Successful (Happy) Lawyering


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Table of Contents

Section I: On Being Authentic
Section II: On Making Conscious Choices
Section III: On Being Open-Minded
Section IV: On Being Proactive
Section V: On Being Innovative


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Successful (Happy) Lawyering

Increase Your Bottom Line and Well-Being, One Insight at a Time

by Lee Broekman and Judith Gordon

The road to success in a legal career is filled with litigating cases, negotiating deals, achieving recognition, and obtaining status symbols along the way. It’s also a road paved with long hours, high stress, constant conflict, and at times, addiction and depression.

In Successful (Happy) Lawyering, authors Lee K. Broekman and Judith Gordon invite practicing and aspiring attorneys to take a close look at their definitions of success. How do we achieve success and balance in both our professional and personal lives? How do we reap the rewards of a successful law practice without developing unhealthy habits and hurting personal relationships along the way? To have it all—a profitable career and a great life—we need practices that support both.

This book is filled with irresistible information, the latest brain science, and “how-to” steps for achieving joy and satisfaction in law and life, all in a bite-sized, bottom-lined format that is easy for the busy attorney to immediately put to good use.

Successful (Happy) Lawyering is easy to read and easy to apply to your own work and life.

Successful (Happy) Lawyering is part of the THiNKaha series, whose slim and handy books contain 140 well-thought-out AhaMessages™.


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About the Authors


Lee Broekman
Lee Broekman


Lee Broekman, is principal of Organic Communication and an expert in persuasion, presentation and interpersonal communication. Lee trains decision makers in top organizations to communicate and manage naturally and effectively. Lee is a frequent speaker in legal and business gatherings. She coaches AmLaw 100 law firm leaders and senior managers of Fortune 1000 companies. Lee has taught courses at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Marshall School of Business, and guest teaches at the UCLA School of Law. A richly varied background in political communications as an L.A. City Council spokesperson, campaign media advisor, ambassadorial scholar to the Netherlands and political lobbyist, has ultimately laid the strong foundation (and countless stories) Lee has to teach professionals to work with different people under stressful situations.

Judith Gordon
Judith Gordon


Judith Gordon, Esq., is a lawyer, lecturer at UCLA School of Law, certified mediator and coach certified in social and emotional intelligence. She provides communication, business development and leadership training that helps firms and professionals grow their business, increase visibility, enhance their reputations and lead more productive, satisfying lives. Judith writes and speaks regularly on issues of well being and the high-achieving professional. She coaches lawyers and law firm leaders, and creates programs for professionals who are driven to thrive both professionally and personally. Judith practiced law before her segue into business communications. She was associate director of communications at an economic think tank, and headed the marketing and professional development department at Buchalter Nemer.