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Lawyerpreneur is the podcast where we discuss the alternate paths that allow lawyers to engage their entrepreneurial spirits and distinguish themselves from others. Lawyerpreneur is about encouraging you to ​explore your entrepreneurialism ​and ​creativity both within and outside of your law practice, because being a lawyer doesn't have to mean doing business as usual. ​​​​​​Do you envision yourself as a lawyer-entrepreneur? Or just want to be inspired by others who are? Then this is the sho ...
 
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Bonnie Kistler is our guest in Episode 66 of Lawyerpreneur, in which we discuss her most recent thriller novel, The Cage, and how she came up with the story concept. We talk about the influence of our legal careers and experiences on our fiction writing (mine is done under the pen name, J. W. Judge). And Bonnie talks about her appearance on the gam…
 
Suzan Hixon is the founder of Legally Blissed, the coaching business she uses to help lawyers structure a practice that suits their needs. In our candid conversation, Suzan talks about her own mental health struggles and how that enabled her to shine a light on mental health issues within the legal industry. She has not only become an advocate for …
 
For Episode 64 of Lawyerpreneur, Annie Little and I had one of those conversations that I thought about for a long time afterward. She is a career coach who helps other lawyers understand and recognize the skills that they have developed and put those in the context of how they fit in the job market. What really stood out to me is how ineffective w…
 
In Episode 63 of Lawyerpreneur, we talk with Kevin Pratt about why he focuses on bringing out the humanity of lawyers in his podcast, The Human Lawyer. Kevin talks about having a bias toward action (a topic we also discussed with Colin Levy in Episode 62) and how that has driven him through his legal career and added him in navigating an unsuccessf…
 
In Episode 61 of Lawyerpreneur, with Margo Weinstein about navigating the intersection of law practice, parenthood, and wanderlust. We also trade some travel stories and discuss Weinstein's new travel memoir, Jalan-Jalan: A Journey of Wanderlust and Motherhood (link). This is an episode you won't want to miss. Learn more about Weinstein at her webs…
 
In Episode 60 of Lawyerprenuer, Professor Jonah Perlin of Georgetown Law Center talks about the feeling of putting billable hours behind him when he entered academia and began teach legal practice and advanced legal writing. We discuss the changes in classroom instruction that have developed out of the pandemic and the ways in which he works to bui…
 
In Episode 59 of Lawyerpreneur, I talked with Norman Bacal and M.C. Sungaila in what felt very much like an extraordinary after-dinner conversation. We discussed the importance of teaching the business of law practice to the next generation of lawyers, and how they teamed up to write a series of articles for The American Lawyer on that topic. We ta…
 
As the managing member of Levine Family Law Group and the CEO of Hello Divorce, Erin Levine is the prototype of the kind of lawyerpreneur that this podcast has always sought to highlight. She is also using her platform and entrepreneurship to help provide access to justice to those in need. Levine is a founding member of the recently-launched Justi…
 
Several weeks ago, I was listening to an episode of Freakonomics Radio about specialization, and particularly about the long snappers in professional and collegiate football. Pennsylvania lawyer and NFL agent for long snappers Kevin Gold was interviewed as a part of that episode, and I knew that I had to have him as a guest on Lawyerpreneur. On Epi…
 
In Episode 56 of Lawyerpreneur, M.C. Sungaila and I interview Todd Smith and Jody Sanders of the Texas Appellate Law Podcast. We talk about the launch of their podcast, the Connector (to borrow Malcolm Gladwell's term) who brought them together, and the perseverance required to record and publish more than 100 episodes over the last two years. As m…
 
If you're a lawyer and a parent (or not yet a parent, but hope to be some day), there is someone advocating for you. And that's nice to hear because sometimes, it feels like working parents are on an island. Lori Mihalich-Levin has written the book on returning to work after parental leave (literally -- Back to Work after Baby). Her company Mindful…
 
When I think of Maya Markovich, I can't help but think of the song from Hamilton, "The World Turned Upside Down," because she's exactly the kind of person with the vision and audacity necessary to effect those kinds of changes. In Episode 54 of Lawyerpreneur, we talk with Maya Markovich about doing really hard things, how behavioral economics can a…
 
Joel Oster is our guest in Episode 53 of Lawyerpreneur. Joel practices constitutional law and runs Comedian of Law, a CLE company that uses humor to liven up its materials. He also hosts a podcast called Debriefing the Law. He is also the author of UnDue Process: Exposing the Good, the Bad, and the Funny of the Law. Among other things, we talk abou…
 
For going on two years, Michael Young has been my go-to example of the benefits of using unconventional marketing methods to establish your brand and build trust equity with others in your profession. Because of that, his appearance on Lawyerpreneur is long overdue. Young is a regular contributor on LinkedIn discussing insurance coverage and bad fa…
 
For Episode 51, we talk with Tripp Watson of the Watson Law Firm in Birmingham, Alabama. Tripp started is own firm right out of law school and began marketing his firm as the Entrepreneur’s Law Firm. Tripp talks about Birmingham's entrepreneurial roots and how the city's business foundations have evolved over the last 150 years. He answers question…
 
Brian Gibbons is a partner in the New York office of the civil defense litigation firm Wade Clark Mulcahy. He hosts the interview-based podcast, Call Your Next Witness, and is an active member of DRI. He has used his involvement in DRI and other industry organizations as a platform to help build and grow his law practice. Gibbons has also used his …
 
In the past 18 months, we keep hearing that "everyone has a podcast now." It's become a running joke as hundreds, possibly thousands, of podcasts have been born out of a global pandemic. Most have since gone comatose, but others has continued on. Robert Ingalls, founder of LawPods, is encouraged by the continued prevalence and popularity of podcast…
 
Episode 47 of Lawyerpreneur starts off a little differently than most. Beth starts off asking me about my work, which I tell her about. And if you've been listening for any length of time, you may have heard before. But it leads us right into her work as a lawyer and what she has been doing outside of law practice. I hope you enjoy this interview t…
 
In this newest episode of Lawyerpreneur, Lisa M. Lilly (previously on Episode 19) returns to the podcast to interview me in my role as J. W. Judge, author of the new dark fantasy novel Vulcan Rising. In this role reversal interview, Lilly asks me about my writing process, my inspiration for the novel, and why I chose to write fiction under a pen na…
 
Despite the limiting beliefs and self doubts she was experiencing, Angela Han gave herself permission to start a business that she felt compelled to start. In Episode 46 of Lawyerpreneur, listen to Angela talk about why ambition isn't greedy, giving yourself the freedom to pursue opportunities, and how relying on a business coach's belief in the ri…
 
Tahmina Watson is the founder of Watson Immigration Law in Seattle. She is the author of the books, The Startup Visa and Legal Heroes in the Trump Era. Tahmina is one of the founders of the legal network, Airport Lawyer. You can also find her on her podcast, Tahmina Talks Immigration, and on her weekly column for Above the Law. Tahmina Watson is bo…
 
In Episode 44 of Lawyerpreneur, David Lat and I talk about the early days of Underneath Their Robes, the predecessor to Above the Law. He tells the story of why he decided to come out from behind his anonymity, and how that led to Above the Law. David tells us what he's most proud of ATL having accomplished. We also discuss his motivations for thes…
 
In Episode 43 of Lawyerpreneur, Amanda Doucette (who blogs and podcasts about tax issues under the title, "The Tax Chick") joins me to discuss a number of topics. One of her focuses in her law practice is distinguishing the value of her services to her clients -- what does that mean and how do you do it? We talk about the transformative experience …
 
In Episode 42 of Lawyerpreneur, Damien Black and I discuss laying the foundation for effective processes and communication, the importance of delegating tasks, the value of early and effective case evaluation, and building a book of business. This is the second of two episodes of Lawyerpreneur that features me as the interviewee. This episode first…
 
In Lawyerpreneur Episode 41, Lisa Lang and I discuss why it’s important for in-house lawyers to continue to develop their personal brand. Lisa talks about the value to in-house counsel to see the marketing and branding that outside counsel and vendors are doing. We talk about how the business relationships that are formed marketing, personal brandi…
 
In Episode 40 of Lawyerpreneur, Damien Black and I discuss a smattering of topics that I wrote about in Level Up Your Law Practice, including abundance mindset v. scarcity mindset, approaching a healthy mindset with intentionality, facing your fear of rejection, and attempting to establish boundaries for a functional work-life balance. This is the …
 
Even the most well-intentioned of us get cranky sometimes. It's one of life's inevitabilities. But there may be ways to corral and manage our crankiness that give it a kind of usefulness. Steven Joseph has developed the CrankaTsuris method that guides us toward a more effective version of crankiness. In Episode 39 of Lawyerpreneur, Steven Joseph an…
 
In Episode 38 of Lawyerpreneur, John Hart talks about how the depth of storytelling culture in the South has been integral to his writing. He tells the story of bailing on his criminal law practice to give himself the opportunity to write a successful novel and the path that led to his first published novel, The King of Lies, making the New York Ti…
 
In Episode 37 of Lawyerpreneur, Barbara Hinske and I have a great conversation covering a broad range of topics. We start with how recovering from breaking her neck led to the launch of her author career. Hinske talks about why she first decided to write under a pen name, which is a relevant conversation for many lawyers who are pursuing side hustl…
 
In Episode 36 of Lawyerpreneur, Natasha Hazlett and I discuss several of the themes of her inspiring business self-help book, Unstoppable Influence. Natasha is a former Memphis lawyer who has built a successful Nashville-based, business coaching enterprise with her husband. In my favorite parts of our conversation, Natasha shares the genesis of her…
 
In Episode 35, I talk about the goals that I achieved in 2020 and those that I failed to achieve. I discuss accomplishments that I had counted on. And I look ahead to my goals and what I want to accomplish in 2021. Links from the show: CLAW Alliance Becki Lee's Do You Draw Pictures? Scarlet Oak Press J. W. Judge'sVulcan Rising Support the show (htt…
 
In Episode 34 of Lawyerpreneur, Becki C. Lee returns to walk us through the common trademark, copyright, and other intellectual property issues that entrepreneurs might encounter when launching their businesses. It turns into an episode in which we discover all the things I did incorrectly as I launched my various side hustles. Becki was previously…
 
In Episode 33 of Lawyerpreneur, Patricia Baxter and I talk about the importance of setting client's expectations for how you will work together and how that works to the benefit of both you and your clients. We talk about Baxter's podcast "The Defense Never Rests" and the new book she colloborated on, #Networked, in which 20 women talk about their …
 
A short stint in private practice left Mark Bassingthwaighte feeling unfulfilled. So he pursued an opportunity that has turned into a career in risk management at ALPS Insurance, which has given him the chance to write expensively, develop his public speaking skills, and even get into screenwriting. But more importantly he has adopted a mindset to …
 
Haley Altman had just become an equity partner at her firm when she announced to her husband that she was resigning to pursue an opportunity that she knew she'd regret passing up. In one of my favorite interviews yet, Haley Altman talks about her transition from a law practice to the CEO of a startup. [Note: We had some audio difficulties in record…
 
Michael La Ronn is an author (of 55 books since 2012!), podcaster, insurance professional, and law student. To make time for his writing business, he dedicates time in the morning to write and also fills the small cracks that might otherwise be wasted with writing time. Michael and I also talk about diversity in fiction writing and the importance o…
 
In Episode 29, I talk about exploring new solutions by thinking like a child, challenging conventional approaches to problems, and refusing to play your opponents games. This episode is a snippet of two chapters of my second book, Stop Putting Out Fires, which you can purchase from your preferred retailer. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/…
 
Claire Parsons discusses how her mindfulness practice has helped her be a happier person and a better lawyer. We talk about how writing and speaking about mindfulness and struggles she has experienced has opened up a new community to her. And we discuss the importance of getting comfortable with your own weirdness. You can find and follow Claire on…
 
When you love your work as an intellectual property rights lawyer and you're an artist at heart and you have small children, that might all culminate into writing a children's book to help children understand what intellectual property is from an early age. Or at least that's what happened for Atlanta-based lawyer, Becki C. Lee. After writing a poe…
 
For as long as I've had the idea for Lawyerpreneur, Marc Randazza was always on the list of people I wanted to talk to. Sometimes when you've been thinking about something for so long and built up an expectation for it, you find that the thing can't actually live up to it. But that wasn't the situation with Marc Randazza. Here's a list of topics we…
 
Be authentic. Be true. Present your successes. Talk about your failures. Discuss your struggles. Provide useful content. Develop relationships, not networks. These ideas are the core of Alex Su's social media marketing success. But they aren't just principles he applies, they are a part of who he has formed himself into. Support the show (https://w…
 
In Episode 24 of Lawyerpreneur, Sam Mollaei talks about the importance of being virtual, scalability, and automation in his law practice. For a while after my interview with Sam, I was thinking about our conversation (and there was a lot to think about). I was struck with a line from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, when Butch says, "I got visio…
 
After a career in corporate America, Ruth Kaufman launched into her second act, leaving the security of her day job behind. Kaufman had been acting and doing voice work for two decades, a long enough runaway that she was confident in her ability to succeed in the creative work she was prepared to make her day job. In Episode 23 of Lawyerpreneur, Ka…
 
This is the Lawyerpreneur episode that I should have recorded yesterday. That I should have released yesterday. But I didn't. You want to know why? Because I chickened out. Because this episode is about how personal relationships are central to our businesses and necessary for our long-term success. And it's somewhat personal, so I bailed on it. So…
 
In today's episode, I discuss what to do if your big break never happens and the myth of the overnight success story. But I'll go ahead and spoil the surprise, most "big breaks" are the culmination of years of hard work and determination by people who kept showing up every day and doing their work. Portions of this episode are an excerpt from my bo…
 
In Episode 19 of Lawyerpreneur, Lisa Lilly and I discuss her transition from full-time lawyer to having an author business as the primary source of her income. We also talk about how operating her own firm gave Lisa the confidence to know she could successfully run her indie author business. Lisa Lilly: https://lisalilly.com/ Lisa's Writing Blog: h…
 
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