Profiles of Joy: Audrey Courson

Audrey Courson fills us in on taking risks and finding joy in what she does.


"If you want to work for yourself, don’t be afraid to do it early!"


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Your full name:

Audrey Courson


City of practice:

San Francisco


Firm name:

Law Offices of Audrey Courson


What is your educational background?

I graduated from the University of San Francisco and obtained my JD from Southwestern Law School.


Tell us more about your practice!

I practiced civil litigation in a few SF law firms. Eventually, I took a huge leap of faith and went out on my own in family law (an area I had not ever practiced before). I took on probono cases to learn this new area of the law and to gain experience. Now, two years later, I have a thriving solo family law practice.


How do you define joy?

Joy, for me, means being content--not necessarily crazy happy, but not searching for something better.


What does Joy in the Law mean to you?

I love working for myself and am very content with my practice. I enjoy family law.


Name three things that you do or would like to do to find joy in daily life.

  • Working out daily (walking, pilates)

  • Cooking at the end of the day

  • I would like to read more (or listen to more podcasts)


What inspires you to find joy?

  • Networking groups such as the BASF Family Law Section

  • The Joy in the Law Group (and listening to the inspiring stories of others in our group)

  • Socializing


Knowing what you know now about lawyering, what would you tell your younger self if you could?

Find a firm culture that fits with your personality, and somewhere that will offer you an effective mentor to whom you feel safe opening up. Also, if you want to work for yourself, don’t be afraid to do it early!


Where did you grow up?

In Reno, Nevada


Can you tell us some favorite things about growing up there?

The close proximity to Tahoe, where I enjoyed going in both winter and summer, and having my cousins nearby.


Do you have a family legacy that lives on through you?

My parents have always been friendly and social, hosting big dinner parties. I am carrying on that legacy here in SF with my husband.


Who are some of the special people in your life?

  • My family and friends

  • My sisters and cousins (who are like my sisters because I grew up with them)

  • My parents


If money were no object and you could do anything at all, what would you do?

I would be a traveling food blogger or a traveling performer (singer or dancer).


What are your favorite things to do while commuting?

Car dancing (and singing).



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