Ronda Muir, Founder and Principal of Law People Management, LLC, is one of the country’s leading authorities on the personal attributes of lawyers and the application of behavioral science to the legal workplace.
Law People Management provides custom management consulting services to law firms and law departments, offering business-savvy, psychologically sophisticated and real-world solutions to both the traditional and emerging people management challenges that are unique to the legal industry. We have advised Fortune 500 corporations and law firms of all sizes on such issues as organizational transition and change management, management structure, risk management, compensation, succession, lateral integration, selection and retention, leadership and professional development, diversity, culture, morale and communication. By enhancing personal and workplace dynamics, our clients achieve both greater profitability and the collaborative, energized and innovative culture that best supports lawyers and their clients.
Nationally recognized for her identification and assessment of emerging industry trends, Muir is a frequent speaker, an award-winning author and publishes www.LawPeopleBlog.com, a valuable resource for the legal community.
Muir’s book Beyond Smart: Lawyering with Emotional Intelligence, one of the ABA’s best sellers, is the first comprehensive guide to understanding, using and raising emotional intelligence in the unique context of practicing law. Muir has been a speaker on the topic of lawyering with emotional intelligence for audiences at the ABA, the IBA, and corporations and firms around the globe.
Muir was inducted as a Fellow into the College of Law Practice Management on October 25, 2019. The College is an international professional, educational, and honorary association dedicated to “the improvement of law practice management and the enhancement of the professional quality of and public respect for the law.” Fellowship is by invitation only and only awarded to those professionals with outstanding experience, accomplishments, and ethical standards. Since 1994, fewer than 350 Fellows have been admitted.
Muir has practiced in the United States and abroad, in both law firms and law departments, including as an associate at New York’s Davis Polk & Wardwell, as Co-General Counsel for the TAG Group, based in Paris, France, and as Vice President of the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution. She graduated with Distinction in Psychology from Swarthmore College, received a J.D. with Honors from the University of Texas Law School and a certificate in International Law from the London School of Economics. Muir has taken post-graduate courses in behavioral science and advanced mediation training at Harvard University. She is also certified to administer several assessments, including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT).
As part of her community service, Muir has served as chair of the board of Family ReEntry, a Connecticut agency dedicated to improving the lives of those impacted by the criminal justice system, and has served on a number of other boards, including Turn90, a South Carolina reentry program successfully using a cognitive behavioral therapeutic model to dramatically reduce recidivism, the National School Climate Center, a New York City-based organization promoting social and emotional learning in schools, the Dispute Settlement Center, a Connecticut mediation firm, and The Institute for Social and Psychiatric Initiatives at New York University’s Langone Medical Center. In addition, Muir has provided leadership training for at-risk youth for Community Centers, Inc. and has conducted leadership and teamwork retreats for UNICEF national offices around the world.