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Jamie J Spannhake Jamie Spannhake is a lawyer, mediator and certified health coach. She is a partner at Berlandi Nussbaum & Reitzas LLP, serving clients in New York and Connecticut, practicing in the areas of commercial litigation, estate planning, residential and commercial real estate, and business transactions. She writes and speaks on issues of interest to lawyers, including time and stress management, health and wellness, work-life balance, and effective legal writing.

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Five Ways to Manage Difficult Transitions

By | Oct.20.17 | No Comments

Change is exciting … and overwhelming. When faced with change, you must manage all the transitions that flow from it. You can feel adrift, and sometimes alone, as you re-evaluate your circumstances, or decisions, or …Continue reading »


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Compartmentalize and Integrate: Five Ways to Handle It ‘All’

By | Aug.18.17 | No Comments

I am a lawyer and a parent. I also try to have a social life, volunteer, take care of my pets, and run a household (not completely by myself, thank goodness). Recently, a friend — also …Continue reading »


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Five Ways to Leave Your Lawyer at Work

By | Jun.23.17 | No Comments

There are particular personality traits that make us good lawyers. For example, most lawyers are professional pessimists, able to spot the possible catastrophes in a transaction and anticipate a wide range of problems in any …Continue reading »


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Five Ways to Spring Clean Your Personal and Professional Life

By | Apr.21.17 | No Comments

It’s spring! Finally, the sun is shining, the world is budding, the birds are chirping, and spring cleaning can begin. We usually think of spring cleaning our house, but here are five ways to spring …Continue reading »


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Five Ways to Get Your Resolve Back

By | Feb.17.17 | No Comments

It’s only been about six weeks since you made your New Year’s resolutions. Perhaps you are doing great. Perhaps your motivation is waning. Or maybe you're just not as far along as you'd planned. Wherever …Continue reading »


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Five Tips for Handling Holiday Stress

By | Dec.16.16 | No Comments

Ah, the holiday season! The best of times, but with all the cheer comes a lot of stress, which can sometimes make it feel like the worst of times. First, there are so many things …Continue reading »


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Five Fitness Trends in 2016: Keep Them or Let Them Go?

By | Oct.21.16 | No Comments

Now that we are in the fourth quarter of 2016, we can look back and assess some of the year's health and fitness trends. Which ones have real staying power? There are always many predictions for …Continue reading »


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Five Reasons to Come Out and Play

By | Sep.16.16 | 1 Comment

We know that free-play is important to the development of children. But it’s also really important in the life of an adult. You may think you don’t need to play, that you don’t have time …Continue reading »


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Five Ways for Law Firms to Support Health and Wellness

By | Aug.19.16 | 1 Comment

We all know the practice of law is high stress. Law firms can be challenging places: client demands mean working beyond business hours, issues are real, stakes are high and tight deadlines abound. “Lawyers, similar to …Continue reading »


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Five Ways to Get Away for a Much Needed Vacation

By | Jun.17.16 | 2 Comments

When I was a salaried associate at a large law firm, I received four weeks of paid vacation every year. And I always took every single day. I was shocked to find out I was …Continue reading »