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"I was reluctant to spend a week away from my legal practice at the HLS leadership in Law Firms program, but it turned out to be one of the most important and valuable experiences I had this year.  The combination of terrific professors, peer participation and in-depth analysis gave a perspective on my firm and law firms generally that has truly helped me to make better decisions in my role as a member of firm management and that has clarified the conflicts and goals every law firm partner must balance."

Stephanie Breslow
Partner; Executive Committee Member; Practice Group Head
Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
New York New York USA

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"I found the The Harvard Law School Leadership in Law Firm program to be an invaluable experience.  As someone new to law firm management, the program put in context and gave me a broader perspective on the many challenges law firm leaders face on an almost daily basis.   What is our firm strategy and are we aligned to achieve that strategy?  How do you deal with the competing demands of managing and producing?  What motivates professionals and how do you best empower them to perform at their best?  What are best practices in terms of partner promotions and what realities prevent us from executing on these best practices?  What are different practice models with respect to utilization, leverage and realization and how can you scale and organize different practices to achieve desired profitability?  These are but a few of the issues we dealt with in this week long program.  In addition to the tremendously gifted faculty, it is the enthusiastic participation of law firm leaders from around the globe that make this program special."

Donna Parisi
Partner, Member of the Executive Group & Policy Committee
Shearman & Sterling LLP
New York New York USA

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“The HLS Leadership in Law Firms programme was highly valuable, hugely entertaining and tremendously thought-provoking.  The faculty is superb and the case studies are practical, insightful and always right on point.  It was also a great learning experience to have the opportunity to discuss management issues with law firm leaders from all over the world.  Since their coming into existence in early 1990s, in less than two decades, private partnership law firms in China have achieved rapid growth and great success.  Chinese law firms are now at a critical point of development.  The wealth of knowledge and experience shared at the programme will be invaluable to the entire legal profession in China.  I would highly recommend law firm leaders in China to attend this programme.” 

Scott Guan, PhD
Senior Partner
Zhong Lun Law Firm

“The Harvard Law School Leadership in Law Firms programme stands head and shoulders above any other programme that I have attended. Not only were the case studies and discussion topics directly relevant to the issues faced by managers in all law firms, regardless of country and practice area; the faculty were truly impressive in the way that they engaged with the participants. On top of all this the overall organisation of the programme was first-rate. I would have no hesitation about recommending the programme to anyone else.”

Edwin Tham
Managing Partner, Moscow
Global Head of the Russia Practice Group
Allen & Overy Legal Services

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“The week at Harvard was an exceptional experience. My current "leadership role" is as a member of our firm's elected Council, which provides strategic oversight for the management team. The ground covered in the course was ideal from that perspective, as well as helping me understand most of the mistakes I had made in past management roles. The chance to take time out to discuss common challenges with a truly diverse and multi-talented group of fellow professionals from around the world was really useful, and great fun. We sometimes forget why this is a great profession to be in, how lucky we are to do what we do, and the time on the course was a good reminder. The teaching was outstanding. Demanding, engrossing, entertaining, relevant and genuinely instructive. I think we all agreed that if these guys had taught us our law, we might have made something of ourselves.”

Philip Richards
Team Chair; Council Member; Partner
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
London, England

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“The Leadership in Law Firms programme at Harvard Law School was a hugely enriching and invigorating experience to spend a week with the faculty and other law firm leaders understanding the range of issues that affect all professional service firms.

As well as making a number of friends and contacts from firms throughout the world, I learnt that, whilst there are no magic answers, all law firms suffer from the same general concerns, stresses and strains. Addressing these issues through case studies and sharing experiences in the class in a lively and friendly manner was both hugely stimulating and rewarding.

The course was entertaining, valuable and challenging but, most of all, great fun. I would highly recommend it.”

Richard Price
Senior Partner
CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
United Kingdom

“Harvard Law School’s Leadership in Law Firms programme was an exciting and challenging experience. It was a demanding and really inspiring week sitting in class at Harvard Law School together with distinguished colleagues from all over the world discussing leadership problems of Law Firms. Congratulations to faculty and staff of Harvard Law School for preparing such a comprehensive and interesting programme.”

Manfred Finken
Regional Managing Partner for Germany, Austria, Central Eastern Europe
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

“The program was the most useful, intellectually rigorous, and just plain fun, attempt to make sense of law firm management that I have ever been privileged to attend.”

Daniel O’Donnell
Partner; Deputy Chair; and Policy Committee Member
Dechert LLP
United States

“The enthusiasm of the faculty was infectious.

The course allowed us to withdraw from everyday distractions and immerse ourselves in a deeper understanding of challenges we all face in managing our firms.”

Robert Couture
Executive Director
McGuireWoods LLP
United States

“A thoroughly invigorating week - the course had my head buzzing with thoughts on how to improve our business. The course benefited from a spirit of sharing knowledge and experience, lead from the front by the faculty members, and with all of the class willingly participating.”

Adam Rose
Partner; Practice Group Head
Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP
United Kingdom

“Fantastic opportunity to have a challenging, thought provoking and intensely interactive week about the demands of leading top law firms. The quality of the course leaders, the material and the case studies, as well as those attending, made it an extraordinary week in one of the world's greatest law schools and one that I will not forget.”

--Superb review of theories and realities affecting all professional organizations, especially law firms.

--Really well-organized and presented.

--Very interactive and thought-provoking, both between the professors and the class and among the law firm leader participants.

--Highly worthwhile.”

Doug Hastings
Chair, Board of Directors
Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
United States

“It was an honor to attend the inaugural Leadership in Law Firms program. I consider this program a must for any lawyer attempting to juggle an active legal practice with law firm management responsibilities. Professors Nanda, Wilkins, and Coates ensure the program is educational, enlightening and entertaining from the first course to the last.”

Brian Ferguson
Deputy Head of Intellectual Property Department
McDermott Will & Emery LLP
United States

“The HLS Leadership Program was the single best management or leadership event I have attended. The information was useful, and directly on point for managing a large, complex law firm. It was eye opening to see the sophisticated tools available for law firm management, and learn how they are used by others.”

Courtland Reichman
Practice Group Leader
King & Spalding LLP
United States

“Fantastic opportunity to have a challenging, thought provoking and intensely interactive week about the demands of leading top law firms. The quality of the course leaders, the material and the case studies, as well as those attending, made it an extraordinary week in one of the world's greatest law schools and one that I will not forget.”

Nigel McBride
Chief Executive Partner
Minter Ellison

“I would highly recommend the Leadership in Law Firms course. The content is first rate and relevant and the presentation is excellent. The opportunity to meet colleagues from other international firms is also a huge benefit.”

Simon Bromwich
Managing Partner
United Kingdom

“The Leadership in Law Firms course really challenges people's traditional way of thinking about law firm strategy and leading and managing professionals. It does this with a mix of case studies, expert facilitation and teaching. As someone who spends most of their time in the training and education arena, this program was the most engaging learning experience I have participated in. The concepts taught and shared learning generated first class discussion, inspiring me and my fellow participants to really think anew about managing law firm talent and how to bring this type of learning experience to a wider audience of our partners. First class and highly recommended.”

Heather Bock, PhD
Chief Professional Development Officer
Hogan Lovells US LLP
United States

“I thoroughly enjoyed the program. The material was relevant, the teaching superb, and the quality of the participation by the participants outstanding. The opportunity to discuss common law firm management issues with my peers within the structure provided by the program was particularly valuable. I highly recommend the program.”

Robert Cultice
Head of Litigation Department
United States

“I found the Leadership in Law Firms program to be the best educational experience of my professional career. It was well structured, relevant and very well taught. The interaction with leaders from around the globe also added greatly to the learning experience.”

Eddie Scuderi
Partner-In-Charge, Queensland Office
Corrs Chambers Westgarth

“Leadership in Law Firms was a great opportunity to share interesting experiences and lessons from cases and real situations lived in their practice by lawyers mainly from U.S and U.K. The professors were outstanding and the opportunity to be back to the campus and to have one week of study, away from my routine, not having to take care of clients and daily issues was an excellent opportunity to rethink about many different things and several new approaches related with the mission,vision and strategy of our law firm in Bogotá, Colombia.”

Alfredo Lewin
Senior Partner
Lewin & Wills

“I recommend without reservation Harvard Law School's 'Leadership in Law Firms' course. I found it stimulating, informative and idea provoking. The course provided a great opportunity to interact with the Harvard professors and fellow professionals from around the world.”

Greg Gray
Managing Partner
Holman Fenwick & Willan
United Kingdom

“It was an extraordinary experience professionally and intellectually. Program highlights for me: (1) the opportunity to meet managing partners in leading law firms from around the world and share a common room. (2) the speakers were not only extremely knowledgeable but also masters at capturing the attention of the audience - the content and execution of the presentations were intellectually stimulating beyond my expectations; all of my attention and energy were completely focused on the program.”

Ignasi Costas
Founding Partner
Rousaud Costas Duran


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