Michael B. Rynowecer

I admit it.
I am The Mad Clientist

I have conducted and directed more than 20,000 client feedback interviews and interviewed 5,000 of the best and biggest rainmakers. I use all this to do one thing – help my clients grow their clients. My love of strategy and hitting the sweet spot with clients in revenue generation led to starting BTI more than 30 years ago.

Every week, you can find me sharing legal industry news, actionable and critical insights from BTI’s independent research, powerful client analytics every firm can use, market outlook commentary and much more at my blog—The Mad Clientist.

As President and Founder of BTI, Michael has drawn on in-depth independent research to develop high-impact client feedback programs, brand preference and perception rankings, innovative business development counsel and a wide-range of strategic consulting to organizations who want to improve performance and drive growth. Throughout his career, he has been a trusted advisor to top legal decision makers. His clients include 6 of the Fortune 10 as well as more than 200 professional services firms across the globe.

Michael is also a fixture in the business press, commenting on markets, trends and strategies. He has written extensively about BTI’s world-class client feedback methodology and about the ‘17 Activities’ that BTI’s research has revealed as statistically proven to drive superior client relationships. His most recent book Clientelligence® is a definitive guide of powerful insights for client acquisition, retention, new business and revenue generation. Rated by Kirkus Reviews as a “treasure trove of useful intelligence for business improvement,” the book details research-backed and unique activities for firms to embark upon to drive superior client relationships.

Michael has authored more than 40 publications on all aspects of client relationships, client service, client feedback, business development and strategy.

  • BSBA Syracuse University

  • MBA Babson College

  • 10 Years, Practice Leader, Pwc

  • Founded BTI in 1989

  • Expertise in Client Feedback, Business Development & Client Service for 30+ years

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2/3 of Clients Want Fixed Fees – Why Your New Matters Will Use an AFA

The new client formula for the next normal is in: Increased Demand > Legal Budgets = Fixed Fees Learn to love it. Study it. Memorize it. It will be a force to contend with. Top legal decision makers are staring at increased litigation, compliance, and other demands – all of…
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Women Associate Job Satisfaction Soars During Pandemic

Women associates’ job satisfaction spiked after the pandemic broke out. Men’s remained unchanged. Law firms did a good job of delivering on associates’ high expectations for how they would be treated and how well-informed they would be. Men have the same concerns but value these behaviors differently than women associates…
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Clients Expect Full Return in 8 Months, Law Firms 6

Like spring in New England, the talk of reopening is about to go into full bloom... Reopening is the current mainstay of COVID-19 resource center content. The only remaining questions are how and when. Law firms are doing a good job flooding the market with insight about how to reopen…
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7 Key Questions Clients Are Trying to Answer Right Now: What You Can Do About It

What’s next? How will this play out? How to get ready? Where are we exactly in this thing? Top legal decision makers are asking themselves these very same questions. This thinking dominates client’s mental energy. They may be working on other issues – but this is where their focus lies.…