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As a very reserved, introverted person (with a speech impediment to boot), I’m not the likely candidate to start a podcast. I was questioned a lot as I began the journey of launching this show. However, I have a message I want to share with the world and, more specifically, with my fellow lawyers. This message gives me a driving passion that helps me overcome my limitations and get out into the public sphere to share it.

What is that message? If you’re focused on building a great practice but neglect your real life, you will never know true success. 

We need to build a great practice and a great life at the same time–in other words, life in practice. That’s what this podcast is going to be all about. Throughout each episode, I’m going to share shortcuts, strategies, and guides to help you build a great practice and build a great life. Tune in to learn more about what that will look like.


In this episode, you will hear:

  • More background on the substance of and motivation for this podcast.
  • My first incredible experience as an attorney.
  • How chaotic the first two years of my career were.
  • How I decided to open up my own practice.
  • How I had to shift my paradigm when I opened my practice.
  • The importance of self-reflection as a lawyer.
  • How your ability to lead and manage becomes the cap on the growth of your firm.


Key Quotes:

[2:09] – “As lawyers, we get so obsessed with building a great practice, we never focus on building a great life. And, really, the secret is to build a great life and a great practice at the same time.”

[4:58] – “I ended up finding a job with a litigator, one firm in Tampa, Florida. They had four partners and probably five or six staff. It wasn’t a big firm… they offered me a job and I gratefully took it. My starting salary was less than the receptionist.”

[11:43] – “The whole time that I had been in law school, I was focused on achieving becoming a lawyer. And when I got out, I focused on achieving becoming a partner. And Covey’s book allowed me to really appreciate and realize that I hadn’t really thought beyond becoming a partner… I got an opportunity to really look at what I wanted my life to be.”

[16:13] – “Most of your customers… don’t know whether you’re a good lawyer or a bad lawyer. They do know if you don’t return a phone call on time, they do know how the office answered the phone, they do know how the customer service works… They have a different way of judging: not how smart you are but how you treat them.”

[23:39] – “Our growth will be capped based on our leadership lid, not based on our marketing, not based on our website, not based on the quality of work we do but based on how we think about how we manage other people inside our practice.”


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Episode Credits

If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Emerald City Productions. They helped me grow and produce the podcast you are listening to right now. Find out more at Let them know we sent you.

Steve Riley

Certified Practice Advisor & Attorney

Steve Riley has coached attorneys for more than 20 years. His one-on-one coaching focuses on a limited number of top producing attorneys committed to taking their practices to new levels of excellence, profit, and personal success. He also presents at group coaching workshops around the country for individual law firms, state bar associations, and other legal organizations.

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