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LFVA On The Move
An Update & The Low Down 
Select, committed and service-oriented vendors serving the legal community.
October 2017
In This Issue


President’s Message  


September in Washington can mean different things to different people. If sports is your thing, September means baseball playoffs are around the corner and Washington Redskins are back in action. If you are like me and still have younger children at home, September means back to school and the official end of summer. If you are involved in the legal community, then September means another awesome LFVA event. For some of us, it means all three and much, much more.

The Events Committee under the leadership of Stacy Fischbach, Kevin Ward and Peter Thaler organized an outstanding event at one of DC’s premier restaurants, RPM. The food was over the top, the setting was great and everything just seemed flow perfectly. For those of you that have hosted an organized event of this size, know how hard the “flowed perfectly” can be so I applaud the Events Committee for pulling this off.

As always, it’s so nice to see so many friendly faces and to have the opportunity to thank them for their support. In speaking to some of you, comments were made about how long you have been coming to the LFVA events and how they have changed over the years. The events don’t seem quite as wild, the food seems to be getting better and better and the crowds are getting larger. One thing that has been constant is the great fellowship these events provide. I know I’ve said it before but I speak for the whole group when I tell you how much we look forward seeing so many good friends and having the opportunity to catch up with everyone.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means the holiday season will soon begin. I look forward to seeing you all at this year’s Holiday event. 2018 is a big year with the ALA National Convention at the Gaylord in May and the planning has already begun for a huge LFVA event at National Harbor.

On behalf of the LFVA, thank you so much for all of your support!


Upcoming Events
Oct. 18: Quarterly Networking Lunch
Oct. 26: Be a Better Boss Webinar Series Part 2
Nov. 2: The Headwinds of Leadership: a Blueprint for Resillient Leaders
Nov. 2: Networking Happy Hour & Silent Auction
Nov. 3: Capital Chapter Retreat: Leading Your Firm Into the Future
Nov. 15: Be a Better Boss Webinar Series Part 3
Dec. 6: Annual Meeting Holiday Lunch

LFVA Newsletter Committee 
Meghan Dunn, ADC Corp.
Brian Alvarez, MOI, Inc.
Debbie Sachs, MOI, Inc. 
Matt Vester, HITT Contracting, Inc.

2017 RPM Fall Event

As summer came to a close and the kids headed back to school, it was time for all of us to get back to the swing of things. What better way to do so than with a cocktail party at one of DC’s best new restaurants and time to catch up on everyone’s summer.

RPM Italian has been described as offering a Milan modern menu that appeals to a wide variety of guests with dishes meant to be shared, including more than a dozen fresh pastas made in-house daily, wild fish and seafood and celebrated Italian classics. The overall feel is very chic with sleek furnishings and perfectly set mood lighting. The extensive wine list has more than 500 Italian and American vintners and the cocktails offered are blend classic and modern styles.

With a pasta bar, incredible seafood, and miniature cannoli’s the evening was a perfect way to send off summer and welcome fall! As always, we all enjoyed seeing old friends, making new ones and having a few laughs over great food and wine. When the evening came to a close we all bid farewell with the promise of seeing each other soon and a great bottle of cold pressed olive oil! 



LFVA Member Spotlight

Document Security

How the modern law office is keeping documents more secure, while meeting space restrictions and budget requirements?

Many veteran legal administrators can probably quote the rule by heart. According to the American Bar Association, Model Rules of Professional Conduct 1.6, “A lawyer shall make reasonable efforts to prevent the inadvertent or unauthorized disclosure of, or unauthorized access to, information relating to the representation of a client.”

The consequence of a security breach can be devastating. The last two years have seen the first legal malpractice suit to allege gross negligence over a law firm’s security protocols, and even the notorious “Panama Papers” data breach which started with a law firm’s security leak. Today, more than ever, you need a document security plan — and a professional document security supplier.

Secure Document Destruction
Document destruction (shredding) is ultimately the single best way to ensure the security of your written information. The benefits of document destruction include:

 Reduced storage costs
 Absolute safeguards against information leaks
 Assured compliance with state and federal document destruction regulations.

There is a reason you were storing hard copy documents in the first place. Savvy legal administrators use a document security protocol that combines document destruction with secure digital archiving.

Secure Digital Archiving
This comprehensive solution is the choice of a growing number of law firms that value document security and access. With 24/7 online access to your records, you can easily access, share and collaborate instantly. You can also control access to your records by designating who should, and should not, have access to which files). Your archiving supplier may even offer an indexing process which will allow more rapid searches of your digitally archived content.

Ensure your digital archiving supplier meets these security criteria:
 Trained and vetted employees: including background checks, drug screenings, and e-verify validation
 A dual-layer quality control process
 Accurate, high-speed production scanning equipment and indexing
 Document management procedures and protocols
 Proprietary indexing to eliminate mix-matches

After determining that a digital archiving vendor meets your security criteria, review the files you have, how often you’ll want access, and how you’ll want access controlled. You may find that digital archiving offers you a cost-saving solution that provides higher security, lower cost, and faster access to documents than paper files ever could.

Company Profile:
JK Moving Services is an independent, professionally trained global relocation company that utilizes full time background checked personnel. We are in the business to provide you with a low stress relocation for residential, commercial and international relocations.
We earn our reputation for customer satisfaction through on-time performance, accurate pricing and complete professionalism. Our size, and strong financial position, allows us to properly maintain our fleet and regularly add resources, as necessary, to ensure unsurpassed capabilities.




For over seven years, Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers (SDWR), a 501c3 non-profit organization, has been breeding, training and providing service dogs to people with disabilities that may not be apparent, such as diabetes, autism, seizure and PTSD. Their mission is to provide as many high-quality bred and well-trained service dogs as the need demands.

This wonderful organization was the Law Firm Vendors Association charity selection for 2017. Our contribution will help defray some of the costs for the training and care of these specials dogs. To completely prepare one of these special animals for a family the cost is approximately $50,000.00 per dog. One of the priorities of Warren Retrievers is to be able to keep the cost of a dog for families as low as possible. Families enroll as volunteer ambassadors and in this role will raise awareness, donations and advocacy. The families work with the organization’s Client Services Department and Resource Center to raise funds. These efforts help the families raise the goal of $25,000.00 as their contribution toward the cost of the service dog.

Every case is different and the SDWR program is specifically designed for each client’s unique needs. The clients share details and a program is created that targets their primary concerns. Around the DC area there are approximately 30 families who have received a service dog from the organization.
The organization’s Puppies in Training Program is one of the initiatives. The puppies in training are with families or are provided foundational training by college puppy raisers. SDWR has established partnerships with 15 colleges throughout the United States where college student raise the pups on the campuses. When the pups are approximately 18 months old, they then go live with a SDWR trainer for about three to four months to refine their skill set specific to the disability they have been chosen to assist.

Recently LFVA members Lori DiCesare and Joanna Davis went to University of Maryland College Park campus for the FOPP/Puppy Raiser Program. At this event the organization delivered approximately 4 puppies to students. These college students will be raising some of these special puppies, giving them the foundation they need before the next step in the training process. We also had the privilege of meeting some of the students that received the puppies and will be involved for a phase of the training. They receive initial training for about 4 hours when they initially receive their dog and continuous support and guidance from the organization throughout their time raising the puppies.

Another special part of Warren Retrievers is the Fallen Officer Program. This program was developed in 2016 and is the organizations way to pay tribute to the officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to the community. The puppies are named after fallen officers and a way to honor the individuals and is also the organization’s way of saying “thank you” for your service. We met two of these wonderful puppies named Diamond and Carmen.Warren Retrievers is a wonderful organization and these well-trained service dogs provide both life saving techniques and peace of mind to those managing a disability or disease. 

LFVA logo
LFVA On The Move
An Update & The Low Down 
Select, committed and service-oriented vendors serving the legal community.
April 2017
In This Issue


 President’s Message  

What an exciting game. Those of you who were not able to attend the March 16th, LFVA Spring Event at the Washington Capitals, you missed an exciting overtime loss to the Nashville Predators. This is the second time in the last several years we hosted an event at a sporting event and again a great time was had by all. I want to thank Mike Miller for hosting along with Stacy Fischback and the events committee for organizing such a fun gathering of friends and business associates.
I also want to welcome Cushman and Wakefield as the newest member to the LFVA family. As many of you know, Jon Olmstead, formerly of Cresa, has moved companies and is now Executive Managing Director Tenant Advisory Group with Cushman. Cushman and Jon both have an excellent reputation in the legal community and we wish Jon success as he transitions to a new company.
That reputation is important not only to Jon but to all of us in the LFVA. Most of our members have spent decades at their respective organizations building a reputation of trust and excellence in our individual fields. As an organization, we view each member as a reflection of the group as a whole and demand the highest level of commitment to meeting needs of the law firms we have the pleasure of serving. We want you to know that when you work with a member of the group, you are working with a leader in their industry who is not only striving to uphold their reputation but also that of the LFVA.
On behalf of all members of the LFVA, I want to thank you for your business and loyalty. I hope everyone has a great Spring and I look forward to seeing you all at the next event.



April 2017

Generational Engagement Boot Camp: Best Practices to Manage & Maximize Multi-Generational Workplaces
Wednesday, April 12 – Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Sidley Austin LLP
1501 K St NW
Washington, DC 20005

Networking Happy Hour
Thursday, April 27 – Thursday, April 27, 2017

LINCOLN Restaurant
1110 Vermont Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20005

May 2017

Webinar: The Gift of Feedback
Tuesday, May 2 – Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Remotely access this session from your desk!

Quarterly Networking Lunch
Wednesday, May 10 – Wednesday, May 10, 2017
W Washington
515 15th St. NW
Washington, DC 20004

Implementing a Successful Formalized Flex Program
Thursday, May 25 – Thursday, May 25, 2017

LFVA Newsletter Committee 
Meghan Dunn, ADC Corp.
David Noel, MOI, Inc.
Debbie Sachs, MOI, Inc. 
Matt Vester, HITT Contracting, Inc.

Capitals Game with LFVA 
Just as everyone was starting to really to get sick of winter, the LFVA decided to host a Goodbye to Winter party at the Capitals / Predators game Thursday March 16th.

The Capitals took on the Nashville Predators at the Verizon Center in the last game between the teams this season. Unfortunately, the game ended in overtime with a 2-1 loss for the Caps, but at least they are still leading the division!

Since the game was the night before St. Patrick’s Day, that was the underlying theme of the evening. Green jerseys worn during warm-ups, player-used sticks wrapped in green tape and pucks with green Capitals logos on them were auctioned off by Monumental Sports & Entertainment raising almost $40,000 for the Anacostia Watershed…and the LFVA brought mile high carrot cake!

During the game, guests feasted on a variety of game day favorites like macaroni salad, buffalo chicken and barbeque pork sliders. It was a lively atmosphere with fun conversation and provided a wonderful opportunity to catch up with current friends and meet new ones here in the law firm community. Toward the end of the evening, Mike Miller (Washington Express) with the help of Cindy Conover (Shearman Sterling) drew names for door prizes. Three lucky guests received game pucks and one very lucky guest got to take home a team autographed stick! No one left empty handed as all received Capitals t-shirts as a thank you gift and although the Capitals didn’t win, everyone got to share in a great evening with wonderful people!




LFVA Member Spotlight

Changing Trends 

As we enter 2017 many businesses continue to find recruiting and retaining talent a top challenge. In February of 2017 the national unemployment rate was 4.7% down .2% from February of 2016. As experienced workers retire in increasing numbers, many companies are filling those vacancies with millennials. This change in dynamic leads to challenges in navigating the landscape of attracting millennial talent.

Millennials care about getting substantive work assignments and the opportunities to be challenged and have growth potential. Additionally, compensation is extremely important especially in DC metropolitan region with its ever increasing housing and rent prices. As recruiters that work with numerous law firms and corporations in the DC Metropolitan area we have an opportunity to learn many of the components of a position that are important to millennials. While many baby boomers value stability in a job; millennials change jobs more frequently, and many times the reason for the change is for a salary increase.

Millennials are always “ plugged in”. They utilize technology as a tool to gather information for their job search. Beyond a firm’s website there are various other resources they find value in when seeking insights into an organization’s culture or progressive areas of growth, for example. This information carries weight in their evaluation process. Their research on an organization will involve not only a ranking or mission statement, but also some insight into work-life balance or philanthropic work. With the ease that the internet provides today’s worker they are also able to obtain a plethora of resources to compare competitive data on salaries for specific positions.

In addition, with access to sites such as LinkedIn and Indeed, they can review current job opportunities and receive alerts about new postings. If a potential employer takes too long in the recruitment process, they frequently move on to another firm or company with other available positions. They place a high degree of value on a recruitment process that moves along a bit more quickly.

Many employers acknowledge there are significant differences between the spectrum of generations in today’s workforce. Priorities and preferences can have a broad range. To remain competitive in the marketplace many employers recognize a one size fits all recruitment, development and retention strategy may not best serve the generational diversity they may encounter. As the landscape of hiring, recruiting, law firm and corporate structures continue to evolve, we, as employers need to keep abreast of the changing trends.

Article written by Lori DiCesare, President of Legal Placements, Inc., (LPI), an established full service staffing agency located in Washington, DC.  LPI is a founding member of LFVA and a long-standing ALA Business Partner.  To contact Lori, please email (lori@legalplacements.com).



Congratulations to fellow LFVA organization Keno Kozie Associates and member Stacy Fischbach. Keno Kozie has once again been awarded “Best IT Outsourcing” by The National Law Journal’s Best of awards. Keno Kozie has won this honor for the fifth year in a row!