The Next Normal: Legal workplace 2020 & beyond


Wednesday, June 24, 2020


11 am - 12 pm CDT 

Reshaping the legal workplace post COVID-19

COVID-19 has forced law firms to adjust how they operate with the rapid shift to remote working,  being pushed to fully embrace technology, make changes in work paradigms and processes, and harness the potential of underutilized tools.

Now, as companies begin to prepare to transition back the the office, it begs the question, what is the next normal, and how will the workplace be influenced? 

In this session our panel of partners will discuss:

  • Preparing for the return to work, the implications, strategies, and FAQs
  • Flexible working, its sustainability, and factors for future success
  • Social spaces, addressing new dynamics and concerns
  • Continued learning and maintaining training and mentoring in a virtual setting
  • The future landscape, how firms will adapt to work modes, and the future office layout

Register now! Space is limited.

About the Panel

Natasha Bonugli, Regional Principal, Design

With 17 years of global experience, Natasha was trained as an architect and has spent most of her career delivery of interior projects of all scales. She has led and developed a number of high performance teams whilst acting as both Project and Design Director for schemes across the globe.

Kristin Blenkush, Shareholder, Fredrikson & Byron

Kristin is a shareholder in Fredrikson & Byron’s real estate department and handles a wide variety of real estate transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, financing, development and leasing, with a focus on commercial leasing. Kristin is a Minnesota State Bar Association Certified Real Property Law Specialist and has been recognized as a Rising Star by Minnesota Super Lawyers from 2017 through 2020.

Skip Durocher, Partner, Dorsey & Whitney, LLP

Skip Durocher is Co-Head of Dorsey’s Minneapolis Office. He is also a partner in the firm’s Litigation and Regulatory Practice Groups. His practice focuses on complex civil litigation, with a particular emphasis on the defense of consumer class actions against financial services companies under the Truth in Lending Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and state unfair practices statutes. He has also handled a wide variety of other complex litigation, including minority shareholder disputes, insurance coverage, business torts, and federal Indian law

Lloyd Kepple, Partner, Fox Rothschild, LLP

Certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association as a Real Property Law Specialist, Lloyd represents financial institutions, corporations and institutional investors in connection with their national real estate equity investment and financing activities. He assists insurance companies, investment funds and banks in structuring and closing investment and financing transactions, including joint ventures and partnerships; acquisitions and sales of commercial real estate; mortgage lending and development; and corporate real estate sale and lease-backs. Lloyd's depth of deal experience across multiple investment structures permits him to offer crucial counsel to his clients in successfully negotiating and closing the deal.

Pat Mascia, Partner, Taft

Pat has 28 years of experience as a commercial real estate lawyer, investor, asset manager, finance and dispositions professional and developer. He brings significant real estate industry legal and business experience to his role at Taft. His principle areas of practice are; commercial real estate development and leasing, commercial real estate acquisitions, finance and dispositions, zoning and land use, and commercial and corporate finance. Pat is an honoree of Chambers, USA, Real Estate Law and the Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law