Ida Abbott

Ida Abbott

Ida Abbott Consulting
Organization Type: Consulting Firm
Position/Title: Founder and Principal
Functional Area: HR/Placement
Year of Induction: 2005

6114 LaSalle Ave., #634
Oakland, CA 94611

Mobile Phone: 510.918.8634
Business Phone: 510.339.6883
Fax: 510.339.6985

Ida Abbott is the founder and principal of Ida Abbott Consulting, and a leading expert in the field of lawyers’ professional development. She specializes in the management, development and retention of lawyers, and helps clients create systems and environments where lawyers flourish, excel and advance. Her clients include law firms and legal departments of all sizes in North America, Europe and Japan. Ida frequently speaks at national and international professional conferences, and is often featured and quoted in books, newspapers and journals. She also writes extensively about the legal profession. Her publications include three books on mentoring and professional development, a research-based report on diversity in mentoring, numerous articles, and an electronic newsletter, Management Solutions, which can be found on her website, Before starting her consulting practice in 1995, Ida was a litigator for 20 years in a large international law firm, where she was also in charge of training and pro bono work. During that time, she also served as a mediator and arbitrator and presided over jury trials as a judge pro tem. She is a founding member and past board member of the Professional Development Consortium, and has served in many leadership positions in the Bar Association of San Francisco and the State Bar of California.


Ida Abbott is a pioneer and a leading consultant in the field of professional development and mentoring for lawyers. Prior to forming her consulting practice in 1995, she practiced law for 20 years at a major law firm, where she also headed the Attorney Training and Pro Bono programs. Ida has demonstrated both her expertise and commitment to furthering the effective management, development, mentoring and retention of associates by publishing four books and more than 30 articles on these topics over the past ten years. She has also made over 90 presentations to various bar associations, the Association of Legal Administrators, the National Association for Law Placement, and other organizations to assist law firms in more effectively managing these essential activities. By her induction into the College of Law Practice Management, the College recognizes her significant role in promoting meaningful and effective professional development and mentoring programs for attorneys.
— 2005