INBLF Black Tie Event

INBLF Annual Summit to be hosted at U.S. Supreme Court

By James M. Mulcahy on December 17, 2014

The International Network of Boutique Law Firms (“INBLF”) has recently announced that its tenth annual “Black Tie” event will be held in Washington D.C., the weekend of October 9, 2014. The event will culminate in a “Black Tie Dinner” hosted by Justice Samuel Alito in the Great Hall of the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Great Hall – a grand corridor leading to the Courtroom and filled with busts of all former Chief Justices – provides a majestic setting for the event. At each side of the corridor, double rows of 24 monolithic marble columns rise to a 44–foot high coffered ceiling. Against the marble the room is fitted with red carpet, upholstery and heavy draperies, highly polished Honduras mahogany, and bronze latticework in the gates to the side corridors. The guests at the Black Tie Dinner are in for a real aesthetic and historical treat.

In addition to the INBLF’s signature Black Tie Dinner on Friday, October 10th, the multi-day event includes a reception at the architecturally-acclaimed House of Sweden, a group tour of the D.C. monuments by night, an evening event at Hotel Palomar, and admission to the ceremony of the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court, along with various tours of our nation’s capital.

The INBLF, founded in 2004, is an organization of highly credentialed, single-disciplined law firms with over 350 member firms across the United States, Central and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa. The United States alone is broken into 40 separate chapters.

“Several members in the INBLF, spearheaded by Arnie Lutzker and Charles Kagay, have worked very hard to put together what we expect to be a marvelous event,” according to James M. Mulcahy, the INBLF Chapter President for Los Angeles. Past INBLF annual conferences have been held in San Francisco, New York, France, Chicago, Boston, Toronto, Atlanta, Colorado Springs, and Rancho Palos Verdes.

Mulcahy, a certified franchise and distribution specialist, credits the INBLF with providing him easy access to top-flight attorneys in other practice areas for referrals. “The INBLF provides a platform for us small-firm specialists to compete with the large national firms by having a full range of practice areas, in a desired geographic market, at our disposal.”

Not everyone can join the INBLF. “The vetting process that each firm goes through before being offered an opportunity to join is serious. We only consider those firms who have achieved preeminence on one or two specific substantive areas of law. This gives our members the confidence to refer clients to others within the network without reservation.”

In addition to the screening and vetting process, INBLF members are strategically selected so that each chapter is allowed only one firm from each area of legal specialty, so that the members are not competing with one another. Another unique concept of the INBLF that allows members to refer matters freely is the INBLF’s prohibition on referral fees. With the INBLF, the firm members have access to the resources of a large firm, with the hourly rates and personal attention of small firms.

The most important factor about the INBLF not to be overlooked, according to Mulcahy is that its members are high-quality people, and a joy to interact with both professionally and personally.

The capacity of the Great Hall for the Black Tie Dinner is 250 people. Limited space is still available. If you specialize in a substantive area of law and are interested in learning more about membership in the INBLF and the upcoming Black Tie event, please contact James Mulcahy at

Mulcahy LLP attorneys are certified experts in California franchise law. They can be reached at (949) 351-5261.

Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this article, it is not intended to provide legal advice as individual situations will differ and should be discussed with an experienced franchise lawyer. For specific technical or legal advice on the information provided and related topics, please contact the author.






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