March – Bring on the Events!
March has been a busy one for our team at Everest! We sponsored the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) Driving Diversity & Leadership Conference that took place in San Antonio, Texas, and we attended Legalweek in New York City – both in the first week of the month!
Everest owner and president Sue Pellegrino and managing director John Trickey attended NAMWOLF’s annual conference. NAMWOLF is a nonprofit trade association comprised of minority and women-owned law firms and other interested parties throughout the United States. As a first-time member and sponsor, we were very impressed by the generosity and warm reception shown by the organization along with all the members and business partners we had the pleasure of meeting. Everyone at this event – from the organizers to the members to the other business partners – were so incredible to be around. “We really enjoyed all the conversations that were had and look forward to working with many contacts we made as a result of being at this event. As a WBENC Women’s Business Enterprise, we found this event a perfect fit for us, and we look forward to many years working with this organization and its members,” states Pellegrino.
A few days later, Trickey, along with VP of sales Jim Corcoran and senior project manager Jesus Gainza, attended Legalweek in New York! This event brings together thousands of legal professionals every year to network, attend sessions, learn about the latest legal technology and more. We were thrilled to be part of this event. After attending this show for many years, the team enjoyed seeing old friends and clients and networking with others at the show. We also had the opportunity to meet with editors from some of the top legal publications and enjoyed the conversations about hot topics facing this industry today. Things like capturing and effectively working with data from social media platforms, Slack and other chat-type solutions when it comes to e-discovery were what we heard discussed a lot at this event. Cybersecurity and artificial intelligence were also big topics, and there was even a session that focused on the metaverse and the many questions that come along with this technology and the law.
As this was the first Legalweek held in person post-COVID, attendance was substantial but a bit lower than in past years. Those who did attend seemed truly happy to be back in person after two years of chatting via Zoom or Teams. “It was noticeably refreshing. You could almost hear a collective sigh of relief at every turn,” says Corcoran.
Being able to communicate and network in person was such a great feeling, and our team was so grateful to be able to take advantage of these events and the opportunities that they offer. After a long two years of no in-person events, this week was a great way to get back to a more normal way of doing business. We can’t wait to attend the next event!