Michael Palmer

Ethics & Risk Management Consultant

Michael Palmer is the founder and lead consultant of Grow a Great Company (formerly Ethics By Design). He received his M.A. and Dr. Phil. degrees from the Freie Universität Berlin and his J.D. from Georgetown University. He has been a lawyer since 1980.

Mike’s consulting practice has included work for Fortune 500 companies, Big 4 accounting and consulting firms, medical care facilities, and government agencies.

Mike has taught negotiation and conflict management skills to thousands of executives, lawyers, health care professionals, academic leaders, community members, and college students.

He works with Charles L. Howard, the recognized authority on ombuds offices, in helping organizations establish ombuds offices to help resolve work-related problems informally, confidentially, and impartially.

He has taught at colleges, universities, and law schools in Germany and the United States, including at Middlebury College (1996-2008) and Champlain College, where he teaches an online course on professional ethics.

Mike is the author of The Morally Responsible College, Professional Ethics for Business Managers, Complying with the Ethics Mandates of the Federal Acquisition Regulation, Winning Settlements: What Lawyers Must do to Get the Best Deals for Their Clients, and numerous articles on business ethics, negotiation, mediation, and litigation risk management.

Mike first practiced law with Jenner & Block in Chicago and then as head of his own firm in Vermont. He is a Senior Professional with CMI Concord Group  and serves as a legal expert in USAID-funded Rule of Law projects in countries with developing economies such as Jordan, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia, Azerbaijan, and Mongolia. A frequent speaker and resource person, Mike has conducted workshops at regional, national, and international conferences and taught seminars for professionals and business leaders on a variety of topics. 

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