Jim Hassett is the Chairman and founder of LegalBizDev, which helps law firms increase profitability by improving project management, business development, and alternative fees. Before he started working with lawyers, Jim had 20 years of experience as a sales trainer and consultant to companies from American Express to Zurich Financial Services. He is the author of 13 books, including the Legal Project Management Quick Reference Guide; Legal Project Management, Pricing, and Alternative Fee Arrangements; Client Value and Law Firm Profitability; and the Legal Business Development Quick Reference Guide. He has also published more than 80 articles in the New York Times Magazine; Bloomberg Law; Of Counsel; Legal Management; Strategies: The Journal of Legal Marketing; and other publications. Jim has conducted webinars through the Ark Group; West LegalEdcenter; the National Law Journal; The International Lawyers Network; TAG Academy; and the Legal Marketing Association. He writes the blog “Legal Business Development” which was featured at the ABA TECHSHOW (in its list of “60 Sites: Latest and Greatest Internet Hits”) and by TechnoLawyer (in its list of “the most influential legal blogs” in BlawgWorld). He received his Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University.


Jim Hassett

Tim Batdorf is LegalBizDev’s Chief Executive Officer and manages the day-to-day operations of all coaching and training programs. After earning his JD at DePaul University College of Law and an LLM in Taxation from the University of Miami School of Law, Tim worked for a prominent Michigan law firm and later formed a solo law practice.  At LegalBizDev, Tim has been certified to coach lawyers in both legal project management and business development, and he has supervised numerous coaching programs conducted by other LegalBizDev coaches.  Tim is a contributing author to the Legal Project Management Quick Reference Guide, and for the last several years he has worked closely with Jim Hassett to ensure the overall quality of LegalBizDev coaching programs and to develop new and innovative products and services.


Tim Batdorf

Steve Barrett has been active in large law firm strategy and marketing for more than 20 years, and has served as chief marketing officer at AmLaw 65 firms in Los Angeles, Seattle and Philadelphia. He has also  presented at partner retreats for more than a dozen major U.S. law firms, led business development training programs at eight law firms, authored chapters and articles for several legal publications, and made more than 25 speaking appearances at legal industry and association conferences.  Steve has also consulted to law firms in the areas of alternative fees, strategy and marketing, large account management programs, CRM system planning, major RFP responses, merger analysis and alignment and lateral partner recruiting.  He previously headed corporate communications for the Aetna Life & Casualty Companies, Hartford, Connecticut, and founded and headed LMS/Barrett Public Relations, in Providence, Rhode Island, a major New England Public relations firm.  Steve received a dual degree in political science and journalism at Syracuse University, with graduate communications study at Boston University. As a contributing author for the Legal Project Management Quick Reference Guide, Steve wrote two sections and was co-author on three more.


Steve Barrett

Mike Egnatchik practiced law for over 30 years, and was formerly Associate General Counsel, International at Xerox Corporation. Prior to that, he worked in the New York and Paris offices of Shearman & Sterling, and received his JD at Harvard Law. Mike has several decades of experience in worldwide legal project management and has earned a Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt. At Xerox, he managed and trained a network of in-house and outside counsel in over 100 countries, and had significant responsibility in the areas of international joint ventures, acquisitions and divestitures, compliance, arbitration and dispute resolution. He is also a former US Air Force Officer, and a member of the State Bars of New York and California. Mike is the co-author of the fourth edition of the Legal Project Management Quick Reference Guide.


Mike Egnatchik

Tavia Ewen was formerly the Head of Client Services and a Business Development Manager for Lex Mundi, the largest global network of independent law firms. In that role she managed client relationships with in-house counsel, developed new business and oversaw the execution of complex legal matters involving multiple jurisdictions and law firms. She is a Certified Legal Project Manager® and has 15 years of experience coaching attorneys and others on LPM and business development techniques. Tavia earned her BS from the University of North Texas and received a post-graduate certificate in Marketing Strategy from Cornell University.


Tavia Ewen

Tom Kane, J.D., LL.M, has served since 1986 as an in-house marketer for a number of law firms and as a consultant to the legal industry. His most recent in-house position was as chief marketing officer for a large mid-Atlantic firm with multiple offices. Tom has been involved in all aspects of legal marketing, from training, coaching, planning, project management and public relations to conducting image campaigns, market research, advertising, and client feedback programs. For more than two decades, Tom has written and spoken on law firm marketing topics, including client relations and satisfaction, coaching, alternative fees, and project management.  Since 2005 he has authored, which was included in Blawgworld's short list of the most influential legal blogs. His book, Letters For Lawyers: Essential Communications for Clients, Prospects, and Others, Second Edition, is published by the American Bar Association. Tom obtained his B.S. degree in Economics from the College of the Holy Cross, and both of his law degrees from the University of Miami School of Law. Tom was the co-author of the section “Four approaches to business process improvement” in the Legal Project Management Quick Reference Guide.

Tom Kane

Fred Kinch, MBA, has over 35 years of experience in senior management, strategic planning and business development.  He understands what law firm clients want and need from his years as a director, president and CEO of several consumer, manufacturing and high tech firms.  During his career, Fred managed numerous projects, with budgets up to $10 million, utilizing the latest program management tools and techniques to achieve their objectives, on time and within budget.  Fred has also successfully coached hundreds of sales and marketing professionals to increase efficiency and results.  He has been certified as a LegalBizDev coach, and as a Miller-Heiman instructor.  Fred has a BS in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MS in Physics from Texas Christian University, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He has taught graduate courses in marketing and management at Northeastern University and Boston University, given talks and seminars to business organizations, and has been a frequent contributor to business journals and periodicals.


Fred Kinch

Gary Richards has 25 years of experience developing and conducting Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars in professional effectiveness and management for lawyers. Participants in his courses have received CLE and ethics credits from 18 state bar associations. Gary has addressed the ABA’s National Convention in Hawaii, Young Lawyers Chapters in Chicago and New Orleans, the Virginia, Cincinnati and Cleveland Bar Associations, and the Washington Defenders Association. He has also facilitated training programs for a wide range of corporate and government clients including Pfizer, Ford, GM, PwC, and Sprint. In addition to offering workshops in the US and Canada, Gary has conducted training in the UK, Belgium, Holland, Brazil, Egypt and Luxembourg. His consulting background began with project management training at KPMG/Peat Marwick where he was a manager of employee benefits consulting.


Gary Richards

Michelle H. Stein brings to LegalBizDev more than 15 years of experience as in-house counsel, including serving as General Counsel for Solarcom Holdings, Inc., a large private company in Atlanta, Georgia and HHH Financial, a real estate management and finance company in Florida.  In these and other in-house positions, Michelle managed staff and outside counsel to promote greater efficiency and increased cost effectiveness while producing optimal legal outcomes.  She holds a J.D. degree from South Texas College of Law, is a member of the State Bars of Florida and Georgia, and has helped manage caseloads for the Guardian Ad Litem program for the State of Florida, Seventeenth Judicial Circuit.  She earned her MBA from Florida State University.


Michelle Stein