Meet the Lucky Lawyer

I'm Nicole Kuklok-Waldman, and I used to call myself a “Lucky Lawyer” because I loved my practice and job as a land use lawyer.

After graduating from UC Berkeley and Georgetown University Law Center, I worked in BigLaw at two major firms.

I then moved on to boutique law firms working for my former BigLaw partners.

But in 2015, my life changed and I left the practice of law.

It turned out that my practice, billable hours, and a "typical lawyer life" weren't compatible with the life I wanted to live.

Since then, I've worn several hats, including saleswoman, consultant, and professor. In that journey, I learned a lot and found that I was helping a lot of people—from students to friends to co-workers—get clear on their careers. I created the Lucky Lawyer Course as a way to share my knowledge and help others with what I've learned.

Some Fun Facts


I love my husband, kids, dog, Peloton, and travel.


I hate wearing business suits because you can't push up the sleeves.


I currently own a consulting firm and teach at the University of Southern California.

Articles and Events You May Have Seen Me In

Warning Signs You’re In The Wrong Job
H. Dennis Beaver: Escape from the planet of the lawyers
Commentary: How To Bounce Back From A Cancelled Career
5 Steps to Reinvent your Legal Career During COVID-19
Legal Networking Forum 021
Top Five Mistakes to Avoid if You’re Unhappy at Work
5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me When I First Became An Attorney
Helping Lawyers Find Their Best Lives

Here's What Others Have to Say

It’s so easy for Nicole to get clear on things that seem so unclear to others. She’s really got a gift for this.


Former Co-worker

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