Elise Holtzman

As a coach, consultant, speaker, and former practicing attorney working exclusively with lawyers, my sole focus is guiding and enabling my individual and organizational clients to achieve their full potential. I partner with attorneys to grow as professionals and people, to drive change for their organizations, and to achieve exceptional results.

For more than a decade, I have coached, consulted with, and spoken for lawyers and law firms throughout the United States and Canada. I have worked with a wide range of lawyers and leaders from senior and junior partners to associates to in-house counsel to founding partners of small but sophisticated firms. The organizations with whom I have worked include some of the largest law firms as well as mid-sized and boutique firms who serve international, national, and regional clients.

I specialize in working with attorneys who want to become adept at client and relationship development, whether they are new to business development or want to increase their effectiveness. Some clients come to me for help in improving critical professional skills other than technical legal skills, such as confidence and executive presence, delegation, time-management, and effective communication. I also work with lawyers who want to have more impact inside their organizations and emerging leaders who are considered by their firms to be high-potentials for growth and contribution.

I frequently speak for bar associations and other legal organizations on leadership and business development topics. Organizations for which I have spoken include the New York State Bar Association, the New Jersey State Bar Association, ABA Women Rainmakers, the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, Lawline.com and Columbia, Cardozo and Rutgers Law Schools. I am on the faculty of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s Pathfinders program, whose mission, in part, is to build a more open and diverse legal profession, and was a member of its initial program development team.

Prior to launching The Lawyer’s Edge in 2008, I practiced law in the New York offices of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, concentrating in the area of commercial real estate transactions. I earned a BA in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and my JD from Columbia Law School, where I was an editor of the Columbia Law Review and a cast member of the Columbia Law Revue (the latter being significantly more fun than the former).

I am a Vice-President on the Board of Trustees of the Columbia Law School Association, which allows me to support the law school in many ways, including speaking for student events and coaching and mentoring future lawyers.

I earned my coach certification from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching, which is accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF). I am a member of the ICF, a past president of the ICF’s New Jersey chapter, and hold the ICF’s PCC (Professional Certified Coach) credential.

I live in New Jersey with my husband, a practicing attorney, and the two of our three children who haven’t completely left the nest yet. When I’m not working, I am probably hanging out with my family, swimming, hiking, watching police procedurals, wrestling with a ridiculously difficult Sudoku puzzle, or trying to get better at doing the New York Times crossword puzzle.

Please feel free to contact me at elise@thelawyersedge.com or 908-233-2273. I look forward to speaking with you!