“Grover is one of my favorite consultants to work with for a number of reasons. First, he pulls from his experience as an associate and partner in a law firm to give very practical, from-the-trenches advice. Rather than a “rah-rah – you can do it” explanation, Grover can provide guidance from the view of a partner or supervising attorney, which is immensely beneficial for new lawyers. At the same time, Grover brings a sense of levity and fun to his presentations through humor, interaction and leveraging technology, which keeps the participants engaged and active in discussion. Finally, Grover’s professionalism and flexibility make it very easy to work with him. He is dependable and eager to collaborate with relevant stakeholders, all while making those who hired him look equally as professional in the process.”
Kristin Heryford, Professional Development Manager, Cooley LLP, San Diego, CA.
“This is a MUST read in today’s highly competitive market, which requires new lawyers to quickly hit the ground running, rapidly acquire business development and lawyering skills, and seamlessly adjust to generational differences.”
Paul G. Giangola, Global Director of Legal Recruiting, Dechert
“Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks brims with insight, practical advice, and hard-earned wisdom that will help new associates thrive in the demanding transition from law school to practice. Having negotiated the trek from summer associate to partner, Cleveland serves as a ‘Sherpa,’ guiding readers through challenges and opportunities found in the multi-generational legal landscape. Read and succeed!”
Rebecca W. Killion U.S. Director of Professional Development, Dentons
“Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks belongs in the hands of every junior attorney. It is also a great resource for those who mentor, train, and rely on new associates.”
Brian Buckley, Senior Corporate Counsel, Amazon.com and Former Partner, Fenwick & West.
“Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks offers a comprehensive, nuanced analysis of what it takes to succeed in today’s highly competitive legal environment. Cleveland’s invaluable insights will benefit new lawyers for many years to come.”
Christina L. Martini, Partner, DLA Piper; Chair, Chicago Intellectual Property Practice Group; National Hiring Partner-Associate Recruiting
“This is a handbook for success that every lawyer should read.”
Wendy L. Werner, Founder, Werner Associates and Former Editor in Chief, Law Practice Today.
Harvard Law School, Office of Career Services
I have seen Grover speak twice at Harvard Law School, and once at an annual NALP conference. His presentations were uniformly flawless. Grover’s delivery is smooth and engaging, and he provides excellent, savvy advice, informed by his substantial experience practicing law. These things sets him apart, as does his wonderful sense of humor.
Elizabeth Munnell, Principal, EHMunnell and former partner, Locke Lord LLP
“Grover is an incredibly engaging speaker. The insightful subject matter is presented in an organized, refreshing, and fun way. Highly recommended!”
Peter Argyrakis, Senior Career Development Administrator, DLA Piper LLP
“Grover gave a terrific talk to our students at Harvard Law School. His presentation was informative and entertaining and eye opening to many. Audience ratings were all top-notch.”
Erik D. Ramanathan, former Executive Director, Program on the Legal Profession, Harvard Law School.
“Grover has a unique ability to mix practical professional advice with humor and grace. Run, don’t walk to get Grover involved in your next professional development program for lawyers and law students!”
Julie Silverbrook, Executive Director, The Constitutional Sources Project and Member of the Board of Directors, Ms. JD
“Grover Cleveland is a wonderful speaker who is able to connect immediately with this audience. His presentation provides new lawyers with exactly the information they need to thrive on the job.”
Elaine Ventola, former Assistant Director for JD Advising, Office of Career Services Harvard Law School.
“Grover is an engaging and knowledgeable speaker.”
Gail J. Cummings, Executive Coach for Lawyers
“Grover was such a big hit with our students three years ago, that we wanted him back to give advice to a new generation of law students. Again, he did not disappoint. His presentation was both informative and engaging.”
Yih-hsien Shen, Esq., Assistant Director & Director for J.D. Advising, Harvard Law School