Heather’s CV

HEATHER W. DECKER, J.D.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCE

Business Management Coach and Consultant
tcb coaching + consulting (owner), Portland, OR, 2016-present

Coaching for Individuals

  • Billing and Collections Practices
  • Time Management and Productivity
  • Delegation and Managing Others
  • Professional Development Planning
  • Business Development

Consulting for Employers and Organizations

  • Communication and Conflict Resolution
  • Managing Employee Development and Transitions
  • Employee Satisfaction and Retention
  • Lateral Integration and Succession Planning
  • Multi-generational Workforce Management and Integration

Sample Projects & Clients

  • Law Firm Retreat July-December 2018
    • Retreat Planning Committee meetings
    • Interviewed 10 lawyers and drafted report identifying issues
    • Designed and facilitated 3 hour retreat work session for 18 lawyers
    • Designed and facilitated three 1 hour implementation meetings for 18 lawyers
  • Law Partner Coaching August-October 2018
    • Coached senior bankruptcy law partner to reduce billing backlog by 80%, and adopt strong billing and time entry habits going forward

Director of Attorney Professional Development and Recruiting
Tonkon Torp LLP, Portland, OR, 2015-2016

  • Coached lawyers, leaders and managers on communication, conflict resolution, time management, networking, leadership, transitions and productivity
  • Conducted twice yearly Professional Development Meetings for 20 associates
  • Assessed associate morale and retention efforts; coordinated Associate Reviews
  • Responsible for recruiting, orientation and integration of law clerks and attorneys
  • Responsible for in house law clerk and attorney training programs
  • Assessed and re-designed firm mentoring programs
  • Designed and implemented exit interviews of departing associates
  • Designed and drafted department and job descriptions for myself and a Recruiting & Professional Development Coordinator
  • Attended the April 2016 National Association for Law Placement Education Conference in Boston, MA, including 14 hours of Coach training

LAW PRACTICE EXPERIENCE

  • Of Counsel, Ghandour Law LLC, Portland, OR 2013-2015
  • Contract Attorney, Attorney at Law, Portland, OR 2001-2012
  • Associate Attorney, Cosgrave Vergeer Kester LLP, Portland, OR 1998-2000
  • Associate Attorney, Seidl & Rizzo PC, Portland, OR 1996-1998

EDUCATION

  • University of Oregon School of Law, J.D., 1996
  • University of Oregon, B.S. (Political Science/Business Administration), 1993

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND LEADERSHIP

Oregon State Bar, Admitted and active member since 1996

  • House of Delegates, Region 7 Delegate, 2017-2019
  • 2019 Wellness Summit Planning Committee, present-January 2019
  • Solo & Small Firm Section, Executive Committee, Secretary-elect, 2017-2019
  • Supervising Attorney of attorney on disciplinary probation, 2016-2018
  • Quality of Life Committee, Chair/Secretary/Member, 2011-2014
  • Diversity Champion, 2011 Convocation on Equality
  • Fellow, 2009 Leadership College

Multnomah Bar Association, Member since 1996

  • Solo & Small Firm Committee, Member, 2018-2021
  • Membership Committee (& Task Force), Chair/Member, 2014-2018
  • Equality & Diversity Committee, Chair/Member, 2011-2014
  • YLS Service to the Public Committee, Chair/Member, 2001-2004
  • Award of Merit, Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, 2003

Oregon Women Lawyers, member since 1996

Oregon Minority Lawyers Association, member since 2016

University of Oregon School of Law

  • Portland Graduate Advisor, Career Services Office, 2003-2004
  • Alumni Association Board of Directors, President/VP/Sec/Member, 1997-2007
  • Portland Mentoring Program, Co-Founder/Mentor, 1997-2000

Portland State University

  • Explore the Law Program, Steering Committee Member/Mentor, 2012-2013

Provided opportunities and support for diverse pre-law undergraduate students

 Oregon Attorney Assistance Program

  • Peace and Productivity for Lawyers Workshop, Co-Creator & Facilitator, 2006-2007 & 2011-2012; Developed and facilitated 8-week wellness and stress management workshop for lawyers

Yogafit Certified Yoga Teacher, 2010-2016

PRESENTATIONS & ARTICLES

It’s About Time: Time Management for Work and Life – Presenter

  • 1 Hour CLE presentation for 5 bar organizations and 2 law firms in 2018
  • 3 hour program for the Portland Underground Grad School, June 13, 2018

Committee Chairs Training: Running Effective Meetings – Presenter
Multnomah Bar Association, Committee Chairs Training, September 10, 2018

Warrior Moms: Fighting for Children with Disabilities – Panelist
Oregon Women Lawyers, Queen’s Bench Chapter CLE, July 10, 2018

The Coaching Mindset – Co-Presenter
Multnomah Bar Association, 1.5 hour CLE, May 11, 2018

Lawyers in Transition (Monthly Meeting) – Presenter
Oregon Attorney Assistance Program, April 7, 2016

10 Minute Fix: Stress Reduction Techniques for Lawyers/Law Students – Planner & Presenter
Oregon State Bar Quality of Life Committee Presentation

  • ABA Young Lawyers Division Fall Conference, October 10, 2014
  • Willamette University College of Law, October 16, 2013
  • Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, May 16, 2013

Restorative Relaxation and Vinyasa Yoga – Presenter
Oregon Attorney Assistance Program Women’s Retreat, April 27-28, 2012

How to Work a Room – Networking Tips for Law Students – Panelist
Oregon State Bar Quality of Life Committee Presentation
University of Oregon School of Law, May 22, 2012

Transitions: Challenge or Opportunity? – Planner and Moderator
Oregon State Bar Quality of Life Committee CLE, February 24, 2012

Practical Contract Lawyering –  Panelist
Professional Liability Fund CLE, May 2008

Relax and Be More Productive, In Sight, September 2006, pp. 6-7

Changing Courses: How to Successfully Transition to a New Area of Law – Panelist Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section CLE, April 2004

Contract Lawyering – Panelist
Lewis & Clark Law School Presentation, March 2007

Balancing Family and the Law – Panelist
Lewis & Clark Law School Presentation, April 2006

Finding a New Niche, In Sight, December 2003, pp. 4-5