Who We Are

Managing Director

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 also 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.

Carlynn 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.

Senior Advisor

Andrea is a thoughtful, practical career services leader with 20+ years of experience working with individuals and organizations in transition. She has coached and counseled associates and partners in their continued legal careers, as well as lawyers moving to a career outside of the law. Andrea has developed customized services for women in transitioning careers, partners and senior counsel seeking an active retirement, or portfolio career.

Andrea has worked closely with large and small law firms and law departments in a variety of industries, to help them manage career transition situations and organizational consulting initiatives. Projects included off-site facilitation’s, executive coaching assignments, assessment of competencies and cultures, managing sensitive downsizing’s and providing management training for new groups of partners.

At Right Management, a large international career management firm, Andrea held the title of Regional Managing Principal. There, her responsibility was to grow, nurture and maintain key client relationships, many of them law firms and legal departments. She also lead a team of team of career management professionals, which included 50+ career consultants and 40+ administrative and para-professional staff. As Managing Director of Career Services with Partners International, Andrea focused her work on designing new career transition services to meet the needs of her key clients.

During her career, Andrea has provided training and programs to a wide variety of legal organizations, including the ABA, ALA, ACC. She has been asked to participate in the New York City Bar Career Counselor Referral program and provides career counseling services to Fordham Law Alumni, working closely with the school’s Career Planning Center. Andrea serves on the Dean’s Advisory Committee for Suffolk University Law School, where she is a charter member and is a member of the school’s Career Services Strategy Committee. Andrea has been the designated career consultant for Suffolk University alumni in New York City for the past ten years. She has been active with the National Council for Research on Women, National Association of Women Lawyers and has served on two non-profit boards, including the Arthritis Foundation’s Northeast Region; she is active in LGBT networks, including the Empire State Pride Agenda. Andrea has been a panelist and speaker at legal industry seminars on topics such as: Effective Networking, Evaluating Performance and Giving Feedback, Managing Difficult Situations, Managing Sensitive Terminations, and Managing Large-Scale Reductions in Force.

Andrea has her B.A., cum laude, from Boston University and her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School. She is a member of the Massachusetts and Pennsylvania bars and is an active member of the legal community.

Senior Advisor

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.

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 is a graduate of Fordham University. Kathleen is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Theology at Georgian Court University, where she also serves as an adjunct instructor. Kathleen and her husband live on the Jersey Shore.

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.

Senior Consultant

Barbara is passionate about counseling and coaching attorneys at all levels. She mentors and advises lawyers seeking new opportunities or advancing internally at their firm. Barbara’s honest and direct approach allows her to provide intuitive, emphatic feedback to promote professional development.

Barbara’s professional experience includes working with an international law firm where she held a number of professional development positions. As Legal Director for the Real Estate, Tax, Personal Planning, and Healthcare groups, Barbara was involved in key operational aspects of the group. She collaborated with her department chairs on strategic practice planning, promotion decisions, hiring, performance evaluations and managing employee productivity. She also worked with a boutique real estate law firm, and in the legal department of a national apparel company.

Barbara received her B.A. in Liberal Arts with a major in education from American University.

Senior Consultant

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.