The Friday Five

Five Things to Add to Your To-Do List

By | Oct.03.14 | No Comments

As if you need any help adding things to your to-do list, right? You are justifiably more interested in removing things — or at least checking them off. But hang on, and I hope you’ll see the …Continue reading »

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Lawyers, Depression and Substance Abuse: A Candid Q&A

By | Sep.18.14 | No Comments

The suicide of actor Robin Williams made many, including me, reflect on how problems related to depression and substance abuse can lead to desperate, irrational actions. Lawyers in general tend to be more susceptible to problems …Continue reading »

Five Ways Mindfulness Can Benefit Lawyers

By | Aug.20.14 | 8 Comments

Mindfulness means to be in the present and to accept each moment without preference or judgment. It’s an ancient practice that comes from Buddhism. It’s not a religious practice. Rather, it’s a way to engage …Continue reading »

New Balance: Finding the Dividing Line Between Life and Work

By | Jul.24.14 | 7 Comments

Sometime before the Great Recession (Depression?), there existed a quaint notion that people could stop working — at least some of the time. Over the course of recent years, however, the line of argumentation has …Continue reading »


Is Your Professional Life Personally Fulfilling?

By | Sep.23.13 | 1 Comment

The degree to which individual lawyers fail to find professional life personally fulfilling can be a clear indicator of their level of risk of a malpractice claim or disciplinary complaint. So let’s go with that. Ask …Continue reading »

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Why Do Lawyers Do It? The Benefits of Running

By | Jun.10.13 | 1 Comment

I’ve always been athletic, but I didn’t become a runner until law school. Since then, I’ve participated in a handful of races, including four half marathons. Beyond helping me maintain my physique, there is something …Continue reading »

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Is Work-Life Balance a Fraud?

By | May.08.13 | 5 Comments

In an interview earlier this year, Laurel Bellows, managing partner of her Chicago business and employment law firm and current president of the American Bar Association, was asked, “How do you do it? How do you do work-life …Continue reading »


The Lonely Side of Solo Practice

By | Mar.05.13 | 6 Comments

Working for yourself is awesome. Working by yourself is awesome, too. You get to set your own hours, you can wear whatever you want—and you get to run your business your way. But no one …Continue reading »

holiday rewind: The best of Attorney at Work

Giving the Gift of Doing Good

By | Nov.22.12 | No Comments

For my birthday a friend had a tree planted in my honor in my home state of Ohio. (A tad amusingly, the friend’s last name happens to be Sycamore, but be that as it may….) …Continue reading »


Be Younger Next Year

By | Nov.13.12 | No Comments

I wanted to be a lawyer even when I was a little kid, and I was right. I loved the practice. Absolutely loved it. Hell, I loved law school, which is weird. But after 25 …Continue reading »