Host: Don Fancher, principal, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP
Organizations looking to modernize their legal departments may face a major hurdle: gaining consensus among stakeholders on various aspects of transformation. What role can legal operations play in pushing past that hurdle? We’ll discuss:
- Common catalysts for legal department modernization and typical areas targeted for transformation.
- The vital role—and important elements—of a change management strategy.
- Leading practices around talent, metrics, data, and technology needed for modernization.
- Practical implementation considerations, including opportunities for quick wins, possible pockets of resistance, and lessons learned from past modernization initiatives.
Meet the speakers
Don Fancher is a Deloitte Risk & Financial Advisory Principal with Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP where he serves as the Global Leader of Deloitte Forensic as well as the Co-Leader of Deloitte’s Legal Business Services practice. Mr. Fancher has over 30 years of experience assisting clients and leading practices in forensic, dispute consulting and legal transformation. He currently leads over 4,500 Deloitte professionals around the world serving clients in areas such as financial crime, disputes and investigations, business insurance, discovery, data governance, legal transformation, and contract lifecycle management. Mr. Fancher has significant experience assisting clients and counsel in performing forensic investigations and special reviews for matters regarding financial crime, misappropriation of assets, breach of fiduciary duty, and FCPA violations. These have included both individual employee and institution-wide schemes for misappropriating funds and/or improperly reporting asset values and financial performance. These investigations have been performed for privately held companies, private institutions, not-for-profit entities and major, publicly held corporations. Mr. Fancher also has extensive experience consulting with counsel and management on accounting, financial, and economic matters as they relate to facts and the determination of damages and values in litigation, dispute resolution, and business insurance matters. He has testified in numerous commercial litigation and class-action matter throughout a number of jurisdictions in Federal, State, and Bankruptcy Court. Mr. Fancher has also provided consulting services in a variety of matters regarding the assessment and evaluation of intellectual property portfolios to assist his diverse client base in the management of technology and intangible assets. He has provided assistance in licensing negotiations, technology and intellectual property valuation, market and industry assessments, and intellectual property portfolio management. He has also provided commercialization, monetization and business and intellectual property strategy assistance to clients. Beyond intellectual property, Mr. Fancher has been active in providing innovative solutions and strategies to legal departments in areas of workforce transformation, technology and workflow assessments, and contract lifecycle management implementation. Mr. Fancher earned his BBA in Finance from Texas A&M University and his MBA from Baylor University. He has authored numerous publications, provided presentations, and been quoted extensively in periodicals and publications on subjects around a variety of regulatory compliance, forensic, dispute and legal technology issues. Mr. Fancher also hosts Deloitte’s Resilient Podcast series focusing on legal and regulatory issues. He is active with the American Heart Association, having served as the Past-Chairman of the Southeast Affiliate Board, while also serving on the National Board and Audit Committee. He is also a Certified CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and holds a Secret Level Security Clearance from the United States government.