Patrick J. McKenna is an internationally recognized author, lecturer, strategist, and seasoned advisor to the leaders of premier law firms; having had the honor of working with at least one of the largest firms in over a dozen different countries. A sparing partner and sounding board to firm leaders, McKenna helps by asking the right questions, confronting orthodoxies, unleashing the entrepreneurial spirit, building strategy alignment and enhancing profitability
He is the author of eleven books most notably his international business best seller, First Among Equals, currently in its sixth printing and translated into nine languages; with his most recent work entitled Strategy Innovation: Getting To The Future FIRST (Legal Business World, 2019).
Patrick’s decades of experience led to his being the subject of a Harvard Law School Case Study entitled: Innovations In Legal Consulting (2011). Examples of that innovation include his being instrumental in working with the College of Law Practice Management back in 2004 to develop the annual InnovAction awards; wherein he was responsible for selecting the name for the awards, participating in framing the award categories and criteria, and serving on the judging panel for the first three consecutive years. He is also known to have launched the first instructional program designed to specifically address the issues that new firm leaders of larger firms face in their First 100 Days – which graduated over 80 new leaders, many from AmLaw 100 and 200-sized law firms, as well as from notable accounting and consulting firms
Patrick serves on the advisory boards of companies in the international media; legaltech; and healthcare industries. He is a contributing editor to Of Counsel, The Legal Practice and Management Report based in New York; writes a periodic column for Legal Executive Institute; is the recipient of an “Honorary Fellowship” from Leaders Excellence of Harvard Square; and was voted by the readers of Legal Business World as an international Thought Leader (2017 – 2019).
Gillian Scott, Partner, Innovative Products, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. Gillian is partner at Osler, a leading National Canadian business law firm. In her unique, client-facing business role, Gillian provides strategic leadership on the assessment, development, staﬃng, pricing, launch and management of Osler’s innovative legal product oﬀerings. As part of Osler’s overall innovation strategy, Gillian is focused on transforming the business of law by providing maximum value to clients through new legal product oﬀerings that address their pain points and service gaps. Gillian’s current focus is on Osler Dash, the Franchise and Distribution Group's automated franchise disclosure and e-contracting platform.
Gillian brings 15 years as a commercial litigator and litigation partner at Osler and three years in Client Development to her role, giving her a unique understanding of client challenges and business objectives. This experience informs her unique approach to developing and delivering client-focused innovative solutions, products and services.
Gillian is based in Osler’s Toronto office.
Assistant Dean of Innovation, Strategic Initiatives & Distance Education & Professor of Legal Writing