Rosky Legal Education has entered into strategic alliances with four other top companies that consult with law firms on training and talent development:
- Today’s Practice Consulting
- Naomi Beard & Associates
- Mottershead Consulting
- Eve Birnbaum Associates
- Natural Speech Coaching
By allying with this group of experienced professionals, we are able to expand the scope of training and services we offer to our clients.
Today’s Practice Consulting, LLC
Today’s Practice Consulting works with solos, small, and mid-sized firms to help them create impactful marketing and business development strategies that engage, differentiate their firm from their competition and show their personality (which admittedly can be a challenge for some lawyers).
Today’s Practice also partners with innovators in the legal tech space to provide law firms with introductions to new technologies and platforms that can help bring their practice into the 21st century. They are dedicated to the proposition that in order to stay competitive, law firms need to start operating like businesses by providing transparent pricing models, utilizing technology platforms to drive productivity and identifying risks before they escalate into legal issues.
Today’s Practice is led by Deborah Tesser who has spent over 20 years working either as or consulting with lawyers. Whether it was practicing as a transactional attorney with an AmLaw 100 firm, representing institutional lenders as part of a mid-sized real estate boutique, or counseling clients as a small town solo, Deb has experienced, first-hand, the ins and outs of private practice. She leveraged that deep knowledge of legal culture and dynamics when working as a legal recruiter and expanded her skill set by joining a marketing firm that provided business advisory services, project management and marketing strategies for independent businesses and professional services firms. More recently, Deb was a Senior Consultant with a niche legal consulting firm focusing on business development and marketing strategies for internationally recognized IP law firms. Now Deb has found her calling as the President and Founder of Today’s Practice Consulting, LLC.
Deb’s main goal is to work closely with her clients to get to know them, their practice and still have some fun in the process.
Naomi Beard & Associates
Led by Naomi Beard, Naomi Beard & Associates (NB&A) provides consulting and coaching services to attorneys and law firm executives nationally and internationally. As consultants, Naomi and her team work with their clients to enhance talent development initiatives and promote institutional growth. As professional coaches, the NB&A team helps executives fulfill their potential and guides attorneys in career transitions (outplacement).
As NB&A’s President and CEO, Naomi Beard has over ten years of experience as a professional consultant and coach to attorneys and law firm executives. She draws on her decade of experience as a practicing attorney to incorporate a deep understanding of law firm life into her work with clients. NB&A has helped legal professionals at all levels map satisfying paths to career success.
In collaboration with law firm leadership, NB&A provides consultation in an array of areas:
- talent development initiatives
- mentoring programs
- performance reviews
- training programs
NB&A has particular expertise in the design, implementation and analysis of large-scale, multi-office law firm upward reviews, and in the development of talent development programs designed to address feedback derived from these reviews.
NB&A’s team coaches lawyers and law firm executives in all aspects of personal growth:
- leadership skills development
- communication skills enhancement
- stress and anxiety management
- career transitions
Education and Background
Naomi graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law, Order of the Coif, in 1997. She earned her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, magna cum laude, in 1993. She practiced law for nearly ten years with Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP (Los Angeles; Washington DC) and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP (Washington, DC).
Naomi is a fully certified and credentialed coach and a member of the bars of California, Virginia, and Washington, DC bars. She is a frequent presenter at law firm and professional association events, and has been published in the New York Law Journal.
Terri Mottershead is the founding Principal of Mottershead Consulting – Change and Talent Development Strategists (www.mottersheadconsulting.com). Terri brings nearly three decades of experience on five different continents in management, international law practice, legal institution building, talent management, organizational development, stakeholder engagement and consensus building, legal education, and management training.
At Mottershead Consulting, she works internationally with law firms and law schools, providing consulting services, training and coaching in the areas of globalization and cultural competency, change management and transition, practice management and leadership, and competency-based talent, career and performance management.
Terri is an award-winning teacher, having delivered more than 100 invited presentations in more than 20 different countries. She is also the general editor of and a contributing author to The Art and Science of Strategic Talent Management In Law Firms (West, September 2010) and the author of The MC Blog (http://mottersheadconsultingblog.wordpress.com).
Education and Background
Before establishing her own consultancy, Terri worked in-house in attorney talent management in Asia and for AmLaw 100 law firms in the U.S., practiced law in Australia and Hong Kong, and worked in Hong Kong as a law school academic and consultant.
Terri holds a Bachelor of Laws (with honors) and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, both from the Queensland Institute of Technology in Australia; a Master of Laws from the University of Queensland in Australia; and a Master of Business Administration (with distinction) from the University of Wales. She is also MBTI (APT Qualifying Training Program, 22-24 & 27 October 2003), MBTI Step II EIR and FIRO-B accredited.
Eve Birnbaum Associates
Eve Birnbaum is an expert in the professional development of attorneys. As a former partner at AmLaw100 firm Winston & Strawn, Eve is experienced in the challenges that attorneys face, and the standards of excellence in top firm practice. After Winston, Eve led talent development in the corporate practice at Proskauer Rose as Legal Director for 11 years, and most recently, was the Global Director of Legal Recruiting at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy.
From her 20+ years of experience at major law firms, as a practicing attorney, as a director and as a consultant, Eve has a unique understanding of what works in lawyer development and practice management. Eve works with law firms and individual attorneys providing guidance to maximize potential, performance, career satisfaction and advancement.
Natural Speech Coaching
Michael Souveroff is a skilled presentation skills coach who specializes in training lawyers and executives. He leads group training programs at law firms and offers individual coaching to professionals seeking to speak more effectively. Michael has helped develop and run in-house deposition and trial skills programs for top law firms. He provides public speaking training to professors and students at Fordham University Law School.
Michael received his Bachelor of Arts in Drama from Hofstra University. He then worked as a professional actor for 20 years, appearing under the name Michael Suvorov in Broadway and Off-Broadway productions with performers including Adam Arkin, Julie Hagerty, and Mercedes Ruehl. He has also appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC, MTV, Lifetime Television, and the Sundance Film Channel.
Drawing on his 20 years of experience as a professional theater and television actor, Michael teaches professionals specific strategies for becoming more effective presenters and communicators. A polished and accessible presenter himself, Michael is an engaging and straightforward speaker.