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Heels in the Courtroom

When you wear Heels In The Courtroom, life and law are a little bit different. This fresh and insightful new podcast from the female trial attorneys at The Simon Law Firm offers mentoring, community and great girl talk about being the best you can be in every part of your life. So kick off those heels, pour a glass of wine, and get to know Amy Gunn, Erica Slater, Liz Lenivy, Mary Simon, Elizabeth McNulty and Megan Crowe.

The Simon Law Firm consists of trial attorneys specializing in medical malpractice, personal injury and corporate law. Since the Firm’s founding in 2000, Simon trial attorneys have earned over one billion dollars in verdicts and settlements for their clients. Recognized as one of the winningest firms in America by the National Law Journal, the dedicated attorneys at the Simon Law Firm bring experience, integrity and passion to every case they try. Contact The Simon Law Firm at [email protected] or [email protected]

Dec 7, 2022

EP615 – Happy Holidaze!

Office parties. Co-worker gifts. Corporate giving. Hosting events. When do you possibly find time for making holiday feasts, visiting family, and preparing for that upcoming trial? The holidays can be a blur...

Nov 30, 2022

EP614 – “If the Heels Fit, Wear Them Well: Loving Your Career at Every Stage” Part Three

Female attorneys are still being asked to get the coffee. Will that ever change, and what can we do to make it change? Ladies, we need to find camaraderie and courage to...

Nov 23, 2022

EP613 – “If the Heels Fit, Wear Them Well: Loving Your Career at Every Stage” Part Two

Even though you are a successful female attorney, do you ever feel like this career is not for you? You’re not alone. Women attorneys are twice as likely to make an early...

Nov 16, 2022

EP612 – “If the Heels Fit, Wear Them Well: Loving Your Career at Every Stage” Part One

Decades of research tells us why women leave their legal careers; it’s the same story on repeat. So what is the difference between women who love their legal careers and those struggling...

Nov 9, 2022

EP611 – Compassion Fatigue

Yes, you are a counselor, but does that mean you have to be a therapist too?  Our clients may expect more compassion from us because we are women, but how do we...

Nov 2, 2022

EP610 – The Waves of Litigation; How to Steady the Boat

You’ve been trial prepping day and night for weeks, totally focused, running on adrenaline and honestly, kinda loving the rush.  Suddenly, the case settles and you’re adrift.  When the waves of litigation...

Oct 26, 2022

EP609 – Be A Goldfish: Moving On

Trial attorneys win and lose every day, and that roller coaster can be intellectually and emotionally exhausting. Learn how to become more resilient by processing quickly, letting go, and giving yourself permission...

Oct 19, 2022

EP608 – Corporate Rep Roadblocks

You filed your notice. You defined the topics. And after countless emails and months of waiting, the corporate rep is finally in the chair ready to answer your questions. But wait…..they canceled...

Oct 12, 2022

EP607 – Preparing Experts for Deposition

Your expert’s role is to teach the facts and science of your case to the jury. To be their most effective, you need to help them help you. Today’s discussion covers whether...

Oct 5, 2022

EP606 – Our Favorite Legal Movies

“Don’t stomp your little last season Prada shoes at me, honey.” Can you name that movie? It’s one of the top three legal movies on our list, and if you can’t name...

Sep 28, 2022

EP605 – Self-Awareness

Self-awareness in the courtroom can make a real difference. Should you intervene or just sit back and let the awkwardness linger when someone misses cues from the judge or jury? Can you...

Sep 21, 2022

EP211 Encore – The Power of Sanctions

Respected attorneys play by the rules. But when opposing counsel won’t produce evidence or plays dirty….sanctions are the last resort. In this encore episode,  Amy, Liz, Erica, Mary, and Elizabeth share true-life...

Sep 14, 2022

EP604 – What Makes You Proud?

When was the last time you stopped and recognized what’s good about you?  Today, we put the deadlines on pause and reflect upon our biggest life successes.  There’s plenty of emotion and...

Sep 7, 2022

EP603 – What Do You Hate Doing?

Be honest. There’s plenty of stuff you hate doing. We probably hate the same stuff you do. Today’s roundtable offers every Heels in the Courtroom attorney the chance to share what she...

Aug 31, 2022

EP602 – Impeaching Experts with Prior Testimony

You did your homework and discovered the opposing counsel’s expert contradicted himself in previous depositions. Once you get your excitement in check, you need to make a strategic decision; Do you drop...

Aug 24, 2022

EP601 – What Have We Learned?

Congrats! The female trial attorneys at Heels in the Courtroom have recorded 100 episodes of wit and wisdom, and we hope you’ve learned something that helps you in your life and career. But...

Aug 17, 2022

EP520 – Re-Lighting the Fire After Burnout

Back-to-back trials and trial prep take their toll on your time. How can you make room for the rest of your life? Take a moment to focus on knowing what you need...

Aug 10, 2022

EP519 – Trial Story from Rural Missouri

It’s an auto accident case in a small town where everybody knows everybody and the injured wife is suing another driver and her husband. How do you approach voir dire and take...

Aug 3, 2022

EP518 – Learning From Losing Part Two

This hard-fought birth injury case didn’t turn out as we hoped, but we learned a few valuable lessons and you can too. Tune in to hear the trial story and how asking...

Jul 27, 2022

EP517 – Learning From Losing Part One

To continue to grow and develop as lawyers, we must learn from our losses. When the trial attorneys from Heels in the Courtroom experience a loss, they take a deep breath and...

Jul 20, 2022

EP103 Encore – Professional Building Blocks: Rapport

Tips to Help Lawyers Build Rapport with New Clients. Managing the client relationship is a core issue and challenge facing all lawyers and law firms. How can you establish immediate rapport with...

Jul 13, 2022

EP110 Encore – Thread the Needle: Aggressive v Assertive

Women attorneys walk a fine line between being perceived as being powerful and assertive or aggressive and not-very-nice. Knowing when to channel each is a delicate balance that can enhance or adversely...

Jul 6, 2022

EP203 Encore – “We Need to Talk.” Directing Difficult Discussions

Have you ever avoided talking to a co-worker who is not performing up to expectations, or put off telling a client you can’t take their case just because you don’t want to...

Jun 29, 2022

EP516 – Communication Goalsetting

7 Tips for More Effective Communication

Jun 22, 2022

EP515 – Working While On Vacation

You’re out of the office, but the clients and the cases never stop. Do you send an email at the Washington Monument, or wait until you get home? What will happen if...

Jun 15, 2022

EP514 – Investing Time With Your Client

How can you successfully advocate for your client if you haven’t walked a mile in their shoes? Going beyond a five-minute intake phone call will help you better understand your client’s needs,...

Jun 8, 2022

EP513 – Interpersonal Conflict?!!

Women often back down from conflict. It’s in our nature, but is it in our best interest? Today’s episode offers insight on when to stand down and when to stand your ground...

Jun 1, 2022

EP512 – Handling Media Requests

A reporter requests information on your case. Do you have an ethical responsibility to respond to their inquiry? Are there benefits to be gained from pre- or post-trial publicity? Or is “no...

May 25, 2022

EP511 – Trial Preparation

File the motions. Schedule the depos. Read the records. Prep the exhibits. When should you write your open, directs, crosses, and close? Who is getting the hotel for the expert? And why...

May 18, 2022

EP510 – Can You Please Stop Comparing?

Her house is bigger. He did an expert depo and you haven’t. She’s got four trials in the next two months and you only have one. Does it really matter? Will attaining that...

May 11, 2022

EP509 – Jurisdiction and Venue

Location, Location, Location: The Importance of Venue Selection.

May 4, 2022

EP202 Encore – Mediation: Don’t Settle In Your Settlement

Pro Tips on preparing your Client and your Case for Mediation

Apr 27, 2022

EP508 – Appeals Part Two, Oral Arguments

There are three key concepts to keep in mind during oral arguments. Do you know what they are? Should you hope for a hot bench or a cold bench? And what do...

Apr 20, 2022

EP507 – Appeals Part One, Rules Rule

Preserving the Record for Appeal: A Trial Lawyer's Checklist

Apr 13, 2022

EP506 – Don’t Take It Personally

“It’s business, don’t take it personally.” How many times have you heard that? And how do you react? Is there a middle ground that allows tough skin and a tender heart? Today’s...

Apr 6, 2022

EP505 – Daubert Motions

Opposing counsel’s expert’s report raises doubts in your mind about scientific methodology or adherence to industry-standard practices….do you file a Daubert motion to seek to exclude the presentation of that expert’s testimony...

Mar 30, 2022

EP504 – Listen Up! Being a Good Listener

As a lawyer, you may think you are a good listener. But could you listen more effectively, and in turn, be heard more clearly? With tips from the Heels in the Courtroom...

Mar 23, 2022

EP503 – Got Nerves?

We all know the feeling…your heart starts racing, your stomach starts turning and your palms are getting sweaty…. This episode of Heels in the Courtroom focuses on how to reduce negative nervousness...

Mar 22, 2022

EP503 – Got Nerves?

How To Handle Pre-Court Jitters in your next court hearing. This episode of Heels in the Courtroom focuses on how to reduce nerves before trial and offers tips for feeling confident in...

Mar 16, 2022

EP502 – Mentorship

Mentorship isn’t just giving work advice to a younger attorney. It’s a professional and personal relationship built on trust and mutual respect that benefits the mentor and the mentee. And you shouldn’t...

Mar 9, 2022

EP501 – Improve Your Legal Research

Every case requires some legal research, and we don’t mean Google. This hard-skills episode focuses on pro tips like how to use Westlaw more efficiently, where to start your research and whether...

Mar 2, 2022

EP420 – Choose to Decide

Did you know the average person makes over 35,000 conscious decisions every day? Decision fatigue is real but there are ways to cope. Today’s discussion examines asking for and evaluating advice, setting...

Feb 23, 2022

EP419 – Sovereign Immunity

Know the limits and extents of Sovereign Immunity.

Feb 16, 2022

EP418 – “Back Off, Buddy.”; Dealing with Intimidation in the Deposition

Don't be intimidated!

Feb 9, 2022

EP417 – Ladies, We Still Have Work To Do

Women continue to shape the legal industry, but there's still more work to be done

Feb 2, 2022

EP416 – Legal Malpractice

Don't get sued by your client!

Jan 26, 2022

EP415 – Jury Instructions

Don't leave them to chance!

Jan 19, 2022

EP414 – Directed Verdicts

Are JMOLs more offensive than ever?

Jan 12, 2022

EP413 – Who You Gonna Sue? The Issue of Agency

Be careful who you hire... their mistakes can burn you!

Jan 5, 2022

EP412 – Are You Invisible?

If you ever feel overlooked and invisible, you're not alone... We can help :)

Your Hosts
Amy Collignon Gunn

With a focus on personal injury cases, Amy Collignon Gunn is a caring, trial-tested lawyer serving clients...

Erica Blume Slater

As a compassionate and dedicated personal injury, medical negligence, and product liability lawyer, Erica Blume Slater provides...

Elizabeth S. Lenivy

Elizabeth Lenivy provides excellent, detailed representation in the areas of product liability, medical malpractice, and personal injury....

Mary Simon

Mary Simon is a devoted advocate of the injured, particularly those suffering from serious injuries related to...

Elizabeth McNulty

As a dedicated and passionate advocate, Elizabeth always goes the extra mile to ensure that her clients...

Megan Crowe

As a compassionate and dedicated business litigation, personal injury, medical negligence, product liability, and class action lawyer,...


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