Jim Hassett is the Chairman and founder of LegalBizDev, which helps law firms increase profitability by improving project management, business development, and alternative fees. Before he started working with lawyers, Jim had 20 years of experience as a sales trainer and consultant to companies from American Express to Zurich Financial Services. He is the author of 13 books, including the Legal Project Management Quick Reference Guide; Legal Project Management, Pricing, and Alternative Fee Arrangements; Client Value and Law Firm Profitability; and the Legal Business Development Quick Reference Guide. He has also published more than 80 articles in the New York Times Magazine; Bloomberg Law; Of Counsel; Legal Management; Strategies: The Journal of Legal Marketing; and other publications. Jim has conducted webinars through the Ark Group; West LegalEdcenter; the National Law Journal; The International Lawyers Network; TAG Academy; and the Legal Marketing Association. he writes the blog “Legal Business Development” which was featured at the ABA TECHSHOW (in its list of “60 Sites: Latest and Greatest Internet Hits”) and by TechnoLawyer (in its list of “the most influential legal blogs” in BlawgWorld). He received his Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University.


In his free time, Jim listens to jazz and does genealogical research on nearly famous distant relatives. So far, he’s only found one: Ben Duffy, a first cousin twice removed whom Advertising Age called “one of the top 100 advertising people of the 20th century.”