Welcome to Ida Abbott Consulting

where we focus on mentoring and sponsorship to help employers develop and retain legal talent, help individuals accelerate their careers, and help partners and law firms plan for leadership and retirement transitions.

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Retirement By Design named one of The Wall Street Journal’s
“Best Books About Aging and Retirement of 2020”


Consulting, personal mentoring and coaching, sponsorship promotion, training and speaking

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Focus on Mentoring

Building relationships that support professional development, career success, diversity, leadership and retirement

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Retirement Transitions

Helping organizations and individuals prepare for retirement of senior talent

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Find out how harnessing the powerful business principles of design thinking can make retirement your best chapter in life. Read More

Lawyers Guide to Mentoring by Ida Abbott

Listen to the NAWL Book Club discussion about The Lawyer’s Guide to Mentoring.

Hear my interview “We Can All Use a Champion,” on the ALPS blog, on Podbean or on YouTube.

I was a litigator and trial attorney for 34 years, most recently as a partner with McDermott Will & Emery in its Silicon Valley office. I now train and coach lawyers. Ida was instrumental in helping me chart my post-law-practice career plan and with identifying, addressing, and navigating important transition issues. Her sage guidance derives from years of helping and guiding lawyers and from her deep understanding and knowledge of the legal services industry. I highly recommend Ida for any lawyer contemplating or in the process of ending his/her law practice and transitioning to a new chapter. Her assistance will prove invaluable.

-- Dave Dolkas, formerly with McDermott Will & Emery, now Dave Dolkas Teaching and Coaching