Coaching law department leaders

Law Department Leaders are called upon to be the oracle of all things legal and regulatory, trusted counselors and confidants, team managers and players and protectors of the Company.  Hattem Advisors can help you navigate your complex world while being true to yourself.


Chief Legal Officers (CLOs) and deputies have one of the most challenging corporate jobs. Like all senior executives, they must perform in highly dynamic environments, working with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Board, their peers, business leaders, control functions and internal teams to advance the objectives of the company. There are few key people within a company with whom the CLO does not have to be connected.

CLOs and deputies also have the specialized role of acting as a trusted counselor to the CEO and the Board while maintaining a duty to the organization and level of independence. The best ones serve as the moral compass on risk, culture, and ethics, in addition to their other responsibilities.

Through Context Coaching, we will help you systematically identify, understand and prioritize the moving parts of your organization. We will also examine the larger environment, regulators, outside counsel and consultants, social trends, and the role they play in your organization.

I am now Chief Legal Officer at a Fortune 250 company, and I can honestly say that I use the tools I developed working with Dave every day in my current role. Any senior legal professional who is looking for a coach should definitely work with Dave.


Law Firms

Even under the best of circumstances, Law Firm Leaders have a challenging job. They succeed as a Partner based on the quality of their work and the strength of their practice. As leaders, however, they must attend to a wide range of management responsibilities. These can extend outside of their comfort zone, including training attorneys, evaluating and retaining talent, setting budgets, developing business and overseeing national and international practices. Add in hybrid work between the office and home, changing assumptions and demands of professionals, and long-delayed calls for social equity, and the challenges just multiply.

Through Context Coaching, we will help you better systematically identify, understand and prioritize the moving parts of your firm, team and larger environment. We will do so by examining social trends, media demands, your typical client’s perspective, and the evolving codes of expected behavior that impact your organization.

Based on my experience with Dave while he was Chief Legal Officer at Equitable, I recommend Hattem Advisors without reservation. Dave offers truth with love. And both are in short supply. The greater your success, the harder it is to get truly honest coaching. Dave will give it to you with courage and caring, in context. You can thank me later!


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