Attorney With a Life

Attorney With A Life® brings together a team of lawyers, coaches, consultants, counsellors, and other professionals collaborating to bring valuable information and insights to you through one shared channel – Attorney With A Life®.

I am the founder of AWAL and a lawyer coach with over a decade of experience helping clients overcome challenges and achieve success however they define it. In practice this can be many things from helping a law firm partner get more “dad time” with his young family, to coaching a lawyer on the business development strategy, skills, and implementation to grow her legal practice. After a career in legal marketing and business development with…
Is your phone becoming another distraction? In today’s busy connected work our reliance on our cell phones can have a negative effect.  Getting time offline can be a major challenge. What can you do to stay out of this cycle of being plugged in 24/7? My recent article published on Clio provides strategies for dealing with the cell phone challenge. Click here to find out more… Why Lawyers Need to Stay Off Their Phones
I am the founder of AWAL and a lawyer coach with over a decade of experience helping clients overcome challenges and achieve success however they define it. In practice this can be many things from helping a law firm partner get more “dad time” with his young family, to coaching a lawyer on the business development strategy, skills, and implementation to grow her legal practice. After a career in legal marketing and business development with…
Happy International Women’s Day! In celebration of this day, I am sharing an insight with you about the power a small close network of women can have for advancing your career that I learned from BC Business magazine this week. In a study released in January researchers from Notre Dame University and the Kellog School of Management found that “77 percent of the highest achieving women had strong ties with an inner circle of two…
Law is one hard working profession. It is also highly meaningful and vital to our civil society. The updated Welcome to AWAL section on the home page and the About page explore this idea further. Here’s an excerpt for you:  “Lay people sometimes forget that the rights and freedoms that underpin our civil society depend on the rule of law. The rule of law is under threat in many parts of the world. As a…
John is an in-house counsel for a technology company.  He’s been asked to advise on a highly risky investment agreement but when he starts to raise the myriad of problems with the deal he gets shut down. Terry is the junior on a large file.  In a rush to advance to the next stage of the proceedings senior counsel makes a clear misstep. She tries to point this out but her objection falls on death ears.…
The pace of life is speeding up.  The months rush by in a blur of deadlines, emails, and stress.  So much these days feels out of our control and this is precisely why it is so important to grasp what is ours to influence and control – and most important of all is our own wellness. Attorney With A Life® contributor Terry DeMeo joined me in writing an article for the CLIO blog about 5…
“If you can dream it, you can do it.  Always remember this whole thing was started by a mouse.” Walt Disney Walt Disney, a true visionary, passed away before Disney World was finished.  At the opening ceremony, someone turned to Mrs. Disney and said, “I’m sorry that Walt was unable to see this.”  To which she replied, “Of course he saw this!  How do you think it came to be?” Mickey 2.0 didn’t come to life…
For many of us in the workforce stress and worry a regular part of our life. Do you often find yourself overwhelmed by the sheer number of things you’ve got to do? The good news is this doesn’t mean that something is terribly wrong. It can indicate you are leading a life filled with meaning and purpose. A 2013 study held by University of Florida and Stanford University tracked adults between ages of 18 and…
I’ve been teaching a lot lately and teaching sure has a way of bringing home the lessons you need to learn! Yesterday, I had the privilege of watching a group of professionals role play various difficult conversations they face in their work life.  No matter which group I visited to coach, or which scenario it was they were facing, I noted three key principles: 1. Go slow to go fastWhen someone wants to say something…