Here are a few testimonials:


I was struck by the synthesis of the issues you presented.  It was amazingly clear and comprehensive, given the breadth of the topic and the short time available.  I was delighted to attend the event and I learned a lot from it.
Hugh Verrier, Chairman - WHITE & CASE

The First 100 Days Masterclass was concise and insightful.  I quickly learned the difference between being a practitioner and a Firm Leader.  I was thoroughly impressed with the scope of the topics discussed.  
ONE YEAR LATER - I continually refer to that one-day class as the best thing I did to prepare for my new role.
Vincent A. Cino, Chairman - JACKSON LEWIS

Good job today!  It was a very interesting and helpful session.
Bobby R. Burchfield, Office Managing Partner - MCDERMOTT WILL & EMERY 

This Masterclass very effectively highlighted my awareness of the many issues to focus on, not just during my First 100 Days as managing partner but also during the four months before I take on the managing partner role.
John Devaney, Managing Partner - PERKINS COIE

I really enjoyed the class.  I appreciated the chance to interact with other similarly situated new managing partners.  In terms of specific content, I thought the most helpful part was the discussion of the transition process - the do's and don'ts. 
Thomas C. Froehle, Jr., Chief Operating Partner - FAEGRE BAKER & DANIELS 

The class put into perspective the scope of duties and responsibilities associated with the position and gave me a workable framework to deal with them.
Thomas J. Bender, Co-Managing Director - LITTLER MENDELSON

I thought the course was outstanding.  I found the strategic approach to the transition excellent.  Specifically, the counterintuitive suggestions such as pursuing a strategic agenda as opposed to a strategic plan.  The Hogan Assessment was outstanding.  It is truly a bonus because while corporations utilize those types of instruments, law firms do not. 
Steven H. Wright, Managing Partner - HOLLAND & KNIGHT 

Very, very helpful.
Timothy E. Powers, Managing Partner - HAYNES AND BOONE

An excellent program for a new firm CEO - really provides a great framework for you to hit the ground running.
Steve K. Humke, Managing Partner - ICE MILLER

This Seminar was precisely tailored to the new managing partner and I left with specific strategies to help my transition into my new role. You can expect to get a call or two over the next 100 days . . . I made notes of 15 items I want to act on sooner rather than later. And I expect to borrow heavily from your slides in assigning tasks to a half-dozen people.

I thought the hypothetical exercises were very realistic and helpful.  Brian's experience, and telling us what he spent time doing (one-on-one meetings and client interviews, while not owning every problem) was very helpful.
Lowell V. Stortz, Co-Managing Partner - STINSON LEONARD STREET

SIX MONTHS LATER: I can't tell you how much your program helped me!
David Foltyn, Chair and CEO - HONIGMAN MILLER

Great practical advice and guidance that you can actually implement. An excellent exercise in  concisely focusing on a realistic and productive start.
Joseph Dougherty, Managing Partner - BUCHANAN INGERSOLL

The First 100 Days is a MUST for any new managing partner, as it provides invaluable insight and guidance on the many challenges a new firm leader will face, drawn from years of experience.
Mark Sloan, Managing Partner - THOMSON & KNIGHT


This Masterclass helped identify some important things on which I need to be focused and, in doing so, get beyond just the 'urgent' and get to the truly 'important.'  I was pleased with the quality and quantity of specific templates and checklists, as opposed to just theory and concept.
Matthew R. Burnstein, Chairman - WALLER LANSDEN

I can't tell you how much I enjoyed the master class.  I am so glad I attended.  I'm not sure how anyone could do this job without hearing from you.  All soon to be managing partners should participate.  The suggestions made can not only make you first 100 days easier but also the rest of your tenure as managing partner.
Gregg A. Eisenberg, Managing Partner - BENESCH FRIEDLANDER

I would recommend this to anyone taking on this role.
Ellen Cappellanti, Managing Partner - JACKSON KELLY

AFTER 100 DAYS: I found your seminar tremendously helpful.  I will recommend it to my successor and to new managing partners at other firms.
Jennifer Morgan DelMonico, Managing Partner - MURTHA CULLINA

Practical and Useful!
Barry D. Green, co-Managing Partner - GOULSTON & STORRS

I thought the program content was extremely worthwhile.  In fact, I have already used many of the ideas shared at the MasterClass.  The limited number of attendees was a big plus, as it enabled me to get answers specific to my situation. I would recommend this course to anybody assuming a leadership role at a law firm.
Deborah J. Manus, Managing Partner - NUTTER MCCLENNEN & FISH

A fantastic opportunity to get advice from experts in the field and share experiences with other new / incoming managing partners.  I am very glad that I took the time to participate.  Thank you.
Franklin K. Jelsma, Managing Partner - WYATT TARRANT & COMBS

One of your great strengths is that you have seen and studied a lot of managing partner transitions.  Thus, you carry a lot of credibility when you say, "These are the things you should focus your attention on."  Thanks again for a great program.
Matthew P. O'Loughlin, Managing Partner - THE BRATTLE GROUP 

Thank you for allowing me to participate in your First 100 Days Seminar . . . it has truly helped me hit the ground running.
ONE YEAR LATER:  Your Seminar really did help me to prioritize my goals and objectives for the first 100 days.  As I look back, I really didn't know what I didn't know leading up to taking on this new responsibility as the Managing Partner.  The guidance and suggestions I took away from the seminar (and reading materials) were extremely helpful.  I had a much better understanding of what to expect. I really do appreciate all of your help.
Richard D. Nix, Managing Partner - MCAFEE & TAFT 

The MasterClass was excellent!  I found the presentations to be outstanding - practical and well-focused.  The faculty was excellent.  This program could easily have been two days, with more case studies.
George Burgess, Managing Shareholder - BECKER & POLIAKOFF

The high-level interaction among attendees is what I liked best about the MasterClass.  The instructors were truly outstanding.
Jon B. Sparkman, Presdient - DEVINE MILLIMET

I'm still learning.  Both your article and your seminar were helpful . . . some practical, valuable tips.
Alan H. Maclin, Managing Partner - BRIGGS AND MORGAN

Patrick and Brian are a great team; the flow is seamless.
Patrick J. Whalen, Chairman - SPENCER FANE

A day very well spent - very valuable insights!
Kevin J. Arnel, Managing Partner - FOULSTON SIEFKIN

I really enjoyed the session. And the materials provide me with some great tools as I prepare for my first 100 days!
Patrick J. Scully, CEO - BERNSTEIN SHUR

Thanks, Patrick.  I really benefited from the session - - good grounding and input.
Maureen Weaver, Managing Partner  - WIGGIN & DANA

 It was terrific!
Mark T. Palin, Managing Partner Elect  - ATKINSON ANDELSON

If you believe it's hard to accomplish something valuable in only a one day course, you'd be wrong.
Matthew R. Sorrentino, Chairman  - NORRIS McLAUGHLIN & MARCUS

Since its inception, more than 80 NEW Firm Leaders from many of the nation's most successful firms have participated in previous MasterClasses.  Here is a partial list:

Atkinson Andelson (2008 & 2015)
Ballard Spahr
Basham Ringe  (Mexico)
Becker & Poliakoff
Benesch Friedlander
Bernstein Shur
Bricker & Eckler
Briggs and Morgan
Brinks Hoffer
Brown McCarroll
Buchanan Ingersoll
Chapman and Cutler
Coblentz Patch
Cozen O'Connor
Cullen and Dykman
Davis Wright Tremaine
Drinker Biddle & Reath
Faegre Baker & Daniels
Fasken Martineau  (Canada)
Foulston Siefkin
Goulston & Storrs
Graydon Head & Ritchey
Haynes and Boone
Hedrick Gardner
Holland & Knight
Honigman Miller
Ice Miller
Irell & Manella
Jackson Kelly
Jackson Lewis
Krieg DeVault
Leonard Street and Deinard
Levenfeld Pearlstein
Lindquist & Vennum
Littler Mendelson
McAfee & Taft
McCarter & English
McDermott Will & Emery (2008 & 2017)
McLane Graf
Merchant & Gould
Miller Canfield
Murtha Cullina
NautaDutilh  (Europe)
Norris McLaughlin & Marcus
Nutter McClennen & Fish
Perkins Coie
Potter Anderson
Rothgerber Johnson & Lyon
Ryley Carlock
Sheehan Phinney
Spencer Fane
Sterne Kessler
The Brattle Group  (Consulting)
Thompson & Knight
Tucker Arensberg
Vorys Sater
Waller Lansden
Wiggin and Dana
Wilson Price CPA  (Accounting)
Wolff & Samson
Wyatt Tarrant & Combs


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