Chicago, IL USA
Keynote Speech
The Future of Dispute Resolution – Evolutionary Transformation Without Disruption

Like any other profession, trade and business, the legal profession has been undergoing significant change since the global financial crisis of the years 2007 and 2008. New tendering practices and pricing models for legal services, the market entry of alternative service providers and the emergence of legal tech tools are just a few prominent examples of these changes.

There is no doubt that these changes impact the role, work and, consequently, business models of lawyers. They are so substantial that some even proclaim the end of lawyers.

In his keynote, I will talk about the changes which affect the work of disputes lawyers specifically and his vision of the disputes professionals of the future. My outlook is positive for those in need of the support of dispute professionals as well as the professionals themselves. In my view, the current developments are not disruptive but rather evolutionary, transforming disputes lawyers to holistic dispute professionals. Dispute professionals who not only represent their clients in specific expert proceedings, but rather advise their clients how to best deal and manage disputes and guide them through the process.

I am convinced that the transformative evolution of dispute professionals will not only lead to new, more extensive, law firm offerings, but also new academic training offerings for disputes professionals.

Jones Day will invite to a cocktail reception at the Law School after my keynote speech.




by Mr. Johannes P. Willheim of Jones Day

Friday, February 22, 2019
12:15pm — 2:20pm
Room III

The University of Chicago
The Law School
1111 East 60th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637

Boxed lunch at 12:10; Wine reception in Court Room Corridor at 1:25 pm

Please visit the University of Chicago – The Law School website for more information: https://www.law.uchicago.edu/events/future-dispute-resolution-evolutionary-transformation-without-disruption-dr-johannes



This event is free and open to the public, but seating may be limited. For special assistance or needs, please contact Aican Nguyen at aican@uchicago.edu.