About Marian Lee

About Marian Lee

Marian Lee is the founding principal of Career Reinvention, LLC. Marian brings to her work a unique combination of legal, business, and leadership experience and a deep commitment to helping others grow professionally and personally.  


Marian has over thirty years of experience in counseling clients as an attorney, building and managing law practices, holding leadership positions in non-profit organizations, coaching lawyers, and directing professional development programs.  She practiced commercial litigation as an associate, a partner, and an "of counsel" in Denver law firms for over sixteen years.  In 2007, she became the director of professional development for Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, a firm of 240 lawyers across nine offices.  During her ten years at Brownstein, she created a robust in-house training program and a mentoring program, a level-based associate advancement process, and special programs focused on first year lawyers, senior associates, and new partners.  She wrote a book on lawyer career development, "Building Your Ladder," published by the American Bar Association in 2013.


University of Northern Colorado, BA 
University of Denver Sturm College of Law, JD


Current:  Zonta International, Denver Chapter, President
Past:  Colorado Bar Association, Board of Governors; Denver Bar Association, Vice President; DBA Young Lawyers Division, Chair; Barristers Ball Fundraiser, Co-Chair; Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training (COBALT) Program Steering Committee; Community Resources, Inc., Board President

Training and Certification

Certified Hudson Institute Coach
Associate Certified Coach, International Coach Federation
Social + Emotional Intelligence Profile® Certified Coach (Individual and 360 Leadership Assessments)
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® Certified

What Clients Are Saying:

"Through coaching with Marian, I learned about the strengths I already possess, and how those strengths translate to the positive work I deliver on a daily basis.  I gained confidence in my abilities rather than wondering what I had to offer.  I always knew that I had more in me, and I wanted other people to know what I bring to the table.  As a result of this new confidence, I’ve sought out new opportunities at work, and it’s paid off.”  -- Catherine R.

“Marian provided me thoughtful, learned, and effective counsel. After distilling my core skills, experience, and motivations, she challenged me to explore a variety of career paths, eventually bringing me to where I am today: in a re-energized career. I highly recommend her.”  -- Rick Z.

“Marian provided concrete action steps to help me reach my goal to open a new business.  I had been considering the steps to take for years, but working with Marian helped me be accountable for moving forward and implementing my business plan.”   -- Rebecca F.

“Not only did Marian provide the accountability I needed to move my career search forward, but her insightful tools and exercises helped me better understand myself and my goals.”  -- Dawn V.



"Building Your Ladder: An Associate's Guide to Success Beyond Partnership"
ABA Publishing, 2013


Be Civil and Courteous to Other Lawyers
The Young Lawyer, Spring 2014

Ask Not What Your Firm Can Do for You
Family Lawyer Magazine, 2013

Today's Economic Pressures Work Against Natural Mentoring
The Complete Lawyer, March 2009

Professional Development is a Necessity, Not a Luxury for Today's Associates
The Complete Lawyer, September 2008

The Vanishing Partnership Carrot
ABA Law Practice Magazine, April 2004

Grading the Teacher:  Associate Evaluations of Partner Performance
The Colorado Lawyer, March 2004

Managing Staff: What Your Lawyers Should Know
ALA Management Encyclopedia, 2004

Co-Authored Books and Articles

Professional Development For Lawyers
Article Panelist, Law Practice Today, September 14, 2016

Do You Think I Should Go to Law School?
Article Panelist, Attorney at Work, December 6, 2010

Being All That You Can Be
Article Panelist, Law Practice, April/May 2008

Contributor, Building Rainmakers: The Definitive Guide to Business Development for Lawyers
by David King Keller, ABA Publishing 2015

Book Reviews

The Happy Lawyer: Making a Good Life in the Law by Nancy Levit and Douglas O. Linder
The Colorado Lawyer, January 2011

Lawyers at Midlife: Laying the Groundwork for the Road Ahead by Michael Long, John Clyde, and Pat Funk
The Colorado Lawyer, March 2009

Law Review Articles

Philadelphia Newspapers, Inc. v. Hepps: A Logical Product of the New York Times Revolution
64 Denver Law Review 65 (1987)


"It is never too late
to be what you might have been."
- George Eliot

Principles That Guide My Work


As human beings, our capabilities are not fixed. We can grow and change throughout our lives.


Often, the biggest obstacles to attaining our goals are our own assumptions and beliefs.


Through coaching, I help my clients to see new possibilities and opportunities to make new choices.


When we discover new options for ourselves, we feel empowered and more in control of our lives.