The Legacy of Transitions Legal

The Legacy of Transitions Legal

The Legacy of Transitions Legal

Despite the craziness of the past two years, I’m proud of how Transitions Legal has grown!

When I created this firm in 2013, I did not anticipate anything beyond being a solo practitioner. I figured I’d do the grind, day in and day out.

For several years, I had more than enough work to keep myself busy, but I didn’t know how to bring on somebody else. There were so many responsibilities involved with hiring and employing a team. It took some trial and error to figure it out, and I am now walking that line between practicing law and managing a firm.

The talented team of Transitions Legal law firm

In the early days of Transitions Legal, I did not envision what I have today. I’ve had to shift to thinking about, “Wow, I could be managing a firm!”

With the strategic marketing and branding that I engaged in, in close collaboration with my marketing consultant, Lynne Golodner, the firm grew rapidly. More cases came in, more than I could handle alone, and it became clear early on that I’d need help managing the workload.

Alisa Peskin-Shepherd, Transitions Legal

Today, I have a talented team that includes Zoe Fields, legal assistant and office manager, and Sara Gorman Rajan, associate attorney. Truth be told, I could probably hire another attorney if I had room in the office, but there is none.

My history as a lawyer began in the normal way that attorneys start practicing. I joined a firm and worked hard. I rose in the ranks. And then I faced a choice: I could go into practice with others and create something new, or I could climb the ladder in a large firm and eventually step into a managerial role there, or become partner, or both.

Long before I ever imagined Transitions Legal, I went into practice with two other attorneys who already had a firm established. I thought we’d gel into a small firm, but it did not happen quite how I imagined. We basically all practiced law on our own as solo practitioners sharing office space and overhead expenses.

There was no shared mission or values. We did not build a firm culture. We knew that we were partners, but we were not a firm.

And so I made the decision to start a firm of my own.

With steady marketing and consistent branding, and the courage to be different and imagine a new way of practicing family law, Transitions Legal has become known in the legal community and in southeast Michigan.

If I take a moment to step back from all the busy-ness, it’s pretty incredible. I’ve talked to other solo practitioners, and they say, “Wow, what you’ve built is really amazing.” I have to take the time to appreciate what I’ve built and give myself credit.

Transitions Legal is in an interesting phase. We are a true firm, growing, expanding, combining talents and perspectives. I am learning to delegate. With no female mentors to turn to and say, “How did you do this?”, I am writing a new chapter, telling a story that has not yet been told.

Despite all the turmoil that came with the COVID pandemic, my firm has grown significantly over the last two years. Finding and training a great legal assistant has freed me to focus on developing my practice. Now that I’ve added people to the team, the challenge is to make sure my mission and values are carried forward by the people working for me.

Ultimately, I hope to set an example of a woman leading a law firm. I want to be the role model I never had, for younger attorneys. I know all that they have ahead, the challenges they will face.

I’d like to be a reference for younger women attorneys coming up, to see how it can be done, to imagine a new and creative way of practicing family law.

I am setting an example for other attorneys in the field that even if you want to be small, you don’t have to be a solo practitioner. You can still grow. You can carve out a niche and be known for it.

When clients come to Transitions Legal, they walk in the door and feel a level of comfort, trust and compassion. This is a place where it’s not all about a transaction; it’s about a transformation.

Alisa Peskin-Shepherd and Transitions Legal Marketing Consultant Lynne Golodner kayaking during summer 2021

Alisa Peskin-Shepherd and Transitions Legal Marketing Consultant Lynne Golodner kayaking during summer 2021

My message is that family law and divorce can come with compassion, resolution and dignity, and always, respect.

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Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies

I practice mediative divorce law. What exactly does it mean to be mediative? Glad you asked. Mediative is an approach and a mindset to know that our first goal is to collaborate and work with the other side, cooperatively. You can’t always do it, but you should start out with that intention. That’s important because for the family, for your family, being mediative allows you to maintain a sense of respect for the other person. This is important especially if you have children. Think about how your children feel about your divorce; think about how your children can feel if they are aware that you’re going through this process still respecting their other parent. Listen, when a couple goes through a divorce to dissolve their marriage, it’s unrealistic to expect them to get along all of the time or even in some cases much of the time. And really, they don’t need to get along in every area. But when there are children involved, those two people are going to be connected and making joint decisions affecting their children for many years. Especially then, you want to be able to make decisions in as much harmony as possible. It makes the road less bumpy and the outcomes easier to achieve and live. Plus, all throughout their lives, no matter their age even as adults, those children are going to feel the effects of your relationship, just like they did when you were married. It helps to reduce the stress and tension during a challenging period of time. Taking a mediative approach can reduce stress tremendously. You can breathe through your process easier. You may be mad. You may be hurt. There may be unforgivable things that occurred between you which led to this break-down in the relationship. None of that matters. Once you decide to divorce, I say do it with as much dignity and respect for the other person as possible – and if not for them because that respect is not always reciprocated, then for yourself. You don’t need to look back on this period of time and wish you’d handled it with more grace.

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