Initially an attorney overseeing News Corporation’s global intellectual property, we began advising Michelle at a point in her career and personal evolution when she was aspiring to operate more independently. Our work helped Michelle articulate the lifestyle and the professional path she wanted to pursue. Together we developed a plan that merged her commercial expertise and intellectual property law skill sets with her personal mission to work more closely with clients to enable them to develop, protect and truly profit from their ideas.
Over the last four years, Michelle has successfully built a boutique business and legal strategy firm advising on the effective ownership and use of intellectual property. The Francis Company now services a wide range of clients from international brands such as Mars, to established fast growing enterprises such as SoulCycle, and emerging entrepreneurs with truly novel products, such as StickerGum.
We helped Michelle solve life and work style implications inherent in the shift from in-house counsel at a Fortune 100 multi-national business to entrepreneur and supported her development of a business plan. We assisted in creating her professional visibility strategy that has broadened her clientele and the boundaries of her career and helped structure roles for her staff.
“Without the business acumen, psychological insight and entrepreneurial expertise that Melanie Katzman of Katzman Consulting delivered in support of my personal and professional transition from corporate lawyer to successful small business owner, I might never have made the leap in the first place – much less survived and succeeded at creating the professional and personal life I’d hoped for years, but never thought practical or attainable.”