• I have a passion for words and stories.

    Whether writing, teaching or giving talks,

    I tell stories with the hope they will

    inform, influence, and inspire.

    Rose Ors | ClientSmart

    Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your wild and precious life?" Mary Oliver

    Hello and welcome.

    I started ClientSmart in 2014 to teach my legal industry clients new and refined ways to think about the business of law. In 2017, I had an "aha" moment that changed everything. I read a lot both for business and pleasure. On the business side, I noticed that there weren't any articles or interviews that focused on the human side of leadership. So I asked myself, "What if I created a column where I interview influential members of the legal community and ask them questions that reveal "the person behind the title?"


    The idea became a reality when Thomson Reuters said "yes" to publishing my column. My first interview was with the always gracious and insightful Mark Chandler, the then CLO of Cisco. The interview became the monthly column, "Upfront & Personal."


    What began as a single column has evolved into a series of columns, interviews, articles, case studies, and white papers. It has also evolved into talks and presentations.


    I bring to my almost new adventure over 30 years of building relationships in the legal industry. I bring my experience as a serial entrepreneur inside and outside the world of law.


    I bring a love of language—its power to inform, influence, and inspire. I bring a passion for telling stories that celebrate people, ideas, and movements.


    rose@clientsmart.net | 310.998.7630

    LinkedIn | Twitter




    Clients engage me to write columns, articles and white papers on hot-button topics.

    They engage me to moderate panels and conduct interviews.

    They engage me to give talks.
    They do so knowing I have a passion for doing work that informs, influences & inspires.


    Representative Client List


    I write the interview series Upfront & Personal, Curious Minds, and On Leadership. I also pen articles on various legal industry topics, including digital transformation, corporate governance, and access to justice. In October 2021, I launched the series In Practice, focused on how sophisticated general counsels and law departments have reimagined their role.


    I wrote the limited series, Voices in Sustainability for the Business & Society Institute. I also wrote a number of papers for the Women in Law Initiative, including, Cracking the Glass Ceiling a Piece at a Time: A Primer, Gender Parity in U.S. Law Firms, and Maintaining Wellness in the Legal Industry.


    Community of Legal Innovators

    I've given talks to law school students and legal practitioners on the mindset and strategies necessary to succeed in law or any other career path.


    I wrote articles, conducted interviews, and provided strategic communication advice. I also served as a press liaison.



    Mark Chandler | CISCO
    Executive Vice President  & Chief Legal Officer, Cisco
    "Rose Ors is a smart, sophisticated and highly professional journalist who knows the legal space backward and forward. I've worked with her on a couple of stories. In both cases, she was able to capture not just the words (which she did concisely and accurately), but the spirit as well — so that the reader could understand context. She's great to work with, and her ability to relate well to the people she interviews does not interfere with the independence, judgment, and objectivity required to create credible stories. I don't hesitate to work with her on any story where we have a desire to participate.."

    Ebony Cormier | NetApp Intern  Summer of 2020
    "I would like to thank you for the knowledge and insight you provided in the [CLI,Corporate Legal Leaders]  forum today. Your storytelling was so captivating it drew me into what you were sharing. The call to do our part  and how to approach what's going on in the world resonated with me. Thank you, Rose, for your thoughtfulness."
    Connie Brenton | Founder, Community of Legal Innovators (CLI)
    "Rose, you changed lives today with your CLI, Corporate Legal Leaders presentation. Thank you, on behalf of the law students and the legal ecosystem! You were riveting."

    Mark Smolick | DHL Supply Chain
    General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer 
    "Rose you are an inspiring and creative writer. Although I can surely only speak for myself and my team, we oftentimes go about our daily routines so focused on seeking opportunities to continuously drive meaningful value to the organizations we serve that we have little time to learn about others in the industry in a way portrayed by Rose. Many thanks Rose for your unique and fresh approach with your Upfront & Personal stories. I thoroughly enjoyed reading each story. Very well done!"

    Bill Henderson | Founder
    Legal Evolution
    "I recently worked with Rose on a Q&A session for Curious Minds. This is how it worked: Rose asked good, hard questions; I rambled and ruminated; Rose listened, distilled and edited; and something elegant and useful came out the other side. What a talent! I would love to work with Rose again."

    Adam Sterling | Berkeley Center for Law & Business
    Executive Director
    "We've had the pleasure of working with Rose for the last couple of years. She is a phenomenal writer, interviewer, and colleague."

    Connie Brenton | NetApp
      VP, Law, Technology & Operations
    "You have an intuition and a style that brings out the soul of those you connect with, teach, and write about. It's an amazing talent. I have been honored to be a part of your contributions and insights on the legal profession and its leaders."


    Rosanna Neagle | Nestlé
    VP for Legal Affairs
    "Thank you Rose for creating this platform [Upfront & Personal] to share our stories. Your questions were insightful and — for me —perfectly timed as I close out a long chapter as a corporate lawyer and embark on the next adventure(s). Your creative energy and enthusiasm will be an inspiration!"

    Jennifer Warner  | Columbia Sportswear
    Vice President , Legal
    "I recently had the chance to be interviewed by Rose for her Upfront & Personal series. It was a great experience. Rose was able to inspire a level of genuine self-reflection that I would never have expected. Such a pleasure to work with her!"


    Interviews with the top leaders of modern corporate law departments.

    Includes conversations with:
    Tonya Robinson (KPMG), Greg Jordan (PNC Financial), Donny Ching (Shell),
    Mark Howard (Nationwide) & Dana Rao (Adobe).


    ROBINSON: Vice-Chair & General Counsel

    CARANDE: Global Chair, Advisory

    Introduction to "In Practice"


    General Counsel & Chief Administrative Officer


    Global Head of Legal


    Executive VP & Chief Legal Officer,


    Women in Business Law Initiative

    Berkeley Law Center for Law & Business


    Maintaining Wellness in the

    Legal Industry


    Cracking the Glass Ceiling a

    Piece at a Time


    Gender Parity in U.S. Law Firms

  • The INNER MBA: My new adventure

    One of the best pieces of news of 2021 for me is being accepted into the Inner MBA program. The 9-month immersive program is focused on training "leaders, entrepreneurs, managers, and employees on how to powerfully grow themselves and their companies."
    The facilitators and the faculty are superb, the student body is global, and the curriculum is life-changing. Each of us is here to bring more purpose, compassion, awareness, and kindness to ourselves and our communities. 


    I'll be posting my 9-month journey here and on LinkedIn. It's going to be a glorious adventure!

    MY WHY

    Why the Inner MBA? 
    To blend what I'll learn during these 9-months with my personal experience and share it with other legal professionals at law schools, law firms, and corporate legal departments to help make the profession more curious, humble, and compassionate.
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    My other writing, musings & ruminations

    October 14, 2021 · Mindset,Wisdom,Choice
    October 13, 2021 · Recommendations,Podcast,Interviews
    October 12, 2021 · Mental health,Work culture,Sustainability,Diversity,Inclusion
    October 11, 2021 · Mental health,Self-Compassion
    March 10, 2021 · Soul,Thruth,Wisdom
    February 9, 2021 · Kindness,Compassion,Well Being
    December 30, 2020 · Microaggressions,Inclusion,Belonging
    December 28, 2020 · New year,Stories
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