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I look pretty happy in that picture, don’t I?
Well, rewind just 5 years to when I first passed the bar and started practicing law, and you’d see a completely different picture. A few months into being a new lawyer, I found myself in a weird place. I was unhappy, stressed, and unfulfilled all the time. At first, I brushed it off to being a baby lawyer. But when thos feelings persisted for years, I had to figure out what was going on. In 2014, I left the firm I was working for, opened my own practice, and switched from practicing Family Law and civil litigation to focusing on Fashion Law.
While running my own practice eased the feelings of unhappiness, it didn’t completely eliminate them. It took me a few more years to realize that it wasn’t the lack of experience or my chosen practice areas that made me unhappy, it was the entire practice of law. That was a huge pill to swallow.
But I put my big girl pants on and decided to do something about it. I realized that I couldn’t be the only one going through that experience so I launched this podcast in March 2015 in an effort to reach out to and speak with other young lawyers who were feeling the same thing BUT who decided to do something about it! I wanted to hear their stories and be inspired by them. You can read more about the podcast here.
Well it worked! After 5 years of practicing law, I finally decided to quit the practice of law. I launched my new business called Abboud Media where I help lawyers build their brands, position themselves as authorities, and grow their businesses using video branding and marketing.
I have 2 siblings (I’m the middle child!), 2 adorable nephews, and I run for fun. I’m a new YouTuber as well. I’ve been vlogging about my journey out of the law and documenting as I build my new business. You can follow along on my journey on YouTube here.