October 2014 – Peter Chaffetz was a panelist at this year’s Annual IBA Meeting in Tokyo. Peter, who is a member of the IBA’s Litigation Committee, was part of an international panel that explored the challenges posed by alcohol and substance abuse in the profession, and the options available to law firm management when dealing with these and related issues. The session considered the impact of stress on the profession and the impact of alcohol and substance abuse on law firms. The panelists discussed a series of case studies and the potential approaches that could be taken to the various management issues that arise in these contexts, including depression, employee relations, sexual harrasment, and firm reputation.
The IBA Annual Meeting is the largest global conference for members of the legal profession and attracts participants from around the world. Peter Chaffetz formed Chaffetz Lindsey with four other partners from the New York office of Clifford Chance in 2009. He had previously been the Global Head of that firm’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice and a member of the firm’s management committee.