Jessica Markham

Mar 15, 2019

Dress code matters, or is a lawyer allowed to wear jeans?

I’m self-conscious about my blog because of two things: a) I don’t have everything figured out and b) I know I don’t have everything figured out. With this in mind, I submit to you today’s topic: dressing for work. Several things have got me thinking about this topic lately. One is the recent publication of […]

Mar 4, 2019

What is success? Get ready to state your goals.

I recently returned from the American Bar Association mid-year conference, where I attended a presentation titled “Lead Like a Rock Star” by keynote speaker and executive coach Kristi Staab. Staab’s talk was given at lunchtime to a room full of chatty, networking, semi-vacationing lawyers. After an introduction, she got down to business, asking the assembled […]

Feb 21, 2019

For more client referrals, develop your personal and professional network

People often ask me where I get new client referrals. The answer is complicated. But I think one thing that helps generate business is having a varied and interesting personal and professional network. Though it would be easy to hang out only with lawyers, I try not to do that, not only because it would […]

Jan 22, 2019

Cutting down on decision fatigue

In January, like most everyone, I resolved to improve my diet to lose the weight I gained last year while writing my book. More on the book later. In order to eat sensibly I developed an inadvertent routine. For breakfast, yogurt with fruit, an omelette for lunch, a salad for dinner. I realized that this […]

Jan 9, 2019

It’s not all about you

  If you’ve been reading my blog posts with any regularity, you may have caught on that I’ve recently become a big fan of podcasts. This week I heard an interview with the legendary professional basketball player Grant Hill on Oprah’s podcast, “Masterclass.” In the episode, he described in detail his childhood and in particular […]

Dec 26, 2018

I don’t work weekends

The first half of the month of December my mother fell and broke her knee. My mom provides child care for my kids, so all of a sudden I had several weeks where my husband and I had to cobble together child care. It was a disaster. My son had to go into day care, […]

Dec 6, 2018

Culture eats strategy for breakfast

The title of this blog is apparently a famous quote attributed to the late business management expert Peter Drucker. Now I’m about to let you in on two not well-kept secrets: 1.I’m selfish. 2.I don’t know anything about management I’m selfish in that I want to like going to work every day. In order to […]

Nov 19, 2018

Work on your business

Have you ever heard the phrase “work on your business not in it?” I’ll explain more about this concept below, but I want to start by saying that for a lot of lawyers calling a law firm a business is a big taboo. Why is it such a no-no for us to admit that practicing […]

Nov 1, 2018

Lawyering while young

When I took my first real lawyer job in 2005, a few days and a mild hangover fresh from the bar exam, I was the ripe old age of 24. Since that time, I have been practicing family law, and I can tell you that in the beginning there were a lot of “fake it […]

Oct 16, 2018

Trying a little kindness

You can’t have it all, all at once. But you can at least be nice to everyone along the way.

Oct 2, 2018

Life in many labels

Lawyer, business owner, mom... and that's just the start.

Oct 27, 2017

Jessica Markham | Markham Law Firm

Jessica Markham, a principal with Markham Law Firm, was recognized by her peers for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America” in the field of family law for the Washington area. Information in Movers and Shakers is provided by the submitter. To submit a Movers and Shakers item, visit

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