Nancy Byerly Jones
In a Nutshell
Consultant and Virtual Coach in Leadership, Office & Career Management and Conflict Resolutions
for Law Offices, Business Owners and Their Employees
Mediator, management consultant and former practicing attorney Nancy Byerly Jones serves law firms, business leaders, families and individuals nationwide as a solutions and change consultant , facilitator and coach. She presents workshops and seminars nationally and is a widely-published author on law office topics including her regular column for Lawyers USA.
A summa cum laude undergraduate and a 1988 University of North Carolina Law School Davis Society member and recipient of the Henry B. Brandis scholarship, Nancy is also a certified family financial mediator. Successful mediation of partner, employee and family disputes ranks high among her professional passions. She also previously served as management counsel to the NC State Bar, as an advisory member of the State Bar’s ethics committee and as an adjunct professor at Campbell’s School of Law.
Second – Nancy’s “Long(er)” Info & Bio….. Better grab a cup of coffee for this one!
2007 – Another Great, Challenging & Enjoyable Year!
Nancy made a tough decision effective 1/01/07 and that was to discontinue taking legal cases to allow more time for her consulting, coaching and meditations. While she missed the practice of law, the decision proved to be a good one overall as she was able to accept more clients with businesses unrelated to the legal field. In addition, she was able to meet and assist more individuals in a coaching capacity regarding their communication and conflict resolution techniques and with minimizing the necessity of litigation in their lives. This diversity of clients and topics is always challenging, very rewarding and most enjoyable. Nancy’s 2008 client and speaking schedule is shaping up to be another wonderful, always interesting and great year for NBJ & Associates, Inc.
NBJ Consulting & Mediations™: NBJ Consulting & Mediation (a/k/a NBJ Consulting & Conflict Resolutions) is the “formal” name for Nancy’s law office management consulting and mediation service firm located in the beautiful northwestern mountains of North Carolina. In addition to providing mediation services in NC and other locations for interoffice disputes, her consulting firm provides the following services to individuals, law offices, businesses and organizations: business development; management consulting; retreat planning and facilitation; strategic planning; leadership, associate and client development; employee motivational and training workshops; and quality of life, time and stress management, and career development coaching. Nancy is a N.C. DRC certified mediator (Superior Court and Family Financial). She also serves as a District Court arbitrator. Her mediation practice serving law firms, families and businesses primarily focuses on finding alternative and fair resolutions outside of the courtroom and which includes preventive law and risk management education.
Education, Honors & Professional Activities: Nancy is a 1985 Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and a 1988 Davis Society graduate (awarded for leadership, integrity and service) of the University of North Carolina School of Law where she was also awarded the Henry B. Brandis scholarship. Prior to law school she worked for many years within North Carolina law firms holding a variety of positions including paralegal and law office manager. Her other experiences have included serving as an adjunct professor of law at Campbell University School of Law, an advisory member of the NC State Bar Ethics Committee, Management Counsel for the NC State Bar and Executive Director of its Lawyers’ Management Assistance Program, Vice President/Risk Manager of Lawyers Mutual of North Carolina, a member of the ABA Law Practice Management Section’s governing council, and charter chair of the U.S. and Canadian Practice Management Advisors Task Force. In 1997 Nancy was named a member of the prestigious College of Law Practice Management.
Speaking & Publications: Nancy is a nationally recognized seminar speaker within the legal field. She is also a widely-published author on law office management and related topics. Her publications include Easy Self Audits for the Busy Law Office published by the American Bar Association in 1999. For many years her book was a regular top ten best-seller for the ABA’s Law Practice Management Section and received reviews such as the following: “…one of the most valuable books I have read in 20 years on practice management.” (J. Bennett , District of Columbia Bar Association Book Review August-September 1999. Nancy has written extensively for Lawyer’s Weekly USA and continues to work with Bar Associations nationwide in presenting law office and risk management programs, publications and other services to their members.
Personal: Nancy and her husband reside on their mountainside ranch (“Little Hee Haw Farm”) with an energetic “family” of horses, donkeys (large and miniature), dogs and cats. Their favorite pastime is sharing the joy and fun of their animals and ranch life with their family, friends and clients.