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David A. Rueff Jr.

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Jackson
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David A. Rueff Jr. is a shareholder in the Jackson office of Baker Donelson and also serves as the Firm's Legal Project Management Officer.

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Professional Biography

Overview

David has been a practicing lawyer for more than 19 years, and is PMP certified through PMI, in addition to being certified in the Toyota Manufacturing Production System (Lean).

As a certified project manager through the Project Management Institute (PMP®), David leads a team of attorneys and project managers to implement project management for Baker Donelson clients, in-house corporate legal departments and disaster recovery programs. He was responsible for the development of the Firm's patent pending legal project management model – BakerManage®, the Firm's Lean model – BakerLean™ and the Firm's proprietary budgeting tool – Budget Designer™.

David is responsible for strategy development and implementation of pricing, legal project management, process improvement and supporting technologies, and he also manages a team of pricing specialists, legal project managers, attorneys and technologists. He regularly works with Firm lawyers and clients to develop specialized pricing models, budgets and operational improvements using both process and technology. 

David also assisted with the launch of the Firm's consulting affiliate, LegalShift, LLC and serves on the Firm's Board of Directors. He provides consulting services for in-house legal departments by applying some of the same innovations he helped develop at Baker Donelson. For example, David worked with an in-house legal department to improve communication within the team, automate performance metrics, improve controls on outside counsel spend and assist the general counsel with reporting to the executive team.

Representative projects include:

  • Management and oversight of a legal team of 11 lawyers and 20 paralegals for several federal grant and loan programs in Mississippi;
  • Management of a project team providing eligibility and verification services for a federal grant program for the State of New York;
  • Management of a project team providing eligibility and verification services for a home owner grant program for the city of Galveston;
  • Program development for a multi-family loan program for the State of New Jersey;
  • Representation of out-of-state lenders to prepare form loan documents for commercial loan transactions in Mississippi;
  • Representation of a construction lender on the development of one of the largest retail centers in Mississippi;
  • Representation of a lender on the conversion of an existing construction loan to a Letter of Credit supported by a Gulf Zone Bond Issuance through the Mississippi Business Finance Corporation;
  • Representation of a construction lender on loans for tenant improvements for large and small retail and restaurant tenants;
  • Negotiation of commercial leases from both the landlord and tenant perspectives; and
  • Issuance of title insurance commitments and policies for all of the above transactions and the issuance of borrower's counsel opinions.
Professional Honors & Activities
  • Project Management Professional (PMP®) certified project manager through the Project Management Institute, which demonstrates experience, education and competency to successfully lead and direct projects
  • Training and Certification in the Toyota Production System (Lean), Mississippi State University (December 2014)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Real Estate Law since 2010 
  • Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers as a leading real estate lawyer in Mississippi since 2008
  • BV® Distinguished™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Adjunct Law Professor, Mississippi College of Law
  • Fellow – College of Law Practice Management (2017)
  • Inaugural Chairman – ABA Law Practice Division, Legal Project Management Committee (2015 – 2016)
  • Special Counsel, Governor's Commission on Recovery, Rebuilding and Renewal for the Mississippi Gulf Coast – Land Use, and Public Services Committees (2005)
  • Pro Bono Coordinator for Baker Donelson's Jackson Office (2007 – 2012) 
  • Recipient – Baker Donelson Jackson Pro Bono Attorney of the Year (2007)
  • Mississippi Volunteer Lawyer Project – Volunteer Attorney
  • YWCA Board of Management (1-55 Branch) (2002 – 2006)
Professional Awards
  • Recipient – ILTA Publication Awards – "Matter Budgets Matter: A Case Study You Can Take to the Bank," International Legal Technology Association, Las Vegas (August 2017)
  • Finalist – "ILTA Distinguished Peer Awards – Innovative Project of the Year" International Legal Technology Association, Las Vegas (August 2017)
  • Finalist – "ILTA Distinguished Peer Awards – Innovative Law Firm of the Year" International Legal Technology Association, Las Vegas (August 2017)
  • Recipient – "Leader in the Law" honoree by the Mississippi Business Journal (2014)
  • Finalist – "ILTA Distinguished Peer Awards – Innovative Law Firm of the Year" International Legal Technology Association, Las Vegas (August 2013)
  • Named to Portico Magazine's "Portico 10" (January 2013)
  • Recipient – ILTA Distinguished Peer Award, Project of the Year for Baker Donelson's Legal Project Management Initiative and System (2012)
Professional Memberships
  • Member – American (Real Property, Environmental, Energy and Resources Sections) and Mississippi Bar Associations
  • Member – American College of Mortgage Attorneys
  • Associate Member – International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Member – American Society of Landscape Architects
  • Tri-County Real Estate Lawyers
Publications
  • Contributor – Corporate Legal Operations Consortium's (CLOC) Legal Project Management (LPM) Initiative to create standards and resources for the development and implementation of an LPM model for CLOC membership (October 2016 to August 2017)
  • Articles

  • Co-author – "Matter Budgets Matter: A Case Study You Can Take to the Bank," ILTA Potpourri White Paper, with Scott Peterson (November, 2016)
  • Co-author – "Enhancing Legal Operations by Integrating LPM Techniques with Matter Management, E-Billing and Financial Analytics," ILTA White Paper (October, 2016)
  • Co-author – "Not Just for Law Firms and Techies: Legal Project Management Depends as Much on People as Tech," Corporate Counsel , with Scott Rosenberg of LegalShift, LLC (October, 2016)
  • Featured – "From Start to Successful Finish: Could your firm benefit from better project management processes?," Legal Management Magazine (May, 2016)
  • Featured – "How to Develop Your Own Practice Management Solution: Lessons from Large and Small Firms," Legaltech News (January, 2016)
  • "Maximizing Value: Eliminating Waste Through Legal Process Excellence," ILTA's Business and Financial Management White Paper (December, 2015)
  • Featured – "New Tool to Manage, Bill Legal Projects," Mississippi Business Journal (April, 2015)
  • "The Art and Science of Legal Project Management" (February 9, 2015)
  • Co-author – "The Art and Science of Legal Project Management," The National Law Journal (February, 2015)
  • "Improving Client Service with Legal Project Management," Association of Corporate Counsel, Georgia Chapter Newsletter (March, 2014)
  • "Improving Matter Profitability with Agile Techniques," ILTA Connected Community (December, 2013)
  • Featured – "Law Firms Unravel Costs in New Business Model," Nashville Business Journal (September, 2012)
  • Co-author – "Value Based Legal Services – Is It More Than Estimating Hours at Standard Rates," with Mike Burks, ILTA White Paper (August, 2012)
  • Featured – "Tracking Legal Costs with Task Codes: Different Firms Take Different Approaches," Of Counsel (July, 2012)
  • Books

  • Co-author – "Legal Project Management - Increasing Adoption with Technology Solutions," with Susan Raridon Lambreth (November, 2016)
  • Co-author – "Implementing Legal Project Management, The Legal Professional's Guide to Success," with Susan Raridon Lambreth and Aileen Leventon (March, 2015)
  • Co-author – "The Power of Legal Project Management, A Practical Guide," with Susan Raridon Lambreth, ABA (ABA's Best Selling Book for 2014) (February, 2014)
Speaking Engagements
  • "Legal Project Management 101: Integrating Legal Project Management Into Your Practice," Memphis Bar Association, Core Legal Practice Skills Seminar (November 2017)
  • "Joint Panel on Developing a Reasonable Estimate of Fees," webinar, ABA Law Practice Division, LPM Interest Group and the New South Wales Bar Association (November 2017)
  • "Reducing Mistakes and Satisfying Ethical Requirements with Legal Project Management," American Bar Association, Law Practice Division, Legal Project Management Interest Group, Webinar (November 2017)
  • "Practically Speaking, Implementing Project Management at Your Firm," Firm Administrative Conference, Attorneys' Liability Assurance Society, Inc. (ALAS), Chicago, Illinois (August 2017)
  • "Better, Faster, Cheaper: Finding and Removing Barriers to Legal Process Improvement," ILTACON, Las Vegas, Nevada (August 2017)
  • "Project Management for Lawyers and Legal Professionals: Back to Basics," Association of Corporate Counsel, Georgia Chapter, Atlanta, Georgia (May 2017)
  • "How Can Lawyers and Legal Professionals Be Better Project Managers," JP Morgan Chase Offsite Training, Tampa, Florida (May 2017)
  • "A New Approach To Aligning the Objectives of Outside Counsel, In-House Legal and Corporate Business," Legal Marketing Association - P3 Conference, Chicago, Illinois (May 2017)
  • "Build or Buy? – Technology Solutions for LPM, Budgeting and Pricing," True Value Partnering Institute Webinar (April 2017)
  • "Taking Control of Your Law Department - Practical Uses of Legal Project Management," International Association of Defense Counsel, Chicago, Illinois (April 2017)
  • "High-Tech Lawyering Skills for Law Graduates," ABA TechShow, Academic Track, Chicago, Illinois (March 2017)
  • "Collaborating to Reinvent Legal Project Management," Reinventing Professionals (March 3, 2017)
  • "Project Management For Lawyers – Keeping Matters and Teams on Track," Practising Law Institute, New York (January, 2017)
  • "Project Management For Lawyers – Legal Process Improvement: A Natural Outgrowth from LPM," Practising Law Institute, New York (January, 2017)
  • "Practice and Professionalism - Legal Project Management," Guest Lecturer for Kent College, Chicago, Illinois (November, 2016)
  • "A New Approach To Aligning the Objectives of Outside Counsel, In-House Legal and Corporate Business," ILTACON, Washington D.C. (September, 2016)
  • "Legal Operations: Different Approaches and Helpful Technology Tools," ILTACON, Washington D.C. (August, 2016)
  • "From the Front Lines, Actual Jobs in New Law," ILTACON, Washington D.C. (August, 2016)
  • "LPM 101 - Integrating Legal Project Management Into Your Practice," ABA LP Division, Legal Project Management Committee Webinar (May, 2016)
  • "Legal Project Management For Lawyers – Managing a Matter to the Budget," Practising Law Institute, New York (January, 2016)
  • "Legal Project Management For Lawyers – Lessons Learned in Implementing LPM," Practising Law Institute, New York (January, 2016)
  • "PM Principles/Process Toolkit: Exploring Agile, Waterfall, 6 Sigma, and Lean," International Legal Technology Association Webinar (August, 2015)
  • Co-presenter – "Mandating Predictability in eDiscovery, Legal Project Management: eDiscovery Application," Tennessee Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, Memphis (July, 2015)
  • Practitioner Mentor – "Limited Legal License Technicians: Glorified Paralegals or New Roles for Increased Access to Justice," Law Without Walls, University of Miami - School of Law (Spring, 2015)
  • "Compliance & Ethics Functions Within Law Firms: Better Late Than Never or Before Its Time?," University of Miami - School of Law, Law Without Walls (March 2015)
  • "New Techniques to Manage Legal Teams, Improve Lawyer Communication and Report Successes," Association of Corporate Counsel, Tennessee Chapter (Knoxville) CLE (February, 2015)
  • Guest Lecturer – University of Tennessee, College of Law - Leadership Practicum (February, 2015)
  • "Legal Project Management Training Boot Camp, Stage 4: Evaluating & Closing the Project," American Bar Association Business Law Section, Center for Professional Development, Law Practice Division Webinar (January, 2015)
  • "Legal Project Management For Lawyers – The Ethics of Legal Project Management," Practising Law Institute, New York (January, 2015)
  • "It's a New World - Use Legal Project Management to Conqueror It!," ABA Litigation Section Leadership Meeting, Nashville, Tennessee (September, 2014)
  • "Legal Project Management: Prepare for Changes in the Practice of Law," American Bar Association webinar (August, 2014)
  • "Three Secrets of Pricing, Predictability and Profitability," Thomson Reuters Vantage Conference, New York (June, 2014)
  • Guest Lecturer – Michigan State University School of Law - Legal Project Management Bootcamp (May, 2014)
  • Guest Lecturer – Vanderbilt School of Law - Legal Project Management (March, 2014)
  • "Legal Project Management: Working with Outside Counsel to Manage Budgets, Timelines and Expectations" (February 2014)
  • "Legal Project Management For Law Firms – Developing a Breakdown of a Matter in Order to Build a Budget," Practising Law Institute, New York (January, 2014)
  • "Legal Project Management – Adjusting to New Demands" (November 2013)
  • "Legal Project Management – Adjusting New Demands in the Legal Services Market," Atlanta Bar Association, Corporate Counsel Section CLE, Atlanta (November, 2013)
  • "Maintaining the Work . . . Practically: LPM Lessons from the Trenches," Legal Marketing Association: P3 Conference, Chicago (October, 2013)
  • "Alternative Rocks! Non-Traditional Approaches to Legal Project Management," International Legal Technology Association, Las Vegas (August, 2013)
  • "CLE Marathon: Fundamentals of Legal Project Management," Mississippi College School of Law (July, 2013)
  • "Legal Project Management & Process Improvement," Thomson Reuters/West LegalEdCenter (May, 2013)
  • "Value-Based Legal Services: Not Just Estimating Hours at Standard Rates" (March 2013)
  • "Working with Corporate Counsel to Manage Budgets, Timelines and Expectations," Stinson Morrison Hecker, LLP – CLE for Stinson University (February, 2013)
  • "Using LPM to Keep AFAs Profitable," International Legal Technology Association Webinar (January, 2013)
  • "Legal Project Management for Lawyers," Practising Law Institute, New York (January, 2013)
  • "New Strategies for Increasing Your Book of Business in a Changing Legal Environment," National Bar Association, Gateway to Success: Navigating a Legal or Corporate Career in a Global Economy (October, 2012)
  • "Using Legal Project Management for Competitive Advantage," West Webcast (August, 2012)
  • "Legal Project Management – Working with Outside Counsel to Manage Budgets, Timelines and Expectations," Welsh, Carson Anderson & Stowe CLE, New York (June, 2012)
  • "Implementing a Legal Project Management Office," Project Management Institute (PMI), Legal Project Management Community of Practice (May, 2012)
  • "Legal Project Management – Implementation and Technology," International Legal Technology Association Conference (August, 2011)
  • "Navigating the Real Estate Issues Associated with the Mississippi's Katrina Disaster Recovery Programs," seminar, Mississippi Bar Association's Real Property and Government Law Section (June, 2011)
Press Releases

Education

  • Mississippi College School of Law, J.D., 1997, cum laude
  • Louisiana State University, M.L.A., 1991
  • University of Tennessee, B.S., 1988, cum laude

Admissions

  • Mississippi, 1997
  • Tennessee, 2007

David Rueff specializes in commercial real estate development and lending, as well as disaster recovery. He is particularly praised by sources for his high level of client service as well as his high level of technical ability. 

David Rueff is applauded by clients for his ability to 'quickly analyze a problem, craft a solution and translate that solution into action.' He is noted for his real estate expertise and the development of disaster recovery legal project management initiatives. 

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