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Ellen Ostrow, Ph.D., PCC, CMC


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After several years of providing psychological services to women attorneys, it became clear to Ellen that many of these women were not seeking help for the kinds of problems for which psychotherapy is designed. 

Instead, these bright, high-functioning lawyers were trying to cope with the challenges of working in an extremely demanding profession, the norms of which reflect the lives of men far more than those of women.

Ellen founded Lawyers Life Coach LLC to provide professional coaching services to women - and men - attorneys wanting to achieve professional success without sacrificing those things that made their lives meaningful and fulfilling.

Since 1998, Lawyers Life Coach LLC has provided individual and group coaching to attorneys, with an emphasis on enabling women to overcome barriers to advancement and to succeed in their legal careers while protecting their most important personal goals.

Ellen coaches women (and men) attorneys on issues related to career planning and advancement, leadership, work/life conflict, negotiating and implementing flexible schedules, business development, and effective communication, as well as job and career transitions. She has coached hundreds of attorneys throughout the world at varying levels of experience and seniority, from associates to managing partners and general counsel in firms of every size, corporate legal departments, the government and not-for-profit organizations.

In response to increasing requests from law firms for assistance in retaining and advancing talented women and attorneys of color, Ellen has established a consulting practice which advises firms on creating inclusive, multi-cultural workplaces, reducing unexamined bias, implementing balanced-hours policies and women's initiatives, and developing business development and leadership competencies. (See our Consultation Services.)

Known for her expertise in the challenges facing women attorneys, Ellen has been invited to address the ABA, NAWL, NALP and bar association groups throughout the U.S. Ellen has been quoted in the New York Times, the Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, the Legal Times, Of Counsel and many other prominent legal publications. A frequent contributing author for a variety of print and electronic media, Ellen's articles have been published in Perspectives, Lawyers Weekly USA, The New York Law Journal, Trial Magazine, and The Complete Lawyer. Her email newsletter, "Beyond the Billable Hour," has been reprinted by print and electronic publications throughout the world and in multiple languages.

Ellen is Co-President of the Board of The Third Path Institute, was an advisory committee member for the Project for Attorney Retention and PAR-GC, served on the faculty of the ABA Commission on Women's Women in Law Leadership Academy and currently serves on the faculty of the UC Hastings Leadership Academy for Women in Law Firms. She is one of only a handful of PAR Consultants in the U.S. - trained by the Project for Attorney Retention to assist legal employers in implementing effective balanced-hours policies. Ellen also serves on the Advisory Committee of the Lawyers Assistance Program of the District of Columbia Bar.

Ellen received her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Rochester in 1980, received her coach training and certification from the MentorCoach Program, and teaches on the MentorCoach faculty.

After receiving her Ph.D., Ellen served on the psychology department faculties of three universities and as a staff psychologist in the counseling centers of four universities. A licensed psychologist, she entered full-time independent practice in 1987 and became a managing member of a multi-specialty group psychotherapy practice in Washington, D.C. and suburban Maryland.

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Ellen Ostrow, Ph.D., CMC

910 17th Street N.W.
Suite 306
Washington, D.C. 20006
Phone: 202-595-3108
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