Business Development Women in Law

A great business development guide for women lawyers

Looking for a guide to business development for women lawyers? I have found a great resource for you!

I was doing some research this week and came across  A Guide to Business Development for Women Lawyers. It was prepared by the Law Society of Upper Canada, and after giving it a quick read yesterday I have concluded this is a must read for any woman lawyer in private practice.  If you are a senior lawyer it is a good resource to share with your mentees. This guide has specific and actionable business development tips for women lawyers, and valuable quotes from many women lawyers.

And it’s free!

This Guide to Business Development for Women Lawyers covers all the most critical topics – everything from dealing with imposter syndrome to how to ask for business.

Kudos to The Justicia Project Business Development Working Group and the women lawyers who took the time to share their practical experience and insight:

  • Samantha Alfonzo, Associate, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP – Hamilton, ON
  • Ellen Bessner, Partner, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP – Toronto, ON
  • Elizabeth M. Brown, Partner, Hicks Morley Hamilton Steward Storie LLP – Toronto, ON
  • Mary Catherine Chambers, Partner, Buset & Partners LLP – Thunder Bay, ON
  • Mary M.S. Fox, Founding Partner, Ducharme Fox LLP – Windsor, ON
  • Mandy Fricot, Lawyer, Fricot Law – Thunder Bay, ON
  • Marie Heinen, Lawyer, Henein and Associates – Toronto, ON
  • Cheryl Hodder, QC, Partner, McInnes Cooper – Halifax, NS
  • Deborah A. Humphreys, Weiler Maloney Nelson – Thunder Bay, ON
  • Tanya A. Leedale, Partner, O’Connor MacLeod Hanna LLP – Oakville, ON
  • Barbara Legate, Personal Injury Lawyer, Legate & Associates – London, ON
  • Laurie Pawlitza, Partner, Torkin Manes LLP & Immediate Past Treasurer, the Law Society of Upper Canada – Toronto, ON
  • Janice Payne, Partner, Nelligan O’Brien Payne – Ottawa, ON
  • Corina Weigl, Partner, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP – Toronto, ON
  • Heather Williams, Cavanagh LLP – Ottawa, ON

About the author

Allison Wolf

I am the founder of AWAL and one of the most senior coaches for lawyers in North America. I have helped countless clients over the past fifteen years, develop thriving legal practices and before that served as director of marketing for award-winning law firms. My specialty is uncovering the thinking traps and gaps holding clients back and helping them acquire the mindsets, skills, and habits for growing successful and rewarding legal careers. After a career in legal marketing and business development with law firms in Beijing, New York, and Vancouver, I was trained as a coach in 2004 at Royal Roads University and now coach clients from across North America. You can reach me at or learn more about my coaching practice from the coaching section of the Attorney With A Life Website.