These 5 lawyers went out on their own for a variety of reasons and some of those reasons may resonate with how you feel right now.
They wanted to escape the toxic work culture of corporate law firms.
Instead of working long hours, they wanted to create their own schedules.
Many are women who have a new vision for practicing the law that is more inclusive than the old boys club.
Your legal skills have the potential to open up new career paths you might have never imagined as it did for the 5 attorneys below.
Melissa Hall says she practices “cocktail law”. She spends an average of just 12 minutes with each of her clients.
She was driven to this approach to make legal advice more accessible to everyday people. When you need a specific legal question answered, but want a trusted answer, you can go to her instead of the Internet! Listen to Full Interview
Marinel de Jesus was so unsatisfied with her stifling career as a lawyer, she decided to head for the mountains quite literally!
She’s the founder and CEO of Peak Explorations, leading solo travelers on mountain expeditions all over the globe.
Lots of people will tell you not to pursue your passion to start a business, but Marinel decided not to follow that advice. She shares how to turn your passion into a business. Listen to Full Interview
Shawn Askinosie left his successful 20+ year career as a criminal defense attorney behind, to start a chocolate company. He’s the founder and CEO of Askinosie Chocolate, a bean to bar company.
And by the way, it took him 5 years to find his next calling. He ended up writing a book about that struggle, Meaningful Work: The Quest to Do Great Business, Find Your Calling and Feed Your Soul. Listen to Full Interview
Kwame Christain is the director of the American Negotiation Institute to help people make difficult conversations easier.
He also produces the popular podcast Negotiate Anything. He’s still a practicing business lawyer, as well as the author of the book Nobody Will Play With Me. Listen to Full Interview
Meredith Marder left her job at a corporate law firm to take better care of clients by learning how to take better care of herself.
She started her own firm, working with small business owners and entrepreneurs to help them manage their risk.
As you read and listen to the stories of why these 5 lawyers started their own firms, take some notes about recurring actions they took as inspiration for actions you can take to create work that works for you!