I love being a business owner as I am sure you do as well.
I’ll be the first to admit that owning a small business is a lot more challenging than I could’ve expected. But I also know that it’s rewarding in ways I couldn’t have imagined.
My story begins in Brooklyn. It’s where my roots in small business began. Running around my family’s clothing store as a child and then later on working there alongside my father, I loved the idea of owning my own business. Years later, now I do.
After undergrad studies, I earned my law degree and worked for firms in New York where I built a career in intellectual property and business law. It was a learning experience that helped me develop my understanding of small businesses and their specific legal needs and concerns.
But after a few years, I was restless. I needed a new challenge.
I decided to live and work abroad. For a little over two years, I worked as a patent attorney at an intellectual property law firm in Ramat Gan, Israel. While I enjoyed the work, the lifestyle, and am grateful to have met my wife Dorit while living there, I knew this wasn’t my career path.
Until this point, I had only worked for other people. Though I had gained a valuable foundation in law, I had no control over the kinds of clients I helped and realized that was one of the things I most wanted. I was ready to be free to choose to work on the matters I truly enjoyed and with clients with whom I enjoyed working.
My new challenge? Go into business for myself.
After returning from abroad, I opened my own practice in 2009 and, like a lot of first-time business owners, I was really starting from scratch. I was completely dedicated to getting my business off the ground and making it succeed, but, I needed help. In law school they do not teach you about the business of running a law firm, only how to be an employee in one.
Becoming a coaching client
In late 2012, I decided to take responsibility for my future and enrolled in an advising and coaching program for lawyers. I quickly understood the true value and success possible with having a coach.
I then realized I wanted to help coaches do what they do best (i.e. COACH!), by demystifying the legal world for them. As a practicing lawyer who also happens to be a coaching client, and an attendee and sponsor at coaching events, I understand the business of coaching and the potential legal challenges unique to the industry more intimately than someone who may not have experienced coaching industry from the inside.
An “About Me” page wouldn’t be complete without credentials so here they are…
Bachelor of Science, SUNY Binghamton, 2000
Juris Doctor, Brooklyn Law School, 2003
Admitted to the New Jersey state bar, 2003
Admitted to the New York state bar, 2004
Registered to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office.