Create a sound balance in your life.

Nora Riva Bergman.

Coach. Consultant. Attorney.

Why Choose Nora? Because her coaching for today’s lawyers and law practices delivers results, results, results…and fun. Nora is dedicated to helping attorneys create the lives and law practices they dreamed of when they were in law school. A licensed attorney since 1992, Nora appreciates the frustrations that lawyers experience everyday, and she is committed to helping them improve their professional and personal lives.

About Nora

Nora Riva BergmanNora brings a unique background to her work as a coach and law practice consultant. She began playing the piano when she was five, but gave it up for the guitar at age 10 and has been playing ever since. After graduating from high school, she worked as professional musician and singer for 10 years before attending college. Music has always been a big part in her life. In fact, the Real Life Practice logo was inspired by the “fermata,” a musical notation.

After graduating from law school, Nora practiced as an employment law attorney and certified mediator. She has served as an adjunct professor at Stetson University College of Law and the University of South Florida.  Nora has also served as the executive director of the St. Petersburg Bar Association, a voluntary bar association with over 1,000 members.  And she has spoken at conferences for the American Bar Association, The Florida Bar, and other national and regional bar associations and legal organizations.

Nora’s background as a musician, attorney, mediator, law professor, and bar executive, coupled with her warm, informal approach, makes her a powerful coach. She understands the challenges lawyers face and all aspects of law practice management from the inside out.

Education and Experience

Nora received her undergraduate degree in journalism, summa cum laude, from the University of South Florida, and her J.D., cum laude, from Stetson University College of Law, where she was a member of the law review and mentored incoming students. She has been a certified Practice Advisor with Atticus since 2006.

Nora is a graduate of the Leadership Development Institute at Eckerd College and is certified in the Conflict Dynamics Profile®, developed to help individuals and organizations learn how to handle conflict constructively. She is also certified in the DISC Behavioral Style Assessment.  In 2012, Nora was invited to join the Thought Leader Team at LawWithoutWalls, an international program for law students founded by the University of Miami School of Law. All LawWithoutWalls participants take a DISC assessment as part of the program, and Nora presents a session on DISC and Leadership as part off the KickOff each year. In 2013, Nora was selected as a faculty member for The Florida Bar’s Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy. Nora also holds a certification as a Lean Six Sigma Sensei from Villanova University and teaches the course Lean Six Sigma for Solos for Solo Practice University.


Want to learn more?

Contact Nora about attorney coaching services, presentations, workshops and keynote speaking.


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