“When Gerry speaks, he reaches parts of your mind that have never been used before.” – Sue Stapely, Solicitor and Media Professional; London, England
Gerald A. Riskin is a Canadian lawyer and business school graduate with a global reputation as an author, management consultant and pioneer in the field of professional firm economics and marketing. He has clients including the most prominent firms in the world. Gerry is also a Visiting Fellow of The College of Law in London and a Visiting Professor to the Gordon Institute of Business Science at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, and a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management.
After winning two Queen Elizabeth Scholarships, Gerry practiced law from 1973, in 1979 becoming a partner with one hundred-year-old Emery Jamieson and then in 1984 becoming the managing partner of Snyder & Company with offices in Canada and Hong Kong. Gerry was consistently a strong rainmaker and quickly began to develop a reputation which led to a demand for his abilities to teach others to attract clients.
In 1983, Gerry co-founded The Edge Group which in January 2001, evolved into Edge International. Edge topped the list in a survey depicting the most popular marketing consultants by major U.S. firms.
Gerry authored the ABA best seller The Successful Lawyer available as a book and a CD audio program. He also co-authored, at Butterworths’ request, a text on the marketing of legal services called Practice Development: Creating the Marketing Mindset, and, for The Institute for Best Practices, two works for those in firms with management responsibilities: Herding Cats and beyond KNOWING, both of which have become management best-sellers (Herding Cats remained on the “Canadian Management Bestsellers “list for several years).
A popular facilitator, teacher and retreat speaker, Gerry is a widely recognized expert on managing professional service firms, described by The Financial Post as “Canada’s professional firm management and marketing guru, with a client base stretching from Britain to the United States.” Professional marketing pioneer, Bruce Marcus, said of him in Competing for Clients, “Light years ahead of almost everybody else, his clientele is indeed worldwide.” The head of one national conference said of Gerry’s session, “As far as I’m concerned, that was the best practice-related seminar I’d ever attended!” His highly interactive approach mixed with energy and humour keeps attendees engaged and eager for more.
Edge International is truly global with active clients in the USA, the UK, Europe, CIS (formerly Russia), Canada, Australia, the Far East, South Africa and elsewhere, in all, over 30 countries. He has consulted and/or presented for private firms and at the request of, among others, the Canadian Bar Association, American Bar Association, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Law Society of the UK, Institute of Law Firm Management (ILFM), Centaur Conferences, The Financial Times, the National Association of Law Firm Marketing Administrators (NALFMA), and numerous other sponsors and conference providers in places which include Adelaide, Albuquerque, Amsterdam, Atlanta, Auckland, The Bahamas, Bangkok, Bogota, Barcelona, Brighton, Brisbane, British West Indies, Brussels, Cape Town, Chicago, Dublin, Durban, Helsinki, Hilton Head, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Jacksonville, Johannesburg, Kiawa Island, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, Madison, Melbourne, Memphis, Melbourne, Montevideo, Montreal, Mumbai, New Delhi, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Paris, Portland, St. Maarten, Santiago, Singapore, Sydney, Tampa, Tasmania, Toronto, Vienna, Washington D.C., San Diego, San Francisco, Saskatoon, Seattle, Sydney, Vancouver, and Winnipeg.
Gerry resides in Anguilla with his wife, Bethany. His grown children love to visit. Anguilla is located in the British West Indies next to St. Martin and St. Barts.
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Gerry’s Upcoming Speaking Engagements
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Gerry’s Magazine (Edge International Review – archives – replaced by Edge International Communiqué below)
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Gerry’s Newsletter (Edge International Communiqué)
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Gerry’s Colleagues (Edge International “Dream Team”)
It is an unqualified privilege to work with an international array of stars without whom Edge International would not have ranked in the top three law firm consultancies. For more information on my Dream Team, visit the Edge International web site and look under “People” under the About Edge menu.