David Ackert, M.A., is the President of The Ackert Advisory and business development mentor to high-achieving professionals in the legal, corporate, finance, and accounting sectors. Over the past two decades, David has advised hundreds of lawyers, CEOs and professional-services executives on overcoming business development and marketing challenges.
He has developed and implemented business development programs for countless firms, from AmLaw 100s to local boutiques. Widely recognized as a pioneer in the field of business development coaching, David is the founder of Practice Boomers, a business development e-learning program and two-time winner of the Legal Marketing Association’s “Your Honor Award.” He is also the founder of Practice Pipeline, a pipeline management software platform that incorporates business development coaching. The combination of technology and coaching has become a hallmark of his programs.
In addition to his business development coaching and technology programs, David Ackert has founded a series of professional development programs for lawyers and law firm professionals. The Managing Partner Institute is a leadership development program for law firm leaders and their successors. The Business Development Institute is a remote training program that provides legal marketers with business development skills and strategies.
David Ackert has authored four white papers and dozens of articles on legal business development topics. His work has been published and quoted in numerous books as well as media including the Los Angeles Times, the National Review, the Daily Journal, the Wall Street Journal, Voice America, Attorney at Work, The Recorder, and the Los Angeles Business Journal. He often leads panels and makes seminar presentations on effective communication and business development strategies. David regularly keynotes at law firm partner retreats and trade conferences. He serves as a guest lecturer at USC’s Marshall School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University, and at the UCLA School of Law.
He co-founded and serves as board director for Voices in Harmony, an arts/mentoring organization that provides extra-curricular and classroom programs for at-risk teens around the world. In recognition of his community service, David’s alma mater, Ithaca College, conferred him with its “Difference Maker” award.
David holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, Ithaca College, and University of Santa Monica, from which he earned a Master’s in Psychology. He is also a certified Business Coach.