Paula Davis-Laack, JD, MAPP, is a former practicing lawyer, an internationally-published writer, speaker, media contributor, and a stress and resilience expert who has taught burnout prevention and resilience workshops for thousands of professionals around the world.

Paula left her law practice after 7 years and earned a master’s degree in applied positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. As part of her post-graduate training, Paula was selected to be on the University of Pennsylvania faculty teaching and training resilience skills to soldiers for the Army’s Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness program. The Penn team trained resilience skills to more than 25,000 soldiers.

Her articles on stress, burnout prevention, resilience, and thriving at work are prominently featured on her blogs in The Huffington Post, Forbes, Fast Company and Psychology Today.  Her latest e-book is titled, Addicted to Busy: Your Blueprint for Burnout Prevention.

Her expertise has been featured in and on O, The Oprah Magazine, Redbook,,, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC), The Steve Harvey TV show, Huffington Post Live and a variety of media outlets.  Paula is a key resource for the legal profession on the topics of stress, resilience, and burnout.  She has been featured in and on the Lawyerist,, various ABA webinars and articles, and the Women’s Law Journal.  She also writes a regular column called “On Balance” for Wisconsin Lawyer magazine.

She is the Founder and CEO of the Stress & Resilience Institute, a training and consulting firm devoted to helping companies and busy professionals build their resilience to stress ( She is also a partner in Lawyer Strong, LLC, which provides resilience training to law firms.

Paula’s burnout story…

Paula practiced law for seven years before burning out, going back to school, and changing careers.  During her year-long experience with burnout, she experienced weekly (sometimes daily) panic attacks, stomach aches that sent her to the hospital three times, exhaustion, non-existent work/life balance, and was generally ticked off at life.  Specific burnout prevention tools, along with building a resilience practice, helped her to fully recover; as a result, she is devoted to sharing this knowledge with you and your organization.

Professional training…

Marquette University Law School

Paula is a lawyer by training, having worked for seven years as a commercial real estate lawyer, first in a large law firm, then as in-house legal counsel for a Fortune 500 company. She received her law degree from Marquette University School of Law.

University of Pennsylvania 

After her law practice, Paula went back to school to become one of the first 200 people to graduate with a master’s degree in applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She received extensive post-graduate training in resilience from the world’s leading authority on the topic and spent four years working with the University of Pennsylvania and the Army’s Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness program training resilience skills to more than 20,000 drill sergeants and non-commissioned officers in the US Army and their spouses.  She has lots of great stories to tell!

When she’s not working…

dogsPaula is a sports enthusiast who has played and followed sports since the age of five. She will watch just about any sporting event, but is most passionate about baseball (the Chicago Cubs) and football (the Green Bay Packers). Paula loves traveling and exploring new cities and countries, and she’s a foodie and wine enthusiast. She would not have survived burnout without the love and support of her husband Tom and their golden retrievers, Sadie and Zoey.  Paula and Tom are new parents to beautiful daughter Lucy Tess!