Why am I singling out female attorneys?
Because I work with more of you than any other type of client. The pain experienced by women attorneys is unique: the hard work, the investment in time and money, the dedication and the smarts that it takes to become an attorney are extraordinary. Then there’s the student debt, the great pride your family takes in your accomplishments. And the great pride YOU have taken as well.
There’s the glass ceiling in the old boys’ network, with the promise of cracks. The deep hope and inspiration you once had for the work you’d do, the impact you’d have. The lives you’d change — including your own.
And then, as if on cue, there’s the guilt you feel. You’ve sacrificed so much; you’re “successful” by so many outward appearances; you feel your friends and family will be so disappointed if you leave the law! Why can’t you make this work? Why isn’t this career enough for you? Aren’t you so fortunate to be here? Are you being selfish? Childish? Ungrateful?
And the stuck-ness, the paralysis: what on earth would you do instead? You’ve been singularly pointed at this career forever; what else are you even qualified to do? What would you even enjoy, if not the law? And what if you left this work, only to find that the next option is worse? You wonder if you can even be trusted with these decisions, given how badly this one turned out.
I get it. I so, SO get it.
And there is hope. There is a way out and into something fulfilling. You can get back to the YOU you trusted and celebrated before this awful, nightmarish chapter. You are not alone. I want to help.
Working with women attorneys is deeply satisfying for me. Why?
- Because acknowledging and helping alleviate your tremendous pain brings together my compassion, creativity, collaboration and pragmatism.
- Because there’s no doubt you’re willing to work hard when it matters.
- Because you’re smart, resourceful, and underneath whatever mask you’ve had to wear lately, you’re genuine.
- Because the part of you that wanted to be an attorney to advocate for others — to shepherd people or organizations through complex circumstances, to fight the good fight — that part of you is still within you. It hasn’t gone anywhere, it’s just been covered over. Bringing it back into the light is more important to me than anything else.
Let me help. You don’t have to do it alone.