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Doug Richardson

Douglas B. Richardson, J.D., M.A., C.M.C., a partner with Edge International, brings over 25 years of diverse consulting, coaching, assessment and training experience to both law firm and legal department clients of Edge International. A Certified Master Coach, Doug has particular expertise in legal leadership, organizational communications, and team development, including Legal Project Management (LPM). Doug has counseled, coached and trained lawyers, executives and management teams from law firms and legal departments of all sizes around the world, and has coached executives from such corporations as Campbell Soup, IBM, Siemens, Novartis and Unisys.

Doug began his career as a litigator with Dechert, Price & Rhoads and as both a state and federal prosecutor in Philadelphia. He later was Regional Counsel for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, and subsequently served as that department's Director of Communications. Doug then spent over two decades as a principal, consultant and practice leader for two major international human resources consulting firms, where he specialized in the unique needs of lawyers and the legal profession. He has worked with scores of law firms and law departments to build high-functioning teams through leadership development and legal project management, to address organizational communication issues, and to build powerful organizational cultures. He has extensive experience in assessing legal leaders, developing high-potential talent, performance coaching, lawyers’ professional development, and career management.

Until 2010, Doug wrote the regular Leadership Dimension column for Altman Weil’s subscription newsletter, Report to Legal Management. His articles have appeared in The American Lawyer, Of Counsel, The National Law Journal and The Wall Street Journal, and he has been quoted in Law 360, Inc., Fortune, and The New York Times, among other publications. Doug has led leadership and career management programs for the University of Pennsylvania Law School, the Wharton School of Business, the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, and Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business.

Doug holds a B.A. with Distinction from the Honors Program of the University of Michigan, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a Masters in Communications from the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School of Communications. He has been certified as a Certified Master Coach by the Behavioral Coaching Institute and the International Coaching Council.