Leonard Perlmutter is a renowned philosopher, educator and motivational speaker. He is founder of the American Meditation Institute in Averill Park, NY where he shares his vast 30-year experience, inspiring enthusiasm and humor to reduce stress and bring peace to modern life. He is adjunct professor of meditation and yoga at the College of St. Rose.
Leonard is author of the award-winning "The Heart and Science of Yoga: A Blueprint for Peace, Happiness and Freedom from Fear." This encyclopedic introduction to Yoga Science (meditation, breathing, ayurveda and exercise) is certified by the American Medical Association for physician CME credits and the American Nurses Association. Perlmutter's work is also endorsed by physicians Mehmet Oz, Dean Ornish, Bernie Siegel and Larry Dossey. Yoga Journal magazine acclaimed his work as "A sweeping, enthralling vision of how to live an integrated life."
Imagine all the apples that fell to Earth before Isaac Newton realized that every object in the universe attracts every other object. Of course, the Law of Gravity has always been in force, but it wasn't until Newton focused the creativity of his one-pointed attention on a falling apple that he (and all humanity) received the blessing of finally recognizing a perfectly obvious truth
Grant D. Stiefel, Esq. is a nationally-recognized, full time attorney fee consultant, testifying expert and the principal of Litigation Limited, a boutique legal fee consulting firm
Mr. Stiefel has testified in nearly 100lawsuits, including matters in federal district courts, California trial courts, JAMS/AAA arbitrations, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, State Bar courts, and attorney-client fee arbitrations
He has qualified to testify and has testified live at trials and arbitrations as a designated attorney fee expert
Mr. Stiefel’s methodology for reviewing, auditing and evaluating legal invoices has been cited, approved and adopted by California state and federal courts
He has been retained as a testifying attorney fee expert by the world’s largest law firms, including Reed Smith; McDermott Will and Emery; Jones Day; Sheppard Mullin; Sidely Austin; Dykema Gossett; Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe; and Littler Mendelson, among many others
Mr. Stiefel is a member of the California State Bar and is unique among fee experts in that he practiced law for many years at two of the world’s largest law firms (Akin Gump and K&L Gates)
Mr. Stiefel has managed a multi-billion dollar litigation portfolio and has audited hundreds of millions of dollars in legal fees from law firms nationwide since 2008
He has developed and implemented outside counsel billing and case management guidelines for Fortune 500 corporations
He is a California State Bar-approved continuing legal education instructor on attorneys’ fees who has trained hundreds of executives and in-house counsel from a host of Fortune 500 corporations
Mr. Stiefel is qualified as an attorney-client fee dispute arbitrator with the California State Bar’s Mandatory Fee Arbitration program and as a judge pro tem with the California Superior Court for the County of Los Angeles
Grant Stiefel was the testifying fee expert on a series of fee applications by class counsel in Jones v. Wells Fargo, on behalf of aggrieved California consumers in the first consumer class action brought under the Unruh Act. Relying upon Mr. Stiefel's testimony regarding the reasonableness of hourly rates and overall work performed, the trial court awarded more than $25 million in attorneys' fees to class counsel
The district court for the Central District of California adopted and approved Mr. Stiefel's methodology for identifying and quantifying block-billed, vague and redacted billing entries in cutting Plaintiff's fee request by more than sixty percent in CNS v. Planet, from $4.8 million to $1.9 million
In Vides v. ABM Janitorial Services, the trial court reduced Plaintiff's fee request in a FEHA action by over $1 million based upon Grant Stiefel's expert testimony. Plaintiff moved for an award of $1,578,232.50 in attorneys' fees, which the trial court reduced to $544,183.12. Mr. Stiefel's testimony showed that the hourly rates claimed by Plaintiff's counsel were unreasonable under the circumstances, that excessive time was spent on inter-office communications, and that the matter was overstaffed
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"Grant Stiefel draws on his experience as a big firm trial lawyer to help companies save on outside legal fees." -- NALFA (National Association of Legal Fee Analysis)
“Mr. Stiefel’s qualifications [as a testifying fee expert] cannot seriously be in dispute.” Hon. Michael Paul Lindfield, Los Angeles County Superior Court (Trial Proceedings, February 14, 2014)
Rose Porterfield Group (RPG) has over 30 years of experience providing Business Performance and Human Resource services. At RPG we take a practical and aggressive approach to consulting. In three decades, RPG has worked with hundreds of companies in almost every industry sector. We have developed thousands of executives, built better teams, handled crises and mergers, and helped our clients avoid employment-related lawsuits. Our firm has published articles, books and columns on the use of consultants, testing, assessment, and developing executives in industry. Consulting Services Include:
Assessment for Hiring and Promotion - RPG specialists include PhD level psychologists, experts in testing, interviewing and assessment, and whose full time endeavor is helping businesses raise the performance bar in their organization by hiring and promoting on the very best "fits."
Teambuilding and Individual Coaching - RPG evaluates teams and measures their ability to overcome personal conflicts and office politics that disrupt group dynamics. They understand the effect of individual behavior on group productivity and appreciate the different communication styles of individual members.
Crisis Conflict Solutions - RPG mediation is a cost effective, humane, and useful way to resolve workplace conflicts. Mediation works because a neutral third party facilitates meetings between parties, enabling them to stay productive and allowing participants to develop the solutions to their problems before they escalate.
Executive Development - RPG uses sophisticated psychological assessments and tailors programs to match both the goals of the organization and the individual.
Change Management - RPG serves as an expert adviser to help senior executives achieve company goals by providing innovative, integrated and practical solutions to align an organization's people and business strategies. Robyn W. Porterfield, PhD - Managing Principal at RPG, spent over ten years in sales and marketing prior to completing her PhD in Industrial Psychology. While completing her PhD, Dr. Porterfield served as Director of Client Services for a Texas-based on-line psychological testing firm, consulting to management on such issues as individual and team fit, conflict resolution, hiring, coaching, and management succession planning. As a consultant,
Dr. Porterfield has assessed executives in such diverse industries as financial management, food service, telecommunications and retail. For five years, Robyn and Bob co-wrote a column for the Dallas Business Journal titled, C-Level Coach. Robyn is also a professional mediator and currently mediates for Dispute Resolution Services of Tarrant County, Texas.
Robert G. Rose, PhD, Principal at RPG, received his PhD from Florida State University. Since 1976 he has served as consultant to organizations in virtually every industry including health care, retail, IT services, manufacturing, construction, aviation, and many others. In his over 30 years as a consultant,
Dr. Rose has encountered virtually every problem that an organization can experience, and has seen that good teamwork - from hiring to development - always benefits both the individual and the company. Bob is the author of numerous articles on communication, crisis handling, and conceptualizing purpose and culture within organizations, and his books on consulting are required reading by major corporations.
In this article we are speaking primarily to men in business management roles. We are not saying you are a harasser. On the contrary, we’re aware that more than likely, you are not a harasser, but your position and gender put you in the position to come across as one
As an employment attorney, or perhaps as General Counsel for your organization, you have probably been fielding more and more questions about bullying in the workplace-we certainly have. While bullying isn't illegal - yet - you also probably know that it costs a lot in terms of its effect on production. Plus, you know it's not right-not really. So, what's the right approach? Our rule of thumb is not to overact to simple, appropriate work behavior, but you also can't put up with bullying either. We'll share some examples from our practice; see if any of these sound familiar.
If you are the CEO or General Counsel of your company, you should be preparing for a new challenge. The gaining momentum of the #metoo movement means there will likely be an increase in sexual harassment complaints. Raghu and Suriani certainly think it's already happening (#METOOWHATNEXT: Strengthening workplace sexual harassment protection and accountability, nwlc.org, 2017.), and our clients are certainly calling us more often to investigate claims. To better prepare, here are some suggestions we urge you to consider.
Let's say you have Bill who is a good guy in many ways but he can be a grouch. He is particularly likely to nag the young female accounting staff for inquiring about his expense reports. He looms over them and talks loudly sometimes shaking his finger, and using occasional mild profanity. You've talked to him and he always gives a half-hearted sheepish apology - and then does it again the following month.
Almost all of us have been to the yearly company football game, company barbeque, or happy hour. Organizations often think these events create closeness, trust, a sense of "teamwork", or even a sense of family. We love a good burger and a beer as much as anyone but in our experience the injuries, harassment and other complaints that can come from company social events may cause problems for employers. And we find that the defense that the events were "voluntary" may not hold up.
The Himalayan Institute was founded in 1971 to teach yoga and meditation as systematic means for developing consciousness and increased awareness of Self in the individual. In the USA, the Institute is situated in a serene, wooded setting on a 400-acre campus near Honesdale in the beautiful Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. Combining the best of Eastern wisdom and Western knowledge, the Himalayan Institute offers a wide variety of seminars and programs in hatha yoga, meditation, yoga philosophy, psychology, holistic health, hatha yoga teachers training and other related subjects.
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