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Improving lawyer performance through personality science

LawyerBrain LLC is a consulting firm that specializes in helping AmLaw 100 law firms and law departments of Fortune 500 companies succeed by applying scientific principles to help improve the performance of your people. We study scientific advances in neuroscience, social psychology, positive psychology, leadership science, and a variety of other social science disciplines and then translate them into practical, useable insights that actually work in a legal environment.


Solving issues

LawyerBrain helps firms with a variety of issues such as

Serving as a trusted advisor to the senior leaders of top legal departments

Serving as a trusted advisor to the senior leaders of top law firms

Helping firms to train and develop leaders (including a special program for your senior leadership team)

Helping firms to cope with change, uncertainty, and its consequences

Helping law firm leaders to get their lawyers to do what they’re supposed to do

Repairing dysfunctional behavior, improving morale, and resolving conflict

Building employee engagement, and motivating your lawyers

Helping your lawyers to increase their mental toughness and psychological resilience

Helping your firm do a better job of attracting, selecting, hiring and retaining lawyers, especially those in the Millennial generation

Giving keynote addresses that are meaningful, motivating, memorable

Facilitating difficult conversations

Working with practice groups and client or industry teams to teach teamwork skills

Designing and implementing multi-rater feedback systems (upward evaluations, peer reviews, 360-degree feedback)

Administering and interpreting a wide variety of psychological assessments to help your lawyers improve their awareness and their performance (including measures of personality, values, strengths, styles, emotional intelligence, and other dimensions)

Helping firm leaders to gain psychological buy-in for change initiatives such as strategy implementation, new compensation systems, or post-merger situations

Providing confidential coaching to managing partners and other senior law firm leaders to improve psychological sophistication and overall leadership effectiveness

Helping law firms transition from “lockstep to levels”

Designing competency models so that you have a scientific basis for recruiting talent (Can also be used to develop your leaders)

Helping law firm General Counsels or Directors of Risk Management by applying the latest psychology research in the service of loss prevention

Clients often ask what we do

Providing our clients with the tools they need to grow

Providing regular confidential advice to the managing partner, general counsel, or other members of the senior leadership team

Designing and helping you to execute a program that will improve lawyer performance (leadership, managing change, working in teams, doing a better job at selecting/hiring talent, etc.)

Giving a presentation or a keynote at a retreat or offsite

Conducting workshops in your firm or department

Working with your professionals over a 2- to 4-month period to repair dysfunctional behavior

Working with star lawyers one-on-one to improve their performance

Law firms that hire LawyerBrain have a variety of interests and challenges

A few of our recent assignments

Help a firm that recently merged to design a new associate talent model, while building significant buy-in among the lawyers for the changes proposed

Use psychological testing to identify the key characteristics of the top performing lawyers at a mid-size firm, and develop a hiring protocol in order to find top talent who fit this unique firm’s culture

Coach the managing partner of an AmLaw 30 US firm. Coach the managing partner of a top 10 Lexpert firm in Canada

Help 2 different law firms to repair dysfunctional behavior — in one, the litigation department has some internal dysfunction; in the other, one practice group is not getting along well with other groups

Design an upward evaluation multi-rater tool to provide feedback to partners, along with tailored coaching

Design and conduct a 6-month Action Learning leadership program for a mid-size firm to create a group of lawyers who can actually demonstrate superior leadership skills that can be measured

Design an interactive retreat presentation for a 200-partner firm retreat that is both educational and entertaining, and keeps the partners highly engaged for 4 hours

Provide advice to the leadership of an AmLaw 50 US firm on how to increase employee engagement

Develop a program using the latest “cognitive behavioral” strategies to teach lawyers how to be more Resilient in the face of stress, setbacks and uncertainty


Dr. Larry Richard

Recognized as the leading expert on the psychology of lawyer behavior. He has advised dozens of AmLaw 200 law firms on leadership, management, and related issues such as teams, change management, talent selection, assessment, and other aspects of strategic talent management. Widely known as an expert on the lawyer personality, he has gathered personality data on thousands of lawyers.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Dr. Richard practiced law as a trial attorney for ten years. He then earned a Ph.D. in Psychology from Temple University. For more than 20 years, he has provided consulting services exclusively to the legal profession. Formerly a partner with Altman Weil, and more recently the head of the Leadership & OD Practice at Hildebrandt International, in 2011 he established his own consulting firm, LawyerBrain LLC, which focuses on improving lawyer performance through personality science. He focuses on resilience, change management, leadership, and talent issues.

He is a frequent author and speaker on the use of positive psychology and applied behavioral science in helping law firms to succeed. He is a Gallup-certified Strengths Coach, and a licensed user of the MBTI, DiSC, and 15 other assessment tools.

Our approach

Everything we do is based on our thorough study of the scientific principles of human behavior. We monitor the literature in the fields of cognitive neuroscience, psychology, administrative science, leadership science, and related fields, and then test and translate the findings in order to glean the most practical advice for our law firm and law department clients.

Using the findings from our 20+ years of research and study of the lawyer personality, we tailor our advice and interventions so that they are optimized specifically for large, multi-jurisdiction law firms and large law departments.

Our mission

“My mission is to use personality science to help your firm thrive, to perform at a superior level, to make the most of what you’ve got, to help you maximize the talent you have, and get more like them.”

Dr. Larry Richard Dr. Larry Richard, LawyerBrain LLC

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