Lawyer On A Leash is THE place to find timely and unbiased information about how to hire and work with a lawyer. Our founder, Gideon Grunfeld, is a fourth generation lawyer. But unlike so much of the about information about lawyers that appears on law firm Web sites, this site is not a backdoor effort to convince you to hire Gideon. In fact, you could not hire Gideon as your lawyer even if you wanted to. Instead, this is the place to find out insider secrets about lawyers-how they are trained, what they tend to be good and bad at, how to get your money’s worth when you hire one, and how to protect yourself when things go wrong between you and your lawyer.
Lawyer On A Leash was created because it can be surprisingly complicated to hire the right lawyer, and because so much of the information that is out there is outdated and overly simplistic. Many lawyers will not be happy with the behind-the-scenes information we share, but this not about bashing lawyers. We believe in having fun and presenting information about lawyers in a casual, informative and straightforward way. We will even share a good lawyers’ joke from time to time. Ultimately however, we know that lawyers are generally hired when something really important has just happened or is about to happen in your life. Whether you were just injured in an accident or are looking for the right attorney to help your business grow, too few people have the information they need to make an essential decision: who should be their lawyer?
Lawyer On A Leash is also premised on the idea that the attorney/client relationship works best when the client is in control. Like a powerful large dog that is physically stronger than its owner, a lawyer may be more powerful than their client. The legal system works best when the client knows a lot about the lawyer, and can keep the lawyer on a leash. Our mission is to help you do just that.
Gideon Grunfeld is a fourth generation lawyer. His mother is a lawyer. His brother is a lawyer. His sister-in-law is a lawyer. You get the picture; it’s practically a genetic defect.
Gideon started his career in the human resources field. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Economics, Gideon worked as a consultant at National Economic Resource Associates, and was a human resources manager for both a Fortune 500 company, ADP, and a 5,000-employee teaching hospital in Philadelphia.
Gideon started his legal career in San Francisco. He is a cum laude graduate of the University of California, Hastings College of Law, where he was a member of the Moot Court Board and an Assistant Articles Editor of the Hastings Law Journal. Following graduation, he clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Gary L. Taylor in Southern California.
For almost ten years, Gideon worked for some of the largest and most profitable law firms in the world-first at the Los Angeles office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, and then at Covington & Burling in Washington D.C. He represented clients such as Exxon, Deere & Co, Pepsi, Sunbeam, and Ralph Lauren, and trade associations such as the American Chemistry Council.
In 2004, he left the practice of law to start his own consulting firm, Law Firm Development, which helps lawyers run their practices more effectively. He is also one of the authors of the treatise, “The California Guide To Opening And Managing A Law Practice,” which was published by the State Bar of California in 2009. In short, Gideon knows lawyers; how they think, how they work, what they are good at and what they are not.
Gideon speaks extensively about lawyers and how they work with clients. He has been a member of the National Speakers Association since 2005, and is currently the president of its Greater Los Angeles Chapter.
Gideon is on a mission-to help non-lawyers and lawyers work together more effectively, more productively, and more economically. This won’t happen until the people who hire and work with lawyers become better educated about lawyers. That is why he developed Lawyer On A Leash-THE place for you to get insider information about how to hire, work with, and control your lawyer.