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Areas of Focus

The Thriving Practice Coaching Program for Lawyers concentrates on four areas: Business Development, Practice Management, Career, and Leadership.  

Most often clients prefer to focus on one or more of these at one time. My strength as a coach is the decade-plus of experience and training that allows me to meet my clients where they are – working on stress reduction one day, and a business plan the next.

Business Development Coaching:

Business development coaching is of value to lawyers at all stages of practice, from new associates to senior partners.  It supports them to:

Results: Lawyers learn advanced rainmaking skills. They become better business developers. They set goals for their practices, expand their client bases and introduce new clients to their firms.

Practice Management:

Many good lawyers fail to become great because of a lack of organizational skills. They are kept on track by able support staff but ultimately their fire-fighting mode of practice can lead to mismanaged client relationships, burned out juniors and a practice that leaves no room for taking part in other activities.  Their relationships with family and friends suffer, and other personal priorities such as fitness are abandoned.

Practice management coaching provides:

Results: Improved organization and time-management skills. Lawyers have time to effectively manage their files, take part in firm activities and support client relationships.


Many lawyers do not have the good fortune to practice in a firm or organization that provides all the support and training they need to continue to learn and develop as professionals.  

Also, law firm cultures vary greatly and sometimes the firm is not a fit for a lawyer’s underlying core values, ethics, and goals.  

Career coaching helps lawyers address the career and leadership challenges that can arise in legal practice:  

Results: Often a lawyer knows something is wrong but is not certain of what exactly the problem is and what to do.  Coaching can help the lawyer to discern the underlying problems to be addressed and to develop and carry out an action plan for making positive changes for the better.  


Leadership coaching provides lawyers with the skills and knowledge to become effective leaders. Too often law firms assign lawyers to leadership positions without providing them with relevant support or training. Leadership does not come naturally to many but needs to be studied and mastered through practice.

Leadership coaching supports lawyers to:

Results: Lawyers learn to effectively lead teams, facilitate planning, and obtain follow-through on action items. They also become effective mentors to junior lawyers.