Lawyer Coaching 2017-05-25T20:56:39+00:00

Lawyer Coaching

As a lawyer and coach, I understand the challenges new and seasoned lawyers face.

As a lawyer since 1988, I have experienced just about everything (view my LinkedIn profile). I have worked in various specialties and settings. For twelve years, I was a litigator handling negligence cases for plaintiffs and defending them for insurance companies. My practice branched out to franchise, construction, consumer protection and professional negligence matters. For eight years I worked in education law as Assistant General Counsel to the School District of Philadelphia and later as General Counsel to the Chester Upland School District, where I developed significant expertise in all aspects of education law and tax assessment appeals.

As Chief Counsel for the Department of Economic and Community Development’s Office of Open Records, I was instrumental in developing practices, procedures and interpretations under the Right to Know Law as amended in 2009.

As a coach, I bring over two decades of practical legal experience to my practice. My background includes counseling clients, strategic planning, problem solving, developing resources, creating alliances, marketing, team work, increasing productivity, managing substantial work loads, meeting deadlines and ensuring accountability.

Clients present issues both professional and personal and, in either case, we set goals, design actions, measurable outcomes and accountability benchmarks.

I have practiced in a wide range of environments, including small and mid-sized law firms and government agencies. Chances are I have been where you are now.

My coaching services include:

  • Career development
  • Marketing
  • Improving your business
  • Attracting clients
  • Enhancing productivity
  • Time management
  • Transitions to:
    • a new firm
    • a new corporation
    • a new industry
    • a new field of practice
    • a solo practice
  • Coping with firm culture
  • Managing a difficult boss or colleague
  • Life balance
  • The coaching process includes:
    • goal setting
    • timelines
    • action steps
    • measurable outcomes
    • accountability

My latest articles from “The Legal Intelligencer”

 

The ‘Philly Special’: A Lesson in Leadership, Teamwork

On the field of life, leadership and team work look a lot like they do on the field of sports. It's all about creating a culture where diverse opinions are actively encouraged, dialogue is ongoing [...]

Secret to Success: Your Business Needs a Purpose and a Plan

Are you looking for ways to simplify decision-making for your business or your life? Instead of agonizing endlessly, would you prefer having standards that automatically and organically eliminate some options while highlighting the efficacy and [...]

Grit: The Secret Ingredient of Success in Your Career and Beyond

The first time I heard the word "grit" was in the title of a 1969 movie, “True Grit,” the story of 14-year-old Mattie Ross, who hires Rooster Cogburn, a tough, aging, alcoholic U.S. Marshal to [...]

Stress Is On the Rise: Take Steps to Manage It

The other day, I began typing the word "coping" into a Google search and before I could even finish, Google began to populate search results which included coping with Hurricane Harvey, coping with the mass [...]

The Informational Interview That Changed My Life

When clients reach a career ­crossroad, I often suggest informational interviewing to scope out a prospective new role, firm, ­industry or career path. That suggestion is almost always met with resistance. The most ­frequently voiced [...]

Leadership: How to Win Others Over the Old-School Way

Every year, new books on leadership come out and the business world hungrily buys, reads and digests them. Book summary companies provide compressed descriptions for busy executives, professional service providers and entrepreneurs. It is estimated [...]