Who We Are




Carlynn has been assisting attorneys and other professionals with their career goals since 2004. She has worked with individuals at all levels and specializations. Her personal knowledge of law firm and corporate life enables her to understand each candidate’s unique situation and goals.

Before joining Preferred Transition Resources, Carlynn was the Associate Director of Alumni Career Services at Fordham Law School. Here she counseled students and alumni on their professional development, job searches, and career transitions. She conducted workshops on several topics including resume and cover letter writing, business plan development, communication skills, and successful networking.

Carlynn was also a recruiter working mainly in the legal sector. She successfully placed individuals into a wide variety of organizations, including banks, non-profit organizations, pharmaceutical companies, publishing houses, consumer products companies, and law and consulting firms. She began her career as an attorney at two major law firms. She is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and Northeastern Law School. She is a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Career Advancement and Management, the Holy Cross Lawyers Association, and the Westchester Women’s Bar Association.

Carlynn is a frequent presenter on the topic of career transitions for lawyers, and has written numerous articles on the topic of career transition counseling, including “How Professional Coaching Can Assist Your Transition and Success In-House” (Inside Magazine). Carlynn and her husband, also a lawyer, live in New Rochelle with their three children.

KATHLEEN BRADY, Director of Coaching


Kathleen Brady brings her 25 years of experience as a certified career/life management coach, author, and educator to Preferred Transition Resources. Kathleen helps lawyers identify and integrate their personal and professional goals. She launched her career in 1985 as a counselor in Columbia Law School’s placement office, then transitioned to assistant dean of career services at Fordham University School of Law. Later, she was responsible for recruitment and professional development on the employer side.

Kathleen is a past president of the National Association for Law Placement and a founding member of the NALP Foundation for Research and Education. For the past 15 years, Kathleen has brought this experience to her private coaching and consulting practice. She also serves on the adjunct faculty of Georgian Court University.

In addition to her work as a career counselor, Kathleen is an accomplished author and has published four books about career/life transitions including, GET A JOB! 10 Steps to Career Success (Motivational Press, 2015). She is a frequent speaker at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Pace Law School’s New Directions Program and the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. Kathleen has also shared her expertise with Fox News, CNN, NPR, This Week in America, and First Business Report. She is a Certified Professional Coach, a Master Practitioner of the Energy Leadership Index, a Certified Provider of the Highlands Ability Battery and a member of the International Coach Federation. She holds an M.A. in Theology from Georgian Court University and a B.A. in Sociology from Fordham University. Kathleen and her husband live on the Jersey Shore.

BARBARA EPSTEIN, Senior Consultant

Barbara counsels and coaches attorneys who seek new opportunities. She has a direct and honest approach and offers intuitive, empathetic feedback that encourages clients to share their challenges and aspirations. Barbara’s record of success results from the trust she works hard to inspire as a coach.

Before joining Preferred Transition Resources, Barbara worked for 23 years with a large international law firm. There she held a number of professional development positions, ultimately as Legal Director for several departments. She worked closely with department chairs and partners on hiring, performance evaluations, messaging, training, headcounts and promotion decisions. Barbara used active listening and tailored messaging to manage difficult and sensitive conversations about career development. Her passion became mentoring and advising lawyers as they advance in their careers.

Barbara also worked at a boutique real estate law firm and in the legal department of a national apparel company. She received her B.A. in Liberal Arts with a major in Education from American University in Washington, D.C.                                                             


Gabrielle brings to PTR a unique set of skills gained from her extensive time as a practicing attorney, and then as both a career counselor and an adjunct professor to law students.

Gabrielle began her legal career as a litigator at the law firm of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP. There for nearly a decade, Gabrielle appreciates and understands the inner workings and politics of private practice. It was in her legal practice that Gabrielle ultimately found her passion: providing mentorship and professional development guidance to others. In pursuit of this passion, Gabrielle left practice and became an Associate Director at Fordham Law School’s Career Planning Center. Most recently, Gabrielle served as adjunct law professor at Rutgers School of Law, where, in addition to teaching a course designed to hone legal analysis and writing skills, she provided academic support and counseling to second year law students.

As a consultant, Gabrielle encourages taking a breath. It is all too easy to find comfort in the daily grind. For most lawyers, the career path until now has been predictable and linear and a call for change, whether by choice or not, can be daunting. Often just a reminder to slow down opens up the ability to truly figure out the best next step. Gabrielle can help you take the necessary pauses so that where you go next is not the result of a plan laid out for you but one chose by you.

A New Jersey native, Gabrielle earned her law degree from Rutgers School of Law Newark, where she was a member of Rutgers Law Review and elected to Order of the Coif upon graduation. Gabrielle moved to Brooklyn, NY at the start of her legal career. Still in Brooklyn, her household expanded over the years to include her husband and their two children. When not consulting, Gabrielle enjoys photography and watching her children forge their own path, even if that is as simple as her daughter taking a first step without holding her hand. 

HOWARD D. LEIFMAN,Ph.D., Senior Consultant

Dr. Leifman currently advises and consults with corporate clients, not-for-profits, professional services organizations and individuals in the areas of: talent management, training, career development, executive coaching, change management, counseling, human resources, outplacement and time management. He specializes in helping organizations and individuals work through their human resources and professional growth issues.

Previous work includes Chief People Officer and President of Human Resource Consulting Practice at Vault.com. Here, Dr. Leifman offered advice and consulting services on recruiting, interviewing, and HR strategy. He counseled individuals on their resumes and provided information and coaching on determining one’s career directions.

Prior to his work at Vault, was a principal and the National Director for Strategic Staffing and Recruiting for William M. Mercer, Inc., where he directed all US recruiting for the 12,000 person Global HR consulting firm. Before joining Mercer, Dr. Leifman was a Senior Consultant in the recruiting and training and development areas of Towers Perrin, and the Director of Special Services at New York University’s Stern Graduate School of Business.

Additionally, Dr. Leifman is an adjunct Professor at New York University. He has taught Human Behavior, Aviation Safety, Organizational Behavior and Labor Relations and worked with student affairs on alumni relations.

Howard is qualified to interpret Myers Briggs, Strong Campbell, NBI, LEA 360, DISC, Hogan, Becks Depression Inventory, 16PF and The Birkman assessment tests.

Dr. Leifman has a Bachelors degree from Syracuse University, a Masters degree in Communications Management also from Syracuse University, a Masters in Social Work from New York University and a Ph.D. from New York University. His dissertation is on “Family of origin roles and adult work roles in relation to employee adjustment, satisfaction, and success.”

Dr. Leifman is a member of the Conference Board, Society for Human Resource Management, National Association of Social Workers and on the board of a number of charitable organizations. He has guest lectured at Harvard, MIT, NYU, CUNY, Stamford and the College of Aeronautics. He has worked and lived internationally.

KARIN RUBIN, Senior Consultant

Karen Rubin is a results-oriented Executive Coach who helps individuals at all stages of their careers. In her most recent role as Vice President of Coaching for Talking Talent, she focused on helping organizations develop the female talent pipeline and improve gender equity in senior leadership. She has a proven track record coaching Fortune 500 clients in sectors including financial services, the law, entertainment, professional services, retail, technology, energy, insurance and more. Her areas of expertise include:

  • Leadership Strategies
  • Parental Transition
  • Career Advancement
  • Women in the Workplace
  • Developing Work-Life Fit and Well-Being
  • Building Resilience
  • Inclusive Leadership
  • Managing Change and Transitions
  • Improving Workplace Communications

Karen earned degrees from New York University’s Stern School of Business (MBA in Marketing), from The University of Michigan (B.A., English, High Honors, Phi Beta Kappa), and trained at Coaches Training Institute (CTI) where she became an ICF certified coach. She has over 20 years of experience at is committed to helping women succeed in the workplace.

JANET ZAGORIN, Senior Consultant

Janet has a 20+ year career in business development, client services and corporate engagement. She is a trusted consultant to professional service firm management, global clients, not-for profit boards and other senior professionals, directing strategic high-level business development projects and devising and implementing critical initiatives. Janet offers strategies to leverage business networks and client relationships.

She served as Sidley’s marketing director for 17 years and was responsible for global practice and business development initiatives, marketing and media relations with significant success developing key strategic plans for the Life Sciences, Capital Markets, Funds, REITs, Fintech and Private Equity arenas.  She also managed the firm’s role as strategic partner for legal services to the NACD; and developed and implemented the firm’s Corporate Responsibility Program.  Janet not provided guidance and direction to Sidley’s attorneys to enter new markets and develop client relationships, but also originated clients herself by practicing what she preaches.

Janet is also deeply engaged in numerous community and philanthropic efforts, including: the Board of New York Cares for more than 20 years, serving on the Executive, Audit and Communications Committees; the Advisory Council of the Arts and Business Council of New York; the Leadership Board of the Financial Women’s Association, where she is Co-Chair of the Global Agenda Committee, serving as a Board member and audit and development committees; a member of Facing Addiction, and Board member of Am Yisrael Foundation. She was recently honored with The International Alliance for Women (TIAW) World of Difference Award, which honors 100 women around the globe who make a difference. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of Aionious Healthcare Fund, funding biotech and digital health initiatives in Asia.