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The Opportunity Maker by Ari Kaplan

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What is The Opportunity Maker?

Learn proven techniques for empowering your legal career from law school through partnership.

Build your personal brand, leverage your creativity and maximize your business development potential by hosting your own television show, starting a charity, getting yourself published and using many other genuine strategies for connecting with people and establishing meaningful professional relationships.


Click on the links for 2-3 minute audio interviews.

Adam Hemlock Partner Weil, Gotshal & Manges
Alan J. Schnurman, Zalman & Schnurman/Host of Lawline
Alex Wellen Attorney, Senior Producer CNN
Alex Yaroslavsky Founder Yaro Group
Allison Margolin Criminal Defense Attorney/Founder Unnamed Firm
Alysia Kinsella 2007 Graduate Chicago-Kent School of Law
Alyssa McCorkle Student Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Amy Morgenstern Student University of San Francisco Law School
Andrea R. Clark Senior Attorney American Airlines
Andy Hahn Partner Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Angelo Paparelli Founder Paparelli & Partners
Arnold Peter Founder Raskin Peter Rubin & Simon LLP
Arthur Levin President AGL Associates
Ben Gross Graduate, University of Arizona Rogers School of Law
Beverly Hedrick Director of Business Development Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis
Bill Conger Professor Oklahoma City University School of Law
Bradley Corbett Student Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Carolyn Elefant Blogger/Solo Practitioner MyShingle
Cathy Fleming Partner/President Nixon Peabody LLP/National Association of Women Lawyers
Cheryl Bame Board Member and Former President Legal Marketing Association, Los Angeles
Christine Baker Vice President of Litigation Realogy Corp.
Christine Jones Brady 2008 Graduate - University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law
Christy Burke Founder Burke & Company
Dan Cotter Assistant Vice President and Deputy GC ArgoGroup
Dan Rootenberg Founder Spear Center Physical Therapy
Darren Ofsink Founder Guzov Ofsink
David I. Bean Partner Meyer Wyse
David J. Leffler Founder Leffler, McCaffrey & Marcus
David Reiss Associate Professor Brooklyn Law School
David Schnurman Founder TrueNYC / President Lawline
Denise Howell
Dennis Duffy Partner Baker Botts LLP
Dr. Tara Weiss Professor Kingsborough Community College/CUNY
Elizabeth "Betiayn" Tursi Founder Tursi Law Marketing Management
Eric Sinrod Partner Duane Morris LLP
Felice Wagner Sugarcrest Development Group
Frank Seminerio Student Penn State, Dickinson School of Law
Gabe Galanda Partner Williams Kastner
Garner Weng Partner Hanson Bridgett

Ira J. Coleman Managing Partner, Miami Office McDermott, Will & Emery
Jason Spitz Vice President of Marketing World TeamTennis
Jeff Zigler
Jill Dessalines Associate General Counsel McKesson Corporation
Jim Calloway Director Oklahoma Bar Association's Management Assistance Program
John Belknap Associate Smith Freed & Eberhard
John E. Hellerman Founder Hellerman Baretz Communications LLC
John Herbert Pfizer
Jordan Goodman Partner Horwood Marcus & Berk
Josh Claybourn Health Care Associate Rudolph, Fine, Porter & Johnson
Josh Moore Student University of Detroit, Mercy School of Law
Julie Elgar
Julie Tower-Pierce Attorney/Professor
Kathy Panter Vice President of Community Leadership Leadership Orlando
Ken Thompson Founding Partner Thompson Wigdor & Gilly LLP
Kevin O'Keefe Founder LexBlog
Kirk Rose Senior Vice President for Finance Gobal Hyatt Corporation
Laura Murray Marketing Director Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod
Lenard Cohen
Lisa Landy Corporate Partner Akerman Senterfitt
Lisa Linsky Partner McDermott, Will & Emery LLP
Luke Gilman Student University of Houston Law Center
Marci Alboher Author One Person, Multiple Careers
Marco S. Nasca, Esq. Account Manager Iris
Matthew Swaya Vice President and Assistant General Counsel Starbucks Inc.
Michael Abramson Graduate/Former President John Marshall Law School/Student Bar Association
Michael C. Rakower Commercial Litigator
Michael Rice Student Seattle University School of Law
Michele Rodon Carver Marketing Coordinator Business Development Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A.
Muniza Bawaney Associate Jenner & Block
Nader Anise Founder Nader Anise Lawyer Marketing
Nancy Manzo Practice Director in Marketing Solutions Hubbard One
Nancy Roberts Linder Business Development Consultant
Paula Nailon Assistant Dean for Professional Development University of Arizona Rogers School of Law
Phyllis Weiss Haserot President Practice Development Counsel
Rhonda Joy McLean Associate General Counsel Time Inc.
Richard Demb Co-Founder Dale & Thomas Popcorn
Richard Salzman

Rick Klau Strategic Partner Development Manager Google Inc.
Robyn Goldstein ABA Representative and Editor in Chief Houston Journal of International Law
Rodney Glassman Tucson City Councilman
Rosalie Hamilton Author The Expert Witness Marketing Book
Ross Fishman Attorney Development Expert Fishman Marketing
Roy Ginsburg Attorney/Business Development Coach
Sam Udani Publisher ILW.com and Immigration Daily
Stacey Gray Founder Stacey M. Gray P.C.
Stephen Yelen President and Founder SRY Consult, Inc.
Stevan Lieberman Partner Greenberg & Lieberman
Steve Rubel Senior Vice President Edelman
Thom Singer Author
Tom Kane LegalMarketingBlog.com
Tonya Grindon Partner Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
Travis Hodgkins 2008 Graduate - University of California, Hastings College of the Law
Warren Jackson Vice President and Associate GC DirectTV
William A. Chamberlain Assistant Dean for Career Strategy & Advancement Northwestern University School of Law
William J. Toppetta President MetLife International

The Impact

Career & Professional Development Blog, "Buy This Book!" - June 25, 2008

As I read Kaplan's book, I found myself nodding over and over again. I might have even let an "amen brother" slip out a time or two...Not only does Kaplan show the reader how to establish relationships but, through tips like "create your own advisory board", he teaches us how to maintain these relationships in a meaningful and authentic way.

If you work in a law school career services office and need to drain your budgetary coffers before the end of the fiscal year, buy several copies. Once your students realize that the advice contained inside is golden, you won't be able to keep these on the shelves. If you are a law student or lawyer, get a copy for yourself, grab a highlighter, and start following Kaplan's advice. You won't be sorry.

Carla DeVelder, Director of Career Services - Notre Dame Law School


October 6, 2009 - Make Yourself Useful: A Chat about Job-Getting with Ari Kaplan

October 3, 2009 - Author Says Lawyers Need Networking Updates

June 18, 2009 - How to Raise Your Profile, “Brand” Yourself, Market Yourself, and How to Get Published

May 2009 - Ari Kaplan: Helping the Legal Community Create Opportunity

May 2009 - Ari Kaplan's Angle on Business and Professional Development (cover story)

May 2009 - The State of the Summer Program

April 23, 2009 - Notes from the Breadline: Let My Inspiration Flow (a Q&A on career issues)

March 30, 2009 - Book Review: The Opportunity Maker (New Zealand)

January 28, 2009 - Book Review: The Opportunity Maker

January 19, 2009 - Book Review: The Opportunity Maker

January 2009 - Book Review: The Opportunity Maker (reprinted with permission from NALP Bulletin)

January 9, 2009 - Some Small Firms Find Smooth Sailing Through Turbulent Times

December 3, 2008 - Episode 16: A Conversation with Ari Kaplan (podcast)

 November 21, 2008 - How to Become The Opportunity Maker

 November, 2008 - Review: The Opportunity Maker (pg 11)

 November, 2008 - Business Development for New Lawyers

 November, 2008 - Bistra Milovansky -- Review ofThe Opportunity Maker

 November, 2008 - Excerpt: The Opportunity Maker

 October, 2008 - Make Friends, Not Contacts

 October, 2008 - Around the water cooler: The Opportunity Maker

 October, 2008 - Selfless Self-Promotion

September/October, 2008 - Review: The Opportunity Maker

 September, 2008 - Beyond Billable Hours

  September, 2008 - Review: The Opportunity Maker



 September, 2008 - Making Opportunities for Your Practice: An Interview

 September, 2008 - Author Suggests Successful Business Ties Built Through Civility, Creativity

 September, 2008 - Like Savings, a Legal Reputation Adds Up Incrementally

 September, 2008 - Second Life for Lawyers

 September, 2008 - A Must-Read for Law Students and Junior Lawyers

 August, 2008 - Highest Employment Rate in 20 Years

 August, 2008 - Lawsuits made simple

 August, 2008 - How to Network Your Way to Partner

 August, 2008 - Raising Your Profile on Second Life

 August, 2008 - Podcast #11

 July, 2008 - Some Corporate Counsel

 July, 2008 - Want to Retain Your Attorneys? Try Mentoring

 July, 2008 - Review: The Opportunity Maker

 July, 2008 - Review: The Opportunity Maker

 June, 2008 - Review: The Opportunity Maker

Speaking Schedule

  • May 26, 2010: Chicago, IL
  • April 21, 2010: Houston, TX
  • March 25, 2010: Chicago, IL *ABA Techshow Keynote
  • March 4, 2010: Newark, NJ
  • February 25, 2010: New York, NY
  • January 29, 2010: Oklahoma City, OK
  • January 28, 2010: Orlando, FL
  • January 27, 2010: DeLand, FL
  • January 21, 2010: Seattle, WA
  • January 20, 2010: New York, NY
  • January 19, 2010: Toledo, OH
  • December 10, 2009: New York, NY
  • December 9, 2009: New York, NY
  • October 21, 2009: Cambridge, MA
  • October 6, 2009: Milwaukee, WI
  • September 24, 2009: Atlanta, GA
  • September 16, 2009: Houston, TX
  • September 10, 2009: New York, NY
  • September 9, 2009: Washington, DC
  • July 15, 2009: Melville, NY *public bar association program
  • June 30, 2009: New York, NY
  • June 10, 2009: Washington, DC
  • May 14, 2009: New York, NY
  • May 13, 2009: New York, NY
  • May 7, 2009: Washington, DC
  • April 30, 2009: Nashville, TN
  • March 31, 2009: Chicago, IL
  • March 26, 2009: New Orleans, LA
  • March 25, 2009: Austin, TX
  • March 13, 2009: Lansdowne, VA
  • February 26, 2009: Denver, CO
  • February 25, 2009: Tucson, AZ
  • February 24, 2009: Phoenix & Tempe, AZ
  • February 11, 2009: New Orleans, LA
  • February 4, 2009: Queens, NY
  • January 28, 2009: Los Angeles & Orange, CA
  • January 27, 2009: Palo Alto, CA
  • January 22, 2009: New York, NY
  • January 16, 2009: Orlando, FL
  • January 15, 2009: Washington, DC
  • November 12, 2008: Washington, DC
  • November 5, 2008: Dallas, TX
  • October 21, 2008: Brooklyn, NY
  • October 17, 2008: Washington, DC
  • October 15, 2008: Grundy, VA
  • August 15, 2008: New York, NY
  • August 8, 2008: Phoenix, AZ
  • August 7, 2009: Scottsdale, AZ
  • July 25, 2008: San Francisco, CA
  • July 24, 2008: Palo Alto, CA
  • July 23, 2008: Los Angeles, CA
  • July 22, 2008: New York, NY
  • July 9, 2008: Chicago, IL
  • June 25, 2008: Boston, MA