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The maze of family law practice is complex, but Caroline Black Sikorske guides us through it.

On this episode of Great Practice, Great Life, step inside the world of a top-tier family law attorney, where razor-sharp expertise and empathetic client relations are the keys to success. Caroline’s shift from prosecutor to managing partner shows her commitment to excellence. Her strategies reveal the balance between a high-quality, low-volume caseload and maintaining potent client relationships.

Navigating the battleground of family law requires resilience and a sense of purpose. Caroline opens up about her client selection process and managing the emotional toll of these cases. In the trenches of high-stakes family disputes, Caroline upholds the value of specialization, shares anecdotes about learning from legal giants, and stresses boundaries to safeguard personal well-being.

As we close, Caroline does not shy away from the future. Reflecting on succession planning and retirement, she underscores the importance of preparing for life beyond the courtroom. Her thoughts on leadership, cultivating a supportive work culture, and guiding the next generation of legal minds offer a beacon for seasoned attorneys and those just beginning their careers.

Join us on this journey into the heart of legal practice, where courage meets compassion and forging success through challenge.

In this episode, you will hear:

  • Caroline Black Sikorske’s thoughts on managing a family law practice with a high-quality, low-volume caseload for detailed case management and strong client connections
  • The importance of mentorship and specialization in family law to stand out in a competitive market
  • Her firm’s rigorous client selection process and strategic focus on “A” and “B” clients to maintain quality service and manage the emotional weight of complex cases
  • Strategies for managing the emotional toll of family law
  • Compartmentalization, self-care, and building genuine relationships within the legal community
  • Networking within bar associations and cultivating referrals from other lawyers rather than traditional advertising for organic practice growth
  • Active listening in legal practice for better management, leadership, and building respectful relationships with colleagues
  • Retirement planning, succession, and coaching the next generation of legal professionals

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Supporting Resources:

The Path to a Great Practice & Great Life

One-On-One Coaching

Sessums Black Family Law

Caroline Black Sikorske: LinkedIn Profile

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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