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Different Business Development Styles: Finding What Works For You

by Nicole Vongchanglor

Business Development Committee Member



I. Event Logistics

The program, “Different Business Development Styles: Finding What Works For You,”  will be held on Thursday, May 25, 2017, at One California Plaza Conference Center, 300 South Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90071. Appetizers and beverages, including wine, will be served at 6:00 p.m. The substantive program will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will last for approximately one and one half hours.

II. About the Program

In law school, you gained in-depth knowledge about the law, such as contracts, torts, and civil procedure. Once you graduated, you applied what you learned to produce quality work product and bill an excessive amount of hours for your firm. After working for a few years, however, you come to realize that it is just as important to generate business for yourself as it is to work hard and obtain positive results for your clients. Generating a book of business provides job security. Client relationships also can help you advance your career within the firm.

However, the question begs: When were you supposed to learn how to generate your own book of business? This program seeks to fill the gap, as it will provide you with the necessary tools not only to discover your own business development style, but also to apply it to foster your own business relationships and (ultimately) your book of business.

The program, “Different Business Development Styles: Finding What Works For You,” will feature four female partners from different legal backgrounds and practice areas who have successfully developed and maintained their own books of business at their respective law firms.

The panelists will cover a range of topics relating to different business development tools and styles that are critical for any lawyer in private practice. Each will discuss specific methods she uses for business development, and explain why certain methods work over others. The panelists also will track how their methods and tools may have changed over time and across different practice areas. The discussion will then focus on specific examples as to how each panelist has nurtured business relationships with individuals who are now her clients.  Because women in the legal profession face unique challenges for business development, the panel also will discuss how their styles and tools address those challenges.

This program is relevant to litigators and transactional lawyers alike from firms of all sizes. It also appeals to attorneys of all ages and experience, given that it is never too early to start building a professional network with potential clients.

III. Program Panelists and Moderator

To create a powerful, diverse, and all-encompassing panel, panelists were chosen from different practice areas and varying levels of practice and firm size.  All panelists are high-ranking, prominent attorneys in the Los Angeles legal community.  Panelists include:

Amy Churan- Robins Kaplan LLP

Amy Churan is a Partner at Robins Kaplan LLP and serves as the Co-Chair of the Insurance Industry Group at the firm. She has extensive experience litigating complex insurance catastrophic loss cases and represents insurance companies across the United States and abroad in property insurance litigation, insurance coverage, subrogation, and bad faith disputes. Amy has received recognition for her work in the legal community by being named a “Southern California Rising Star” by Super Lawyers in 2008 and 2010.

Jasmine Gevorkyan- Gevorkyan Law Firm, A.P.L.C.

Jasmine Gevorkyan is the Founder and Principal of the personal injury firm, Gevorkyan Law Firm, A.P.L.C. She aggressively represents individuals in litigation matters, including car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents, wrongful death, brain injury, slip/trip and fall, dog bite/attack, premises liability, and dangerous products/products liability claims. Before establishing Gevorkyan Law Firm, Jasmine worked as an insurance defense attorney. Jasmine has earned her several awards for her work, such as: Top Female Attorney in Southern California, Top 40 under 40 Attorney by the National Trial Lawyers, Top 25 Mass Tort Trial Lawyer, and Los Angeles Super Lawyer Rising Star.

Noelle Natoli- Foley & Mansfield, PLLP

Noelle Natoli is a Partner at Foley & Mansfield, PLLP, chairing the firm’s Elder Law and Transportation practice groups. Her elder abuse clients include long term care facilities, nursing homes, adult family homes, residential care facilities, hospitals, doctors, nurses, and employees of nursing facilities. Her transportation clients include owner-operators, independent contractors, and both large and small trucking companies. Noelle has been the recipient of the “Southern California Rising Star” by Super Lawyers in 2012 and the Corporate LiveWire Winner Transport Law in 2015. She is also Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.

Carol Zaist- Newmeyer & Dillion LLP

Carol Zaist is the firm’s General Counsel, Pro Bono Chair, and a Partner at Newmeyer & Dillion LLP. Her practice focuses on business litigation, construction disputes, real estate litigation, and trust litigation. She has extensive experience in representing both plaintiffs and defendants, which have resulted in several multi-million dollar awards and judgments for plaintiffs and summary judgments, defense verdicts and settlements for defendants. Carol has received numerous accolades for her work in the legal industry including: Southern California Super Lawyers from 2015-2016, “Southern California Rising Star” by Super Lawyers from 2006-2014, Orange County Best Lawyers List for Commercial Litigation from 2016-2017, and Top Women Attorneys in Southern California in 2016.

Christina Lincoln- Robins Kaplan LLP (Moderator)

Christina Lincoln is an Associate at Robins Kaplan LLP. Her practice focuses on business litigation and insurance catastrophic loss matters. Christina’s business litigation practice covers a wide range of matters, including claims for breach of contract, contract interpretation, tort liability (such as negligence, fraud, and strict liability), breaches of fiduciary duty, unfair competition, misappropriation of trade secrets, alter ego liability, partnership disputes, and other related causes of action. Before joining the firm, Christina practiced as a civil litigator with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Newmeyer & Dillion LLP. Christina has been recognized as a “Southern California Rising Star” by Super Lawyers from 2015-2016.

We hope to see you there!


This program is graciously sponsored by:



Nicole Vongchanglor is attorney at Foley & Mansfield.