What People Are Saying?

"I’ve been fortunate to know Chris and The Lion Group for years. I regularly listened to Chris’ podcast and then worked with The Lion Group on a successful search. Participating in the Future is Bright was a fantastic experience that brought the relationship full circle.”

Brian Salmo

Managing Director of Hermann Companies

“I have been a professional acquaintance of Chris for over a decade and was honored when he approached me with the idea to be the subject of one of his weekly “The Future is Bright” podcasts.  Working with Chris was a pleasure, truly effortless.  He has clarity of focus for what he wants the podcast to be and brings you along to weave the salient parts of your story into the broader themes of the podcast.  He knew the right questions to ask, struck a balance between the professional and personal, the hard skills and the soft skills, the past and the future.  One quick rehearsal and I felt confident that the interview itself would go well and, ultimately, it came out much better than I ever expected.”

Ori Solomon

Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary of Resilience

"Working with Chris has been an absolute pleasure.  I was honored to be interviewed on his podcast, and the feedback I received from listeners was tremendous.  It is a great forum to share ideas and timely insights on relevant issues of the day."  

Rick Chung

General Counsel & Senior Vice President of Area15

“There are a lot of podcasts out these days, but what sets Chris apart is his ability to focus on relevant topics and cover them in an authentic way, where at the conclusion, the listeners feel like, “Wow, that was totally worth my time.”  His gift is separating the substance from the noise.”
Sherry Williams

Chief Legal Officer & Senior Vice President of Human Resources or Strategic Materials

"Of the many interviewers whom I've encountered over the years, Chris ranks among the best. Exquisitely well prepared, he poses insightful questions that produce provocative conversations."

Steve Harper

Retired Partner of Kirkland & Ellis LLP

“It was a true pleasure joining Chris for his podcast. Chris brings a creative and energized approach to his exploration of management issues facing the legal industry, and his podcast captures invaluable perspectives from a cross-section of tenured law firm and law department leaders.”

Kristin Stark

Principal, Fairfax Associates

"Chris interviewed me for his new podcast series “The Future is Bright.” Chris came prepared having done his homework on my background and experience. He is extremely easy to speak with and makes you feel completely comfortable. The experience was like speaking to a long time friend. His range of questions were interesting – from career path, to insights, to learnings along the way, to personal passions. Since Chris has spoken to and interviewed so many, he quickly can recognize what is unique about a guest and how to leverage discussing those differences. He looks to pull out those nuggets he think will be most interesting to the audience. I personally love listening to the interviews as I am able to contemplate something interesting from each. As a life long learner, I find this diversity of thought informative. I am humbled that he chose to interview me, and impressed by the whole experience.”

Dara Redler

Chief Legal Officer of H&R Block

"I enjoyed speaking with Chris on The Law Firm Leadership Podcast; his insights on the trends driving the industry were both informative and engaging."

Elliott Portnoy

Global Chief Executive Officer of Dentons

“Chris was great to work with. He was easy to talk to and made the experience fun for me. If I was looking for an attorney Chris would be my first call”

Bill Croutch

Senior Vice President & General Counsel of Optiv

"It was a pleasure working with Chris on the Podcast episode. He is an expert in the legal industry and can dive deep into the issues. He was easy to talk to, asked great questions and genuinely curious about my story, the firm's story and insights gained from the conversation. "

Michael Moradzadeh

Partner and CEO of Rimon Law

"It was a pleasure to speak with Chris and contribute to his podcast.  He’s curious, smart and loves learning about people.  Chris creates the space and the appreciation for stories – it’s why he’s so good at sharing and drawing out the best from those he interviews.  One tip - be prepared with the names of your favorite books."

Craig Katerberg

Chief Legal and Corporate Affairs Officer of Budweiser Brewing Company

“Chris Batz was thorough in his research and authentic and interested throughout our discussion. Chris brought his deep knowledge of the legal industry and persona to our conversation, and allowed for a thoughtful reflection on my own journey.”

Jodie Baker

Group CEO, Xakia Technologies

“I am truly honored to be a featured guest on Chris’ show 'The Future is Bright'!  Chris' optimistic and pragmatic approach to business and the law is refreshing. His extensive knowledge of the legal business and of corporations coupled with his positivity shine through each and every conversation! He and his team are ultimate professionals!"

Meredith Ritchie

SVP GC, Chief Ethics & Govt Affairs Officer of Alliant Credit Union

"Before serving as a guest on Chris' podcast, I had been an avid listener.  Chris has an engaging approach with each guest that will immediately draw you in.  I appreciate the variety of thought leaders he features.  Listening to his podcasts allows me to be sure I am continuing to grow as a leader and lawyer."

Lea Ann King

General Counsel, Compliance Officer & Corporate Secretary of Toyota Material Handling

“Chris is a warm, thoughtful and provocative host.  He creates an environment for his podcast that invites open and meaningful discussion.  Such a great privilege and pleasure to join him.”

Stewart Hirsch

Managing Director of Strategic Relationships

“I thoroughly enjoyed working with Chris and being a featured guest on The Law Firm Leadership Podcast, as well as listening to his discussions with other guests of the show.  Reflecting upon Chris’ insightful Q&A with his other General Counsel guests has been a great benefit to me, as I continually seek to learn from other leaders in this profession.”

Mark Menghini

General Counsel of University of Missouri System

"Chris has one of the greatest range of contacts within the legal industry from which the listener can gain great insights into the changes that are continuing to shape law and those that work within it.  In an industry posed with great challenges and equally great opportunities for the future, Chris' optimism highlights ways and learning to create success."

Eric Gustafson

Former CEO of LeClairRyan

“We recently had Chris Batz put on a three-part series for our women’s group about using LinkedIn to advance their careers.  Everyone loved it! 

Chris is an excellent teacher and is also both knowledgeable and wonderfully engaging.”

Amber S. Clark

Chapter Administrator - ACC South Central Texas

Thank you very much for your helpful tips on using LinkedIn.  You have inspired me to revise the About section of my profile and to add several dozen contacts.  You have a great presentation style.

ACC Chapter

Chris -  just wanted to thank you for the LinkedIn seminars you put on.  Yours is a high value seminar that I have recommended to my wife, and I don't do that lightly because our time is very limited and there are a lot of career advancement seminars out there that in my opinion are not worth the time.

ACC Chapter

Chris is one of the most relaxed and prepared Webinar presenters that I have seen.

ACC Chapter

Thank you, Chris! Your ACC-Chicago webinar series was one of the best I've ever attended and I'm enjoying your podcast as well! So glad our paths crossed.  

ACC Chapter

 I've been very reluctant to engage on Linked In. This webinar has convinced me to take the plunge.
Insight I have never considered. Very informative. | Very knowledgeable about subject matter. Good, practical advice.| Very actionable tips

ACC Chapter

 While I thought I was Linked-In informed, it really made me rethink the About section

ACC Chapter

Very much appreciate the insight. Too many recruiters say “work on your LinkedIn profile” without any explanation of what is expected.

ACC Chapter

Hi Chris, your 3 part series on Leveraging LinkedIn for the ACC Chicago chapter was fantastic. I have attended other LinkedIn seminars and yours was by far the most informative.

ACC Chapter

A very practical, outstanding presentation. Full of helpful examples and a great speaker, I really enjoyed it.

ACC Chapter

I appreciate how practical Chris' tips are. He inspired me to update my profile which I have been putting off until now.

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