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Stephen V. Armstrong

Firm Leader Inc.
Principal
Toronto, ON, CAN


Steve Armstrong  led professional development and talent management programs at major law firms for more than 20 years.

During that time, he guided firms to think strategically about managing their talent, with a focus on creating programs, systems and cultures that enable lawyers to do their best work. As part of that focus, he spent substantial time investigating how complex legal matters and teams can be managed most effectively. He has interviewed scores of lawyers about “best practices” for managing matters, analyzed the reasons for which matters have been badly run, drafted protocols for managing matters, and designed training programs on matter-management skills.

Steve is a principal of Firm Leader, which provides consulting and training services to law firms, and the principal of Armstrong Talent Development. Previously, Steve served as Director of Career Development for WilmerHale, and in similar roles at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and Shearman & Sterling. He has published and spoken widely on the topic of talent management, and has served as chair of the Professional Development Consortium, a professional organization for inhouse legal educators, and as co-chair of the American Bar Association Committee on Business Law Education.

Steve has also designed and implemented evaluation, promotion and compensation systems; training curricula; leadership development programs; diversity initiatives; associate surveys; and upward evaluations. In recent years, he has designed and taught many programs for partners and associates on managerial and leadership skills.

Steve also teaches legal writing for judges, law firms and continuing legal education organizations in the U.S. and Canada. He is the co-author of Thinking Like a Writer: A Lawyer’s Guide to Effective Writing and Editing (3rd edition, 2008, Practicing Law Institute).

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