Be a Better Lawyer with Dina Cataldo

Be a Better Lawyer with Dina Cataldo

You have clients, you're making money, and you want to expand. But how can you when you're already working as hard as ever? You can't. That's why I created Be a Better Lawyer Podcast. In this podcast you'll learn how to master the mental game as well as the strategy you need to thrive in the legal profession. We cover topics like: - Systems - Time management and billable hours - Boundaries with clients and employees - Overcoming anxiety - Stress management - Goal setting and accomplishment - Overcoming procrastination - Billing and when to raise your rates - and more This podcast bridges the gap between law school and life. About Dina: I'm a former criminal prosecutor turned Master Certified Coach for Lawyers. I coach lawyers one-on-one to help them uplevel their lives and their practices. You can learn more about working with me here:


July 18, 2024 29 mins

What do you want right now?

Is it to:

  • write a book
  • start a new workout
  • start a business
  • hire a coach
  • grow your net worth

Are you taking action on it?

If you're not, it may be because you're waiting for courage.

In this episode of Be a Better Lawyer, I share what waiting for courage looks like and how you can begin taking action to live your most expansive and fulfilling life.


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If you feel isolated in your firm, you're not alone.

But what is isolation costing you in terms of your long-term happiness at your firm?

And what can you do about it?

In this episode of Be a Better Lawyer, I share an experience I had, and the mindset that created it.

You can create a different experience at your firm when you implement what I'm sharing here today.

Listen in to create a better relationship with yourself and your fi...

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July 4, 2024 34 mins

When I began following desires that seemed impossible to me, that's when my life changed for the better.

Today I'm inviting you to have unreasonable desires.

Desires you may not be verbalizing because your brain says, "That's not reasonable."

In this episode of Be a Better Lawyer, you'll learn the questions and mindset you need to make room for unreasonable desires and take action.

Listen in and be inspired to go after your biggest...

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Washington-based estate planner Andrea Lauritzen is a powerhouse.

But she didn’t always see the power that she had inside herself.

She was a new partner who felt overwhelmed.

She’d tried a lot of things, but nothing seemed to be working.

That’s when she sought help and discovered coaching.

In this episode of Be a Better Lawyer, you’ll hear how Andrea went...

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Today I have a very special guest who’s sharing what it’s taken for her to become a happy lawyer.

Nancy Cogar is a long-time client, friend, and estate and elder law practitioner out of Tennessee.

This episode of Be a Better Lawyer spans a range of topics, and Nancy doesn’t hold back with the wisdom she’s acquired over the years.

In this episode she shares:

✨ The shif...

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June 13, 2024 45 mins

Setting intentional goals is the fastest way to create the lives and businesses we want.

So why do so many of us either not set goals or forget about them altogether soon after we set them?

You'll get the answer to that question and more in this episode of Be a Better Lawyer Podcast.

Plus, I'm sharing:

✨ What a Goldilocks Goal is and how to set one

✨ How to talk yourself through goals even when your brain says it's impossible to ac...

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June 6, 2024 22 mins

Ever wonder what it takes to have incredible inner strength?

To be unshakeable?

Today I’m sharing some of my favorite lessons that I’ve learned on becoming unshakeable in my life, law practice, and business.

In this episode of Be a Better Lawyer, you’ll learn:

🔥 4 lessons to become unshakeable in any situation

🔥 a surprising requirement to being unshake...

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This episode is for the lawyers dreaming of leaving their offices to start a new business.

A lot of new entrepreneurs don’t continue building their businesses because they believe three myths that can crumble your self-esteem if you don’t know what to look for.

Believing these myths can have you:

😫 self-sabotaging a good thing without thinking about long-term consequences

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Last week I had a Coaching Open house where I talked about the subconscious mind and its influence over us and how we can begin reconditioning the subconscious to create the life and practice we want.

I shared a lot of stories about lawyers I’ve worked with, and my hope is those stories inspire you to make the change you may have be...

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May 16, 2024 32 mins

Constraining what you do in your law practice and when you do it is a powerful tool to calm the overwhelm you may be feeling and accelerate progress towards your goals.

Today I’m sharing how to apply constraint in your practice, so you can achieve your goals faster.

In this episode you'll learn:

  • what exactly constraint is in terms of achieving goals
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May 9, 2024 32 mins

If you're the kind of person who thinks you're the kind of person who just needs to work all the time, this episode of Be a Better Lawyer is for You.

In this episode, you'll learn:

👉 the questions I ask myself to become more focused

👉 practices to rejuvenate yourself mid-day

👉 the hidden benefit of giving yourself what you need (hint: it's the reason I can create so much content and trainings for lawyers)

Listen in to create mor...

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If you feel bogged down by the day-to-day casework in your law practice, today's episode of Be a Better Lawyer is a must-listen.

When we don't devote even a small time to thinking big picture in our businesses, we aren't running the business. The business runs us.

In this episode...

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April 25, 2024 30 mins

Are you a Checklist Lawyer? If so, you're wasting time, energy, and creating frustration in your practice.

By necessity, lawyers work by a lot of checklists, but the Checklist Mentality is hurting lawyers more than helping.

In today's episode of Be A Better Lawyer, I'm sharing how being in a Checklist Mentality is stunting the growth of your practice and sapping you of time you ...

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April 18, 2024 30 mins

If you want to grow your law practice (or even simply survive it!), demanding energy has to go.

In this episode of Be a Better Lawyer, I'm sharing the concepts of Demanding and Expanding Energies.

One contracts you and your practice, and the other -- you guessed it -- helps you expand into the biggest version of you and what's possible.

Inside this episode, I'm sharing:

  • How to know if you're in Demanding Energy and how it's ne...
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April 11, 2024 36 mins

If you feel like your law practice is in chaos, listen into this episode. I'm sharing with you two of the most common mistakes I see my clients make, that I see other lawyers making, and I even make them myself from time-to-time.

I'm sharing:

  • why so many lawyers feel like their practice is chaotic and don't know how to make change
  • the number 1 problem I see implementing any time management system
  • a resource you can turn to, so...
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I help lawyers take control of their practice, find fulfillment and create a life they love.

Work with me to start implementing what you're learning in this podcast.

Book a Strategy Session with me, and we'll elevate how you practice the law and how you build your business.

During your session, I'll ask you questions to help you see patterns holding you back from getting what you want....

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Diagnosing and solving next level problems in your law practice is the difference between feeling overwhelmed and calm.

It's the difference between feeling like you're drowning and enjoying your practice.

But our brains don't automatically see these next level problems and instead diagnose superficial problems.

The next level problem is the biggest domino to make change for you.

In this episode of Be a Better Lawyer Podcast, you'll...

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This episode is for the lawyer who wants to continuously improve their life.

I'm sharing with you the top ten time and money investments I've made this year, and there's definitely several in here that are easy tweaks to improve your life a bit. And some that can be transformative.

As I reviewed some of my best investments in both time and money this year, I found some unexpected things.

One is that there's a link between the top 1...

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March 14, 2024 36 mins

Almost every lawyer wants to know how to be more confident whether it's in the courtroom, on the phone with a client or in negotiations with opposing counsel.

But true confidence isn't what you think.

And to build confidence, it takes understanding your brain and its current habits of thinking before you can rewi...

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March 7, 2024 23 mins

What does success mean to you?

Are you relying on what others think success is to define success for yourself?

And does your vision for success have one essential component:

Conscious well-being.

In this episode of Be a Better Lawyer, you'll learn:

  • Why success hinges on you incorporating conscious well-being into your vision of success
  • What external and internal markers o...
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