Post #832 – December 27, 2019

2019 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 2019 looked like:


• Geographic Locations:
78% U.S. Based
22% International (Europe)

• Nature of Assignments:
32% developing / implementing strategic plans
57% governance and leadership counsel
11% client relations and marketing advice

• Firm Size Range:
33% firms of over 500 attorneys
22% firms of 301 to 500 attorneys
34% firms of 100 to 300 attorneys
11% non-legal firms

• Special Advisor To The Board of Directors (2015-2019)
Attended and participated in monthly board meetings serving Jackson Lewis P.C. – with over 900 attorneys in 60 locations nationwide serving clients across a wide range of industries and recognized as both an AmLaw and Global 100 law firm.


• Participation in Conference and Workshops
- Co-Chairman – Second Annual Law Firm Innovation Summit   (Boston in November)
- Facilitator – Practice Group Leaders Workshop    (Chicago in August)


• Advisory Board Member – Legal Business World Broadcasting
Legal Business World is an international company operating a global platform that produces and shares publications (articles, eMagazines and eBooks) read in over 32 countries; TV and Radio covering the business of law and development of the legal profession. Their Legal Knowledge Portal offers over 900 articles, contributed by over 400 authors, categorized under 40 topics, and appealing to 190K readers a month. Every year LBW chooses Thought Leaders – professionals who distinguish themselves through: opinionated publications, being recognized as an authority in a specialized field and/or whose expertise is sought after and often rewarded.

• Advisory Board Member – Intraspexion Inc.
Intraspexion is the world’s first “Deep Learning” service able to provide clients with an early warning of potential litigation disasters. The holder of 8 Deep Learning patents, the National Law Journal named Intraspexion® in the inaugural list of Legal AI Leaders (February 2018). The Artificial Lawyer listed Intraspexion in the inaugural edition of the AL 100 Legal Tech Directory (August 2018). And Microsoft accepted Intraspexion into Microsoft for Startups (September 2018)

• BrainTrust Network Member – Quantumrun Forecasting
Quantumrun Forecasting is a research and consulting agency using long-range foresight to help organizations thrive from future trends and stay ahead of disruptive market shifts.  The Forecaster BrainTrust is comprised of subject matter experts from a range of disciplines and industries worldwide. These experts have been individually invited to collaborate on projects to provide multidisciplinary insights and clients use our services like an outsourced research, strategy and content partner to provide them with new ideas and industry intelligence


In 1675, Isaac Newton said, “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”  Every author stands on the shoulders of giants and I thank all of the giants who boosted my vision.

• Authored Three (3) New Books:
- Strategy Innovation: Getting To The Future FIRST (240-page eBook – Legal Business World Publishing
- The Art of Leadership Succession  (260-page eBook) – Legal Business World Publishing
- When It Comes Time To Instigate Change  (50-page eBook) – Legal Business World Publishing

• Contributed Chapters to Two (2) New Books from international publishing houses:
- The Lawyer's Guide to the Future of Practice Management  (Ark Publishing, 2019)
- Dispute Resolution and Lawyers, A Contemporary Approach (Interactive CaseBook Series) 6th Edition  (West Academic Publishing, 2019)

• Authored or Contributed to 32 Articles in 9 different international Publications including:
- CBA PracticeLink for Law Firm Leaders
- JD Supra
- Blog Post
- fivehundred / Legal 500 Magazine
- Legal Business World Magazine
- Legal Executive Institute
- National Magazine (CBA)
- Of Counsel – Legal Practice and Management Report
- The Legal Intelligencer

• Two new issues (Spring & Fall) of my INTERNATIONAL REVIEW 24-page glossy magazine were produced and mailed to 1600 firm leaders.


Acknowledged: Top 50 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers on Innovation – Thinkers360

“Our listing includes authors, influencers and speakers who have curated and shared their thought leadership content – including articles, blogs, books, keynotes, media interviews, panels, podcasts, social media, speaking events, videos, webinars and whitepapers.”

Nominee: 2019 Canadian CEO Trusted Advisor Award

I have been nominated for national recognition for my work – the Canadian CEO Trusted Advisor Award.  It was very unexpected and I am grateful to those clients who made it possible.  I am always telling professionals and firms to celebrate their milestones, so this is me, practicing what I preach.  Whether I do or don’t win is unimportant.  What I do find immensely gratifying is having clients say that what I’ve been doing over the years, has been so valuable to them.  A most sincere Thank You for your most gracious vote of confidence.

• Qualified:  CEO Trusted Adviser – Chief Executive Group (U.S.)

Chief Executive Group now helps CEOs find the right expert adviser.  The right outside adviser can help you improve processes, develop new products or provide access to new markets.  Unfortunately, the mid-market has been dramatically underserved by the advisory community.  Until now.  CEO Trusted Advisers, newly launched by Chief Executive Group, gives you speedy access to peer-recommended experts in executive coaching, succession planning, strategy, talent, operations, technology, finance and M&A and more.


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 2020 and the coming decade.

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