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Lessons from a Quitter

Aug 28, 2018

Laurie Rowen received her law degree from USD Law in 2004 and went on to have a successful career as a litigator at the prestigious firm of Snell & Wilmer. After having her first daughter, Laurie quit her job to work as a freelance attorney on her own schedule. Her decision coincided with the market crash of 2008 and Laurie realized that there was a huge opportunity to make freelance legal work more accessible. With her business partner, Laurie co-founded Montage Legal Group, a nationwide network of experienced freelance lawyers who work remotely on a project basis for law firms that need help with overflow and specialty areas of law. Montage Legal Group has been featured in numerous publications including ABA Journal and and Laurie has received numerous awards National Association of Women Business Owner’s Entrepreneur to Watch and OC metro magazine’s 40 under 40.


Today we talked to Laurie about how she disrupted a profession that is resistant to change, how she scaled a business with no experience and how to start looking for your next jump before quitting your career.


Here is what we chat about in this episode:

  • Why Laurie quit her career as a litigator in a big law firm to do freelance work
  • How her own freelance career led her to see a much bigger opportunity
  • How she started a nationwide network for freelance attorneys with zero business experience
  • Her advice on whether you should find a partner when starting a business
  • How to figure out what your next step should be


Resources mentioned in this episode:

  • 21 Days of Resilience, by Dr. Zelana Montminy


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