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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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May 23, 2024

#506: Managing Stress & Avoiding Burnout, with Emily Nagoski (Replay)

In this episode, author and speaker Emily Nagoski, Ph.D., discusses how to handle stress and break the burnout cycle in your personal and professional life.    Links from the episode:   Check out...

May 22, 2024

#505: Get to Inbox Zero with the Help of a Virtual Assistant, with Stafi

Do you hear all this talk about how lawyers can use an assistant but worry it will never work for you? In this episode, Stephanie talks with law firm owner Robyn Christo,...

May 9, 2024

#503: Hiring, Growing, and Investing in Your Firm, with Seth Price

Zack talks with lawyer and digital marketing guru, Seth Price, about the struggles of scaling a small law firm. They discuss how to think about hiring, growing, and investing in your own...

May 2, 2024

#502: How to Nourish Your Relationship, Even in a Busy Life, with Ellen Dorian

Could your marriage/relationship use a little spice? Maybe you’ve put your business before your partner? In this episode, Stephanie talks with relationship coach and host of the Make More Love Podcast, Ellen...

April 25, 2024

#501: Celebrating 500: The Evolution, the Journey, and What Lies Ahead, with Sam Glover

Stephanie catches up with the original Lawyerist podcast host, Sam Glover. In addition to a brief walk down memory lane, hear how Sam is working to make our court systems more accessible...

April 18, 2024

#500: Artificial Lab Coach, Real Answers, with Lasso the Lab Coach

We hit our 500th Episode! Instead of looking back, the team decided to look to the future. So naturally that led us to Stephanie interviewing our own AI bot lovingly named Lasso...

April 11, 2024

#499: Conquering Self-Doubt, with Tim Atler

Sara has a heartfelt conversation with long-time Labster and owner of a thriving appellate law firm Tim Atler, about overcoming self-doubt and fear and embracing bold and impactful strategic decisions.   Through...

April 4, 2024

#498: Harnessing Cultural Engagement for Team & Client Success, with Marcus Collins

Culture. You’ve heard the word a million times. But what is it really and how can we influence the culture of our teams and our clients? In this episode, Stephanie dives in...

March 21, 2024

#495: Crack the Code of Compelling Writing, with Todd Rogers

Are your writings being read?   Stephanie and Harvard’s Todd Rogers discuss effective writing.   Links from the episode:   Schedule a free 30 minute strategy session with iLawyer!    Book with Todd  Writing for...

March 14, 2024

#494: How to Stop Procrastination and Conquer Your To-Do List, with Paul Unger

What are you putting off? We’ve all been there and here’s the good news: it doesn’t mean you are lazy or a bad person! In this episode, Stephanie explores the why behind...

March 7, 2024

#493: Why Brilliant People Should Write Books, with Sharai Robbin

You own a law firm and have amazing thoughts, ideas, and stories to share. So, what’s holding you back from writing that book? In today’s episode, Stephanie talks with best-selling author and...

February 29, 2024

#492: Stop Training so Much and Support Your Team Through Change, with Paco Roman

You have great ideas as a leader, but do you struggle getting your team on board and ready to change with you? In this episode, Stephanie talks with Paco Roman, Professional Development...

February 22, 2024

#491: Crafting Your Purpose-Driven Leadership Vision, with Leticia DeSuze

Join seasoned business coaches Sara Muender and Leticia DeSuze as they offer a thought-provoking exploration of meaningful leadership, where purpose becomes the compass guiding leaders towards a brighter future for themselves and...

February 8, 2024

#489: Breaking Down Decisions for Your Legal Tech Stack, with Jeff Schoenberger

Unsure where to start when choosing legal technology? Listen in as Zack interviews Jeff Schoenberger, fellow Legal Tech Advisor, on selecting the right tech for your office. Jeff homes in on specific...

February 1, 2024

#488: The Power of Value-Based Pricing, with Shaun Jardine

Are you ready to ditch the billable hour? Join Stephanie and Shaun Jardin as they unpack the secret to value-based pricing for law firms. They’ll break down the essential tools and mindset...

January 25, 2024

#487: Nurturing Trust to Build Strong Team Foundations, with Randy Conley

Think trust is something that magically appears? Not according to today’s guest!   Stephanie talks with leadership expert Randy Conley about what leaders can do to build and grow trust with their team...

January 11, 2024

#485: Unleash Your Law Firm’s Potential with an Internal Coach, with Robin Carberry

Imagine what your firm would look like if EVERY team member had a professional development coach. Sound crazy? It’s not!   Today, Stephanie talks with Professional Development Coach Robin Carberry about why and...

January 4, 2024

#484: Revolutionizing Your Firm with Smart Hiring, with Jennifer Hawkins

Think it’s impossible for an “old” firm to learn “new” tricks? Think again!   After more than three decades in practice, Lawyerist Lab member and firm owner Jennifer Hawkins knew she had to...

December 28, 2023

#483: Goals, Resolutions, and the Power of the Unconscious Mind, with Supriya Venkatesan

Do your New Year’s resolutions fall flat after a few weeks? In today’s episode, Stephanie chats with Lawyerist Lab Business Coach, Supriya Venkatesan, about why this happens, and what you can do...

December 21, 2023

#482: Prioritizing Progress: Building a Roadmap for 2024, with Debbie Foster

Ready to start the new year off with new goals and priorities for your firm? Maybe you’re not sure how to get started or you suffer from biting off more than you...

December 14, 2023

#480: The Prenup Prescription for a Thriving Marriage, with Aaron Thomas

You know what they say about the cobbler’s kid? As lawyers, you know what a prenup is, but have you considered how one can help you redefine your marriage? In this episode,...

December 7, 2023

#479: Beyond the Will: Adding a Personal Touch to Estate Planning, with Jolene Blackbourn

Picture this: an estate planning attorney with a twist—owning a law firm by day and conjuring up imaginative, offbeat celebrations for the dearly departed by night.  In this intriguing episode, Sara interviews...

November 30, 2023

#478: Overcoming Team Turnover and Embracing Change, with Allison Harrison

Stephanie talks with law firm owner and Lawyerist Lab member Allison Harrison about why the job of managing your business is never done and how to navigate the endless opportunities. Bonus: Get...

November 23, 2023

#477: Controlling Alcohol, with Annie Grace (Replay)

The holiday season is here which often brings fun, parties, stress, and a whole host of emotions. That’s why we are revisiting one of our favorite conversations with Annie Grace on some...

November 16, 2023

#476: The CEO Whisperer’s Advice for Hiring a Second in Command, with Cameron Herold

You are leading your law firm, but you can’t do everything. In this episode, Stephanie talks with Cameron Herald about what a second in command looks like and how to find one...

November 14, 2023

#475: Say “Yes!” to a Virtual Assistant and Say “Yes!” to Team Growth, with Demetrio Rico and Raquel Gomes from Stafi (Sponsored)

Have you been nervous about saying yes to a virtual assistant? In this episode, Stephanie talks with Raquel Gomes and Demetrio Rico, founders of Stafi, about why a VA may be the...

November 2, 2023

#473: Redefining Perfectionism and Striving for Lawyers, with Stephanie Villinski and Kara Hardin

Zack talks with Stephanie Villinski and Kara Hardin about how lawyers can manage their mental health. They discuss balancing a striver vs. perfectionist mindset, and how lawyers can use self-forgiveness to help...

October 26, 2023

#472: Legal Innovation with Young Attorneys, with Kendall Heward

Stephanie checks in with one of the newest members of our profession, Kendall Heward. Hear how Suffolk’s Accelerator program prepared her to think about the business of law differently and how established...

October 19, 2023

#471: Unleashing Your Inner Creative, with Phil McKinney

Let’s bust a myth: Creativity isn’t an innate talent that you’re lucky to have or out of luck if you don’t.  And it’s not just about the arts. Everyone is creative, and...

October 12, 2023

#470: Navigating Compensation Discussions, with Brandon Bramley

As lawyers, we often negotiate for our clients. But are we able to negotiate for ourselves? In this episode, Stephanie talks with Brandon Bramley, Founder of The Salary Negotiator.   Learn common misperceptions...

October 5, 2023

#469: Lawyers in Crisis: Navigating Addiction and Mental Health, with Brian Cuban

In this episode, Stephanie talks with Brian Cuban, author of The Addicted Lawyer. Hear Brian’s story of how he battled addiction to alcohol and cocaine starting in college, then law school, and...

September 28, 2023

#468: Breaking Through Limiting Beliefs, with Supriya Venkatesan

What is holding you back? In this episode, Stephanie and Lawyerist Lab Business Coach, Supriya Venkatesan, discuss limiting beliefs and how they are unknowingly keeping us from reaching our goals.   Learn real...

September 21, 2023

#467: Healthy Owner: Embracing Change and Growth, with Ryan McKeen

The Small Firm Roadmap Revisited doubled down on our Healthy Firm model. But what, exactly, is it? Join us for another stop on our podcast book tour. This week we dive into...

September 14, 2023

#466: Navigating Generational Differences in the Workplace, with Katherine Jeffrey

Be honest! Have you ever muttered or thought someone was being “such a Millennial” or “ok, Boomer!” Yes? Then, this episode is for you as Stephanie dives into generational differences with Katherine...

September 7, 2023

#464: Unpacking the Power of Self-Accountability in Coaching, with Leticia DeSuze

Stephanie talks with our new Lawyerist Lab business coach, Leticia DeSuze, about what is holding most business owners back and how working with a business coach can help. They also explore why...

August 31, 2023

#463: Reclaim Your Time and Grow Your Business, with Dan Martell

Business owners often hear the advice: “hire help and delegate!” In this episode, Stephanie talks with entrepreneur Dan Martell about why you should hire to buy back your time.   Learn how...

August 17, 2023

#460: High Stakes: Exploring the Rise of Gambling Addiction Among Lawyers, with Eric Webber

Stephanie talks with Eric Webber about the silent addiction of gambling. In this episode, we explore why you can’t go anywhere or watch a sporting event without hearing betting terms. Online gambling...

August 10, 2023

#459: Overcoming Challenges and Finding Connections on the Course, with LJ Finney

Think golf is a boring game for old white dudes? Think again! In this episode, Stephanie talks with LJ Finney about why golf is great for networking and business development and so...

July 27, 2023

#456: Building a Thoughtful and Personal Client Experience, with Rachel Allums

Lawyerist Lab member and estate planning lawyer Rachel Allums knows that the client experience isn’t “one size fits all.”   In this episode, Rachel Allums talks with Zack about her deliberate and thoughtful...

July 20, 2023

#455: Enhancing Office Safety in a Volatile World, with Brink Fidler

In this episode, delve into the crucial topic of active violence preparedness with Brink Fidler, owner and founder of Defend Systems, a prominent life safety and security consulting firm in Nashville, TN....

July 13, 2023

#454: Act with Intention to Increase Employee Retention, with Joey Coleman

Stephanie and Joey Coleman, author of Never Lose an Employee Again: The Simple Path to Remarkable Retention, explore the crucial role the employee experience plays in creating a happy and engaged team.  ...

July 6, 2023

#453: Healthy Systems: Creating Consistent Client Experiences, with Matt Loker

The Small Firm Roadmap Revisited doubled-down on our Healthy Firm model. But what, exactly, is it? Join us for another stop on our podcast book tour. This week we dive into building,...

June 22, 2023

#451: Teaching the Business of Law, with Andrew Garcia and James Matthews

Professors Andrew Garcia and James Matthews discuss Suffolk University Law School’s Accelerator to Practice program. Designed to prepare students for small and solo practice, students partnered with small law firm owners in...

June 15, 2023

#450: The Power of Building Belonging, with Dr. Terrell Strayhorn

In this episode, Stephanie talks with diversity scholar Dr. Terrell Strayhorn about the concept of belonging, emphasizing its significance beyond buzzwords like diversity, equity, and inclusivity. They highlight the positive outcomes of...

June 8, 2023

#449: You Snooze You Lose: Cultivating Good Sleeping Habits, with Alex Colkitt

In this episode, Zack explores the vital role sleep plays in overall health and well-being with Alex Colkit, Founder and CEO of AC Holistic Wellness. They discuss the connection between sleep and...

June 1, 2023

#448: The Benefits of Accessible Systems and Practices, with Joe Hodge

Zack talks with Joe Hodge from American Printing House for the Blind, about building websites and systems for the visually impaired. They discuss why accessibility plugins may not be the panacea they...

May 25, 2023

#447: Healthy Teams: Leading Your Team to a Shared Vision, with Aaron Elinoff

The Small Firm Roadmap Revisited doubled-down on our Healthy Firm model. But what, exactly, is it? Join us for another stop on our podcast book tour. This week we’re diving into recruiting,...

May 18, 2023

#445: Step Up Your Podcast Game, with Britany Felix

In this episode, we get meta with Zack interviewing Lawyerist’s own podcast editor and consultant, Britany Felix. They talk about pitching yourself as a guest, using that appearance in your law firm...

May 11, 2023

#444: Streamlining Legal Operations for Success, with Catherine Sanders Reach

Stephanie talks with Director for the Center of Practice Management at the North Carolina Bar Association, Catherine Sanders Reach, about Legal Ops and how that can help put the right people in...

May 4, 2023

#443: Healthy Clients: Designing Client Experience, with Nkoyo-Ene Effiong

We’re back with another stop on our tour through The Small Firm Roadmap Revisited. In these episodes, we dive into each of the six areas of business integral to building client-centered, efficient,...