Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures: Stepping into a Brave New World

At the risk of sounding 104 years old, my how times have changed, even since I graduated from law school.  Economic hardship is shaping the way lawyers do business and how new and even seasoned lawyers are entering (or re-entering) an atrophied and evolving workforce.  These strained circumstances may give rise to greater professional creativity and risk taking.

I happen to know a little something about this, having been general counsel of a non-profit that went out of business.  Finding comparable work proved difficult and the competition for those limited positions was tough.  I did something radical and stopped to consider what I wanted my next professional step to be.  My original Plan A (to again serve as general counsel) soon gave way to my current plan – to build my own mediation and collaborative law practice.  If asked earlier in my career whether I would hang out my own shingle, I would have laughed at the ridiculous suggestion.  I have always preferred security and stability to the unknown.  But here I am and I am not alone.

So, now I am curious:

  1. Have you taken a professional leap?  If so, what was the leap and why did you take it?
  2. What have you found to be effective (and/or ineffective) marketing, networking and/or advertising strategies?

I hope to get enough information to share in an upcoming article.  Please send your response to  (It will also be interesting to see if anyone besides my wonderful, supportive family is reading my blog contributions.)

If you have leapt but the net has not quite appeared, I leave with you some parting thoughts.

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” -Albert Einstein

“I have failed many times, that is why I am a success.” -Michael Jordan

“Don’t crawl into bed with a pint of ice cream, a fifth of vodka and a bag of chips.  You will regret it in the morning.” -Christie Foppiano

Here’s to risk taking in our brave new world!  I will be waiting for your email.

By Christie M. Foppiano

Christie Foppiano

Foppiano Mediations

Christie M. Foppiano
Attorney and DRC Certified
Superior Court Mediator

Phone: 919.632.1715
Fax: 919.439.6429

PO Box 4661, Cary, NC 27519-4661

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