Drawing upon our collective professional experience working
in large and small firms, in-house legal departments,
government and law school settings, as well as in law firm
management, we are immediately credible to the clients we
serve. We have vast experience consulting with lawyers across
a wide spectrum of backgrounds, nationalities, lifestyles,
ethnicities, and disabilities. Greiner Consulting is a
woman-owned enterprise that counts among its own ranks
consultants who are African-American, Latino-American, and
Jennifer Greiner (President)
With over twenty years of experience consulting with law firms and their attorneys, Jennifer is a market leader in legal career management. She has established a preeminent reputation for innovative and individualized career and transition counseling and coaching. Jennifer combines a comprehensive knowledge of the industry with expertise in process management and presentation skills training. As a testimony to her success, many of Jennifer’s long-standing clients continue to rely on her for advice concerning attorney development issues and executive coaching.
Before founding Greiner Consulting, Jennifer was a consultant with Suzanne Golden Associates, and went on to develop the legal outplacement practice at BRG Inc. She has made important contributions to the legal community at large, leading workshops and seminars for area law schools and bar associations. In addition, Jennifer volunteers with the Public Service Network of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and Volunteers for Careers.
A member of the Association of Career Professionals International, the International Coach Federation, and the Association for Psychological Type, Jennifer received both her B.A. and M.A. from The University of Dublin, Trinity College.
Joi Y. Bourgeois, Esq. (Vice President)
Since joining Greiner Consulting in 2000, Joi has been providing transition counseling, training, and coaching for clients. In addition, Joi directs nationwide marketing and business development for the firm. Joi began her career as a transactional attorney at Clifford Chance before joining the corporate practice at Richards Spears Kibbe & Orbe. Later, she was in-house with Dan Klores Communications, a prominent New York public relations firm, having first served as a business development manager for the legal division of Spherion Workforce Architects.
Joi received her B.A. from Northwestern University, M.A. from
New York University in France (Graduate School of Arts &
Sciences) and J.D. from New York University School of Law. Joi
is a member of the New York bar, as well as of the New York
City Bar Association, the New York County Lawyers’
Association, the American Bar Association, and the New York
Women’s Bar Association.
Erika Schreiber, Esq. (Managing Director, Coaching
Based in our Los Angeles and San Francisco offices, Erika joined Greiner Consulting in 2009, and brings over 15 years of experience in the California legal community. Erika offers professional development coaching, career counseling, and training to attorneys at all levels. She began her career as an employment attorney, practicing at Graham & James, Greenberg Glusker, and later with Thelen Reid & Priest. Erika spent three years with USC Law School as the Associate Director for Counseling in the Career Services Office and was more recently the Senior Manager of Recruiting at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker.
Drawing upon her own experience, as well as in-depth market
knowledge, Erika brings to her work warmth, optimism, and a
grounded sense of possibility. An engaging speaker and
trainer, Erika has presented programs on an wide array of
topics at area law schools and numerous professional
associations including the National Association for Law
Placement. A native of the Bay Area, Erika received her B.A.
in Psychology from St. Olaf College in Minnesota and her J.D.
from the UCLA School of Law. She is a member of the State Bar
of California, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the
International Coach Federation, the Association of Career
Professionals, International, and the Association for
Amanda Ferriso, Esq. (Managing Director, Transition
Amanda provides career counseling, training and professional development coaching to attorneys at all levels. With over 10 years of experience in the New York legal community, she possesses extensive knowledge of, and familiarity with, professional development resources, methodologies, and practical applications.
Prior to joining Greiner Consulting, Amanda was an Associate Director of the Career Planning Center of Fordham University School of Law. At Fordham, she provided individualized career counseling, professional development training, and developed and presented programs on job search strategies to students and alumni.
Before transitioning to her role at Fordham, Amanda was a
corporate transactional attorney at Kaye Scholer, practicing
in the M&A group for almost four years. Amanda was
an active member of the Firm's Recruiting Committee and
engaged with various mentoring programs, in which she assisted
with the professional development training of summer and
junior associates. She began her career at the boutique firm,
Morea Schwartz LLP, where she handled a variety of general
corporate and finance matters.
Amanda received a JD from Fordham University School of Law and a BA in Psychology from New York University. She is a member of the New York State bar. Her community service efforts include serving as a mentor/sponsor in the SSP Program (Student Sponsors Partners), a New York City non-profit organization.
Patricia Ellis (Managing Director, Career
With over 20 years of experience and a well known professional in the legal industry, Patricia provides career counseling, professional development coaching, and training to attorneys at all levels. She is experienced in developing and managing a wide range of initiatives, focusing on career planning, career development, effective leadership programs, organizational development, talent management, feedback, evaluations, and compensation. Additionally, she is skilled at crafting policies and procedures that enhance the experience and development of law firm professionals.
Prior to joining Greiner Consulting, Patricia was the
Director of Associate Development and Recruitment at
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, where she counseled
legal professionals on career issues, including preparing
individual career development plans and developmental goals
with a view towards both internal strategic paths and external
placement. She was also directly involved in the developmental
and delivery of educational programs and conducted needs
analysis, working with practice group leaders and legal
professional committees. Patricia was responsible for all
aspects of the attorney evaluation process and compensation
review and successfully incorporated the results into training
In addition to her PD expertise, Patricia has vast knowledge
of the legal market through her direct involvement in
strategic partner, lateral associate, and counsel recruitment.
She oversaw on-campus recruitment, summer programs, and
judicial law clerk recruitment and worked collaboratively with
firm leadership to ascertain recruiting needs and
strategically targeted searches and oversaw the entire process
from initial stages through lateral onboarding and
Patricia holds a certificate in Paralegal Studies from New
York University and attended Quinnipiac University where she
majored in English and History. She is a member of the
International Coach Federation and volunteers her time at the
Adele Lemlek (Director, Transition Services and
With almost 20 years of experience in the New York legal community, Adele brings a unique background and perspective to Greiner Consulting where she provides career counseling to attorneys at all levels. She has a deep knowledge of the New York landscape and broad experience in developing initiatives focused on career planning, skill development and professional transitions.
Prior to joining Greiner Consulting, she was the Director of Marketing for the New York City Bar Association where she re-branded and re-positioned the association to reach new demographics. During her tenure she worked with New York City law firms and law schools to create and launch many career development programs and services to meet the needs of the New York City legal community. She also has held senior marketing roles for a number of top brand names in the legal services industry as well as in the financial and publishing sectors.
A graduate of Boston University School of Law, she began her career as a tax litigator at a boutique firm in New York City. She is a member of the New York City Bar Association.
Dane Dexheimer (Director of Operations)
Dane joined Greiner Consulting in 2009 as the Consulting Coordinator, working to facilitate the highest level of service to our clientele. Dane serves as the liaison between the clients and the consultants, and as an important information resource and point of contact for Greiner Consulting clients throughout our offices.
Dane began his career in the real estate industry and was most recently working within the health care field. Dane received his B.A. in History from Hunter College and is planning on attending law school in the future.