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Unlock the inner game of advocacy, the winning mindset, psychology and personal habits of highly successful attorneys. We are warriors. Litigation is a form of combat and hardship always accompanies battle. Fear. Dread. Vulnerability. Iron Advocates embrace those feelings while living an examined professional and personal life. For 26 years, Jeff Riebel and Bob Levant have engaged in a daily conversation about life in and out of the law. Each is a seasoned litigator. Bob has successfully defended cases including capital murder and secured numerous multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements in civil rights cases. Jeff typically represents clients in which marital estates worth tens of millions and sometimes billions of dollars are in dispute. His clients include CEOs, venture capitalists and other highly successful and well-known Californians. Join Jeff, Bob and their guests as they discuss how to kill it in the practice of law without it killing you.

Unlock the inner game of advocacy, the winning mindset, psychology and personal habits of highly successful attorneys. We are warriors. Litigation is a form of combat and hardship always accompanies battle. Fear. Dread. Vulnerability. Iron Advocates embrace those feelings while living an examined professional and personal life. For 26 years, Jeff Riebel and Bob Levant have engaged in a daily conversation about life in and out of the law. Each is a seasoned litigator. Bob has successfully defended cases including capital murder and secured numerous multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements in civil rights cases. Jeff typically represents clients in which marital estates worth tens of millions and sometimes billions of dollars are in dispute. His clients include CEOs, venture capitalists and other highly successful and well-known Californians. Join Jeff, Bob and their guests as they discuss how to kill it in the practice of law without it killing you.

Location:

United States

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Unlock the inner game of advocacy, the winning mindset, psychology and personal habits of highly successful attorneys. We are warriors. Litigation is a form of combat and hardship always accompanies battle. Fear. Dread. Vulnerability. Iron Advocates embrace those feelings while living an examined professional and personal life. For 26 years, Jeff Riebel and Bob Levant have engaged in a daily conversation about life in and out of the law. Each is a seasoned litigator. Bob has successfully defended cases including capital murder and secured numerous multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements in civil rights cases. Jeff typically represents clients in which marital estates worth tens of millions and sometimes billions of dollars are in dispute. His clients include CEOs, venture capitalists and other highly successful and well-known Californians. Join Jeff, Bob and their guests as they discuss how to kill it in the practice of law without it killing you.

Language:

English

Contact:

2154794603


Episodes

Ep. 28 - Christon Halkiotis

12/14/2020
Christon Halkiotis was a prosecutor for 15 years, handling the most serious criminal cases including drug investigations, sexual assault and murder. But one year ago, Christon decided to turn in her badge, open her own law office and she now defends the rights of those accused. Christon is a board certified criminal specialist practicing in Greensboro, North Carolina. In normal times, hanging out a shingle and building a law practice ain’t easy...during these challenging times, it’s a whole...

Duration:00:40:12

Ep. 27 - Ashley and Kim Kesner

12/6/2020
Ashley Kesner has battled alcohol and drug addiction as well as an eating disorder since her teenage years. Thanksgiving 2020 was Ashley’s 224th day sober. Ashley’s father, Kim Kesner, was an attorney for 40 years including 33 as solicitor to Clearfield County, Pennsylvania. Being the face of the law in a small rural community is extremely isolating. It also comes with the false perceptions of your community that because you are a lawyer...you must be rich. The pressures of the practice...

Duration:00:52:15

Ep. 26 - Michael Goldberg

12/1/2020
Michael Goldberg is a clinical therapist and performance enhancement specialist. Michael works with athletes, lawyers and highly successful business people to put their arms around anxiety and normalize it. Michael supports his individual clients as well as firms and organizations in creating a culture of identifying, talking about and welcoming the uninvited guests who will never leave...anxiety, fear and shame. Rather than pretend that they aren’t there...Michael shows his clients the...

Duration:00:38:54

Ep. 25 - Renee McDonald Hutchins

11/23/2020
Renee McDonald Hutchins has done it all in the law...and based upon her passion for the profession and vision for legal education in America, she is just getting started...Renee currently serves as Dean of UDC Law which is one of the nation’s 6 HBCU law schools. Dean Hutchins eloquently and thoughtfully dissects what is working within our profession as well as what we must do better, and differently, to meet the honorable mandates that come with being a lawyer. We put Dean Hutchins on the...

Duration:00:52:33

Ep 24 - Olivia Vizachero

11/8/2020
Olivia Vizachero currently finds herself atop the best seller charts with the just released book, #Networked. Olivia is one of 20 women lawyers who came together during the struggles of the pandemic and used the crisis as an opportunity for professional and personal growth. Each chapter of the book is authored by a different woman. Olivia Vizachero’s story in the law started at age 8 when she announced that she wanted to be a lawyer...what she didn’t know was that her journey through law...

Duration:00:41:26

Ep 23 - David Jaffe

10/21/2020
David Jaffe is the Associate Dean of Student Affairs at American University’s Washington College of Law. David is a pioneer who is on the cutting edge of the dialogue surrounding the connection between wellness and true success in the law. David shares his vision for sparking innovative conversations and designing unique coursework in law schools which will produce lawyers with a growth mindset as they blaze new trails within the profession. Our discussion is a realistic journey through the...

Duration:00:35:50

Ep 22 - Jen Riggs

10/15/2020
Jen Riggs graduated law school and dove head-first into stress as a public defender. During our conversation, Jen reflects on the burnout that came quickly. She walked away from the law without a plan and boarded a plane to London. This began Jen’s journey of deep personal growth that today finds her as an expert in mindfulness-based leadership development. Jen offers digestible reflections that she believes would have changed her life in the law had she known then what she knows now. Jen...

Duration:00:31:59

Ep 21 - Productivity

10/13/2020
In the fifth episode of Iron Advocate "Dialogue”, Bob and Jeff tackle the importance of Productivity. Join us for this episode of Iron Advocate as we continue to explore how lawyers can kill it in the practice of law without it killing us.

Duration:00:11:59

Ep 20 - Client Relationships

10/6/2020
In the fourth episode of Iron Advocate "Dialogue”, Bob and Jeff tackle the importance of Client Relationships. The three tenets/principles discussed are managing client expectations, not getting pulled into the client’s emotional reality, and establishing trust with the client. Join us for this episode of Iron Advocate as we continue to explore how lawyers can kill it in the practice of law without it killing us.

Duration:00:25:26

Ep 19 - Reactivity

10/1/2020
In the third episode of Iron Advocate "Dialogue”, Bob and Jeff tackle the importance of reactivity. Join us for this episode of Iron Advocate as we continue to explore how lawyers can kill it in the practice of law without it killing us.

Duration:00:12:55

Ep 18 - Kevin Curnin

9/28/2020
Kevin Curnin is the Founding Director of the Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP nationally acclaimed Public Service Project. Kevin spearheads a vast array of pro bono projects carried out by the lawyers at Stroock. This initiative sends Stroock lawyers into courtrooms to advocate for clients in education, housing, family and criminal matters, just to name a few. Kevin discusses the impact that handling pro bono matters has upon the lawyers involved, their clients and the firm culture. Kevin...

Duration:00:38:23

Ep 17 - Bob and Jeff - Dialogue #2 "The Value Of A Coach"

9/15/2020
In the second episode of Iron Advocate "Dialogue”, Bob and Jeff tackle the importance of emotional awareness, having a body/mind practice, mentoring/therapy and honing your vision. Join us for this episode of Iron Advocate as we continue to explore how lawyers can kill it in the practice of law without it killing us.

Duration:00:18:43

Ep 16 - Rich Negrin

8/31/2020
The conversation with Rich Negrin was inspirational, educational and unfiltered. Rich’s resiliency runs through the fabric of the dialogue. From the time he watched the brutal murder of his father at the age of 13 and finding himself a critical witness for the government in the ensuing prosecution, it seems Rich’s journey to the law was inevitable. But being a prosecutor was just the beginning of Rich Negrin’s service to others. After spending time at Morgan Lewis and serving as General...

Duration:00:57:39

Ep. 15 - Bob and Jeff - Dialogue #1 "Law Students"

8/19/2020
In the initial episode of Iron Advocate "Dialogue”, Bob and Jeff discuss 4 tenets of building a foundation for wellness and success in the law. Bob and Jeff tackle the importance of emotional awareness, having a body/mind practice, mentoring/therapy and honing your vision. Join us for this episode of Iron Advocate as we continue to explore how lawyers can kill it in the practice of law without it killing us.

Duration:00:19:33

Ep 15 - Wadud Ahmad

8/3/2020
Wadud Ahmad is the co-founder of the powerhouse law firm Ahmad and Zaffarese. What many in the law don’t know about Wadud is that he is an accomplished recording artist who spent a decade prior to law school traveling the globe in support of his music. Currently, Wadud is in the studio recording his new album titled The Loving. This episode opens with the world premiere of the single The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. The song launches us into a raw and honest conversation about racism,...

Duration:01:02:03

Ep 14 - Jim Leonard

7/21/2020
If Attorney James Leonard had a theme song...it would be My Way. Jim is counsel, adviser and friend to best selling author and reality television star, Teresa Giudice, of Real Housewives of New Jersey. Jim also counts rap artist Lil Kim and many politicians and power brokers as members of his client roster. Jim has taken the road less traveled and blazed his own trail in the practice of law. Six months after law school, Jim Leonard hung out a shingle and opened a practice...without a single...

Duration:01:07:31

Ep 13 - Judi Cohen

7/13/2020
After 30 years as an attorney, Judi Cohen left the practice of law to dedicate herself to Warrior One. Warrior One is the only mindfulness teacher training program in the world developed by lawyers for lawyers. In this episode, Judi unpacks the emotional baggage that prevents many of us from maximizing our success and happiness in the law. We dive deeply into the complex challenges facing lawyers and Judi shares wisdom, insight and practical tips for thriving rather than simply surviving....

Duration:00:58:49

Ep 12 - Ann O’Leary

7/6/2020
The ability to manage during a crisis is fundamental to effective leadership. As Chief of Staff to California Governor Gavin Newsome, Ann O’Leary finds herself leading a statewide team as they engage in a battle to control the deadly spread of Coronavirus. Ann recounts the decision-making process that led Governor Newsome to make California the first state in the country to order a shutdown. Ann also gives us real-time analysis as California sees a new wave of Coronavirus cases. Ann O’Leary...

Duration:00:28:06

Ep 11 - Bree Buchanan

6/28/2020
Bree Buchanan is the Co-Chair and Founder of the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being. In 2017, the American Bar Association sanctioned Task Force published the most comprehensive report to date detailing the critical need for the legal profession to address alarming rates of addiction, depression and suicide amongst its members. The Report paints a worrisome picture while also offering thoughtful insights into what can be done to make systemic change to the culture within the legal...

Duration:01:00:20

Ep 10 - Kevin Harden

6/21/2020
The theme of this episode is grit...and Kevin Harden defines the word. Kevin has lived an extraordinary life...packing experiences worthy of a movie into his 34 years. In May 2019, Kevin stood with his client, Terrence Lewis, as a judge freed Mr. Lewis who had served 21 years of a life sentence for a crime he did not commit. Kevin shares the shocking tale of Mr. Lewis who was proclaimed factually innocent by a federal judge in 2008 yet served an additional 10 years as an innocent man because...

Duration:01:14:59