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About Us

The Likeable Lawyer delivers tangible techniques and perspectives for short-term results and long-term career satisfaction. Our CLE courses are enjoyable and engaging and illuminate both classical and modern approaches to increase success and fulfillment in the practice of law.

Contact

For questions about course registration please contact us via email or call (800) 524-2396 between 9 am and 5 pm CST.


Brian Hammer
President

Abbie Strong
Administrative Director

E-mail:info@likeablelawyer.com
Phone:(800) 524-2396
Fax:(512) 533-0001
Mail: Likeable Lawyer
313 West Mary Street
Austin, Texas 78704

If you would like a representative to contact you about any of our programs or retreats, contact us via email.


Presenters

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Program Directors / Facilitators


Brian Hammer

Brian Hammer, M.A., J.D., is the founder and a facilitator for The Likeable Lawyer. Brian practiced law for over ten years before starting The Likeable Lawyer in 2003, and has designed and delivered thousands of highly-praised programs to law firms, corporations and organizations nationwide. He is a frequent speaker at bar conventions, law firm events and other professional association meetings. Brian is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, the University of North Carolina School of Business, and holds a Masters of Psychology degree from the University of Santa Monica.



Chris Layton

Chris Layton, J.D. is the founder of The Layton Law Firm, PLLC, a consumer bankruptcy firm in Charlotte, North Carolina, and has been facilitating Likeable Lawyer programs since 2007. Chris holds a B.A. in Journalism from The University of Maryland at College Park and a J.D. from Wake Forest University.



David Ackert

David has produced business development programs for thousands of lawyers and several top AmLaw 100 firms. His programs have consistently received high acclaim for their unique and valuable content, and have garnered press from publications across the United States. He teaches strategic planning and marketing courses through UCLA Extension and is a guest lecturer at USC Marshall School of Business.



Brian Shapiro

Brian Shapiro, M.A., has been facilitating Likeable Lawyer courses since 2006 after a decade of teaching communication courses at acclaimed colleges and universities nationally. In addition to teaching, Brian is also the Artistic Director for CultureWorks, a San Francisco-based performing arts company, and Shapiro Communications, a theater-based corporate training company. Brian holds an M.A. in Speech and Communication Studies from San Francisco State University.



Jeffrey Stec

Jeffrey Stec, J.D. has been a licensed lawyer since 1992, having practiced in the area of complex-family matters, including estate, divorce, and child custody disputes. Jeff developed his collaborative skills by becoming a certified mediator and strategic planning facilitator, specializing in family issues. Jeff has developed an expertise in the collaborative resolution of disputes, and in addition to his work with The Likeable Lawyer, he is currently a sought-after consultant who works with non-profits and municipalities to fashion solutions to complex organizational and community issues. Jeffrey graduated with honors from the University of Michigan Law School, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with high honors from the University of Michigan.










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"Excellent examination of the solutions for client satisfaction that are often over-looked during representation."
Ryan Thompson,
Godin & Baity



"This class will be very useful, giving great practical analysis of ways to communicate and persuade, and help move my positions along in all parts of my life, professionally and personally."
Michael Jaskolsky,
Quarles & Brady



"Exceeded my expectations with practical tools on the little things that can dramatically improve communication with clients, counsel and colleagues."
Joseph Green,
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz



"You will negotiate better after taking this course. I liked the seamless relation of Aristotelian principles to the neuroscience of what gets people to agree."
Marie Jordan,
Attorney, JP Morgan Chase



"Interesting. Kept my attention; the film clips and historical examples are great."
Ryan Pierce,
Meckler, Bulger, Tilson, Marick & Pearson