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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]

Mar 22, 2023

SPECIAL EPISODE – Trial Tested: The View from the Bench with Justice Marie Deschamps

Inspiring women are at work around the globe and we can learn a lot from their experience. Amy Gunn had the opportunity to speak with former Canadian Supreme Court Justice Marie Deschamps...

Mar 15, 2023

SPECIAL EPISODE – Trial Tested: Reaching Your Full Potential with Joan Lukey

Loyal Heels in the Courtroom listeners know Amy Gunn also hosts a podcast for the American College of Trial Lawyers. On her Trial Tested podcast, Amy spoke with Joan Lukey, one of the top female litigators...

Mar 8, 2023

EP706 – Focus Groups Part Two

You clearly gave your focus group jurors all the facts in your case. Most understood your message, but a few folks went completely off the deep end and jumped to a conclusion...

Mar 1, 2023

EP705 – Focus Groups Part One

Wouldn’t you love to know what jurors are thinking about your case? Focus groups provide valuable insights into case strategy and potential damages issues. They can also reveal issues you never considered...

Feb 22, 2023

EP704 – See You in Small Claims Court

Say you go on vacation and your condo reservation gets canceled just before you arrive, but you are promised a full refund. But after a gazillion texts, emails, and phone calls, you...

Feb 15, 2023

EP703 – Bankruptcy and the Texas Two-Step

The Texas Two-Step isn’t just a country music line dance. It’s a controversial legal maneuver a company can use to avoid exposure to potential legal claims, and it could derail your case....

Feb 8, 2023

EP702 – What Makes A Good Mediator?

Mediators are supposed to be unbiased but that’s not always the case. What should you do if your mediator appears to be favoring the other side or acts inappropriately? We’ve got some...

Feb 1, 2023

EP701 – Quiet Masculinity?!

We just heard that if you want to rise to the top, you need to exhibit “quiet masculinity”. What the hell is that? Is it a weird way of saying “don’t be...

Jan 25, 2023

EP620 – Lawyer Misconceptions

Filed any frivolous lawsuits lately? Of course you haven’t, but sadly, many people think lawyers are just greedy manipulators who lie for a living. Not only does that hurt us personally, but...

Jan 18, 2023

EP619 – Settlement Releases and Agreements

After years of litigation, the check is literally sitting on your desk.  All you have to do is sign that boilerplate settlement agreement and you’re done, right? Wrong. Pour a cup of...

Jan 11, 2023

EP618 – New Year’s Resolutions

We’re not talking about eating more veggies or actually using that old gym membership. Our thoughts about New Year’s resolutions for 2023 involve personal challenges to build and defend our boundaries, be...

Jan 4, 2023

SPECIAL EPISODE – Trial Tested: Activist Boma Alabi Has The Desire to Serve

Here’s an inspiring story to start the new year. Heels in the Courtroom host Amy Gunn shares her American College of Trial Lawyer’s podcast interview with Boma Alabi, a commercial trial lawyer working in...

Dec 28, 2022

SPECIAL EPISODE – Trial Tested: A Conversation with Author Kati Marton

If you are a regular Heels in the Courtroom listener, you know Amy Gunn is one busy woman. She also hosts the American College of Trial Lawyer’s podcast Trial Tested and recently spoke with journalist, human...

Dec 21, 2022

EP617 – 2022 Highs and Lows

We’ve got a great topic to chat about at your next holiday gathering with girlfriends. What were your highs and lows of the year, personally and professionally? Did you overcome an obstacle?...

Dec 14, 2022

EP616 – Humility

Zig Ziglar once said, “Humility will open more doors than arrogance ever will.” Humility is an essential quality for authentic leaders legal.

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...

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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