Do you want your legal career to be different somehow? Better?

If you are a lawyer looking to:

  • Make partner or get promoted,
  • Develop a book of business,
  • Serve the clients you have more efficiently and effectively,
  • Increase your compensation,
  • Reduce your stress levels,
  • Maintain or increase your billable hours while reducing time spent at the office,

Or simply figure out exactly what it is you want to do with your law degree . . .

You’re in the right place!

You’ll find plenty of tips and strategic advice on this site for building an extraordinary career – the kind that will make you happy both inside and outside the office.

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The Lawyer’s Success Coach

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My name is Elise Holtzman. I am an attorney and certified executive coach who specializes in helping lawyers just like you create the career success and satisfaction they want and deserve. As a former practicing attorney, I understand the complex issues lawyers face in the day-to-day practice of law as they strive to satisfy their own expectations and those of colleagues and clients. As a professional executive coach, I am passionate about partnering with attorneys to help them achieve professional success and fulfillment.

A Lawyer’s Biggest Challenges and Why I Do What I Do

After I had been practicing law for several years, I started to notice that the most successful lawyers – the ones who were happy, engaged, well-respected and sought after – were not necessarily the ones who had gone to the highest ranked law schools, had gotten the best grades and honors or had been born into the most well-connected families.

The most successful lawyers were the ones who had what I call Career Intelligence, a set of skills and knowledge that enabled them to emerge as leaders in their areas of practice as well as business development, team leadership, client service, and firm management. Other lawyers who worked hard on their matters but lacked Career Intelligence weren’t getting what they wanted (and perhaps deserved).

Here’s the challenge. Law school didn’t teach you Career Intelligence (what you really need to know to be successful) and your law firm won’t do it either (after all, they are in the business of serving clients). That means it’s up to you to develop Career Intelligence on your own.

That’s where I come in. As a lawyer and credentialed coach who surveys attorneys and keeps up-to-date on what’s going on in the profession, I am able to bring you actionable tips and knowledge that can help increase your confidence, reduce your stress, and help you supercharge your career. A little Career Intelligence goes a long way.

A Few More Facts About Me

Elise practiced law in the New York offices of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, concentrating in the area of commercial real estate transactions. She earned a BA in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and her JD from Columbia Law School, where she was an editor of the Columbia Law Review. She earned her coach certification from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching, and is a credentialed member of the International Coach Federation (ICF). Elise is a past President of the NJ chapter of the ICF, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Columbia Law School Association.

Elise lives in New Jersey with her husband, who is a practicing attorney, and their three children.

Thanks for taking the time to learn about me.