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.
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Brian Hammer is the founder and a facilitator for The Likeable Lawyer. Brian has practiced law for over ten years before starting The Likeable Lawyer in 2003. Brian has designed and delivered over 1,000 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, 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, M.A. created Prospero JD, has developed highly-praised business development programs for some of the top AmLaw 100 firms. David's business development training, coaching, and e-learning programs have garnered press from numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Times, The National Review, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Business Journal, and the Daily Journal. He teaches strategic planning and marketing courses through UCLA Extension and is a guest lecturer at USC Marshall School of Business. David holds degrees from Ithaca College, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Santa Monica.
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, 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.