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”

 

Make Smart Decisions by Fighting Confirmation Bias

If you are reading this, you are probably an investigator. It may not be your job title, but if you are a lawyer, auditor, doctor, HR business partner, manager, executive, etc., a big part of [...]

Visualize a Path to Action to Achieve Your Goals

How do you decide what to pay attention to in a world where an onslaught of images and messages is constantly delivered by way of a myriad of devices along with an ongoing scan of [...]

Win-Win Negotiation—How to Strike Better Deals

A judge once told me that a ­successful settlement occurs when the ­plaintiff thinks he did not get enough and the defendant that he gave away too much. This viewpoint envisions both sides leaving negotiation [...]

Cracking Confidence—What It Is and How to Have It

Cracking the Confidence Code In "The Confidence Code," authors Katty Kay and Claire Shipman attempt to glean the mysteries of self-confidence. The subtitle, "The Science and Art of ­Self-Assurance—What Women Should Know" nails [...]

How Personality Assessments Can Help Your Career

How Personality Assessments Can Help Your Career I have often said that I didn't begin to know myself until I was in my 30's and by then was already a litigator. An unhappy [...]

Lawyers and Marketing – What You Need to Know and Didn’t Learn in School

Last year, I read a post on LinkedIn titled, "Why Don't Law Schools Teach the #1 Factor for Success?" It was authored by Cole Silver, director of client relations at Blank Rome, and a perusal [...]