Lively discussions with people who are making bold decisions to live a bad ass life! Catch my special #FEMSQUIRE series where I take Wake Up Call on the road to interview fierce women attorneys about how they became attorneys and their experience as a law firm owner.
Vikki Ziegler, Esq. is taking over the world with numerous empires, and no sign of stopping anytime soon! She is the founder and managing partner of a law firm in New Jersey, has her own fragrance, authored a few books, regularly appears on various TV and radio shows (and podcasts like this one), starred in the Bravo show "Untying the Knot" and has her own production company with too many upcoming projects to mention here. How did she get her start? It wasn't easy. She talks about her parents difficult divorce, her budding talent as an entrepreneur in high school, what has fueled her endless drive and motivation, and her personal philosophies about how to succeed in business and life. There is a lot of wisdom here. And a little (er, a lot!) of something called chutzpah!
Remi Spencer has had an exciting career as an Assistant Prosecutor and then a private Criminal Defense Attorney with high profile cases that got her regular spots on Fox News. She gives us her opinions about the criminal justice system based upon her experience on both sides, including her impressions of the Harvey Weinstein trial, the #metoo movement, what we can do to create a better landscape for victims of sexual assault, her personal experiences with gender equality and inequality, and what we think life will be like for our daughters down the road. Also find out if what we see portrayed in the media is really representative of our criminal justice system. It's not all doom and gloom! There's some good stuff in there too! Remi is an intelligent, eloquent and seasoned professional with experience and expertise to back up her insights. We're not curing cancer but maybe something close...
Sandra shares the business secrets she has learned over the course of her 27-year legal career, which includes growing a solo practice (literally, from her basement) to the growing empire it is today. Sandra has a varied practice of divorce & family law, medical malpractice & personal injury, and residential real estate. Sandra gives the real nuts-and-bolts of how she not only grew her practice in a short time, but how she runs an uber efficient practice today. You can find out how she does it and the ONE book she credits with really moving the needle on her firm. There is also ONE single practice she credits with getting her good quality clients reliably over time. Get out your notepad. There's a lot to learn!
If you have ever felt the stigma of plastic surgery & other cosmetic treatments, or ever been curious about getting treatments, then this show is for you. I sat down with Deena Asaadi, the patient liaison of Dr. Mokhtar Asaadi, board certified NJ plastic surgeon with offices in West Orange, New Jersey, and Park Avenue in NYC. We had a very personal and brutally honest dialogue about the stigma of plastic surgery. We also discuss the current trends in surgery, skincare, and non-invasive treatments for anti-aging and self-care. Deena shares Dr. Asaadi's philosophies and what you can expect when you visit Dr. Asaadi's office. DISCLAIMER: Deena is not a physician. The information presented in this episode should not be interpreted as medical advice. If you have specific questions, we recommend you consult with a board certified plastic surgeon.
Elizabeth is the first generation of Russian immigrants and - while not the first one in her family to be an entrepreneur - is the first one in her family to go to law school. While she dreamed of becoming a mover and shaker as an entertainment lawyer in the Big Apple, she ultimately found herself loving divorce & family law and moving and shaking back in the suburbs of New Jersey. Elizabeth has been on the fast track, opening her own law firm after only six years of practice. She shares her experience as a young + female "boss" with a practice to run, raising young children, and her personal challenges building a successful business.
NJ Divorce Lawyer Jeralyn Lawrence inherited an entire family law department practically right out of law school. Rather than let fear hold her back, Jeralyn rose to the occasion and built a thriving family department from scratch at a large firm while she was still learning her way around a courtroom. Almost 20 years later, Jeralyn has left big law to build her own law firm. Jeralyn talks about her career trajectory beginning with her young aspirations to be a lawyer, how she was instrumental in changing the evolving alimony laws in New Jersey, what she hopes to change in the future, and what drives her. There is no sign of Jeralyn slowing down as she is in line to be President of the NJ State Bar Association in three years. Hear how she does it and how you can too.
Lois shares her experience winning the lottery in Kenya and making her way alone to America in her early 20's looking for the "American Dream." With aspirations of becoming a professional dancer or opera singer, Lois found herself working as a babysitter and working various office jobs to pay the bills. She explains how she ultimately found her calling as a divorce lawyer, started her own law firm right out of a judicial clerkship, and overcame impostor syndrome to learn how to run a business and practice law at the same time. Lois is very candid about how she has overcome her fears, forged a path for herself in America and shares her personal "secret sauce" for success. Lois is a wonderful example of the American Dream.
This interview is not for the faint of heart. New Jersey family law & divorce lawyer Jennifer McCaskill talks about sowing her oats and finally settling down to be the bad ass divorce lawyer she is today. She shares how she left a future in academia on a whim to end up in Washington DC practicing family law, founding her own law firm, almost quitting when she had cash flow problems, and how she stuck through it to build a successful solo practice. We also talk about why we are officially discontinuing the word "bitch." Holler!
I sat down with NY attorney Jessica Sanchez who shares why she became an attorney, how she commandeered a path as one of the only females in a male-dominated NYC law firm to ultimately leave and start her own firm. She did that as a newly divorced single mother and pounded the pavement to generate a clientele that would sustain a one-woman practice. She shares her management philosophies ("manage clients, not staff"), how she learned to command higher prices and establish firm standards for collecting fees. Jessica has mastered balancing her personal + professional life on her own terms and making her business give her the life she desires. She is a pioneer for women and gives great advice if you are also thinking of opening your own firm.
Judge Berman is a well-known and respected retired New Jersey superior court judge with a colorful and expansive legal career spanning 48 years (and still going). He sat down with me to talk about his roots in New Jersey, his calling to be a lawyer, and an impressive career path that brought him through 17 years of private practice, an appointment as a county prosecutor and life on the bench as a judge. Judge Berman candidly speaks about the infamous State v. Dharun Ravi case, his philosophy about crime when he was the Middlesex County Prosecutor, some thoughts about the drug epidemic, why he never ran for President of the United States - and much more.
Attorneys and law firm owners Jennifer Armstrong and Christine Matus share their experience opening their own law firms, building and running a business, and all of the challenges (and rewards!) along the way. Great insights for anyone who is practicing law and thinking of starting their own firm or any #bossbabes with their own firms already.
Find out how NYC criminal defense attorney Mariel Colón Miró, Esq. found herself with Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán and Jeffrey Epstein as her first clients. Plus, New Jersey criminal defense attorney Fania Veksler, Esq. got arrested for contempt just by being a fierce advocate for her client at trial. (Oh, and by the way, her client was acquitted). These women are kicking ass and taking names!
I created "Wake Up Call" to interview trailblazers who take risks and live life on their own terms. So when Jennifer Hilligus said I should be my own guest, I took her up on her offer to interview me! Find out how I overcame a childhood of poverty and substance abuse (without becoming a stripper) and became a lawyer in spite of everything.
Amy is a self-proclaimed "reformed" corporate lawyer. She achieved the American Dream, living in NYC, and holding a prestigious corporate attorney job at Skadden Arps. Now she's a prolific writer living a more authentic life. We cover everything from Amy's creative writing process and how to break into writing, to being a woman in the boys' club at Big Law, as well as the future of women in America, the #metoo movement, and even Monica Lewinsky.
Is the idea that women can "have it all" just a beautiful myth? And what does "having it all" really mean anyway? These dynamic women talk about raising kids, practicing law, running a business, creating their own lives and making their own paths. This is the new breed of women. They don't just have a seat at the table. They OWN the damn table! (Guests: Melissa Ruvolo, Esq. + Angela Pastor, Esq.)
Kristen David doubled her law firm revenues numerous times - and then she taught other people how to do that as a coach at a nationally recognized consulting group. Now she's living her best life living in Paris 1/3 of the time, her home in Seattle 1/3 of the time, and traveling the rest of the time! She founded her own coaching business - The Kristen David - to teach other business owners how they can build a business that lets them live the life of their dreams. She shares the secret sauce here.
Stacy Feintuch experienced the trauma of becoming a widow and single mom at the age of 45 when her husband suddenly died from a heart attack. Stacy managed to function for her daughters, but she was living with depression for several years. She finally sought help and the veil lifted. Stacy reinvented herself and found a dormant writer inside of her. Hear about her experience, how she coped, and how she has come out the other side as a successful blogger of online magazine "Living the Second Act."
"Donna" shares her experience - from beginning to end - getting a divorce. She explains the years leading up to making the decision to end a 17-year marriage, the trauma of enduring the public humiliation of her husband's infidelity and the shame of divorce, and the trials and tribulations of the entire divorce process - and more importantly, coming out the other side whole. If you are thinking of getting a divorce, going through a divorce, or have been through one already, you will be able to relate to Donna's story. This is a special episode of Divorce Happy Hour - a podcast published by Christina Previte and John Nachlinger, Co-Owners of NJ Divorce Solutions (Previte Nachlinger PC). You can find other episodes of Divorce Happy Hour wherever you listen to podcasts.
Angie Kitko was a beautiful baby born into an environment of drugs and addiction. Her mother died of drug-related complications when she was only six-years old. She was left a motherless daughter with a heavily drug addicted and abusive father. She narrowly escaped the dangerous environment at home and at the age of 16 became an emancipated minor. Despite having escaped the dysfunctional home life, she was left ill-equipped how to create a healthy life for herself. She succumbed to her own addiction, abusive relationships, and a life of crime. She gives us all of the gory details and how she finally found home.
David Rubel has lived most of his life with debilitating OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). David explains the compulsion to wash his hands until they bleed and wear vinyl gloves as a means to cope with the anxiety caused by OCD. Despite these incredible challenges, David has managed to have relationships, run a business, and go to law school. If you think you understand OCD as a "germ" phobia, it goes far deeper than that and infiltrates ever nook and cranny of life. David shares the genesis of this disorder and how it has affected his life over the past 35 years.
Keren Barrios was kidnapped and held for ransom for 13 days in Guatemala when she was only 10 years old. Hear her amazing story of strength and survival, and how she has used this incredible experience to live a successful life.
Find out what women (ages 35-40) are saying about men, dating, and climbing the corporate ladder. Do they care what you do for a living? Do they have marriage on the brain? Do they care how much money you make? Listen here.
Denny Mendez grew up in Queens with aspirations to be a doorman. His plot to avoid school by working in a Wall Street mailroom set him on a course for the rest of his life. Now he's a financial advisor with a celebrity clientele. He teaches millionaire celebrities and athletes how not to go broke.
Suzette Zuena started her business doing lashes in a one-room "Lash House" and has expanded to the LH Spa + Rejuvenation (Med Spa) with two locations (and growing). She shares her business acumen as well as some insider beauty secrets.
Robin has an amazing story how she escaped a disadvantaged childhood to become a great success. She has overcome great odds and now she teaches other people how to overcome a victim mindset and start "behaving wealthy."
Sara has discovered her own "special sauce" for success. Sara has built two separately branded 7-figure law firms. Now she is teaching other women how to discover their own unique style and personal brand. Hear how she did it in her own words.
Dana was diagnosed with Leukemia at the age of 33. She shares how this experience has had a profound impact on her life. See how she lives her life differently after what I call the "blessing" of a pivotal event such as cancer.
From national recognition as the "DYFS Diva" to 7-figure law firm owner and now "Law Firm Mentor," Allison Williams, Esq. has lived (at least) three lives already! Allison gives us a rare and up-close glimpse of her personal struggles and challenges - and how she overcame them to live her best life.
Karianne Anthes is the co-owner of CrossFit Morristown (New Jersey) and BKØM Coaching. Karianne talks about her evolution from physical fitness to the active pursuit of personal development and fulfillment.
Faced with approaching her 40s without a mate, Amy Ottavinia shares every detail of her very personal experience having a baby on her own. If you find yourself in a similar situation, you don't have to forego children. Amy did it and so can you.
Elena Deutsch created WILL - Women Interested in Leaving (big) Law - to help women find their real passion and leave their big law jobs. However, she shares a sensitive childhood experience that makes her so qualified to coach women (and men) who are unhappy in law.
Fat loss and fitness coach Maria Gargiulo tells us how she transformed her body and her life. She went from fat to fab, left a toxic relationship, moved from Missouri to California and built a thriving coaching business. Find out how!