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Nancy Mertzel Founder Mertzel Law PLLC

By Nancy J. Mertzel | Founder | Mertzel Law PLLC

As a business owner, I think a lot about profitability. How can I make my intellectual property law practice more profitable and fulfilling while still reserving time for myself, my family, and my communities? I believe the answer is to know my priorities and become effective at delegation. 

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Women Lawyers: Take Control of your Career by Using your Voice

By Kimberly Rice | President and Chief Strategist | KLA Marketing Associates

To take control of your legal career, you must become the CEO of your own one-(wo)man firm

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Career Day

By Nella Bloom | Managing Member | Bloom & Bloom, LLC

I love Career Day. I love it because I love talking about my work as outside general counsel, and I love meeting people. I got to design my business, and my job is helping other people design their businesses. It’s a great job! I inevitably sign up to present at Career Day.

After I sign up, I remember that I’m a little intimidated by Career Day. My job can be hard to explain to kids. What do I do all day? I help businesses start up, wind down, and address the issues in between. Sometimes I have trouble explaining it to adults, much less children. As I was preparing my Career Day presentation I was nervous. How do I summarize my job? More importantly – and channeling my inner second-grader – why did I choose my job?

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Splitting Up: How to Deal with Bad Business Partners

By Francine Friedman Griesing | Founder & Managing Member | Griesing Law, LLC

Business owners are responsible for protecting themselves against the risks that can negatively jeopardize their business and ownership interests. One of the most common issues that arises with entrepreneurs is having a relationship with a business partner or partners go sour. In my career, I have represented several business owners who have been pushed out of businesses they founded or have seen a significant decline in what their business is worth due to poor relationships with their business partners. I have also served as a neutral arbitrator or mediator in far too many cases where a successful business imploded when the partnership relationship when awry. By the time they seek help, the damage may be so great that it can’t be undone. So how do business owners get to this point and what can you do to avoid it?

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Discord, Find Harmony—Nurturing Your Mind and Body for Health and Success

By Lee Holcomb | Founder | Lawyer Yoga & Lifestyle Lawyer

 Throughout the course of our lives, we spend the majority of the time immersed in self-centered thoughts. Why did that person do this to me? Where am I going to go on vacation? Why don’t I have a better job? What would make me feel better? And most of these thoughts don’t make us feel better or bring us happiness. But honestly, it’s not the thoughts themselves that are the problem; it’s our desperate clinging to them and our resistance to what’s happening in the present moment that causes pain. Luckily, you don’t have to stop or get rid of your thoughts. Merely learning how you can become aware of the thoughts that are running your life can diminish their power. 

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Challenges (and Rewards!) for Female Founders

By Kei S. Tolliver|  Founder | Kei S. Tolliver Law, LLC

After nearly two decades in the start-up space, I finally pulled the trigger and started my own solo law practice 4 years ago. Having been closely involved in start-ups, I knew the fundamental process of starting a business. However, what I didn’t know and had never experienced firsthand were the well documented challenges female founders face. Moreover, as I started to assist my own start-up clients, I’ve come to realize how real these challenges are and how educating myself on these challenges can help me (and other female founders) tackle them. 

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Doing Business Without Borders

By Andrea Ewart |  CEO and Founder | DevelopTradeLaw, LLC

In today’s digital economy, it is possible to participate in international trade without ever leaving our desks. This reality is particularly true for attorneys and clients who frequently do business internationally, and  presents several opportunities and challenges. Attorneys need to be prepared to support clients as well as to address their own needs in this era of doing business without borders.

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Data Savviness in the Law: The Intersection of Attorney Competency and Technology

By Cheryl A. Brunetti |  Executive Chairwoman | RVM Enterprises, Inc.

Competency is a longstanding ethical obligation for attorneys, but what it means to be “competent” continues to evolve.  Its evolution is due to the growing prevalence of technology that impacts the legal industry – from discovery to day-to-day case management.  The result is that lawyers now know where to look to find the answers, either by improving their own understanding of the technology or by enlisting the proper resources.

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