Whether my clients found me on the web, came from a colleague’s referral, or first attended one of my seminars, and regardless of the top issue they wanted to tackle, I’ve discovered that they share a few important characteristics. First, they’re serious about elevating their business success. Second, they’re “coachable” — meaning, they’re committed to learning new ways of thinking and to practice new skills. And third, they’re hungry to experience greater personal satisfaction and increased self-understanding. Here’s how some of my past and current clients describe their experience.
I engaged Bill to speak to our department on a Saturday morning following a full day departmental retreat the day before. Having 50+ attorneys in a conference room on such a Saturday morning could have been a big mistake – but Bill won us all over. In fact, people thanked me for arranging the seminar and continue to do so. Several weeks later many of us continue to implement the processes and tips Bill taught us and we are discussing the results with enthusiasm which is encouraging more and more of us to implement even more organization and time-management tools. The presentation was not only informative and enlightening but also very, very entertaining. Bill makes what could be a dry subject very approachable, and he has a way of making you recognize flaws and bad habits with humor so the end result is uplifting rather than deflating. I truly believe we will see significant increased productivity as a result of the program and I know many of us are already happier and less-stressed with our practices. People are already asking me to book Bill for another program next year – they even seem willing to give up another Saturday for it.
Laura Weintraub Beck
Principal and Chairman, Private Clients Group
Cummings & Lockwood LLC
Products Liability Defense
Carlton Fields, P.A.
I got so much out of the 90-day jump-start coaching program with Bill Jawitz. My greatest takeaway was to review my time daily and set a schedule for the day each morning. Setting aside specific ‘administrative’ time was new to me. I was surprised at how much more effective I have become. Bill focused me on collecting outstanding fees and cultivating clients who could pay up front for my services, both areas where I needed to be more proactive. As a result, I’ve brought in more funds, which has allowed me to expand and help even more families, which makes me feel great. Bill, thanks so much for guiding me towards my best professional self!
Bonnie Spiro Schinagle
Special Education Attorney
The Law Offices of Bonnie Spiro Schinagle
Immediate Past Chair, Executive Committee
Wiggin & Dana, LLP
CT, NY, and PA
In addition to representing business owners in litigation matters, I also represent many attorneys in discipline and ethics matters, and both, understandably, need lots of attention. Bill helped me create a much more efficient structure for organizing and managing my clients’ demands, and for generally handling the competing priorities I faced (and still face) on a daily basis.
His understanding of both human nature and how work flows through a legal practice let him pin-point what I needed to start doing – and what I needed to stop doing – to give myself breathing room (which is something I hadn’t had in years). Bill also helped me with a few important marketing questions, and as a result, my client development activities are more focused than ever. Bottom line is that Bill is an outstanding practice advisor and I recommend him without reservation.
Stephen J. Conover
Legal Malpractice and Greivance Defense
Carmody, Torrance, Sandak & Hennessey, LLP
Marcia N. Needleman
Levitt & Needleman, PC
Immigration and Nationality Law
New York, NY
General Counsel and Secretary
LEGO Systems, Inc
Bill then helped us put together a website for this targeted practice, and contributed his own resources, personal and forward-looking thinking to make certain that our website represented not only our current professional practice but our aspirations, as well as optimizing its ability to be found. He overcame my instinctive conservatism and “old fashioned” thinking, to execute his internet strategies, and Bill won his bet that clients as senior and sophisticated as college presidents would not only find our practice solely by using the internet but actually hire us!
I am deeply grateful to Bill Jawitz for re-orienting my practice and keeping us both busy and vital in this brave new world of legal marketing.
Executive Employment Agreements and Compensation
Law Offices of George Birnbaum PLLC
New York, NY
White Collar Criminal Defense, Student Defense, and Qui Tam
Wu, Grohovsky & Whipple, PLLC
Like many fast growing law firms, we struggled with the challenges of managing dozens of strong, independent personalities. We knew we wanted to get ahead of the curve on issues such as equity and compensation, decision-making authority, and which practice areas to grow. Fortunately, we heard about Bill through the New Jersey State Bar Association, and in a very short time, he helped us work through these and a few other critical areas.
Using his extensive knowledge of law firm management and his keen understanding of interpersonal dynamics, Bill skillfully led us through a series of conversations (both individually and in variously configured groups) to uncover where we were stuck and to coalesce us around a much improved process of working together. With Bill’s support, we have built a broader, sustainable Executive Committee in a way that has brought us even greater focus and effectiveness as we enter our second decade.
As a founder and its first Managing Partner, I can’t thank Bill enough.
Commercial and Medical Malpractice Litigation
Florio, Perrucci, Steinhardt & Fader, NJ, PA, and NY
You know law, but Jawitz knows the business of law. He has helped me with everything from rate-setting to website development, networking, strategic business planning, time management, and more. What makes Bill so helpful is that his exhaustive knowledge of business theory and practice is complemented by a deep understanding of personality. He’s a great listener, and he manages to be kind and supportive while always pushing you forward to higher levels of business excellence. He helps you to articulate and capitalize on your unique strengths while educating you on the best business practices so that your legal practice can be healthy, personally satisfying, lucrative, and even fun.
Law Office of Nica B. Strunk
Real Property Litigation
A year ago, we added another attorney. We consulted Bill on how to best run a 4-lawyer firm. He suggested changing our practice model from separate practices to a managing attorney model. We changed case supervision and compensation systems. Our revenues will double this year from the level 5 years ago when we first consulted Bill. I credit Bill with unleashing our potential. Consult Bill Jawitz if you want your law practice to flourish.
Trust & estates, Elder law
Cipparone & Zaccaro PC
New London, CT
He excels at advising on fundamental business issues, and he wisely helps his clients realize professional success through examination and expression of personal values. We all know how to be excellent lawyers. Working with Bill creates the space to explore and implement practices to enhance the way we work and the way we live. In my case, this has made for happy clients and one very happy lawyer!
Trusts and Estates
Mary Schinke, Attorney at Law, LLC
Karen A. Mignone
Verrill Dana, LLP
As president of our firm, I’ve been dealing with the transition and modernization issues common to small firms founded by lawyers who are reaching the end of their careers. It has not been easy work, and Bill Jawitz has been a very helpful consultant. Bill combines in one smart, engaged, funny brain a suite of interlocking knowledge and skills. He understands the business of lawyering — practice building; personnel management; and law firm finance. He knows how to manage, how to teach management, and the psychology of management. He knows how to help me sell ideas and build consensus without offending — as well as how to herd cats without getting clawed too badly. He is technologically savvy in all these areas, knowing the print and web resources out there, weeding out drivel, and recommending concise, authoritative sources to solve specific problems. He is valuable, and fun to work with. I consistently get my money’s worth.
Jacobs & Dow PC
New Haven, CT
Personal Injury and Business Litigation
Randall B. Pitler, PC
Royal Oak, MI
Eileen O’Connor, Esq.
New Jersey State Bar Association
New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education
New Brunswick, NJ
Gang & Associates, LLC
Veterans Disability Law
As a former NFL lineman, police officer, and then prosecutor, I have always been drawn to competitive, high-stress work, and I brought that intense energy to the criminal defense firm I started 12 years ago. But it took a heavy toll on me despite having plenty of business. Now, since working with Bill, I am much less stressed. I have put in place routines that have already brought me increased time with my family, increased profit margins, and a significantly more effective and happier staff. Bill’s knowledge, insight and ability to help me change for the better has been priceless.
Don Pumphrey, Jr.
Bill does not just have great ideas on how to market your practice. He is also a productivity guru. He has helped me in numerous ways to become more efficient so that I now provide even more cost effective services to my clients. I highly recommend Bill to any law firm looking to improve its marketing or its productivity.
International Tax Attorney
Andrew Mitchel, LLC
Bill Jawitz helped me power through a complicated company reorganization. I could have done the job by relying solely on my own wits, but he saved me time, strengthened my resolve, opened my mind to new perspectives on old problems, and provided many helpful solutions. Bill’s business acumen is impressive, particularly his understanding of organization processes. Add to that Bill’s deep understanding of the psychological dimensions of team-building, and you have a unique resource.
While I already had a management team in place, perhaps the most powerful experience was helping me to see that I could be much more effective in managing and leading them, so that they could take greater ownership of important initiatives.
Being a neutral force outside my company, Bill has been very successful in helping me understand my own leadership style – what it is and how I could best improve my technique by capitalizing on natural strengths. By quickly understanding my team, business operations, market forces, organization design, time management and productivity, as well as the psychological dimensions of people, he helped me dissect and solve pesky problems in short order.
Bill’s talents would be extremely useful for any business executive, experienced or inexperienced. He requires your active participation, with deadlines you impose yourself, and it pays off immediately. Without being a martinet, he rapidly coaxes you into recognizing your style and business problems from multiple perspectives. He has the business knowledge and the confidence to challenge your thinking at just the right moments. After every session, I left stronger, knowing that I was on a shorter path to success.
I recommend Bill unconditionally to anyone who wants to save time, work smarter, build a stronger team, and achieve specific business results.
Past Executive Director
The American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education Group (ALI-CLE)
Our brand, our firm culture (including decision making, communication, and client service) and our overall strength heading into the future have all been developed thanks to our work with Bill. Now that our firm’s path is set, my partner and I continue to work with Bill as our executive coach. Not only has our business benefited, but Bill has challenged us to grow as individuals, as well, which has impacted the quality of our lives outside of the office. We’re eager for our office to continue to grow and improve with Bill’s guidance.
Chesson & Schweickert, LLC, Milford, CT
Former Director of Training, New Mexico Public Defenders Office
Burgess and Porter, LLC
Criminal Defense Law
Intellectual Property Law
Carmody & Torrance, LLP
Chief Compliance Offier and Deputy General Counsel
Eversource Energy, Berlin, CT (formerly Northeast Utilities)
Brown, Paindiris & Scott, LLP
In my role as FEMA Deputy Chief Counsel, I coordinate a large number of tasks in a fast-paced, complex environment. Our department gained valuable information and several useful techniques for managing our time more effectively from Bill’s presentation at the 2008 annual training conference for the FEMA Office of Chief Counsel. His Time Management program and techniques proved very helpful to me and my staff of over 120 who attended the session. I found the presentation to be both practical and engaging.
Adrian Sevier, Jr.
Federal Emergency Management Agency