Post #768 – Friday, December 23, 2016

2016 Year End Review

I’m often asked about my consulting practice, what kinds of assignments I get called in on, for what sized firms; what I’m currently researching and writing about, and just generally how I spend my professional time.  As always, at this time of the year, I looked back over my various activities.  With some of these items (like clients served) activity is not a sufficient measure; results and the client’s satisfaction are really what counts (and to that end, you can find over 100 client testimonials and endorsements throughout this web site).  But for purposes of looking at where one’s time is invested, here is what my 2016 looked like:


• Geographic Locations:
86% U.S. Based
14% International (Europe & Asia)

• Nature of Assignments:
26% developing / implementing strategic plans
62% governance and leadership issues
12% client relations and marketing counsel

• Firm Size Range:
29% firms of over 500 attorneys
14% firms of 300 to 500 attorneys
29% firms of 100 to 300 attorneys
21% non-legal client firms
  7% corporate legal departments


• Participated in Presenting at 7 Webinars
Law Firm Succession  - Ark US Events (May)
Addressing Performance Issues – Ark US Events (July)
Practice Leadership – Association of Legal Administrators (August)
Succession Planning – CPA Leadership Institute (October)
Pricing Different Practices Differently – Ark US Events (November)
Create High Performance Practices – Ark US Events (November)
Effective Groups – Leadership Excellence (December)

• Participated in 5 Conferences, Workshops & MasterClasses
Co-facilitator –
First 100 Days Masterclass   (Atlanta in January)
Facilitator – Practice Group Leaders Workshops (San Francisco in February / Chicago in August)
Facilitator – Managing Partner Forum Boot Camp  (London in March)
Presenter – Managing Partner Institute  (Los Angeles in April)


• Contributed Chapter to 1 New Book:
Inovativni Pravnici - Proceedings From CCE Conference about Innovations in Law (E.conomia, Czech Republic, 2016)

• And Acknowledged As Contributing Source:
How to Become The Firm of Choice: Win the best clients, Recruit the best people, Increase profitability by taking your firm to the next level - - August J. Aquila and Robert J. Lees (CPA Trendiness, 2016)

• Authored or Contributed to 24 Articles in Publications including:
Leaders Excellence Journal
Legal Business Insider newsletter [UK]

Legal Business World Magazine
Legal Executive Institute
Of Counsel – Legal Practice and Management Report

• Two new issues (Spring & Fall) of my INTERNATIONAL REVIEW 24-page glossy magazine were produced and distributed to 1800 firm leaders.

• Wrote and posted 12 different articles covering leadership and strategy issues on my LinkedIn site.


• Appointed as a Faculty Member for the MBA Workshop Series conducted by Leaders Excellence at Harvard Square.

This is an online executive development program consisting of highly interactive sessions with MBA topics, at MBA level, by MBA faculty and guest star leadership experts; designed for those seeking cross-functional management and leadership development. Each workshop consists of 1 hour of effective online lecturing and is presented LIVE in our online study rooms in order to provide you with inspirational ideas, penetrating insights, and practical advice from MBA faculty and leadership experts. If requested by the professor, each workshop can be prolonged up to 30 minutes.

• Profiled in the 35th edition of The Writers Directory – as published by Gale / Cengage Learning.

• Have now received over 150 “UNSOLICITED” LinkedIn Endorsements for my strategic expertise from firm leaders and senior professionals in major firms including:

Allen & Overy (Europe); Baker & McKenzie (Asia);
Barnes & Thornburg; Dickinson Wright; Faegre Baker Daniels; Fasken Martineau (Canada); Fragomen Del Ray; Gordon & Rees; Gowlings (Canada); Jackson Lewis; Kutak Rock; Linklaters (Europe); Mayer Brown; Miller Canfield; NautaDutilh (Europe); Nelson Mullins; Shook Hardy & Bacon; Skadden Arps; Thompson & Knight; and Wyatt Tarrant.

To all of my valued clients, colleagues and friends, I want to say THANK YOU for allowing me to spend time with you; for your confidence, your commitment and your fellowship.  I wish you and your families the Very Best in 2017

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