Q&A: Meet Marie Lefton, Class of 2016

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From her time as a litigator and her work at major law firms to her consulting practices, Marie Lefton has understood the need for strategic planning. She has directed professional practice, marketing, and business development activities; hired and helped integrate lateral lawyers; helped law firms expand via new offices; and been a senior management leader. Marie’s consulting practice, Lefton Consulting, has helped law firms facing these challenges, as well as the issues related to alternative fee arrangements, client interview programs, partner development, and marketing department reviews.

Marie Lefton
Lefton Consulting
Boston, MA

Where were you born and raised?

On the “Main Line” just outside Philadelphia.

What is your favorite thing to do when you are not working?

Getting my hands dirty working in the ceramics studio.

What achievement outside of work makes you most proud?

I recently joined the Boston Ballet’s Board of Overseers.

Did you choose your career or did it choose you?

My father ran an ad agency, and I was always intrigued by law firms. After practicing in BigLaw for some years, those two forces launched me toward law firms marketing (and more broadly into law firm management).

Who was your mentor and what made him or her so influential?

Marjorie Cooke, when she was a partner at Goodwin in Boston. At a time when female partners were a rarity in BigLaw, Marjorie served as an inspiring role model for the younger women associates.

Of the law-related projects or initiatives you’ve worked on in the past year or so, what is the most exciting or shows the most promise?

Training an AmLaw 200 firm’s management how to conduct client interviews. These are a potent tool for any firm, and this particular firm actually incorporates client feedback into their strategic planning.

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