Experienced lawyer and project manager with over 17 years of solving legal and business challenges in a creative, efficient and cost effective manner.
Core areas of expertise include:
Building and motivating accountable, results oriented legal teams;
Creating processes to efficiently manage legal and business complexity;
Delivering effective solutions to legal and business challenges;
Assessing and managing risk from a holistic business objective perspective;
Introducing groups, individuals and organizations to Legal Project Management principles; and
Delivering engaging and practical presentations and workshops.
With a wealth of experience both in-house and in firm environments, she is uniquely suited to provide strategic guidance and practical skills training and coaching while helping you build powerful lawyer-client relationships.
Her services combine technical knowledge, real life lessons and experiences with a passion for sharing her learning with others. She has lived on both sides of the lawyer-client relationship having served for 7 years as General Counsel and Executive Vice President of DRI Capital Inc. (as well as a member of its Leadership Team and Investment Committee) and practiced corporate and securities law for a combined 8 years at the Toronto offices of Torys, LLP and Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg (then Davies Ward & Beck).
These experiences provide her with unique insight into the challenges and opportunities that present themselves to today's legal service providers.
Melissa dovetails her client and firm experiences with her PMP perspective and lessons learned (sometimes the hard way) to deliver practical, strategic advice on approaches you can adopt to develop powerful lawyer-client relationships that are based on your specific environment.