Law Firms

Flourishing. Thriving. Fulfillment. Wellbeing. Joy. These aren't the types of words that we generally hear associated high-intensity, high-demand professions like law. But they're not incompatible. In fact,  feeling energized and uplifted drives high performance considerably more effectively than deadlines, compensation and stress.

The Center for Thriving in Law is committed to equipping lawyers with the tools and strategies needed to build long-term, sustainable careers, so that they and their firms thrive in the practice of law. Our live programs and online training training provide attorneys, practice groups and firms with the resources needed to maximize productivity, improve performance, build mental agility, emotional stamina, and increase practice enjoyment and retention. These programs are ideal for firms that are serious about developing their people—their human capital.

Signature Programs


 The Thriving Lawyer:
A Burnout-Free Approach to High Performance

This six-module program takes a cohort of attorneys through the fundamentals of high-performance mindset training—training that includes emotional intelligence, stress management, resilience-building, communication, and collaboration skills. Participating attorneys apply the program tools and strategies to their workday and their workloads, immediately. The cohort reinforces the learning and the behavior, modifying as needed, so that they optimize productivity, increase energy, transform stress, and thrive in the practice of law and beyond.

Why bring this program to your firm or organization?

  • Participants apply the tools and strategies acquired in each module to their work between sessions, then share their experiences, reinforcing their efficacy and modifying, if needed
  • Participants form an internal network that augments their experience and knowledge, as well as strengthens their connection to the firm
  • Increased engagement and collaboration substantially boost practice innovation, retention and the bottom line
 Research shows that:
  • Unaddressed stress creates a drag on firm resources in the form of lost productivity costs, health care costs, and unrealized profits
  • Internal networks increase collaboration and strengthen culture which enhance client loyalty and longevity
  • Micro-changes yield macro-improvements
Format: six consecutive sessions

Speak with us to learn more.

Warranty Void: The Science of Productivity, Performance, Energy and Enjoyment in Practice

Much of our work-related stress and fatigue is a product of our technology-driven work practices—practices that are at odds with the way we were designed. This  program offers an engaging, interactive primer in how our brains and nervous systems are designed to work, which is then applied to our day-to-day work in a technology-driven environment, so that we practice with greater energy, productivity, performance and satisfaction.

Why bring this program to your firm or organization?

  • Understanding how the brain is designed for optimal cognitive function allows attorneys to manage their workloads, so that they get the most out of their effort
  • Understanding the physiology of stress and how to manage one’s nervous system alleviates much of the self-generated stress that interferes with productivity and performance
  • Participants are able to immediately apply tools and strategies to work that improve practice productivity and enjoyment

Options: 90 minutes, half-day, full day

Speak with us to learn more.


Firm subscriptions provide unlimited access to all Center resources and online courses for the entire firm. Contact us below for information on introductory pricing through December 2019.

Judith Gordon, CFTIL Founder

  • SCANZ Systemic Coach Academy New Zealand
  • Institute of Social and Emotional Intelligence
  • Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law, Mediation
  • National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine (NICABM)
  • Mental Health First Aid Training, UCLA
  • DISC
  • Social and Emotional Intelligence Profile (SEIP)

CFTIL programming guides professionals and their organizations toward creating more effective, lucrative, and satisfying careers and environments. 

Judith has been bringing performance training to lawyers and law firms for more than a decade. She comes to program facilitation from the trenches of legal practice. As an attorney, she experienced firsthand the challenges of client demands, internal pressures, external drivers, and time constraints. At the core of her work is a commitment to thriving–both professionally and personally.

She has worked with professionals in law, entertainment, architecture, transportation, and finance. Her customized programming trains individuals to maximize their productivity, elevate satisfaction, and innovate—all of which increase retention and positively impact the bottom line.


  • Effective Feedback Conversations, McDermott, Will & Emery
  • Get More Done with Less Stress: The Science of Productivity, Performance and Personal Satisfaction,  Goodwin Proctor Financial Services Retreat; Nelson Hardiman; Bet Tzedek Legal Services; Boren Osher & Luftman; Southwestern School of Law
  • Creating a Collaborative Culture, Greenberg Glusker Attorney Retreat; Green Wise Consulting
  • Building Resilience + Grit: Using Self-Assessment for Success, Southwestern School of Law
  • Mindset Matters: How Mindset Impacts Performance and Steps You Can Take to Improve Both, ABA LCC
  • Aligning Values with Practice, UCLA School of Law, Spring 2018; Bet Tzedek Legal Services
  • Communication, Cohesion and Collaboration, Metro Talent Management Retreat
  • Success Secrets: It’s More Than IQ: An Introduction to Emotional Intelligence, Southwestern School of Law
  • Effective Feedback Conversations, Fox Networks Group Global Legal Conference
  • Performance Management: Career Development Conversations, Fox Networks Group Global Legal Conference
  • Productivity, Performance and Personal Satisfaction: The Science of Getting Things Done with Less Stress, Women Law Firm Leaders ForumWashington, D.C.
  • Nonverbal Communication: What Are You Broadcasting?AIA CFO Roundtable, Portland, OR
  • Tools for Combating Substance Use and Abuse, UCLA School of Law Moot Court Honors Program, Volunteer Attorney CLE, Los Angeles, CA
  • Building a Sustainable Practice: Better Work, Life and Wellbeing with the Science of Happiness, LA County Medical Association, Saving Private Practice Consortium
  • Befriending Stress to Thrive in Law,Bet Tzedek Legal Services, Los Angeles, CA
  • Building a Sustainable Practice,Goodwin Proctor Women’s Retreat, Los Angeles Office
  • Better Work, Life and Wellbeing with the Science of Happiness, Women-to-Women Professional Network
  • Aligning Your Core Values with Your Practice of Law,Bet Tzedek Legal Services, Los Angeles, CA

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