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Become a happily successful lawyer

Start now with the Life & Law Success Roadmap: 5 proven strategies that transformed me from burned out to balanced (while building a $2.5MM+ practice of my own).

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Thanks to your make-it-happen work ethic, by society’s standards, you’re a success. So, why then do you often…


Worry that everyone will figure out you don’t actually have it all together (but are instead distracted by a tangle of emotions as you overthink every decision you make).


Feel as if you’re spinning in perpetual motion (doing things you don’t want to be doing).


Question whether “success” is worth it (and secretly wonder what you want it to mean at this stage of your life/career).


After yet another drink-from-the-fire-hose day, snap at your child (for wanting to spend time with you) and pick another fight with your spouse (over how the laundry was folded).


Find yourself thinking… “I can’t keep up with this pace – forget about getting to the next level.”


Feel guilt any time you take a brief moment to yourself (yet at the same time, feel guilt due to lack of self-care).

It’s time for a new approach to success (and balance). Because both are created from the inside-out.

After 18+ years in private practice and a battle with breast cancer, I traded in my $2.5MM practice to help lawyers become happily successful using my unique Inside-Out Success Formula.

I’ve spent the past 20+ years mentoring (and now coaching) lawyers – like you – to 10x or more your results while ditching stress, overthinking and people-pleasing.

Truth: although stress, anxiety, and depression at higher-than-average rates seems to be the norm for attorneys, it doesn’t have to be this way. You can have balanced success.

I’ve done it – in BigLaw – and my clients do too. But not before learning the hard way myself…

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Driving home past midnight (again), I was oblivious to the twinkling red, green & white lights that were everywhere (and irritated by The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year mockingly playing in the background).

After wanting to be an attorney since age 10, I was considering giving it all up. This wasn’t how I imagined success as an attorney…

  • At the office every weekend.
  • Billing 80-90 hours per week.
  • Getting 4-5 hours of sleep per night.

… Barely holding it together.

Did you know that more than 50% of private practice lawyers report feeling stressed and/or anxious all or most of the time? And that 74% of surveyed attorneys say the profession has had a negative impact on their mental health?

Yep, that was me. And had been for 3+ years.

[Sound like you? Listen to The Truth About Lawyer Stress >>>here to find out how your legal training is exacerbating your stress – and what to do to overcome it.]

I kept telling myself the profession was broken – it was the same everywhere.

Because I was worried what everyone would think (this is what I’d wanted forever; everyone thought I had it all), I did nothing.

But that night was different. My dear husband was tired of my complaints, interrupting me with a simple message: You have a choice.

Of course, I didn’t initially want to hear that. We fought, I went to bed angry. But I woke up the next morning begrudgingly admitting he was right.

It was time to rethink and redefine success for myself. Although I didn’t know it at the time, that was the beginning of my Inside-Out Success Formula.

The result? My inner spark reignited. I made partner in an Am Law 100 firm and built my own book of business (to over $2.5MM) yet stayed balanced. All while navigating my way through:

  • 2 pregnancies (and bed rests).
  • The 2008 financial crisis (as a corporate finance partner).
  • A battle with aggressive breast cancer.

I’m not a unicorn (as evidenced by the countless attorneys I’ve helped create their version of success + balance). You can do this too.

Get started by grabbing your copy of the Life & Law Roadmap here (which also contains specific podcast episode recommendations to help you lock everything in).

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Paper-only success isn’t success at all.

The good news is you do NOT have to sacrifice yourself to succeed.

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I thought I’d be practicing for the long-haul, happily ever after until…Breast cancer hit.

I was only 38, with 2 young kids (they were 2 and 6 at the time of diagnosis).

The cancer was aggressive; the prognosis wasn’t good. Thankfully, I beat the odds.

This experience changed how I defined one of my top values (service), which eventually led me to trade in my thriving law practice to start this business.

I don’t accept that attorneys are destined for high stress, anxiety and burnout.  And I know anyone can build their own book of business (even as an introvert).

I’m here to help you accomplish the things you want as a lawyer AND person while staying true to yourself. Whether you work with me or not, my mission is the same. That’s why I have so many articles & free resources. And why I started the Life & Law Podcast.

[For more about me – and inspiration around how to transform life’s messiest moments into positive ones – listen to this episode of the Life & Law Podcast].

Whether you’re in private practice or in-house and regardless of how long you’ve been practicing (3, 8 or 20+ years), my mission is simple:

To help you increase your income and impact while advocating for yourself as fiercely as you do for your clients.

Truth: leaving something you’ve been incredibly successful at (for over 18 years) isn’t easy. I worried it wouldn’t work out and that I’d be judged harshly by former colleagues.

But after what I’d been through, I couldn’t not try. There was no way would I allow fear to stop me.

And I wanted to show my boys that they have the power to create their own happiness.

P.S. I want that for you too.

You already have what it takes… Smart. Driven. Committed.

You just need help from an expert who understands what you’re going through and how to prevail through it all. So you can create – and successfully implement – a customized game-plan that aligns with your values, personality and strengths.

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You found the right calling. I’m sure you were a great attorney, but you have a true gift with coaching.

Heather takes a highly individualized approach that delivers. She helped me find and laser focus on the business development techniques that play to my strengths and fit my personality.

Thanks to our work together, I increased originations by close to 30% in one year and am more confident about asking for business.

Alicia Voltmer

Partner, Greenberg Traurig LLP

Insightful and astute, Heather’s in the right business.

Heather has helped me become more self-aware, to re-frame my thoughts and adjust plans so that I can take the right actions to effectively reach my goals.

Everyone needs a Heather in their lives! I’d recommend her to anyone wanting strategic career advice and accountability.

Sabrina McTopy

Partner, Jackson Walker LLP

Heather is perfect for working parents struggling to do it all who want tangible solutions to create a more balanced life.

When I first came to Heather, I didn’t know how to say no and my inner voice had become very unkind.

Heather quickly identified the root causes for why I felt so stressed and gave me practical strategies to overcome them. I’m now able to carve out time for myself, relax with my family and still work full-time.

She has a special talent for making people’s lives better.

Lorilei Cronin

Corporate Counsel, Commercial Metals Company

If you’re someone who agonizes over the same issue again and again, Heather will put you on a fast-track out of that overthinking mindset.

Heather was able to pull things out of me that I’d never before put into words and provided me with a framework for solving my own problems (while giving me gentle nudges to keep me on track).

Working with her empowered me to align my decisions with my priorities without feeling guilty about it. It helps that Heather lives her life this way too.

Somer Hayes

Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig

Heather has a laser-focused ability to quickly get to the heart of a problem, and create a new, simple path forward.

Anyone ready for change and willing to try a new aproach will get tremendous, life-changing benefits from working with Heather.

Miranda Holmes

Senior Managing Director, First Republic Investment Management

Thinking of working with Heather? Do it, it’s totally worth it!

Working with Heather, I’ve learned I can only control myself. This was a big “aha” that has enabled me to slow down, say no when I need to and check in regularly with myselt to be my best.

Anna Pham

Second Career Professional & Restaurant Owner

Heather taught me how to ask myself the right questions to go from problem to solution.

When I first started working with Heather, I had lost the passion and drive I once had for my work. I didn’t perceive that I was living a meaningful life. Coaching with Heather gave me the confidence to effectively communicate why I was the best fit for a big promotion at work (that I got!). I’m now genuinely looking forward to how my future plays out.

Kathryn Reid

Partner, Rochelle McCullough

Heather gave me everything I wanted, and more!

The thing I love most about Heather is how she gives concrete business strategies that keep your values in mind coupled with how to properly manage stress.

Lauren Handel

Owner & Principal Attorney, Handel Food Law LLC

Heather is a gift to the legal profession.

I’ve been blown away by Heather’s insight into her client’s personalities and what they need, when. She knows how to challenge me to do more without overwhelm. For any attorney who wants to increase business while also feeling more confident about running a business and/or leading a team, Heather will get you to that goal.

Kristen Williams

Partner & Co-Owner, Williams Weyand Law LLC

One of Heather’s super skills is knowing which questions to ask that uncover the solutions you’ve been looking for.  Her targeted approach will help you uncover the answers.

Heather is direct, honest and no-nonsense. If you’re tired of feeling like you’re all over the place, work with her. She’ll keep you on track (and herd you back when needed) so that you can uncover what you want and how to start making it happen.

After working with Heather, I’m able to do more of what I love to do (which doesn’t even feel like work).

Monica Narvaez

Partner, McKim Legal


Reenergize personally & professionally.

Tired of appearing like you have it all together while – on the inside – being plagued by stress and overthinking? Get your copy of the Life & Law Roadmap to:

  • Regain your energy & increase focus.
  • Get more time back for the things you want.
  • Make life + law fun again.