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Sean Lyons, one of Texas’ top trial attorneys, joins Steve to share his remarkable path into law, shaped by his father’s legacy as a civil rights activist.

On this episode of Great Practice, Great Life, Sean opens up about his crusade against bullies and large corporations, highlighting the emotional and financial balancing act of running a legal practice. His insights into case selection and professional discipline offer lessons for avoiding burnout and staying true to one’s passion for justice.

Steve and Sean’s conversation takes a deeper dive into the specialized nature of Sean’s practice. They discuss the “expert’s expert” model that focuses on referrals from other attorneys and the selective intake of high-stakes cases. Sean explains the intricate steps of case preparation and the importance of maintaining a sterling reputation in the legal field. He also underscores the rigorous demands of facing formidable defense teams and the criticality of thorough case evaluation.

Finally, Sean illuminates the crucial balance between work, family, and self-care in a high-pressure career. He shares personal strategies for emotional resilience, scheduling family time, and making data-driven decisions. From effective time management techniques to building a values-driven law practice, Sean’s advice guides aspiring and seasoned lawyers striving to excel while maintaining a fulfilling personal life.

Join us for this conversation with a legal luminary dedicated to professional excellence and personal authenticity.

In this episode, you will hear:

  • Sean Lyons’ journey into law that was influenced by his civil rights activist father
  • Balancing emotional drive and financial realities in a legal practice
  • Strategies for maintaining professional discipline and avoiding burnout
  • The “expert’s expert” model and selective case intake
  • The importance of thorough case evaluation and preparation
  • Techniques for balancing work, family, and self-care
  • Lessons on strategic self-care, performance optimization, and effective business management in a legal career

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Supporting Resources:

Dominate Your Market®

The Path to a Great Practice & Great Life

The Daily Focuser

Weekly Cash-Flow Focuser

The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done by Peter F. Drucker

Hire Slow. Fire Fast: A Lawyer’s Guide to Building a High Performance Team by Mark Powers & Shawn McNalis

Lyons & Lyons

Sean Lyons Bio

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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