Charlotte law firm Parker Poe launches ‘mini-MBA’ program

Charlotte-based business law firm Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP has launched a new client-focused “mini-MBA” program for its attorneys and senior administration.

The program consists of a year of monthly classroom-style lectures and workshops that put to use legal skills and enhance attorneys’ business principles, the firm said in a statement. The curriculum is made up of guest lectures and group dialogue led by “top thought leaders” – much like an MBA program. Each course will be live streamed to all Parker Poe’s offices.

The purpose of the program is to teach Parker Poe attorneys and senior staff what the business community expects from its legal counsel, the firm said.

“Law firms need to be innovative in today’s marketplace. Our new program represents a marked change in practice and client development and demonstrates the value-add that Parker Poe delivers to clients,” Tom Griffin, Parker Poe’s managing partner, said in the statement.

The program kicked off Wednesday with an interactive course on the economics of law and understanding business client financials. It was led by Timothy Corcoran, a speaker on the business of law who leads the Corcoran Consulting Group.

Parker Poe has approximately 200 attorneys in seven offices in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. It’s known for its general corporate, litigation, environmental, tax, real estate, lending and public policy practices.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta