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Building Highly Collaborative Teams and Their Impact on Law Firms

Speaker(s): David B. Sarnoff, Dr. Heidi K. Gardner, Gordon Loeb, Lanier Saperstein
Recorded on: Jan. 21, 2021
PLI Program #: 318700

David B. Sarnoff, Esq., is an ICF Certified Executive Coach and leadership trainer with Loeb Leadership. As a former paralegal, attorney, experienced executive search consultant, business owner, and former board of education president, David is uniquely qualified and experienced to understand the mindset, demands and challenges of attorneys, corporate executives, managers and individual contributors.

David utilizes his strengths as an executive coach to elevate the professional performance, mindset, emotional intelligence, soft skills, leadership potential and team building skills of his clients.  David is committed to raising awareness about allyship. In September 2020, he was appointed to serve a three-year term on the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee of the New York City Bar Association.  He is also an effective speaker and connects with his audience on a personal level.  David has presented on numerous topics to a variety of organizations, including several PLI One Hour Briefings.  These topics include, emotional intelligence, leadership skills, active listening, workplace conflict, allyship, corporate culture, shared mission, presentation skills and interviewing skills, among others.   Additionally, David is certified in the emotional intelligence assessment EQ-i 2.0.

Gordon is a trusted advisor to business and law firm leaders. As the President of Loeb Leadership, a leadership and management development company, Gordon’s responsibilities include business development, marketing, financials, and client and consultant relations. Gordon helped grow Loeb from a single independent consultancy to a thriving company with over 50 consultants that provide live and virtual training and development, executive coaching, public workshops, organizational development and design and student leadership development programs.

Gordon received his coaching certification from New York University and he combines his business and coaching skills to coach leaders in a variety of industries.   Gordon has deep experience coaching emerging leaders as they transition to leadership roles as well as coaching senior leaders faced with new opportunities and the need to strengthen their leadership skills.

Gordon has an extensive entrepreneurial and corporate background including starting and growing two successful companies and running a division of Automatic Data Processing (ADP).  Gordon also utilizes his certifications in Everything DiSC®, The Leadership Challenge®, The Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI), Situational Leadership II®, The Five Cohesive Behaviors of a Team® and Crucial Conversations® to help clients understand how to increase self -awareness and leverage their most valuable resource, their employees, to increase productivity and achieve desired results.  Gordon takes leaders through the process of identifying their strengths and exploring opportunities for development. He facilitates workshops, conducts speaking engagements and provides executive and leadership coaching for high potentials and high achievers in law firms and a wide variety of industries.

Gordon is the proud co-founder of the Marlboro Teen Advisory Committee (TAC) in NJ, an organization that helps teens and students develop leadership skills and gets them involved in community service projects. TAC currently has over 1700 local teen members and is the recipient of the 2015 New Jersey State Governor's Jefferson Award in the category of Youth Volunteer Program/Group.

Heidi K. Gardner, PhD, is a Distinguished Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Center on the Legal Profession and Faculty Chair of the school’s Accelerated Leadership Program.  Previously she was a professor at Harvard Business School.  Dr. Gardner’s book “Smart Collaboration: How Professionals and Their Firms Succeed by Breaking Down Silos” was published in 2017 by Harvard Business Press, and became a Washington Post bestseller.

Dr. Gardner’s research received the Academy of Management’s prize for Paper with Outstanding Practical Implications for Management. She has authored more than sixty books, book chapters, case studies, and articles.  The 2nd edition of her book Leadership for Lawyers: Essential Strategies for Law Firm Success will be published in 2019, and she recently released Smart Collaboration for Lateral Hiring: Successful Strategies to Recruit and Integrate Laterals in Law Firms. She has also been awarded an International Research Fellowship by Oxford University’s Said Business School.

Dr. Gardner has lived and worked on four continents, including as a Fulbright Fellow, and for McKinsey & Co. and Procter & Gamble.  She earned her BA in Japanese from the University of Pennsylvania, a Masters degree from the London School of Economics, and second Masters and PhD from London Business School.  She was recently named by Thinkers 50 as a Next Generation Business Guru.

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Lanier Saperstein has precedent-setting experience representing foreign financial institutions in the United States. He was, for example, the first lawyer in the United States to require a litigant to use the Hague Evidence Convention when seeking confidential bank records from China. Lanier has been recognized by leading publications for his work in international banking.

Representing financial institutions in both litigation and regulatory matters, Lanier has managed a broad range of issues relating to the Bank Secrecy Act, anti-money laundering, Office of Foreign Assets Control's (OFAC) sanction programs, the Anti-Terrorism Act, the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, the bank examination privilege, suspicious activity reports, Article 4A of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) and international wire transfers, and alleged fraud claims under federal and New York law.

Lanier routinely handles subpoenas, asset restraints, as well as judgment and arbitral award enforcement actions that involve cross-border issues, and he has litigated key subjects relating to personal and subject matter jurisdiction, international comity, and the separate entity rule. He also is a member of the Firm's LIBOR transition team, advising financial institutions on the expected transition to alternative reference rates and implementing remediation plans.

Lanier is a member of the NYCBA Compliance Committee, co-chair of its Subcommittee on International Developments, a member of the Legal Counsel Committee of the China General Chamber of Commerce - USA (CGCC), and an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School, where he teaches banking-related courses. He has written extensively on matters impacting financial institutions, and his writings have been cited in dozens of prominent law journals.