About me.

Degree in business law, MBA

20 years of experience in the legal and professional services industry in Germany and Europe

Expertise and leadership in the fields of strategy, marketing, business development and communications  

(International) Project and change management

Experience in lecturing and training delivery on Marketing, Business Development and Diversity topics

I am a business development consultant with 20 years of experience in the professional services sector. A strategic thinker and hands-on doer with leadership and creative skills, practical management experience and a strong track record in professional services management and marketing.

My academic background includes a law and business degree awarded with a thesis on law firm marketing perceived from a client’s perspective and I am MBA-qualified with a thesis on managerial aspects of implementing and operating a marketing and business development function in a law firm or professional services firm. 

With my own LGBT+ background I was a founding member of the German branch of my former firm’s global LGBT+ employee network where I served as a global co-chair for a number of years. Today I am a Diversity Speaker and author and I deliver speeches, training sessions and workshops around LGBT+ diversity and inclusion with a special emphasis on transidentity in the workplace and unconscious bias.

Past experiences (selection)

Head of Business Development Germany, Europe BD Lead at Ashurst LLP, Frankfurt and Munich
(2018 – 2019)

Senior Business Development Manager at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Cologne and Frankfurt
(2012 – 2018)

Business Development Manager (Head of division) at Beiten Burkhardt GmbH, Berlin and Frankfurt
(2010 – 2012)

International Business Development Manager at CMS Legal/CMS Hasche Sigle, Berlin and Europe
(2007 – 2010)

“Successful business development in law firms requires intellect, creativity, initiative, persistence and personality; all of these David brings to the table. David makes things happen.”

Axel Koelsch, Chief Operating Officer at Stephenson Harwood LLP

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