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”

 

From Piles to Files-How Getting Organized Can Transform Your Business

Recently, I was on the phone with a fellow coach who asked about my personality type from an assessment taken in the past. I didn't recall, so while still on the call, I quietly walked [...]

Networking: Why Is It So Important and Can You Get Better at It?

Networking has been defined as "a supportive system of sharing information and services among individuals and groups having a common interest." That doesn't sound so bad, does it? Support? Sharing? Interests in common? Why then, [...]

Cycling Through Life’s Career Highs, Lows and Uncertain Times

You know the feeling—you just got a new job, client or case and you're all charged up. Ignited by the challenge, you are optimistic, goal oriented, focused and excited. During a phase like this, you [...]

Too Many Choices! From Staplers to Blue Jeans, Try to Keep It Simple

Adding options increases expectations people have about how good they will be and, Schwartz says, that produces less satisfaction with the results, even when they are good. I recently needed a new stapler because my [...]

Silence Is Your Secret Weapon: Use It to Gain Insight

If you want to get more information, better intelligence and clarity, consider allowing silence to play a supporting role in your communication style. It can be used to great effect. I will never forget a [...]

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 [...]