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I'm a junior partner at a large firm. I have finally cracked six figures in bringing in revenue, but I have a long way to go to build it to the size that I want. I'm also unsure whether private practice is what I want to do for the rest of my career and wonder whether I'm more suited for an in-house counsel role. Roy provided me with the insight I needed about how to increase my book of business, or alternatively, how to secure an in-house job. He knows both worlds well and has been a great sounding board.

– Partner, large Washington D.C. law firm

Working with Roy was a very positive experience for me  – I particularly liked that he was flexible in his program (no need to commit to 12 months without first seeing if it’s a good fit, etc.);  Roy was very responsive to my stated needs (exploring part-time alternative career projects) and focused his questions and our conversations in the places where I needed to concentrate.  With his help, I was able to clear the clutter of ideas that were swimming around and create real plans around those items where my attention would be most productive.  I hired Roy hoping that he could help me work through some decisions that had trapped me and that is exactly what he did.

– Owner, small Fishers, IN law firm

I have a niche practice at a small unconventional law firm and found myself at a crossroad in my legal career. The choice was to either stay where I am, go solo, or join a national firm with a well-established presence in my niche. Lots of pros and cons to all of my choices. I hired Roy to help me with my decision. I appreciated his ability to ask the right questions to get right down to the important factors involved in my situation. I also appreciated the way Roy really listened and retained information told earlier. Finally, I appreciated that he was always comfortable giving me his opinion on certain issues rather than just staying neutral. In all, I would highly recommend Roy’s consulting services to any lawyer who needs to think and talk through career development issues.

– Partner, small Chicago, IL law firm

When I hired Roy, I was miserable practicing as a partner in a small firm that in my view operated in a very dysfunctional manner. My gut told me that I should go out on my own, but just couldn't pull the trigger. After thorough discussions with Roy about my old firm and what my practice would look like as a solo, I gained the confidence to finally pull the trigger. Boy; and am I glad I did. I've never been happier practicing law and am making more money than ever. Roy's assistance was pivotal.

– Solo practitioner, Duluth, MN

I hired Roy while taking a sabbatical to help me determine the next steps in my career. After working together, it was very apparent that Roy cares about his clients and wants them to succeed. He was very easy to talk with and honest, including pushing back or challenging my thoughts when appropriate. Roy also has a wealth of experience across several different legal practice areas and has deep connections with many of them. His meetings were well organized and efficient. There was always an agenda or some pre-work to move the discussion along. Overall, in my particular situation, I needed some ideas, some gut reactions to my ideas, and some pragmatic thoughts about what to do with those ideas. I received all of that and more from Roy.

– Former General Counsel, Minneapolis, MN corporation

What I liked most about working with Roy was his down-to-earth approach to issues. We covered lots, including whether I should modify practice areas, switch law firms, or go solo. Given his own experiences practicing law, as well as his numerous years as a lawyer coach, he was very knowledgeable about all of the perspectives that I needed to consider.

– Of Counsel, small Indianapolis, IN law firm

Roy really helped me move my career in a healthy direction and I'm very happy now with my professional position in the state court system.  He had a very realistic understanding of what different practitioners can do in both the private and public sectors.

– State Court Officer, Minneapolis, MN

I’ve been a commercial litigator for almost twenty years. I hired Roy to help me diversify my caseload. He opened my eyes to realistic possibilities that interested me that I had not seriously thought of before and provided the roadmap to explore them. All of his advice was candid, practical and useful.

– Partner, small Boston, MA law firm

For a variety of reasons, I recently left a large law firm practice as a partner to consider an alternative career. Roy was very creative, insightful and a tremendous resource as we evaluated the options together. One thing I knew I wanted was a career that was still connected to the legal profession. Given Roy's unique background as a lawyer, he was very familiar with those possibilities and had an excellent sense of how realistic those opportunities would be for me. His help and support was invaluable.

– Former partner, large Minneapolis, MN law firm

Roy's candor and perspective regarding the benefits and drawbacks of the various options available to me as an associate were quite a revelation. I was very impressed by the breadth of his practical knowledge, and am grateful that he was able to apply that knowledge to my specific concerns. Simply put, Roy provided the most professional and diplomatic nudging I've ever encountered. I believe very strongly that his services will be a lasting benefit to me and my career.

– Associate, small firm, Mankato, MN

I am the general counsel for a high tech company in the Twin Cities. I've learned that in order to be successful as an in-house attorney, it takes more than simply doing quality legal work. Oftentimes, my biggest challenges are managing the relationships and expectations of my internal clients. Since Roy used to work in-house himself, he is familiar with many of the frustrations I face. His advice regarding these issues was always sound and practical.

– General Counsel, Minneapolis, MN corporation

I hired Roy while transitioning between law firms. He provided great practical advice regarding numerous issues surrounding my departure from my former firm. More importantly, his counsel was crucial once I joined the new firm, especially when it came to business development. He helped me stay focused on activities that have and will build my book of business at my new firm.

– Partner, medium Chicago, IL law firm

I found Roy coaching about my career options to be honest and straightforward. He has a depth of experience that allowed him to give good, credible advice.  I appreciated Roy’s willingness to dig into his own network to assist.  He has a practical approach that is not, for lack of a better term, hippy-dippy.  As a lawyer coach, he deals with what is really achievable, rather than pie-in-the-sky fantasies.

– Associate, large Minneapolis, MN law firm

Roy's legal career counseling process made me undertake a very useful self-evaluation. Answering the questions provided in advance of our sessions, forced me to really think about what I do/don't like about my job, as well as my work/life balance in general. Roy didn't seem to have any pre-conceived notions about what changes I needed to make. He asked good questions, and then listened to what I had to say. But at the same time, he was never shy about offering his own opinions.

– Senior Counsel, Boston, MA corporation

What I found most helpful was Roy's candor, especially his evaluation of my potential if I left my present law firm to join another firm or went out on my own as a solo. His focus on the business of law was also very helpful. I was very glad that I worked with Roy.

– Associate, large Los Angeles, CA law firm

I  hired Roy to help me determine whether I should merge my firm with another one. He was always available to help me sort through all of the issues as the landscape regarding deal seemed to continually change.  I ultimately decided not to do the deal. We both agreed that the timing was not right. In any event, I will definitely work with Roy again if the deal resurfaces or another one surfaces for the first time.

– Owner, small Augusta, GA law firm

I was very unhappy as a partner at my law firm and was not sure what my best options were. Working with Roy helped put a sense of organization on what started out as a morass of imperfect information, observation, and assumptions. Thinking things through in an orderly fashion with Roy was great prep for the process that followed.

– Partner, large Raleigh, NC, law firm

I am in the twilight of my career and and hired Roy to make sure that my last years were productive and profitable. What I appreciated most about Roy was his ability to sum up and cut to the chase on what a situation and/or opportunities are really like. His assessment of my situation and options were right on point and he forced me to make some difficult decisions. Now I have renewed interest, energy and belief that I can go out and make more money and be far more satisfied. Bottom line – working with Roy has been helpful and I have appreciated it. Thanks again.

– Solo practitioner, Minneapolis, MN
I am the general counsel for a high tech company in the Twin Cities. I’ve learned that in order to be successful as an in-house attorney, it takes more than simply doing quality legal work. Oftentimes, my biggest challenges are managing the rel…" Read the rest
– General Counsel, Minneapolis, MN corporation

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