John Mitchell

John Mitchell is a lawyer and a leader.  He is committed to helping lawyers discover and maximize their leadership potential so that they continuously develop themselves and their organizations in pursuit of changing the world.  John specializes in working with lawyers who are in formal roles like general counsel, managing partner, practice group leaders and committee chairs and those in informal leadership roles. He also supports in-house lawyers transitioning to business roles, junior associates, new partners, major rainmakers and senior lawyers considering their “second season” in life.

Helping leaders transition to new leadership positions is one area  of  John’s  expertise. He  also  has  extensive experience assisting women and attorneys of color successfully apply their talents in new roles and new environments.   Mr. Mitchell’s unique background brings personal experience to these types of transitions and his educational experiences ground those first hand experiences with sound theory and applied research.

During the past three years John has coached and/or consulted with hundreds of lawyers and dozens of law firms throughout the United States and Canada.  This work has included everything from teaching inexperienced attorneys (and some later bloomers) business development skills to helping senior rainmakers take their game up another notch or two; from helping to develop new leaders to creating a process for successful succession planning and transition of senior leaders; and from leading firm retreats to advising management committees on a variety of strategic issues.

John’s 20 plus years of business experience ranges from working as a professional in a social service agency, to practicing law in a large international law firm, to leading a large  urban  affiliate  of  an  internationally  known  not-for-profit  housing  development organization, to starting a successful company that helps leaders develop and hone their own unique leadership style.  He also has extensive leadership experience serving on various not-for-profit boards of directors, and in civic and professional organizations. His experience is supplemented by his educational pursuits at Northwestern University that include a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications, a Juris Doctor degree, and  a  Master  of  Business  Administration  degree  from  the  J.L.  Kellogg  School  of Management.

When he is not working with clients, John can often be found running or cycling along Chicago’s beautiful lakefront.  He is also likely to be found with his wife at one of the city’s many restaurants, cultural institutions or music festivals.  An annual pilgrimage to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, visits with friends around the country, and bicycle trips anywhere the terrain is more varied than Chicago’s keep John on the move. So, if you get his voicemail leave a message.  More likely than not he is out someplace having fun. But do not worry – he will return your call!