Elise Holtzman

Here’s what I love about what I do…

As a coach, consultant, and speaker working exclusively with lawyers, I have the opportunity to guide and enable my clients to achieve their full potential, to get what they really want from their professional lives. I get to help them dream big, think differently, enhance their performance, and achieve tangible results. To grow as professionals and people. To enjoy what they do even more because they are using their full talents to serve others.

The lawyers and organizations I work with are devoted to their clients’ success. My clients come to me because I am devoted to their success. But that’s just part of it…

The work I do with my clients goes beyond helping them get what they want. When lawyers are progressing, learning, and up-leveling their skills, behaviors, attitudes, and beliefs, there’s a ripple effect. Personal and professional growth allows them to inspire others as advisors, advocates, and leaders. They have a positive impact on their clients, organizations, and communities. They naturally drive growth and change outside of themselves and their organizations.

I am an experienced attorney and certified executive coach whose practice serves lawyers, law firms, and legal departments. I work with clients throughout the United States and Canada and with organizations of every size.

I frequently speak for law firms, bar associations, and law schools 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, the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, Lawline.com and Columbia, Cardozo and Rutgers Law Schools. I am also 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.

Prior to launching The Lawyer’s Edge in 2008, I earned my coach certification from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching, which is accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF). Before that, 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.

I am a member of the ICF, a past president of the ICF’s New Jersey chapter, and hold the ICF’s PCC credential. My position as a vice-president on the Board of Trustees of the Columbia Law School Association allows me to continue to be an active law school alumna.

I live in New Jersey with my husband, a practicing attorney, and our three children.