managing Editor and Head of the Litigation Desk Melissa Hoffmann; and Deputy Editor for the Business of Law Brian Baxter were a great panel, leading us into American Lawyer’s newest ideas, how to approach them with stories, what NOT to do on a pitch, and plans for the year ahead. A good deal on their pet peeves, too, always helpful in keeping us on the straight and narrow. The audiofile, of course, is right here: www.If_you_want_to_hear_the_content_I_guess_you’

It was a great year with compelling guests ranging from the Wall Street Journal to Experts on Sports and Law, to Law 360’s panel, to our own group’s homegrown experts on content, crisis and excitement. Oooo, and Ari Melber, too! The Board had its first plenary meeting for next year just last week, and some programs are already in formation. Your fresh, impertinent ideas are most welcome in my inbox, or those of any of the board.

And speaking of the Board, my thanks to all of them for their continued support, leadership on programs, and non-stop razzing about my age and ego. Jeez, some people, they just never stop……Oh, wait. Thanks so much, Maziel Abrego (Vedder Price), David Brooks (of McCarter English); Catherine Hausman (Paul Weiss), Xenia Kobylarz, (soon to be of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, leaving King & Spalding), Susan Peters (Greybridge P.R.) and newest board member, Amy Fantini of Weil Gotshal. You are all appreciated more than I probably ever get around to saying. I am pleased and proud to call you not only colleague, but friend.

2017-’18 HOSTS NEEDED: Many of you have been the targets of my calls, imploring you and your firms to host our events. How about, this time, you offer without the begging? Certainly, any firm that regularly sends its people to meetings can afford to host and feed us once every year or 18 months. Would you kindly ask your overseers about hosting us next year? We’ve never canceled one for lack of venue, but we came close twice this last year. Let’s get our venues in place. Midtown space preferred, but downtown is doable in a pinch. End of nagging. Please contact me with your availability.

LFMP Mentoring Program, Second Round!

A few years back, we ran a very successful pairing of mentors and mentees, with duos meeting by phone and in person several times each (sometimes dozens!) as the mentees tried to a) improve their skills; b) figure out how to move up in their firms or in the profession; c) tackle difficulties that come up on the job gracefully and politically; d) whatever!

We’d like to do that again. If you have four or fewer years’ experience, or even if you have more but think you’d benefit from meeting with a senior practitioner, Put “LFMP Seeking a Mentor” in the re line, and drop me a note, being as specific as possible about the kind of support you’re looking for.

If you are a veteran communicator/marketer/genius (let’s say 7 years +?) and you’d like to be of service, please put 'LFMP Seeking a Mentee' in the re line, and tell me what you have to offer. I’ll do the pairing, confidentially, so send it to me directly, not to the LFMP address.

As I hope you know, I’m at

Both mentees and mentors can be either from the in-house law firm side or agency side.. All brains will be useful. Journalists looking to join the Dark Side welcome, too.


A revived Boston presence is planned for LFMP, so if you either go there to visit your office, or know someone who should know, please send me names and addresses, and I will forward to the Boston leadership. While I’m at it, many thanks to John Buchanan of Reed Smith, who re-started the San Fran chapter last year, and Beth Huffman, who plugs on wonderfully with the Washington chapter. London’s chapter is up and running wonderfully for more than two years now, thanks to Infinite Global in London! Houston? South Florida? Los Angeles? We’re waiting…


You wouldn’t be seeing this information, wouldn’t know about our meetings, wouldn’t have a place to go on those weekday nights, if not for the outstanding support and hand-holding provided year-round by Jamie Diaferia (newly named one of 540 Game-Changers in P.R. by PR NEWS!) and his tri-coastal firm, Infinite Global. They have provided all the administrative back-up for our emails, attendee lists, and job listings for years now, and we literally wouldn’t exist or survive without them. Infinite’s fee, of course, has been a whopping zero dollars and zero cents. Their woman on the front line is Sophie Cikovsky, who I hope is blushing as she reads and sends this. She is always present, and makes changes happen quickly and adjusts to all kinds of unexpected development. Thanks so much, Sophie! Come visit from that Place-on-the-Bay
Pedro Vega of Animus Rex, unsung hero: Pedro and his team have been running our website for several few years, asking for no money or thanks. They can’t have the former, but they have the latter, and most sincerely. It can’t be easy to work with us and all our ridiculous changes and updates. Oh, and those job listings.

Their custom website for your perusal is here: It will show you how very good they are:

Please think of them when you’re looking for a “do” or a “redo.”

Over and out, till we meet in September.

March 23, 2017 - 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

You’ve seen – and represented – them both: the attorney who is cocky, bordering on reckless when dealing with journalists, and the lawyer who is too media-shy for his/her own good.

Once you’ve landed the interview for your lawyers, the next step is to prepare them to be helpful to journalists and to walk the fine line between being unduly reticent and overly aggressive. Toward that end:

Panel discussion on training lawyers to be good interviewees and how to make the most of interview opportunities, including:

  • Best practices/pet peeves
  • Value of backgrounders
  • Managing expectations on both sides 
  • On the record vs. off the record vs. background interviews


Whats: LFMP NY Program

When: March 23, 2017 - 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm


Rubenstein - Worldwide Plaza, 825 Eighth Avenue (entrance west of 50th street and 8th Avenue facing courtyard – “Rubenstein” listed at security desk)


March 22, 2017 - 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Please join the Washington D.C. LFMP chapter on March 22 as Lloyd Pearson and Lauren Hughes discuss the latest changes in directory submissions.  This dynamic duo are uniquely positioned to give us update!  Lloyd has been an innovative figure in the field for more than 20 years, having worked as a researcher and editor at Chambers, as well as been in-house managing submissions.  Lauren, currently with Ropes & Gray handling its directory submissions, was previously the US editor of Legal 500.   In addition, broadcasting from London will be Rieta Ghosh, Editor-in-Chief of Chambers, who will give us an update on Chambers Connect.



Whats: Washington announcement

When: March 22, 2017 - 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm


Dechert LLP, 1900 K Street NW
Washington, D.C.

Special Instructions: Closest Metro stops are Farragut North or West
February 23, 2017 - 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Peter Shankman is an entrepreneur, CEO, runner, skydiver, podcaster, Ironman Triathlete, and most importantly, a dad. He’s the founder of ShankMinds: Breakthrough, a private, online entrepreneur community with hundreds of members around the world.

Peter Shankman is an entrepreneur, CEO, runner, skydiver, podcaster, Ironman Triathlete, and most importantly, a dad. He’s the founder of ShankMinds: Breakthrough, a private, online entrepreneur community with hundreds of members around the world. He’s perhaps best known for founding HARO, or Help a Reporter Out, the world’s largest source repository. His customer service and social media clients have included American Express, NBC, Universal, E Entertainment, Sprint, the US Department of Defense, Royal Bank of Canada, Saudi Aramco, Snapple, Walt Disney World, and many others. Peter is the author of four books, including his most recent best seller, Zombie Loyalists: Using Great Service to Create Rabid Fans. Peter also hosts the top-rated Faster Than Normal Podcast, helping people understand that ADD and ADHD is a gift, not a curse. And best of all, he has promised to focus his social media comments, observations, anecdotes and advice on corporate law and lawyers, meaning our favorite topic.

Whats: February 23 LFMP: World’s greatest social media expert, Peter Shankman!

When: February 23, 2017 - 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm


O’Melveny & Meyers, 7 Times Square (which is to say Broadway between 41-42, west side of the street)

Eats: Of course, and thanks to OMM, Emily Lattal and Chris Till for that!

Why: Do I really have to explain? He’s funny and smart, too. And did not pay me to say this.


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