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Terri Mottershead
Terri Mottershead is the founding Principal of Mottershead Consulting. She brings more than 30 years of experience in international law practice, legal institution building, talent management, organizational development, stakeholder engagement and consensus building, consulting, legal education and management training to her consulting work.

Terri has worked in-house in attorney talent management, practiced law in Australia and Hong Kong, and was a law school academic and consultant in Hong Kong.

She has extensive experience working with senior management and law firm stakeholders in strategically aligning and successfully implementing talent management goals that support business performance goals. Terri has designed governance structures for, led and implemented talent functions and initiatives in, strategic planning; budgeting; staff selection, management and retention (including onboarding and secondments); ROI metrics; and organization change. Terri has also worked extensively in the areas of benchmarks and competencies; mentoring and coaching; feedback and performance evaluation; performance management; and career development.

Terri is frequently asked to present and consult nationally and internationally on all aspects of attorney talent management. Terri also has extensive experience in the planning, preparation, design, delivery and evaluation of tailor made training courses for lawyers, in-house counsel, law firm clients, government, non-government and industry groups, academic institutions and Law Societies/Bar Associations. These courses variably focused on substantive law topics, legal skills and law firm management.

Terri is an award winning teacher. She has served on over 50 Board and Committees, delivered over 80 invited presentations in 16 different countries on 5 different continents. Terri has published more than 30 articles on substantive law, legal skills, the legal industry, and various aspects of law firm talent management. She is General Editor of and a contributing author to a recently published book titled The Art and Science of Strategic Talent Management In Law Firms (West, September 2010) - for more details, see the MC Spotlight on the Homepage.

Terri holds a Bachelor of Laws (with honours) and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice both from the Queensland Institute of Technology in Australia; a Master of Laws from the University of Queensland in Australia; and a Master of Business Administration (with distinction) from the University of Wales. She is also MBTI (APT Qualifying Training Program, 22-24 & 27 October 2003), MBTI Step II EIR and FIRO-B accredited.

For more detailed information about Terri, please click on the links below:
In-House & Law School Positions
Boards & Committees
Legal Practice

“I worked closely with Terri in the design of our firm’s new Talent Management System for associates. Terri is a creative and thoughtful person, and was one of the key drivers of the year-long effort to develop and implement the TMS program. She assembled a talented team of people - both inside and outside the firm -- that successfully met the challenge.”
Jay Epstien, Chair, US Real Estate Practice, DLA Piper (Washington, DC)

“Terri is a seasoned, practical and efficient professional development manager and consultant. I trust her totally. She has
delivers good value.”
Milt Stewart, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine
(Portland, OR)


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