Successful Firm Playbook Event: Destination Development: A Successful Firm’s Approach to People, Process and Profit

1 Development Hour for Live Attendance

Tue, February 8, 2022 - 12:00PM - 1:00PM (EDT)

Tony Gerdes
Offit Kurman, Director of Knowledge and Innovation
William P. Cannon
Offit Kurman, Principal and Department Chair
Desiree Gareau
Offit Kurman, E-Knowledge and Innovation Manager

Professional development is critical for moving team members from the sidelines into active contributors to firm culture and growth. Join the Successful Firm Project and Offit Kurman as we explore new ideas for connecting firm leadership to continuous learning, better process and improved profitability.

Tune-in and gain:

  • Ideas to level set how your professional development and process are connected to profit
  • Communication philosophy for practice areas and the attorneys included
  • Considerations for attorneys looking to improve their business development acumen
  • Why leadership investment can improve both personal and professional returns throughout the firm
Tony Gerdes

Tony Gerdes

Director of Knowledge and Innovation

Tony Gerdes works as the Director of Knowledge and Innovation at Offit Kurman, P.A. In this role, he aims to improve the work lives of his colleagues. These improvements may appear as professional development and certification, increased billable fees and client origination, or more effective communication. He also serves as a Contributing Member of LTC4™ (Legal Technology Core Competencies Certification Coalition) where he has been able to support trainers around the world.

William P. Cannon

William P. Cannon

Principal and Department Chair

Billy Cannon is a Department Chair and a member of Offit Kurman’s Landlord Representation Practice Group. He represents property owners and property management companies in litigation, mediations, administrative agency hearings, leasing, and Fair Housing Act training and compliance. He is certified in Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) compliance and represents many LIHTC properties and other affordable housing providers. Additionally, Mr. Cannon represents sellers and purchasers in both residential and commercial transactions and litigation, with a particular emphasis on compliance with the District of Columbia Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA).

Mr. Cannon is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association, Maryland Bar Association, and the Real Estate, Housing and Land Use Section of the District of Columbia Bar Association. Mr. Cannon also serves as a mentor for the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program and presents and writes frequently on topics related to property management, Fair Housing and affordable housing management.

Mr. Cannon hosts a one minute weekly video series, The D.C. Property Management Minute, which concentrates on the unique set of laws impacting property managers in the District of Columbia.

Desiree Gareau

Desiree Gareau

E-Knowledge and Innovation Manager

Desiree is an experienced Instructional Designer with a demonstrated history of creative work. Skilled in various design programs, system management, and storytelling, she holds two certifications through the Association for Talent Development. Desiree is a content designer who enjoys building effective microlearning to support the business. Previously versed in the retail and banking worlds, she is excited to focus on legal as a new area of expertise.

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