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Law Firm Workplace Culture – Be Smart, Build a Healthy Culture


Speaker(s): David B. Sarnoff, Denise Gaskin, Natalie Loeb
Recorded on: Jan. 28, 2020
PLI Program #: 293718

David is an executive coach and leadership trainer with 25 years of experience in the legal industry. As a former attorney and experienced executive search consultant, David is uniquely qualified and experienced to understand the mindset, demands and challenges of attorneys and legal professionals. As a litigation associate, David learned about the impact of leadership and the importance of workplace culture’s influence on employee performance and motivation. As a search consultant, David coached and guided hundreds of attorneys in discovering what inspired them in their professional lives.


Denise has worked in three industries including healthcare, behavioral health, and legal. She has a passion for wellness/heathy workplaces and how they connect to a firm’s culture and support operational strategy. Denise has spent her career studying wellness, psychology, collaboration, facilitation, dialogue and the power of language. She has used her training to help firms build and achieve their strategic goals.  

Denise holds a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee in Educational Psychology with emphasis on collaboration and dialogue. She also has an M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Indiana University, and a B.S. in Exercise Science and Wellness from Ball State University.

Denise currently owns her own business writing, teaching, and providing training on topics related to culture, wellness, and creating healthy workplaces. Previously, she was the Chief Operating Officer at one of the largest regional law firms in the Pacific Northwest, Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt. Before that, she was COO at The Van Winkle Law Firm, a mid-sized firm in Asheville, North Carolina.

Before moving into law firm management, Denise worked in healthcare. She was the Director of Operations of a multi-county behavioral health organization in rural, western North Carolina. Her formative professional years were spent developing and implementing health promotion programs for a large hospital system in Indianapolis and leading wellness promotion work for large corporate clients of the hospital.


Natalie is sought-after thought leader with over 20 years of experience. Specializing in executive coaching, Natalie has helped dozens of senior leaders develop new skills, inspire colleagues and optimize overall performance. Natalie’s expertise informed the creation of the successful Managing for Impact training program for legal managers. Prior to founding Loeb Leadership, Natalie was developing organizational development solutions at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.