The Lawyer’s Escape Pod
Jessica Medina shows us it’s possible to unlock the golden handcuffs

Jessica Medina shows us it’s possible to unlock the golden handcuffs

March 22, 2022

Jessica Medina is a former big law litigator and SEC investigator who is now an accredited financial counselor. She specifically helps big law attorneys who need a financial plan in place to allow them the freedom to explore new career options. Jessica also reassures us that it's possible to create a financial plan that supports a transition to entrepreneurship. Even if you have student loans!

 

In this episode, Jessica talks about:

  • What exactly a financial advisor is, compared to other financial professionals
  • There’s no shame if you’re not on top of your finances (that’s the case for a lot of people)
  • The process Jessica takes her clients through
  • Strategies for people with student loans
  • How to plan specifically when you’re considering entrepreneurship 
  • It’s possible to plan, even when there are unknowns
  • FIRE movement planning
  • How much house you can afford

You can find Jessica at:

Craft Your Exit Plan Cheatsheet: https://www.jessicamedinallc.com/exit 
 
 
 

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A powerful self-coaching question

A powerful self-coaching question

March 15, 2022

The #1 thing that is limiting your career options is your assumption that all of your thoughts are true. In this episode I talk you through how to question the reasons you dismiss certain options, like entrepreneurship.

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How do you define success?

How do you define success?

March 8, 2022

In this episode, I question our historical definitions for success and challenge you to create a new, more personalized definition for yourself.

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What is a Heart-Centered Business?

What is a Heart-Centered Business?

March 1, 2022

In this episode, I dive into what I mean when I talk about heart-centered businesses and why I think they are the real key to your freedom and fulfillment.

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Marni Blank leaves law to become a multi-passionate entrepreneur

Marni Blank leaves law to become a multi-passionate entrepreneur

February 15, 2022

Marni Blank began her career as a lawyer, working both for the Federal and NYC government. Ultimately realizing law was not her passion, she decided to switch paths to real estate while co-founding Blank Studio NYC and Blank Farmhouse with her sister. Marni continues to evolve her career, pursuing her many interests. As a lifelong learner and explorer, she believes that one does not need to be boxed into a single career or path, but that there is room to create a life that encompasses whatever brings you joy. She is an occasional food styling assistant, maintains her real estate license at Tungsten Property and enjoys continuing her education on emotional intelligence and counseling. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • Having work-life balance in government wasn’t enough for Marni
  • She still woke up wishing her day away
  • Marni followed her interest in real estate and got her license 
  • Her approach was to give it a shot - and let it take you where it will
  • She has now launched two businesses with her sister and a third on her own, leaning into her multiple interest areas 
  • It’s ok to be multi-passionate and to evolve your career intuitively 
  • Human Design can be a great tool for permission and validation 

You can find Marni at:

Blank Studio: https://www.blankstudionyc.com/

The Blank Farmhouse: https://www.theblankfarmhouse.com/

Work Related: https://www.work-related.co/

Well Plan: https://www.marniblank.com

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Sigalle Barness leaves law, becomes a COO, then creates her own role as Chief Storyteller

Sigalle Barness leaves law, becomes a COO, then creates her own role as Chief Storyteller

February 8, 2022

Sigalle Barness is a former lawyer who is now the Chief Storyteller at Lawline, the leading online education platform for lawyers. After her experience in practicing law did not go as she expected, Sigalle transitioned to working at Lawline where she’s built an incredible career. She rose to COO, but after a health scare, decided to take a step back. That was when she created this new role for herself, which leverages her love of storytelling, writing, and creativity. 

 

Sigalle’s story really highlights the ability to carve your own path, define success by your own metrics, and create a career you love.

 

You can find Sigalle at:

Lawyer’s Who Lead Podcast: https://lawyerswholeadpodcast.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sigalle/

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Emily Hirsekorn goes from law to higher education to career confidence coaching

Emily Hirsekorn goes from law to higher education to career confidence coaching

November 16, 2021

Emily Hirsekorn is a former lawyer turned career confidence coach. After a stint in higher education, she decided to pursue a certification in professional coaching with iPEC. Specifically, Emily now helps lawyers and other ambitious professionals navigate their careers, develop as conscious leaders, and integrate work and life for faster success and greater fulfillment.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Emily followed her long-standing interest in psychology into coaching
  • Emily wanted more control over her work and life, and realized self-employment was the best route for her
  • The progression from thinking about a big jump to committing to it
  • It’s possible to start while you’re still employed and before you’re fully “ready”
  • Get clear on what your bottom line, sufficient income number is
  • The early entrepreneurial experience

 

You can find Emily at:

Accessible Coaching Campaign: https://www.hirsekorncoaching.com/accessible-coaching

 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/emilyhirsekorn/

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Seth Bradley leaves big law to pursue his passion for real estate

Seth Bradley leaves big law to pursue his passion for real estate

November 9, 2021

Seth Bradley is a former big law attorney who decided to follow his passion for real estate and create his own unique career path. He started his own firm, Bradley Law Limited, where he helps his clients with their real estate and asset protection needs. He has also become a real estate entrepreneur and an expert at creating passive income. Seth is also the host of the Passive Income Attorney Podcast, educating attorneys and other professionals on how to stop trading their time for money so that they can practice when they want to, not because they have to.

Seth talks to us about his evolution from medical school student to big law associate to independent law firm owner and entrepreneur. His story really shows how you can design a multi-faceted career around your interests if you have the courage to go for it.

 

You can find Seth at:

Free Gift - The Freedom Blueprint: https://sethpaulbradley.lpages.co/freedomblueprint/

Passive Income Attorney Website: https://passiveincomeattorney.com/

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/sethpaulbradley

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Morgan Thomas Hall transitions from law to tech sales

Morgan Thomas Hall transitions from law to tech sales

October 5, 2021

Morgan Thomas Hall is an Account Executive at Twilio Inc. Morgan practiced in both a firm and for the government before realizing that it wasn’t just a job problem, it was a career problem. She went back to the drawing board to explore her interests, and found herself drawn to tech, and then specifically to tech sales. In addition to her day job, Morgan now also helps people transition from other careers into the tech industry.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Morgan had both firm and governmental jobs
  • She considered trying to become a judge
  • After giving it every possible shot, she accepted that it wasn’t just a job problem, it was a career problem
  • Morgan initially considered some JD-preferred jobs as an obvious next step, but quickly realized that none of those appealed to her
  • Morgan went back to the drawing board thinking about her interests
  • She felt drawn to technology and the start-up world, particularly because of how different the mentality is to the legal world
  • Morgan was worried her family would be disappointed, but also knew she had to make a change - she’s the one who has to live her life
  • She told anyone who would listen that she was looking to get into tech, leading to connections and information
  • Morgan kept coming back to tech sales, which leveraged transferable skills and checked a lot of boxes for her
  • She had confidence in her capacity to learn because she was both committed and interested
  • She found a way to effectively communicate her unique story as a positive to potential employers
  • You will be your biggest hindrance, so learn to get out of your own way

 

You can find Morgan on…

https://www.linkedin.com/in/morganlthomas/

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Marie Sotelo leaves law for freelance writing

Marie Sotelo leaves law for freelance writing

September 28, 2021

Marie Sotelo is a former lawyer turned freelance writer. After leaving the law, she leveraged her legal experience to become a go-to ghostwriter for entrepreneurs and chief executives in the law, compliance, and risk management space. She firmly believes that money is a means to an end—lifestyle freedom; and that you really CAN do anything with a law degree. She now helps other freelancers make smart money moves in their business and teaches other lawyers how to launch a writing side hustle.  

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Marie had been hoping to do environmental law in some capacity, but that didn’t pan out
  • She ended up at the Customs & Border Protection Agency for a decade
  • Working within such an entrenched bureaucracy eventually got too stifling 
  • She developed anxiety and depression (it’s not just big law that can impact you in that way)
  • Her family moved and she decided to take time off to focus on raising her son 
  • She got into part-time freelance grant writing, testing it first with some volunteer jobs
  • Marie worried about finances and wanted to do something that could sustain her family, if needed, but also be flexible 
  • She transitioned to content writing for law firms 
  • Freelance writing is a great thing to experiment with on the side, and build up some extra funds
  • She’s built a life and career around her values and priorities

 

You can find Marie on…

https://www.facebook.com/groups/woolies 

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