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Managing Client Expectations: Strategies to Establish Trust and Define Reasonable Objectives

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Unmet expectations are a primary cause of client dissatisfaction. This program demonstrates a proactive strategy that will help you define—and more easily exceed—the full range of your clients' expectations.

  • Negotiate reasonable expectations with clients at the onset of the relationship.
  • Better manage clients with clear communication and ongoing status reviews.
  • Develop leadership skills that inspires confidence in clients.


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9:30-10:30am   What Clients Expect 
This section teaches lawyers a proactive process for clarifying and negotiating reasonable client expectations up front. Lawyers will learn how to discover both substantive and professional expectations in the attorney-client relationship.
10:30-11:30am   Establishing Client Guidelines
Develop an interview process that creates opportunity for clients to express the full range of their needs and concerns. Doing this results in increased cooperation, efficiency and client satisfaction.


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.

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"This is my third or fourth course with the Likeable Lawyer. Just like with my previous experiences, this course caused me to think about an aspect of representing real people - being aware of my clients' expectations that is often forgotten, taken for granted, or assumed to be handled. Thank you for giving me new skills to help me meet and exceed client expectations. "
Lucia McLaren,
Johnson Becker

"An excellent course for understanding the "customer service" aspect of representing clients--it is not all about case citations, pure knowledge, or experience. It is about earning client trust first and foremost. Highly recommended. "
Jim Franklin,
Schroeder & Griffith

"A fresh look at aspects of the practice of law that can provide real day-to-day benefits."
Pat Leddy,
Jones Day

"Extremely practical how-to course filled with useful negotiation tools. Provides insight into diagnosing the needs of your negotiation opponent that will allow you to increase the chances of obtaining successful outcomes."
Shawn Doorhy,
Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

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