Francine Tone has been a California lawyer since 1989 and is the managing partner of Tone & Tone, Attorneys at Law. She is an Appellate Law Specialist, certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, with a focus in real estate, business, family law and criminal defense. She has also sat as a judge pro tem for over 20 years. She is a litigation and trial strategist helping trial attorneys shore up cases to reduce the likelihood of appeal or prevail on appeal. “Appellate courts are not the forum to get the best and speediest results for clients in most cases. Assisting trial counsel with the appellate perspective helps clients stay out of the appellate courts or be in a winning position if they do end up there.”
Today, in addition to practicing law, Francine Tone is the principal consultant, strategic advisor and corporate trainer of Francine Tone & Associates LLC. She is a trust-building expert and offers leadership and emotional intelligence training to law firms, business teams and ski area management. She helps these companies become more productive, improve realization rates and client retention, while also improving the lifestyles of each individual team member. Additionally, high-achieving professional women hire her to harness time & energy to optimize performance and life integration because they are too busy to see the hidden time and energy that keeps slipping through their fingers. So she helps them improve productivity and lifestyle.
Francine has a mission to grow businesses and lifestyles structured around relationships built on iron-clad trust using strategies supported by modern brain science. Her escaping an exceptionally challenging childhood and helping her son to recover from a severe traumatic brain injury that almost left him a vegetable fuels her drive.
She also focuses on improving the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment as a member of her local Soroptimist Club in which she is a former President. She is also active with the Professional Ski Instructors of American, as a skier & trainer, a leadership trainer, and pro bono legal counsel, actively pursuing equal opportunities for women in the ski and outdoor industry.
Francine is a 3-time #1 bestselling author, the author of the award-winning #1 bestselling book What Every Good Lawyer Wants You To Know, the upcoming book The Art of Action, and co-author of the soon to be released book Voices of the 21st Century. She is a top certified ski instructor and trainer, a scuba divemaster, a podium-finishing standup paddleboard racer and surfs her standup paddleboard in Hawaii for several weeks each year. Francine is married to her law partner and lives in the mountains near Lake Tahoe, California.