Coach, Consultant, Facilitator, and Speaker

Martha M. Newman is a certified executive and professional coach who helps high-achieving professionals attain their most important career goals.  Her practice focuses on leadership and management, career advancement, time management, professional presence, communication, business development, public speaking and succession planning.   

Prior to opening her coaching practice, Martha practiced civil law with an emphasis on contracts, oil & gas, and business litigation.  Her corporate experience was in the fields of sales training, public relations, technical writing and marketing.  

In addition to her legal and corporate work, Martha has been a television news anchor, reporter and producer for WFAA-TV in Dallas, winning the prestigious Katy Award from the Dallas Press Club and Best Feature award from United Press International.  

What makes Martha different from her competitors?

Martha holds the coveted PCC credential (Professional Certified Coach) awarded by the International Coach Federation (ICF) to coaches who have received rigorous training in coaching methods, demonstrated excellence in the field of coaching and who have  at least 750 hours of coaching experience.   The credentials awarded by the ICF are the only ones recognized world-wide as valid indicators of coaching expertise. 

Currently a coaching instructor for Executive MBA candidates at the University of Texas at Dallas and in private practice in the DFW area, Martha is the president of Gain Your Goals, Inc. and Top Lawyer Coach LLC.  Her work is outcome-oriented and action-focused with the goal being to help her clients achieve success in their fields in the shortest time possible.  

Professional Strengths

  • Strategic thinking that assists clients with smart decision-making.

  • Enhancing client’s self-confidence and eliminating self-doubt. 

  • Helping clients get “unstuck”and remove obstacles to success.

  • Generating new ideas and options that clients have not considered.

  • Crafting the words to use and how to say them in difficult situations

  • Tackling tough issues and getting to solutions quickly

Examples Corporate & Institutional Clients - Career/Leadership/Communication /Presentation Skills 

  • City of Waco, Texas: Leadership coaching for 22 Department Directors.

  • Fortune 600 financial services holding company with five affiliate companies, Coaching C-Suite Executives, Vice-Presidents, General Counsel, Directorson management skills, knowledge transfer for succession preparation, and strategic planning.

  • Nokia North America in Irving:Facilitated Strategic Marketing Plan for North America.

  • Morgan Stanley Dallas: International investment and financial services.  

  • Leading U.S. franchise-funding company: Provides funding for franchise businesses nation-wide. (Confidentiality requested.)

  • Tektronix Communications:  Network performance monitoring solutions and services and network diagnostics solutions and products.

  • Six Flags Over Texas Corporate: Owns 16 Amusement Parks across U.S.

  • Alvarez & Marsal, Taxand, LLC: Global Benefits and Tax Consultants

  • Availty: U.S.’s largest health information network.  

  • Chubb Group of Insurance Companies: National casualty insurance.

  • Cisco Systems, Inc.: Multi-national company specializing in networking equipment and solutions.

  • North American Coal: Surface mining and marketing lignite coal.

Examples of In-House Counsel and Law Firm Attorneys Coached by Martha

  • Baker McKenzie, Dallas. 

  • Husch Blackwell, Dallas.

  • Alexander, Dubose and Townsend (6 partners in largest appellate boutique in Texas). 

  • Baker Botts (Dallas) Shareholder in M&A.  

  • Cantey, Hanger (Fort Worth): Litigation partner and two associates.

  • Shannon, Gracey (Fort Worth): Two partners in commercial litigation.

  • Thomas Guise Solicitors (UK) Partner Director of tri-city law firm.

  • Novation, LLC (1 year of coaching GC/Executive V.P., two Associate GC’s, one Senior Counsel, and four legal counsels.) Novation is the leading contract servicing company for the U.S. healthcare industry.

  • Large, real estate investment company (Frisco) GC seeking higher pay and career advancement.

  • Chubb Group of Insurance Companies (In House Litigation Manager.) 

  • National Casualty Insurance Company (Austin) Chief Legal Officer who supervises eight attorneys. 

  • Meadows, Collier (5 partners/10 assocs. in premier tax boutique Dallas) 

Examples of Organizations and Companies to which Martha has presented

  • National Life Group-Women’s Leadership Conference

  • Texas Women Rainmakers Conference, Houston 

  • Superwomen Lawyers’ Conference, New Orleans

  • Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce: Women in Business Section

  • Association of General Contractors

  • Commercial Real Estate Women  (CREW)

  • American Bar Association/Real Estate, Tax and Probate:  New York City

  • State Bar of Texas:  Annual State Meeting, 3 years

  • Fort Worth Human Resources Management Association

  • Institute for Supply Chain Management

  • Weaver LLC, regional CPA firm with offices in Dallas and Fort Worth

  • Louisiana Black Women Lawyers’ Association

Leadership Experience

  • Vice-President Marketing, Board of Directors for International Coach Federation, North Texas Chapter (1 yr.)

  • Vice-Chair: Fort Worth Zoning Commission (1 yr.); voting member (7 yrs.)

  • Vice-President of Marketing, Board of Directors of FW Human Resources Management Association (2 yrs.)

  • Board of Directors: Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, Women Influencing Business (2 yrs.)

  • Law Practice Management Committee of State Bar of Texas (6 yrs.) Appointed by two State Bar Presidents.

  • Vice-President/Advocate for the city-wide, Fort Worth League of Neighborhoods (1 yr.)

  • Board of Directors: Berry Street Initiative, Fort Worth’s first massive revitalization program for a commercial corridor. (2 yrs.)

Published Articles

The Texas State Bar Journal has been publishing articles by Martha since 2016 and she remains a regular contributor. Her articles have focused on building strong client relationships, business development skills, strengthening emotional intelligence, attracting super star clients, networking for business results and conquering habits and thinking patterns that are obstacles to success.


Martha earned her J.D. degree from the University Of Texas School Of Law and her Bachelor of Broadcast Journalism degree from the University of Missouri, School of Journalism.


Martha’s community volunteering has included serving:

  • 9 years as a Big Sister in the Big Brother/Big Sister program.

  • 30+ years as a docent at the Kimbell Art Museum.

She is the mother of two adult sons, a talent agent and a creative writer, and one Standard Poodle. Her interests include traveling, boating, art history, politics, reading and hiking.  Martha and her husband live full time in a lake house on a bluff above the water and relish the beautiful views of nature from their home in the trees.