Stephanie Everett

Stephanie Everett

Host of Lawyerist Podcast

Stephanie Everett leads the Lawyerist community and Lawyerist Lab. She is the co-author of Lawyerist’s new book The Small Firm Roadmap and is a regular keynote speaker at legal conferences and CLEs.

Stephanie practiced at a big law firm for five years before co-founding her own firm. As the managing partner, Stephanie watched her firm grow from two lawyers to a team of twenty in just seven years.

Her passion for owning and operating a law firm eventually led her to open a consulting practice, where she focused on helping lawyers learn how to run their own firms. From there, working with the State Bar of Georgia, the Georgia Supreme Court, and Georgia’s five law schools, Stephanie designed and launched Lawyers for Equal Justice, an incubator helping newer lawyers start socially conscious law firms.

Stephanie graduated cum laude from Georgia State University College of Law, where she was the symposium editor of the Georgia State Law Review. She is the current treasurer and on the board of directors of the Sigma Sigma Sigma Foundation. She is also a board member and former president of the Georgia State Law Alumni Council. During her career as a lawyer, Stephanie has been recognized as a Rising Star and a Super Lawyer, was named as a top lawyer of the year by Georgia Trends magazine, and was a recipient of the Fastcase 50 Award for law and technology.

Stephanie and her husband, Jason, both avid Texas Hold’em players, own a craft beer distributorship, serving the states of Georgia and Alabama. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her daughter–as long as it doesn’t involve running–in her home city of Atlanta.

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January 26, 2023

#428: Behind the Scenes of a $100M Verdict, with Ryan McKeen

Believe it or not, securing a $100 million dollar verdict is not an overnight project. Today Stephanie talks with Lawyerist Lab coach Ryan McKeen about how he built his personal injury firm...

January 19, 2023

#427: Better Decisions, Less Fatigue, with Nika Kabiri

Just like the body gets tired after a workout, the brain gets tired from making too many decisions. Stephanie talks with Decision Scientist Nika Kabiri about what decision fatigue actually is and...

January 12, 2023

#426: Leveraging LinkedIn as a Lawyer, with Amy Grubb

You probably have a LinkedIn profile. But, are you using it in a way that helps build your client portfolio, brand, and business? In this episode, meet new Lawyerist Lab coach Amy...

January 5, 2023

#425: The Making of a Merger, with Debbie Foster

Debbie Foster, managing partner at Affinity Consulting, joins Stephanie to share some big news. They detail how to best prepare your team for a merger through honesty and open communication. And outline...

December 22, 2022

#423: Bridging the Access to Justice Gap with Technology, with Sateesh Nori

Attorneys have a unique opportunity to use their skills for the good of others. And Sateesh Nori, Executive Director of JustFix, has worked his entire career doing just that. Sateesh spent 20...

December 15, 2022

#422: Know Your Team, Grow Your Firm, with Spencer Schmidt

How well do you know your team? Do they know you care about them? Did you know your relationship with your team can actually impact your bottom line?  In this episode, Sara...

December 8, 2022

#421: Leading Your Firm Through Adolescence, with Karen Graves

You’re no longer in start-up mode for your firm. You’ve grown and stretched and you’re ready to level up. So what’s next?  In this episode, Stephanie talks with Karen Graves, Lawyerist’s newest...

December 1, 2022

#419: Free Yourself from Productivity, with Oliver Burkeman

Is your to-do list never-ending? When was the last time you really felt productive? When we are constantly trying to get things off our list, the list seems to only grow longer.  ...

November 24, 2022

#418: More Income, Fewer Taxes, with Bernadette Harris

Financial Coach Bernadette Harris shares end of year financial considerations, including paying less in taxes while increasing income.

November 3, 2022

#415: Negotiating the Sweet Spot, with Leigh Thompson

In a negotiation, each party wants something. Discovering how to make it a win-win situation, aka finding the sweet spot, is the key. Today, Stephanie talks with author and professor Leigh Thompson...

October 27, 2022

#414: Why You Need an Integrator, with Jasmine Prout

What is an integrator? What does an integrator do? Does your team need one?  Sara Muender talks with Jasmine Jowers Prout, Operations Director of The Gober Group, about the importance of having...

October 20, 2022

#412: Challenging Hyper-Growth Mentality, with Paul Jarvis

How much growth is the right amount? How will you know when your business has grown enough? In this episode, Stephanie talks with Paul Jarvis, author and co-founder of Fathom Analytics, about...

October 13, 2022

#411: Staying Entrepreneurial at a Bigger Firm, with Nick Pleasants

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October 12, 2022

Clio Cloud 2022: Managing Client Expectations for Long Term Success

Lack of communication and surprisingly large bills are often major sources of complaint for law firm clients, but it doesn’t have to be that way! Attorneys Shreya and Colin Ley share their...

October 11, 2022

Clio Cloud 2022: How to Get Paid for Your Legal Services—Without the Chase

Creating a happy path from intake to invoice makes firm processes easy and efficient, but how do you get there? Hosts Laurence Colletti and Stephanie Everett talk with Adrian Francis and Raquel...

October 11, 2022

Clio Cloud 2022: Decision Science with Nika Kabiri

Bad decision making is a very human problem, but that doesn’t mean we can’t override our natural tendencies and make successful choices. Host Stephanie Everett taps into Nika Kabiri’s insights on science-based...

October 6, 2022

#409: PR: Your Marketing Puzzle’s Missing Piece, with Pam Perry

People don’t connect with brands, they connect with people. So, are you telling your story in a way that truly resonates with potential clients?

September 29, 2022

#408: Make Your Core Values Work for You, with Fiona McEntee

Do you treat your firm’s core values as the guiding principles they are designed to be? On this episode, Stephanie talks with Lawyerist Lab member Fiona McEntee about how, once she settled...

September 22, 2022

#407: Serving Clients Through Alternative Business Structures, with Mike Payne and Chad Huebsch

In this episode, Stephanie talks with owners of BOSS advisors, Lawyerist Lab member Mike Payne and non-attorney business partner Chad Huebsch, about how they found streamlined success through an alternative business structure.

September 15, 2022

#406: Harnessing Anxiety for Good, with Dr. Wendy Suzuki

On this week’s episode, Stephanie chats with Dr. Wendy Suzuki, author of Good Anxiety and Professor of Neural Science and Psychology at New York University. Listen and learn about the root causes...

September 8, 2022

#405: The Diverse Ways People Think, with Temple Grandin

Zack talks with Dr. Temple Gradin, academic, animal behaviorist, and Autism rights proponent, about different types of thinkers, the strengths they bring, and why it’s important to have different thinkers on your...

September 1, 2022

#404: The Other F-Word: Protecting Your Business from Fraud, with Bernadette Harris

In this episode, Stephanie talks with Lawyerist Lab Financial Coach Bernadette Harris about protecting your firm from fraud. She explains how to implement proper procedures and financial safeguards, the benefits of outsourcing...

August 25, 2022

#402: Why Conviction Review Units Matter, with Sunny Eaton

There is a lot to consider when dealing with criminal law. In today’s episode, Zack talks with Sunny Eaton, director of the Conviction Review Unit in Nashville, TN, about what this unit...

August 18, 2022

#401: How to Value Your Law Firm, with Tom Lenfestey

In this episode, Stephanie talks with Tom Lenfestey about the marketable value of law firms and how to value your firm.

August 11, 2022

#400: Get Beyond the Billable Hour, with Ron Baker

In this episode, Stephanie talks to Ron Baker about better alternatives to the billable hour and how to get there.

August 4, 2022

#399: When Business Partnerships Break Up, with Ryan McKeen, Meghan Freed, and Kristen Marcroft

In this episode, Ryan McKeen and his former firm partners discuss starting, separating, and building successful separate practices.

July 21, 2022

#397: Hiring a Legal Administrator Can Increase Your Bottom Line, with Matthew Sullivan

Stephanie talks with Matthew Sullivan about the importance of a legal administrators and the future of executive functions in law firms.

July 14, 2022

#396: How My Life (and Law Practice) Changed When I Became a Sober Lawyer, with Sarah Soucie Eyberg

In this episode, Sara talks with social security disability attorney, Sarah Soucie Eyberg, about her sobriety journey while practicing law and what being a sober lawyer means for her.

June 23, 2022

#392: Hire Differently, Hire Better, with Rick Girard

In this episode, Stephanie talks with the author of Healing Career Wounds, Rick Girard, about how to hire and attract the right talent for your company. In addition, learn how employers...

June 16, 2022

#391: Start With Succession Planning in Mind, with Steven Glaser

In this episode, Zack talks with his father, attorney Steve Glaser, about succession planning for law firms and making sure you take care of your clients in the transition. They also discuss...

June 9, 2022

#389: Dealing With Grief in the Workplace, with Sherry Walling

In this episode, Stephanie has a conversation with Dr. Sherry Walling about dealing with grief in the workplace and in our everyday life.

June 2, 2022

#387: Change Your Law Firm (and Your Life) with Systems, with Jay Ruane

In this episode, Stephanie talks with serial legal entrepreneur Jay Ruane about integrating law firm systems and getting your team on board. In addition to integrating systems, learn how systems have...

May 19, 2022

#384: Delivering Bad News to Clients, with Marjorie Aaron

In this episode, Stephanie talks with Marjorie Aaron, Professor of Practice and Director of the Center for Practice at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, about communicating effectively to better deliver...

May 12, 2022

#383: Designing the Life You Want Instead of a Job You Have, with Stanley Tate

In this episode, Stephanie talks with the Student Loan Lawyer, Stanley Tate, about leveraging tech instead of staff and having a fixed mindset vs a growth mindset.

May 5, 2022

#382: Is Going Solo the Right Way?, with Carolyn Elefant

Lawyerist talks with Solo by Choice author, Carolyn Elefant, about starting a solo law practice and if going solo is right for you.

April 28, 2022

#380: Get Started with KPIs, with Karol Brown

In this episode, Stephanie talks with the managing attorney for World One Law Group, Karol Brown, about the importance of tracking KPIs in your law firm and what metrics you should be...

April 21, 2022

#379: What Does Web3 Mean (For My Practice?), with Justine Humenansky

In this episode, Zack talks with Justine Humenansky, the CFO at Rabbithole.gg, about Web3, DAOs, and how interested lawyers might participate in these conversations and communities. Justine brings her background in researching...

April 14, 2022

#378: Pulling the Trigger on Hiring, with Allison Harrison

In this episode, Sara chats with Allison about questions to consider when deciding to hire a new team member and how to leverage staff to free you up to work more ON...

April 7, 2022

#377: Investing in Your Law Firm, with Bernadette Harris

In this episode, Stephanie Everett talks with our Lawyerist Lab coach and finance expert, Bernadette Harris, about law firm expenses, when it’s okay to spend money on your business, and when debt...

March 31, 2022

#375: Taking Care of Your Team’s Mental Health, with Calvin Benton

In this episode, Stephanie talks with Spill’s founder, Calvin Benton, about the importance of mental health check-ins for your team and providing them access to licensed therapists. Spill is a great tool...

March 24, 2022

#374: Avoid Burnout and Stay Engaged, with Paige Atkins

Stephanie talks with Lawyerist’s Operations Director, Paige Atkins, about how lawyers and leaders can avoid burnout and stay engaged in their most important work. They also talk about how to keep your...

March 17, 2022

#373: Overcoming the Likeability Trap, with Alicia Menendez

Lawyerist host, Stephanie Everett, talks with guest, Alicia Menendez, about overcoming the likeability trap.

March 10, 2022

#372: From Joining to Running a Law Firm, with Russell Farbiarz

We’re joined by Lawyerist Lab member, Russell Farbiarz, as he discusses what it looked like to take over his practice. We discuss how he got there and what to think about if...

March 3, 2022

#371: Building and Using Computational Contracts, with Martin Clausen

Martin Clausen talks managing the rights and obligations of agreements in real-time with computational contracts.

February 24, 2022

#370: How to Use Personality Assessments with Your Team, with Ashley Steckler

Lawyerist Product Director, Ashley Steckler, shares her perspective on the personality test industry and how to navigate your results!

February 17, 2022

#369: Selling Your Practice, with Tom Lenfestey

We’re joined by business owner and author, Tom Lenfestey, where we talk through succession planning and what it looks like to sell your practice.

February 10, 2022

#368: Using Strategy Intensives for Your Firm’s Success, with Anne Romanello

We’re joined by Lawyerist Lab member, Anne Romanello, where we talk through the importance of strategy intensives and how they can help your firm.

February 8, 2022

#367: Trends that Solo and Small Firms Should Know, with Clio (Sponsored)

Clio’s Joshua Lemon talks the latest trends that solo & small firms should be on the lookout for!

February 3, 2022

#366: Grow as a Leader With These Daily Experiments, with Susan Ashford

We’re joined by author and professor, Susan Ashford, where we talk about how you can use small, daily experiments to grow as a leader.

January 27, 2022

#365: Why Reviews Are Essential for Your Business, with Ryan McKeen

Learn how to grow your business for success.