Leadership
Lynn Mestel, Esq.

Non-Executive Chairman of the Board
New York, NY

“When lawyers ask me how to achieve success, I tell them: ‘It has nothing to do with luck. It requires a combination of things: you must have a clear vision, stay focused on that vision, take risks, be willing to work hard, and stay true North. When you do all of this, success will come naturally.’”

Lynn Mestel, Esq. is Non-Executive Chairman of the Board at Mestel & Company.  She founded the company in 1987 and served as its CEO, President, and Chairman of the Board through February 2017.  Her focus is on long-term strategic planning initiatives, branding, client relations, and development for all lines of business.  She also works with Board members to set overall objectives, and offer advice and counsel.

Lynn’s work and success in the legal industry caught the attention of the National Law Journal, who named her in their inaugural list of “50 Business of Law Trailblazers & Pioneers.” She was also honored by The Women’s Venture Fund in 2013 as one of the leading women entrepreneurs in the U.S. and named in Law Dragon’s “100 Leading Legal Consultants and Strategists” twice, most recently in 2016.  She is a recipient of the Brava Award from Smart CEO honoring top female CEO’s for entrepreneurial leadership and social commitment. The American Lawyer, Crain’s, Forbes, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal recognize her as one of the preeminent professionals in her field.

Several years after founding Mestel & Company, Lynn continued to witness the rapid changes of the legal industry. In 1993, she expanded her organization by establishing Hire Counsel to meet the high business demands of the ever-evolving legal industry. Hire Counsel is a leading innovative services provider to law firms, corporations, and government agencies for today’s new legal economy.

Lynn attributes a large measure of her success to her early experience working in advertising with major global clients, including Procter & Gamble and CIGNA, where she developed an understanding and appreciation for sophisticated business strategy, operations management, and exceptional client service.

Lynn holds a J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and a B.A. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where she was elected Phi Beta Kappa. She is a member of The Economic Club of New York and the Women’s Forum of New York. Lynn also studied music at The Juilliard School. She lives with her husband in New York City near her children and grandchildren.

Contact Lynn
lmestel@mestel.com