Michael Ellenhorn

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Decipher

Michael Ellenhorn is the Co-CEO and General Counsel of Decipher, a competitive intelligence firm which helps its clients grow safely and more efficiently. Decipher reduces lateral hire risk and cost by conducting deep-dive due diligence investigations on prospective partners – before they are hired. Decipher boasts a 97% success rate and is committed to helping law firms improve both their bottom and line and overall performance through better talent outcomes. Michael is an entrepreneurial leader, lawyer and solicitor (England and Wales, non-practicing), with more than 20 years of success building and strengthening professional services businesses, including 14 years in the international legal search space, operating businesses throughout Europe, the Middle East, North America and Asia. Prior to his career in executive search, Michael was a trial lawyer and legislative analyst in the U.S. Senate. Michael is a frequent speaker and author on lateral partner integration and the critical importance of utilizing competitive intelligence to mitigate risk. Michael earned his law degree from Washington University in St. Louis, School of Law, and studied business at City University in London, U.K.