Andrea L. Colby, Esq.
I am an attorney and certified professional coach. My legal specialty was in the practice of intellectual property law and has taken me from the public to the private and corporate sectors, including over 25 years in the intellectual property department of one of the world’s largest health care companies. Throughout my legal career, I mentored, coached and advised in the areas of organizational management and professional development of attorneys. Not only have I been a lawyer, I have been a client: as an in-house attorney, I’ve had many occasions on which to engage outside counsel and work with them extensively on wide-ranging projects. As such, I have a unique viewpoint from which to coach attorneys in private practice around establishing relationships and communicating with their clients.
During my years of legal practice, I observed that some attorneys have a natural knack for knowing how to succeed in the legal field while some, including myself (!), have had to work hard to develop the needed skills. I have seen that one of the most important proficiencies most attorneys need to develop is forming relationships with their clients and colleagues through effective communication. Through trial and error, hours of practice and integrating feedback into my practice, I found my own voice and became a trusted advisor and colleague to my clients and my teammates. I now devote my time to helping other attorneys find their voices.
I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, law degree from Albany Law School of Union University, Master of Arts in Organizational Management from Fielding Graduate University and professional coaching certification from the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching. I am also an International Coaching Federation-accredited Associate Professional Coach. When I am not practicing law or helping attorneys, I play the piano, write music and spend time with my husband Michael, a lyricist and teacher, my son Steven, a new attorney, and our two standard poodles, Max and Lily. I also serve as a trustee on several nonprofit boards, including an arts education organization, Young Audiences of New Jersey-Eastern Pennsylvania, and the board of Albany Law School.