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Naomi Beard Nelson, Esq., PCC Founder & CEO

“My passion is facilitating growth at every level within a firm. From helping leaders develop and enact transformative strategies to supporting individuals in achieving their career goals, my focus is on fueling success, inclusiveness and a forward-thinking culture in BigLaw at large.”


Naomi has been a leader in executive coaching and law firm consulting for over 18 years. Following a decade of practicing law in large firms, she shifted focus to consulting and coaching. Naomi helps firms optimize their talent development and engagement strategies. With deep insight into the shared difficulties faced by today’s top law firms, she advances change at the individual and organizational level. Her instinct for tapping into each client’s strengths and needs propels them through seemingly impassable obstacles to realize ambitious goals.

Naomi is immersed in the industry’s pressing issues, including building resilient law firm cultures, developing effective leaders and designing retention strategies. Her approach is rooted in an expansive and nuanced understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing large law firms. Her clients count on her to attain best-in-class outcomes.

Education & credentials

  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., Order of the Coif
  • Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, B.S., magna cum laude
  • International Coaching Federation, Professional Certified Coach (PCC)
  • MentorCoach®, Certified Mentor Coach

Professional background

  • Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, Attorney
  • Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, Attorney

Memberships & publications

  • California, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., Bar Associations
  • National Association for Law Placement (NALP)
  • International Coaching Federation (ICF)
  • Women Presidents Organization (WPO)
  • Accelerating Trends in Law Firms, Globe Law and Business, 2021
  • Culture in Law Firms:  Best Practices for Engagement and Retention in a Hybrid World, Globe Law and Business, April 2024

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