Denton US LLP
Organization Type: Law Firm
Functional Area: Management
Year of Induction: 2014
4655 Executive Dr., Suite 700
San Diego, CA 92121
Patti is the Regional Office Administrator for the three San Diego County offices of Denton US LLP. Patti served as President of the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) in 2008, and recently completed her term as the Chair of ALA’s International Relations Committee. She has served on numerous committees and held positions on both the Regional and Chapter levels of ALA, served as Chair of the 33rd ALA Annual Educational Conference and Exposition, and is a proud recipient of the Spirit of ALA Award. Patti has written numerous articles and presented programs relating to legal management in the US, Canada and Brazil. Programs include “The Dynamic Duo: Managing Partner and Administrator Teams,” “Crisis Communication,” “The Administrator’s Role in Law Firm Management,” “Legal Ethics for Administrators,” and many others. She achieved the designation of Certified Legal Manager (CLM) in 2002.
Patti is currently an instructor at UCSD Extension, teaching classes in Legal Ethics, Risk Management and Paralegal Career Development, and is a member of the UCSD Extension Paralegal Advisory Board.
CITATION UPON INDUCTION INTO THE COLLEGE
Patricia – “Patti” – Groff’s entire 26-year career in legal management has been characterized by in-firm innovation, a sharing of knowledge and experience with others, and a level of creativity and commitment that rise well above any standard of “normal” or even “extraordinary” expectations. She has organized and shepherded the largest educational conference in the industry; been a speaker and participant in educational and training sessions in the U.S., Canada, China and Brazil; has served as a mentor and friend to countless up-and-coming legal management professionals; and through her community service activities has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars within the legal community to support needs as diverse as cleft palate surgery for children around the world, the support of abused and neglected children in her native San Diego, and for many others in real need. Professionalism has many components and Patti Groff is a true exemplar of the best of those.