Jade Briani Hopper has quite literally traded one court for another, having retired from her career as a professional tennis player to pursue her career in law. Today, Jade is an Associate at Melbourne law firm, Baker Jones where she practices in litigation and intellectual property law. 

In today’s episode, Jade shares how her career in tennis equipped her with a unique skill set that has prepared her well for her future as a legal professional.   Jade and I talk about how she uses her career experience in tennis, marketing and business development to challenge the conventional practice of law instead of accepting the status quo. 

Here’s a summary of the things we talk about: 

2:28 Jade’s journey so far – studying law while travelling the world as a professional tennis player

5:24 Making the decision to retire from professional tennis in favour of a career in law

7:54 Parallels between a career in tennis and career in law

12:00 “One life, so many lives” – being more than “just” a law student, tennis player or lawyer

18:00 Doing Law Differently at Baker Jones

22:46 Marketing and business development skills

24:38 Jade’s advice for someone who wants to do law differently: be yourself


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