John Childers

Early in his career, John experienced the siloed nature of partnerships first-hand as an associate at a national law firm.  One of the partners candidly described the firm as “a warehouse for individual practices.”  John also took note that no one had a clear idea of the role of a Practice Leader or the Managing Partner of the firm. 

The dysfunction and ultimate dissolution of that law firm led to John’s interest in becoming a consultant and creating more effective partnerships.  John joined forces with Ralph Savarese, another lawyer turned consultant who had led a national law firm for 17 years.  John gained valuable experience; however, something important was missing.  Clients nodded in approval to strategic recommendations, but no real change was happening.

Frustration with the limited outcomes of consulting engagements led to an investigation of how organizational change actually happens and ultimately to a Master’s Degree in Organizational Development.  John wrote his Master’s Thesis on partnership mergers and culture clash.

After completing the degree, John joined Hildebrandt International, a consulting arm of Thompson Reuters and the largest consultancy to law firms in the world.  John ultimately wanted to work with a broader range of clients and founded Childers & Partners LLC in 2010.

John is listed in Lawdragon’s 100 Consultants You Need to Know, and he is adjunct faculty at the Justice Leadership Institute at the U.S. Department of Justice and at Pepperdine’s Graziadio School of Business.

In addition to a law degree from UCLA and a Master’s of Science in Organization Development from Pepperdine University, John has training certifications from the Strauss Institute (mediation) and the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland (executive coaching.)

Michael Graves

From January, 2009 through June, 2017, Mike served as Chief Financial Officer of McCormick Barstow, LLP, a multiple office regional law firm.  Prior to his law firm work, Mike was the Managing Director for Pacific Resources, Inc., a strategic planning and mergers and acquisitions firm.  

Earlier in his career, Mike was a principal with Arthur Young (now Ernst & Young) where he served the financial and accounting needs of small to middle market businesses, including IPOs. public market reporting, and business and strategic plan development. 

Trever Cartwright

Trever is the founder of Coraggio Group and works across multiple industries as a strategy and organizational change consultant.  Trever has been a guest lecturer at Harvard and Stanford Law schools, University of Oregon, Portland State University and for numerous professional associations, including the International Quality and Productivity Center.

Lori Heffelfinger

Lori is the founder of The Heffelfinger Company and focuses her practice on designing and facilitating organization-wide leadership development programs and organizational change.  Lori has a Master’s of Science in Organization Development from Pepperdine University. 

Patrick Hehir

Patrick is the founder of Business Value Group.  Prior to founding BVG, he was the Chief Learning Officer at Flextronics.  Patrick and focuses his practice on changing organizational culture.  He has a Master’s of Science in Organization Development from Pepperdine University