The Exceptional Lawyer

About Joshua Hornick

Most attorneys purchasing an executive coaching package don’t know that

  • It is common for executive coaches to work with as many as 25 clients at the same time.
  • In the largely unregulated world of executive coaching, the most respected certifying body is the International Coach Federation, which designates a qualified coach as a professional certified coach (PCC).
  • Among the key factors in choosing an executive or leadership coach is to find someone that “speaks the language of your game.”  While an experienced basketball coach knows a lot about getting a team to work together, if your game is volleyball, the basketball coach is not your best candidate.  It is the same for business coaches.

Joshua Hornick, JD, MA, PCC

            Joshua Hornick, founder and president of The Exceptional Lawyer, has a passion for the exceptional.  Throughout his career, he has created and worked with individuals and organizations to become more exceptional. 

            Mr. Hornick received his law degree from The Law School at the University of Chicago in 1985 (where he received two awards for outstanding public service) and joined the New York Bar.  He became an associate in the corporate law department of the Wall Street firm of Seward & Kissell.  He left Seward & Kissell to join a small team that founded New York City’s first “community development” bank, Community Capital Bank.  He played a key role in the turnaround of the then-ailing City National Bank, New Jersey’s only minority owned and managed bank.

            He left the practice of law to teach high school physics at, among other places, the Trinity School in New York City.  In 1994, he moved to Amherst, MA, where he founded and directed for seven years, North Star, a small educational not-for-profit corporation, aimed at bringing out the exceptional in teenagers.  Mr. Hornick earned several awards as a teacher and is listed in Who’s Who in American Education.  After his work as a non-profit director, he began his work in executive coaching.

            Mr. Hornick is founder and president of The Exceptional Lawyer, providing specialized executive coaching to attorneys, supporting good attorneys to become exceptional.  He is currently working on a book about what makes lawyers exceptional.  To research the book, in addition to reviewing the literature, he has interviewed 70 attorneys about what makes attorneys exceptional and what stands in their way.  

            Prior to his work with attorneys, Mr. Hornick coached corporate executives and managers at mid-sized companies, small-business owners, and entrepreneurs.  He was graduated from the Thomas Leonard Coaching School.  He holds the designation Professional Certified Coach from the International Coach Federation.  Mr. Hornick is on the faculty of the CoachVille Center for Coaching Mastery, where he teaches fundamental and advanced curricula.  He also leads workshops in coaching skills at corporations and educational institutions, teaching The Coaching Simplified method, which he developed.  He is an affiliate member of the Coaching Center of Vermont.

            Mr. Hornick lives with his partner and children in Amherst, MA.  He enjoys playing sports and the piano.  He is a musical theater maven.


  • Member, Law Practice Management Section, American Bar Association
  • Member, International Coach Federation
  • Member, International Association of Coaches
  • Charter Member, International Positive Psychology Association
  • Member, Western Massachusetts Coaches Alliance
  • Affiliate Member, Coaching Center of Vermont
  • Member, Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce


  • Graduate, Thomas Leonard Coaching School, 2003
  • MA (Science Education), The City College of New York, 1993
  • JD, The Law School, University of Chicago, 1985 (Recipient of Ann Barber and Morton/Murphy Awards for Outstanding Public Service)
  • BA (Politics and Peace Studies, with honors), UCSC, 1981 (Cowell College Valedictorian)


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