The co-chairman of Dechert’s real estate finance practice was admittedly skeptical walking into one of the many project management training sessions going on across the firm’s offices over the last six months. After all, the deals San Francisco-based Joseph B. Heil works on are too varied and complex to be broken down into simple tasks, right?

“We work on small, medium and large projects, some litigation, some transactional, some we answer questions,” Heil said. “It’s not one size fits all. We have projects and we’re going to have somebody else teach us to manage our projects? I think for the training to be effective it would have to cover all [types of] projects. I thought that was not possible.”

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