Marian Lee, Esq.
Senior Consultant

“Coaching is an opportunity for my clients to experience a seismic shift in self-awareness; to move from paralysis to action; and to become more confident, effective and influential in their careers. There’s nothing more fulfilling than facilitating this kind of change.”


Marian is an executive coach, former practicing lawyer and consultant on leadership and lawyer development. Through coaching, Marian partners with her clients in a dynamic process to help them to grow their capabilities, envision new possibilities and leverage their strengths to accomplish their goals.

Marian particularly enjoys coaching professionals on career transitions, having successfully navigated two major transitions herself. Prior to coaching, Marian practiced law for 16 years, then pivoted to a career in lawyer training and development at an Am Law 200 firm. As a professional development director, she created a variety of innovative training, mentoring and coaching programs, in addition to implementing a competency model to guide lawyer evaluation and advancement. Marian has also held leadership positions in several nonprofit and professional organizations. After 10 years in the training and development field, Marian earned her coaching certification and left her law firm position to pursue coaching full-time.

 Education & credentials

  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law, J.D.
  • University of Northern Colorado, B.A., Journalism
  • International Coaching Federation, Professional Certified Coach (PCC)

 Professional background

  • Career Reinvention LLC, Principal
  • Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP, Senior Director of Legal Talent
  • Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP, Of Counsel
  • Cortez Macaulay Bernhardt & Schuetze LLC, Partner


  • International Coaching Federation
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Alliance of Professional Women
  • Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program


  • “Building Your Ladder: An Associate’s Guide to Success Beyond Partnership”, ABA Publishing, 2019
  • “One on One Professional Development: Mentoring and Coaching in the Legal Profession”, The Colorado Lawyer (November 2019, Co-authored)


  • “Is Your Firm Ready for Real-Time Feedback?” Co-Presenter, Professional Development Institute, Washington, DC, December 2019 
  • “Applied EQ at All Stages of Lawyer Development: Frameworks for Teaching, Coaching, and Advising Associates”, Co-Presenter, Professional Development Consortium Summer Conference, Nashville, TN, July 2019
  • “New Approaches to Delivering Feedback”, Presenter and Panel Moderator, NALP Canadian Section Meeting, Toronto, Canada, December 2018
  • “The Role of Emotional Intelligence in Mediation”, 12th Annual Colorado ADR Conference, Denver, CO, November 2018
  • “Choosing a Destination: Proactively Managing Your Career as a Midlevel Associate”, ABA Legal Career Central Webcast, September 2017

Client appreciations

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