2018 Summer Mattern Matters Editorial

Hello, my name is Rob Mattern and I am the president of Mattern & Associates, LLC. Welcome to the Summer 2018 edition of Mattern Matters.

2018 Mattern Cost Recovery Survey

It is that time of the year again when flowers are blooming, grass is growing and the Mattern 2018 Cost Recovery Survey is once again compiling the industry benchmarks so many firms rely on.  We are pleased with the enthusiasm from this year’s respondents and look forward to delivering customized benchmark results to participating firms come September.  Thank you!

If your firm didn’t participate, you can sign up for an Overview of the results here. “The Mattern Cost Recovery Survey has been a useful tool for our Firm to benchmark our realizations in various recovery categories and compare them to other Firm’s our size and in our region.  It has validated that our cost recovery strategy is competitive and a worthwhile revenue stream for our Firm.”

– Andrea Meyers, Director of Finance & Operations at Miller Johnson

On the road talking the talk

Recently Mattern has been asked to participate in various speaking sessions as well as requested to moderate events. Three sessions at the recent ALA Annual Conference and Expo in Washington, DC discussing outsourcing, information governance and contract consolidation, as well as moderating a panel discussion on “Forming the Phalanx: Law Firm Compliance Around General Data Protection Regulation” at the Thomson Reuters West Coast Law Firm Leadership Roundtable.  We will be discussing the impact of GDPR on information governance initiatives again at the PwC Global Law Firm Services event in New York June 5-6.   If you would like Mattern to address your organization, please reach out to Lisa Schneider.

A matter of perspective

In the last spring issue of our newsletter, I mentioned that I visited the Dominican Republic on a service trip—a life-changing experience for sure. We met with the mayor of the village where we were working, and he mentioned that the village’s pressing issue was reliable water. At that time, the village only had running water for four (4) hours per day because the water supply had to be shared among a number of neighboring villages.  It forced the village to use water from the local river which is not clean and has caused a number of illnesses and deaths.

When I asked how much it would cost to solve the issue, he said $40,000—and a group of us set about raising the money to solve this problem. This past December, the construction was completed (early and under-budget – we here in the US could learn something there) and the water is flowing.  The impact on the village has been tremendous.  It just goes to show you, that it doesn’t take much to make a difference.

Driving firms forward

Lastly, I hope you find the articles included useful and that they help your firm get to a successful future. If you wish to further discuss any of the topics in this edition email me  directly at rmattern@matternassoc.com

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