LFVA April 2017 Newsletter

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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!