"Irene painstakingly worked with me to maintain my practice through difficult times. Irene offers the accountability and advice necessary to develop your practice to its potential."
Daniel J. Mol
Barrister & Solicitor
"For 34 years I had a successful law practice in Southeastern Washington, and have, relatively recently, retired. For a number of years preceding my retirement, I had the privilege of working with Irene Leonard. If you go on Irene’s website, you can read other testimonials about their experiences with Irene. I would echo many of the observations and sentiments expressed by other clients.
"For me, working with Irene was especially gratifying because she worked with me during some difficult years during which I contemplated and made some difficult decisions about the direction of my practice. The practice of law, as many of you know, is so much more than just being able to recall and apply esoteric principles. It is about dealing with people in difficult situations, balancing the practice with having a healthy family and personal life, and…making money.
"Irene was an invaluable resource to me during those times. She was a careful listener, always prepared for our regular telephone calls, extremely knowledgeable, and asked great questions that, always, got to the heart of the matter. And, in addition to her professionalism and her insightfulness, she is an incredibly compassionate person who cares about the well-being and success of her clients. Making the decision to utilize Irene’s services was one of the best decisions of my legal career.
Robert D. Merriman,
"Irene listens carefully and uses her expertise to provide the tools you need to grow your business and make successful decisions. I highly recommend her!"
"I worked with Irene Leonard for 3 years, first while working at a small firm, and then transitioning to my solo practice. There have been many benefits to working with Irene to start and build my practice; I would like to point out three in particular. First, Irene has taught me a tremendous amount about networking and marketing my practice. In my book she is an “expert” in these areas; not only does she continually educate herself about current trends and strategies, she has a unique ability to apply such information to the specifics of my circumstances at the time and to communicate them to me in an understandable way that I could immediately apply to my practice. Secondly, Irene is a very good guide in goal setting and accountability, including creating strategic plans to achieve such goals, and measuring progress. Thirdly, Irene provided crucial guidance to me on the business side of my practice; she guided me in understanding the metrics that told me if my practice was reaching the financial and administrative goals that I set for myself, and what adjustments and changes I might want to make to attain future business and financial goals. Maybe most importantly, the result of my work with Irene is that I have grown in confidence from an attorney who never thought she wanted to have her own practice, to today where I have succeeded in opening my practice, I am enjoying it, and it is growing in the ways that I wish; this has been indispensable. Thank you, Irene!"
"Irene, I am truly, truly, glad I won that coaching session gift that you contributed to the KCBA Solo 2010 Holiday Party. It has been a very wonderful year for my business this year thanks to your superb business coaching."
"Hiring Irene Leonard as my business coach is without a doubt the best decision I have made since starting my practice. I have been working with Irene since 2010 and have come to rely on her weekly advice as an invaluable part of my practice. Her background as a former in-house counsel, her extensive experience with lawyers and the way they think and operate, and her ability to think outside the box all raise my level of thinking about issues every time we talk.
"Irene's approach to coaching is not just about the professional, but takes all of my goals in life into account in helping me make the best decisions and adopt the best approaches for my practice. The best testament to her coaching may be that as issues come up that I want input on, her voice is inside my head telling me the questions to ask, how to approach the issue, and asking me what I want from the outcome. Her coaching style is to constantly ask questions to help me work through the issue -- she listens exceptionally well, and encourages me to talk through the challenges we all face but are afraid to discuss in the practice of law. Then she provides her perspective. I would liken her ability to cut through the noise and to hone in on the real issue to a great trial lawyer's ability to cull an enormous set of facts into an opening statement for a jury. She's that good. Irene is professional, thoughtful, experienced, grounded and real.
"I had no real understanding of how coaching worked when I started looking for a coach, but knew I needed someone to help me guide and focus my practice. I would recommend Irene to any lawyer I know who wants to increase their business in a manner that's consistent with what they want from life -- whether you are in your own practice, or a small or large firm."
"I've worked with Irene for close to a year. Since working with her,I've learned how to communicate clearly with clients about money, be realistic about the work I can take on, and most important, learned how to say "no" to clients who won't be a good fit for me. Irene is excellent for helping me maintain constant awareness of the development of my practice. I have better work-life boundaries after working with her, and enjoy my work much more. She is terrific! I highly recommend her."
"Although Irene has many clients, she always takes the time to stay current and focused on the specifics of what is happening in my life and practice. She not only gives me strategies for changing old habits, but constructively challenges my preconceptions so that I see the value and productiveness of new approaches to practice management, client relations and marketing. Irene is just as open to change as she expects me to be, and if certain strategies do not fit my circumstances or personal strengths, she works with me to develop ones that do fit. Irene stays in my corner, but never tells me only what I want to hear. She always makes the effort to accommodate my ever-changing schedule. I value her insight and personal attention."
"I came to Irene with specific areas of my practice that I wanted to improve. She listened, came up with ideas and new ways of looking at the issues, and helped me to make rapid, measurable, positive changes. Thank you Irene!"
Shareholder at Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf
"I was skeptical about professional coaching until I tried it and it worked! When I started coaching with Irene Leonard, my law practice depended on work referred by senior partners in my firm. I wanted to develop into a cornerstone partner of my law firm, while at the same time balancing my family life with a husband and two children under the age of seven. I exceeded my goals through Irene's coaching, growing my annual client “source” fees from $130,000 to almost $500,000.
"I could not have done this without Irene's help. She pushed me to take actions outside my comfort zone. Some examples include sending birthday cards to clients, calling up other lawyers and asking for referrals, and asking existing clients for more business. Irene coached me through my resistance to engage in business marketing activities. Working with Irene made me think "wider" and develop a more successful law practice.
"Hi, my name's Katie Evans, and I want to recommend Irene Leonard to everybody. She coached me for several months and got me up off the dime so many times. She's a great inspiration. She will produce for you and help you to create more of a business than you ever thought you could. Call Irene!"
"I recommend Irene Leonard as a business coach since she has been a tremendous help to my business and personal life. Irene has gently pushed me over the past 5 years to get out of my comfort zone and grow both personally and professionally. She has helped me keep calm and think positive through this rocky economy. With Irene's background as an attorney and business person she brings a lot of experience and wisdom to our conversations."
"Irene took a risk with me — I'm a writer, not a lawyer. I found that her coaching experience and techniques are just what I needed! Writing a book is hard work and can take a long time. So I had to find, inside myself, the motivation and persistence and determination to keep going, week after week, chapter after chapter. When I was down, distracted, convinced I could never finish this project, Irene helped me think through my values and plan my time. Her most lasting influence came when she introduced me to the idea of gremlins, those nasty voices inside your head that hold you back. She showed me how to tame my gremlins. For that, and all her other help, I am very grateful! Thanks to her, I finished my novel, and it was chosen by Random House for publication in January 2011. Happy ending!"
"I was facing a career change and hired Irene on the recommendation of a friend. At the time, I was opening up a practice as a sole practitioner and wanted ideas of how to go about it. Irene was the perfect fit; as a former attorney and a current sole business owner, she had just the insight and advice I needed. As time went on and I realized that being a sole practitioner was not for me, she helped coach me in the area of job searching during a very challenging economy. Her advice and encouragement helped me branch out and try things I had been scared to try even in a good economy. She is great at clarifying your vision of where you want to go and providing you the steps to get there."
"Irene Leonard's coaching resulted in my challenging assumptions I had no idea I had — assumptions about what success was supposed to look like, and what I needed to do to achieve that success. Our coaching sessions resulted in my having a more authentic life, both at work and outside of work. Irene garnered an accurate understanding of my situation through intense listening and intuition, asked questions where I needed to be challenged, and provided valuable suggestions when I needed practical advice. I would recommend Irene's coaching for any lawyer or other professional seeking focus and clarity for their professional life."
"Irene is incredibly easy to work with. She approaches each client and their business individually. There is no one-size-fits-all approach with Irene. She listens and then tailors recommendations for each client. Her knowledgeable, creative encouragement is a must for new and experienced business owners alike."
Estate Planning/Elder Law Attorney Seattle, WA
"Thanks for your ongoing support and assistance. I appreciate your time and interest in my progress and development. The process of growth and change is an interesting one. At times very slow, other times quite dramatic. I am moving forward and continuing to see real growth in both my professional and personal development. I wish you every success."
"Your coaching has made a massive difference in the way I see my worth to clients. Thanks to you and our work together, I've hit professional and financial goals that once seemed out of reach. Imagine - paying off one's student loans in two years rather than in the nine left on my payment plan. A real achievement!"
"Irene's expertise with simple yet powerful questions always brings clarity and focus to my thinking. It may be unusual for others, but I consistently have an "ah ha" moment in my calls with Irene. Just as important, she truly believes in my best self and helps me bring that forth even more. I am addicted to the effectiveness of this process. All lawyers should be so lucky as to have a coach as excellent as Irene."
"I just had to say a special 'thank you' for the coaching over the last few months. The changes I have made as a result of the coaching have brought peace into my daily life and allowed me to creatively express myself again in my work, with my clients and with my staff.
"For the first time in five years, I am taking a real one week vacation – no work! With the new rates in place, I will be fine financially. With my better managed schedule, work will be busy before and after, but it is manageable and reasonable. With my self-care in place, I am not heading into vacation completely exhausted. Woo Hoo!
"The best part of this entire experience is how I feel about me – I am delighted with living my own dream and energized by how I feel inside of me!"
"What I liked most about Irene is her passion for her work and the obvious care she has for her clients. She listens and pays attention to who you are as an individual and caters her coaching to fit your specific needs. Her skills in coaching helped keep me on track and focused on my goals. She also helped me face realities that I sometimes wanted to ignore, and I was clearly better off for facing them straight on. Her consistent 'can do' attitude and encouragement were invaluable to my success. I wholeheartedly recommend Irene to anyone in transition, considering making a transition or just trying to grow or improve any situation, personally or professionally."
"Irene, I just want to thank you for all your help, guidance and encouragement that you give me week after week. Today I had a big federal court oral argument and for the first time ever I walked into a federal courthouse wearing a size 6 suit!! My admission to the federal court was just after my daughter was born and that suit was a size 14. Thank you for your role in helping me to achieve this goal. It has made a big difference to me in the big picture. I argued like I felt; and I felt great!!"
"Working with Irene has helped me bring out the best in my practice and focus on the work I love to do most. In the process, I've learned to serve my clients better, gained insight into my business, and improved my bottom line.”
"When initially embarking on my law career, my first thought was to find a Career Coach to help me in this daunting endeavor. My extensive search came to an end the moment I spoke with Irene. Being a former attorney gives Irene an advantage over most professionals in her industry because she intimately understands the legal world. She is able to readily connect on a personal level as well, and was a pleasure to work with. After every session I was armed with a definite path to reach my goals, and felt better for having talked with her. Irene made me think, then stop to look at my life from a different angle—my view of the world was always clearer after every session. She was not afraid to give an honest opinion, and always helped me find more than one way to turn a negative into a positive. Irene did not stop at employment counseling however; her analysis covered all aspects of my life and made me accountable for changes I wished to make in my personal life as well.
Irene taught me to aim high and find the job I deserve. She taught me how to balance my personal life with my professional world. Most importantly, Irene always put things into perspective for me. She is, without a doubt, worth her weight in gold!
I can enthusiastically recommend Irene Leonard to anybody seeking a better professional and personal life!"
"I have greatly enjoyed, and also benefited from, my coaching relationship with Irene Leonard. Her creativity, resourcefulness and advocacy on my behalf has been a tremendous boost to my law practice. I am earning more money, taking more vacation, and enjoying my practice more than I ever have!"
"I am a senior lawyer with a very busy general solicitor's practice in my
own firm. I have retained Irene to coach me for law practice management
and staffing issues on a couple of occasions over the last eight years.
While the results in a couple of cases were dramatically different from
what I originally expected, I was satisfied with the outcome. I might
have come to the same conclusions on my own, but I am convinced that,
without Irene's guidance, it would have taken me much longer and I would
have paid out or lost a great deal more money in the interval. Irene
provided tremendous assistance and encouragement to me, leaving me more
confident in the outcomes."
Surrey, British Columbia
"I have worked with Irene for over 4 years and continue to gain insights and move forward toward my goals with every call. Recently, while working with her I was able to gather steam on a project that had been hanging over my head for many years. The exhibition and party came together quite easily once I found the inspiration and worked through my anxieties with Irene's guidance. Thanks Irene!"
"If you are starting a new phase in your personal life or practice, I highly recommend utilizing Irene Leonard as your professional coach. She helped me evaluate what was working and what was not working in my practice. She helped me develop a plan that I could achieve, and she kept me accountable for accomplishing the changes. Because she is a lawyer, she understands that industry and the ebbs and flows of a legal practice. She helped me go to the next level.
"If your hesitation is about giving up time out of your already crammed schedule that is all the more reason to hire her – with a little help from Irene in the time management arena you will have MORE time, not less."
Louise S. Tieman
Executive Vice President & CFO
Puget Sound Area
"Thank you for working with me over the past year. Through our work I feel that I can be successful as I start a new business, become a mom, and continue practicing law part-time. By working with you I now have access to more skills and tools to handle the types of anxieties, tough decisions, and internal and external forces that made me feel stuck at this time last year. With these skills and tools I am confident I'll be able to handle challenges and opportunities that arise in the future."
"Irene Leonard is a coach for lawyers getting started in practice. My
impression is that she coaches many lady lawyers, who are starting their
practice, and a few guys like me. My point of view is that her fees pay for
themselves many times over and in a very short period of time. I like her
law practice tips, but her one on one coaching is much better. You may wish
to call her, or send her an email, for some first class help."
"Once I decided it was time to make a job change, I committed to myself to
make sure I found an opportunity best suited for me. Irene took the time to
learn about me and help identify my values, interests and skills. With
these clearly established, she was there every week for me to discuss my
progress, learn from my new discoveries (both about the job search and about
myself), and apply them going forward. The result was a new job in an
industry I am passionate about, a role that utilizes my skills and a company
that shares my values. A very gratifying experience for me.
I am really enjoying my work here and look forward to coming to work every
Panattoni Development Company
"The business results and the enjoyment of my law practice have improved
greatly as a result of your coaching – just wanted to let you know that your
encouragement, insights and practical tips played a big role in my decision
to go after this major case and in how I have managed my practice to do my
best for the client."
"As an associate attorney in my 30's living on a tight budget in the San Francisco Bay Area, it was not an easy decision for me reach into my own pocket and come up with the funds to hire Irene. Six months later, the investment has paid off big time – as I was just made a partner in my law firm.
Since Irene herself was a principal in a law firm, she is the ideal coach to help an associate evaluate whether he or she wants to become a partner in a law firm and then develop the plan to attain that goal. As a bonus, Irene has good insights into male/female relationships so I was able to work on "balancing my life" away from work too.
I will continue to keep Irene as a coach to help me meet the new challenges of partnership."
Todd A. Goluba
Partner, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo, Pleasanton, CA
"Working with Irene has been a catalyst for personal growth as well as for our business. Her insight, intelligence and positive attitude have helped us handle specific challenges like marketing, personnel, and ownership transition. At the same time, Irene has helped me clarify my personal strengths and values and challenged me to align what I do with what I love."
"I knew I didn't want to continue doing commercial law at a large law firm, but it wasn't clear to me what I wanted to do instead. Irene helped me discern my next steps, and I've now opened my own law and mediation firm."
"Working with Irene has been both challenging and exciting. Together we have built upon what I know and how I learn. Not only does Irene listen but she really pays attention. I have appreciated her honesty and candor.
Through this process I have discovered an application far beyond my original intention in working with a coach. Irene's coaching has expanded my perspective - of myself and the world - and I will carry that with me for the rest of my life."
"I have continued to work with Ms. Leonard since opening my office on September 15, 2003, and consider her an integral part of my practice and my success. Our coaching sessions invariably give me a calming sense of perspective, allow me to generate new solutions and strategies, and encourage me to question any limiting beliefs. She has encouraged my own self-discovery and holds me accountable for my goals and clarifying what I wish to achieve. I have benefited tremendously from her experience and from her skill as a coach."
"Irene's talent as a coach has helped me discover my own strengths in practice development. As a lawyer, Irene already had a jump start in fully understanding my professional life. She is fluent in the language of "value proposition" and has helped me create a much more rewarding, focused law practice."
Richard C. Bruder
Senior partner in a midsized, Midwestern law firm
"I began work with Irene when I first opened my law practice and I lacked all experience as a practicing attorney. Irene's encouragement and support, as well as her willingness to stick with me during my intense periods of resistance, have been instrumental in the success of my practice. I truly believe I couldn't have made it this far, feeling so successful, without Irene's incredible coaching abilities."
It has been such a valuable experience for me, both personally and professionally, to experience your unique and effective coaching service. I found your ideas would shift my thinking outside of the box, and help identify creative solutions myself in an empowering way. Being able to turn to you each week has provided me with a perspective that encouraged discipline, self-respect, responsibility and inner strength to know how to handle the inevitable problems that come with owning a small business. You have been like a solution-oriented Board of Directors for me at a fraction of the cost.
"Thank you for your valuable support these past months. I will continue to implement your techniques and ideas long into the future."
"I really benefit from knowing that our convenient weekly phone call is scheduled as a "standing meeting," and that I'll come out of the discussion with very concrete goals for the coming week and can use Irene to keep myself accountable for making real progress each week. She doesn't miss a thing when it comes to continuity of direction and goals. She calls my bluff, pulls no punches, and is very frank and quick." 2002
"Irene has been such a tremendous help to me as I decided to make a huge change in my life and leave a career that was very successful ... but one that really was not a great fit for me. She has helped me identify my personal values and priorities, and her perceptive guidance and great reading suggestions have brought me to a new point in my life - a much happier one. Thanks, Irene!"
"Some lawyers have studied motivation, know what their mission in the law
is, and go to the office every day eager to meet their career goals and
aspirations. Most of us would benefit from the professional services of a
personal coach, who is a lawyer. We would benefit from someone who has a
breadth of experience setting your personal chemistry just right for maximum
performance and satisfaction. Irene Leonard will study your practice, help
you find your motivational engine and help you point your career towards
greater effectiveness, income and satisfaction. In most of our practices,
even a few percentage points of improved performance translates into
substantial gains in income and success. Irene helped me achieve
substantial performance improvements with commensurate personal and
professional success. She can help you get there."
"I started consulting with Irene Leonard 3 years ago. My law practice had
become somewhat stagnant and I was not really enjoying what I was doing.
With Irene's assistance, I have been able to establish a more focused
practice, which is now thriving. I look forward to coming to the office
each day and am enjoying life more than ever."
"Thank you for being both an outstanding, insightful coach and an excellent
role model as I continue my journey to becoming a professional coach with a
thriving practice. I appreciate the manner in which you masterfully
demonstrate the art and techniques of coaching in every session. I am
inspired by your example that it is possible to make a living doing
something that we both so clearly love... coaching.
Your high level of professionalism, your commitment to coaching and to your
clients make it a pleasure to refer other coaches and aspiring coaches to
you. Your dedication to learning and your generosity for sharing and
supporting growth ensure that your clients benefit.
I look forward to our on-going coaching relationship as I take my life and
my business towards their full promise and potential."
"Irene's coaching has re-tooled my thinking towards the practice of law to
the point that I love, not loathe what I'm doing. I relish our weekly
coaching sessions. They serve as an empathic, non-judgmental environment in
which I can freely verbalize my fears, frustrations and accomplishments.
I initially asked Irene to help me market my new practice. With her guidance,
marketing has simply become part of who I am and what I do in my practice,
and our weekly sessions quickly moved to cover new ground. I have come to
find Irene's coaching an indispensable part of my practice. I would highly
recommend coaching as a practice tool, and Irene as a coach."
"My sessions with Irene have improved my marketing skills dramatically by teaching me to treat every client interaction as a marketing opportunity and to create additional marketing opportunities that do not necessarily involve "traditional" marketing events."
"I am an attorney in Bellevue, WA. My situation at times can get a little confusing regarding the different priorities we all have to deal with in our roles as attorneys and business people. Irene was immediately tuned to the types of issues that affect the career of attorneys since she herself was a practicing lawyer. She was able to help sort out the internal conflicts that we all deal with and helped me gain focus. She facilitated the process of understanding my individual values and core beliefs. This was the key to beginning to understand where I needed to go and what options I had for getting there. The concept of a career coach was new to me, but once we started working together it became clear that the benefits would be great."
Don O. Del Rio
Attorney at Law
"Through my work with Irene, I have developed techniques that help me
more effectively set expectations and to deliver feedback; I have
increased my awareness of and ability to recognize opportunities to
practice new behaviors I am learning. Irene has been particularly
supportive by keeping track and reminding me of my successes; this
helps me take the next steps with more courage.
"The opportunity to think out loud with her helps me gain clarity about
particular problems or issues and to develop strategies to move
forward. Irene asks challenging questions and encourages me to take
risks and at the same time is very helpful and supportive."
Betty A. Wiese
Environmental Protection Agency
"You helped me examine many possibilities and to accomplish much during my year-long transition from one profession to another. Thank you for being there, for supporting me, and challenging me to do my best."
"I have found working with Irene to be invaluable. I have doubled and quadrupled my efforts to get my business objectives met and not at the expense of my other life areas but have also enhanced the rest of my life."
"You've also been a great sounding board, Irene. The old adage that two heads are better than one has lot of substance .... You've helped me think through critical issues that have a major impact on my professional success and personal life."
Gregg W. Arnold
President, Rainmaker Marketing, Inc.
"I found the coaching process with Irene ... helped me to explore, determine, and actualize many personal and professional commitments. I strongly recommend coaching - especially for people eager to evolve to a higher level of personal and professional satisfaction."
"As my coach, Irene has done a tremendous job in helping realign my personal life by being a resourceful sounding board and an action-taking catalyst. Her approach is straightforward and goal-oriented. where results are easily measurable."
"Being in business for yourself takes an enormous amount of time and effort to be successful. If you are like me you are so busy tending to everyday business it is hard to stay focused on how or what you can do to make your business more profitable. Working with Irene has been very beneficial to my business. Irene has helped me stay focused on growing my business by working smarter not harder.... Do you and your business a favor by calling Irene today. I believe you will be pleased with the results. I am!"
"The workshop for my district Managers was fabulous. Everyone says that they want to do this again, and I think that the repetitiveness of it is very, very helpful and effective. Your skills really shine and I think you are making a very big difference for them. The things they're getting out of this are skills they can take with them throughout the rest of their work life – and they are really lucky."
"Irene really is insightful and a good mediator. She offers a really good forum for us to meet weekly to discuss short & long term goals. I find that I hear things from Jim that I didn't know he was thinking.
It's an organized weekly phone call ... geared toward corporate direction and individual leadership growth. Irene ... draws the answer and direction out of each client and helps them move themselves forward. The weekly consistency really drives the process forward effectively."
President, Old Mission Designs, Inc.
"You played a large part in helping us to achieve our goals. You were able to maintain some degree of order while allowing all the participants to contribute in a way in which they felt recognized and their input valued.... Your perseverance would not allow us to rest on our insights. We appreciate your gentle insistence on our devising a concrete plan of action."
First Vice President of the Allied Arts of Seattle
"The tools that Irene shared with our management group during a business planning session enabled us to quickly identify core areas of focus. She also provided very simple ways for us to continue growth and accountability of our services."
Commercial Leasing Manager of Collier's International
"I enjoyed your presentation last evening and took the opportunity to discuss its content with my staff this morning. Now that we have identified a possible underlying reason, I am hopeful that we will work toward achieving the solution. I appreciate you providing the catalyst for the discussion!"
"A belated thank-you for the great job you did hosting and leading the ethics CLE. I expected to be bored but instead was treated to a lively and intelligent discussion. When you plan another one, let me know!"
"So often in the practice of law lawyers only focus on the next file pressing on their desks. No wonder depression and a lack of fulfillment are quite common in the legal community. Ms. Leonard's program provides a process for identifying one's goals in a legal practice and how best to enjoy the journey towards those goals. A very worthwhile program!"
Patrick Julian, B.C., Canada
Law Firm Partner & Lawyer
"I was skeptical (a valuable trait of a good lawyer), but I wanted to attend the meeting and hear your presentation. I must say that you impressed me with your presentation and the way you handled questions and challenges."
Harley D. Sinclair
Business Lawyer, Godinho, Sinclair
"I . . . thank you for your highly motivational and inspirational presentation that I attended recently. I was able to use your ideas and suggestions when I returned to the office and participated in a planning session with my staff."