Gideon Grunfeld founded Law Firm Development in 2004. LFD’s mission of helping lawyers practice more profitably and efficiently is a direct out growth of Gideon’s work as a human resources executive, consultant, and attorney.
After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Economics, Gideon worked as a consultant for National Economic Resources Associates. He worked with expert witnesses mostly statisticians, in connection with high-profile litigation such as the insider trading case brought against Michael Milken. Gideon was then a human resources manager for a Fortune 500 company, ADP, Inc., and a 5,000-employee non-profit teaching hospital.
Gideon started his legal career in San Francisco. He is a cum laude graduate of the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he was a member of the Moot Court Board and an Associate Articles Editor for the Hastings Law Journal. Following graduation, he clerked for the Honorable Gary L. Taylor of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. He was then a business litigator and antitrust attorney for almost ten years, first at the Los Angeles office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, and then at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C.
Gideon is a Special Advisor to the Law Practice Management & Technology Section of the State Bar of California, and since 2006 has chaired the Solo, Small Firm, and Law Practice Management Section of the Beverly Hills Bar Association.
Gideon writes extensively about lawyers and law practice. He is one of the authors of the treatise, “A California Guide To Opening and Managing a Law Office,” which was by the State Bar of California in 2009. His recent articles, include, “A Strategic Approach to Fee Arbitration in California,” “Effective Marketing Messages for Business Clients,” “Ethical Requirements Relating to Fees and Fee Agreements,” and “New Obligations to Return Electronic Documents at the End of a Representation,” (co-authored with Robert Brownstone, Esq.).
Gideon has spoken to more than 2,500 law students and lawyers at law school alumni chapters and at more than a dozen bar associations including the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the state bar associations of California, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Gideon is a member of the National Speakers Association, and is the Immediate Past President of its Greater Los Angeles Chapter.