You probably know better than anyone that the business of law has never been more competitive. The economic downturn means that you have to work harder for those high-caliber clients than ever before. You may have even had to cut staff and overhead to keep your profit margins healthy. Those four-star corporate retreats? A thing of the past.
What you may not realize is the toll this is taking on your lawyers. Lawyers regularly work more than 60 hours a week to maintain their billable hours-and take up the slack for hiring freezes. Smart phones and tablets make it seem reasonable that they should be on-call 24/7. They live every day with the knowledge that their job doesn’t have anywhere near the security it did even 10 years ago.
And a lawyer’s stress can have a profound effect on your firm. In fact, research shows that within five years of law school, 80% of associates will have changed jobs at least once. Even at the partner level, there’s no guarantee that it’s a “death do us part” relationship anymore.
Paying for this type of attrition isn’t the best use of your firm’s money.
But what’s equally important is how destructive attrition can be to the firm’s “soul.”
Happy lawyers = successful firms
If you want to recruit and retain the best talent, you need to have a culture of happy lawyers. That’s where I come in.
I work with firms just like yours to teach their lawyers how to be successful and happy in their practice – and their lives.
I specialize in helping lawyers:
- Achieve both their career and personal goals
- Make meaningful changes in their lives
- Develop strong leadership skills
- Hone their communication skills
- Define their priorities
- Get closer to the work/life balance they crave
I also help firms learn how to support their lawyers in ways that not only improve performance and morale, but also make the entire environment of the firm more vibrant and engaging, a place where people are excited to come to work every day.
A triple threat: lawyer, social worker, coach
I believe I’m successful in my work because I have such a diverse background. I hold a law degree from the University of Minnesota School of Law and a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. I also completed my executive coaching training through the internationally renowned Institute for Life Coach Training.
I have practiced civil litigation and alternative dispute resolution, helping individuals and organizations in conflict find resolution and common ground.
Currently, I am the Director of Career and Professional Development at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis.
As with my consulting practice, my work at St. Thomas is focused on supporting students and alumni as they develop themselves professionally and personally for the practice of law.
Working with me
When you work with me, you get my very best: high energy and creativity; exceptional strategic thinking; insightful and intuitive approaches that cut to the heart of the issue quickly and inspire new solutions. And though this work is profound, I bring a lightness of spirit and a sharp wit to the table (because profound doesn’t have to mean boring).
I believe that creating a work environment where “having what matters” is valued is what will make your firm successful. In fact, I believe that the future of our profession is riding on making just this type of global shift.
Get in touch to see how I can help your firm thrive.
Kendra Brodin at a glance
- American Bar Association
- National Association of Women Lawyers
- Minnesota Women Lawyers,
- Minnesota State Bar Association, where I am Chairperson of the new Committee 36 program, an innovative initiative and model for bar associations across the country who are seeking new ways to support their newest attorneys.
Just as important to me…
- My husband, Rev. Ryan Brodin, and our two young daughters
- Playing the piano and organ professionally
- Good wine and good chocolate
- Our family cabin on a northern Minnesota lake
The mind of a lawyer.
The heart of a social worker.
The enthusiasm of a coach.