Industry Outlook Group Shot

(Seated, left to right)
Pete Smith, McDowell Rice Smith & Buchanan
Perry Brandt, Bryan Cave
(Co-Chair and Host)
John Schultz, Franke Schultz
& Mullen (Co-Sponsor)
Bill Beck, Lathrop & Gage

(Standing, left to right)
Jay Selanders, Kutak Rock
Pat Whalen, Spencer Fane Britt & Browne
Dave Frantze, Stinson Leonard Street
John Granda, Stinson Leonard Street
John Snyder, Dentons US
Herb Kohn, Bryan Cave
Harvey Kaplan, Shook, Hardy & Bacon
Rob Adams, Shook, Hardy & Bacon
Dave Fenley, Husch Blackwell
Jim Ash, Husch Blackwell
Pat Woolley, Polsinelli
Jim Oliver, Foulston Siefkin
Peter Brown, Lathrop & Gage
Roger Warren, Sanders Warren & Russell
John Mullen, Franke Schultz & Mullen
Nikki Cannezzaro, Franke Schultz
& Mullen (Co-Chair)
Bob Thompson, Bryan Cave
Jeff Simon, Husch Blackwell

Who'll Start the Rain?

On a misty September afternoon high above the city in Bryan Cave’s new conference center atop One Kansas City Place, two dozen attorneys—consisting mostly of the region’s more significant rainmakers—convened to explore client development practices and the future of their industry.

Bryan Cave and Franke Schultz & Mullen sponsored the assembly, the 15th in Ingram’s annual Legal Industry Outlook series. In attendance were many featured “rainmakers” from Ingram’s present and past editions. Among the questions considered was what it takes to become one.

“I think the particular business we have chosen is, more than any other business in America, a people business,” said Perry Brandt, office managing partner of Bryan Cave. In recruiting new attorneys, said Brandt, “You really have to look for the people skills and take a holistic approach in the person you’re evaluating to see if they have the people and social skills to see if they can succeed in the profession.” Brandt co-chaired the assembly along with Nikki Cannezzaro, a partner with Franke Schultz & Mullen.



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