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The Powerful Role of Kindness in Your Legal Career with JoAnn Holmes [GWL 89]

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Our guest today is JoAnn Holmes. She is the founder of Holmes at Law, where she focuses primarily on business law and contracts, trademark and copyright, and software and tech.

After working as in-house counsel for approximately 15 years, Jo decided to take a summer off to figure out what she really wanted to do and then returned and opened her own solo practice.

What we chat about:

  • How she managed taking the bar, finding and starting a new job while pregnant
  • How the acts of kindness of others helped her establish her legal career and why she is now paying it forward
  • How to overcome a scarcity mindset and live a life of service
  • Her belief that to whom much is given, much is expected
  • How Jo gets down and dirty with her community service
  •  Why she’s been looking forward to her 40’s for a while
  • What we can learn from wanting to go back and speak to our 22-year old selves
  • How to turn your anxiety, nerves, and worry about your life and career into positive energy to overcome challenge
  • How Jo gained sufficient confidence in her decision making as a lawyer
  • Jo shares great advice for women entrepreneurs
  • How she reached the decision to leave her in-house counsel position and eventually open her own practice

Contact Information:


Facebook and Twitter @holmesatlaw

LinkedIn: JoAnn Holmes

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1 Comment

  1. February 6, 2017    

    Thanks for having me on the podcast, Nicole! You’re a great interviewer, and I’m delighted by your success.

    I’m happy to be a resource to your network of podcast listeners.  As I said, “You don’t get what you deserve. You get what you negotiate.” Here’s to everyone negotiating their value.


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