Allison Wolf, The Lawyer Coach

Allison Wolf

My particular strengths as a coach are business development; practice management; and career at all levels of seniority. Having worked with a wide group of clients from every area of practice I have developed a deep understanding of the national and international legal marketplace that informs my work with my clients.

In addition to my coaching practice, I have over twenty years of experience as an in-house legal marketing and business development professional for law firms of all sizes and scope. I began with the Beijing, New York, and Washington D.C. offices of an international law firm, followed by a national Canadian firm and two large regional firms. I am a recognized expert in legal marketing and business development, frequently asked to write for U.S. and Canadian legal journals and present to professional associations and private law firms.

I am a Professional Certified Coach and member of the International Coaching Federation; a former board member with West Coast LEAF; a former President of both the LMA Vancouver Chapter and the non-profit Pacifica Family Addictions Foundation. I have a B.A. from McGill University. I conducted graduate studies in Communications and East Asian Studies at McGill University and the Beijing Film Academy. I received my Executive Coaching Certification (CEC) from Royal Roads University in 2004. The program is accredited by the International Coaching Federation which is the official international governing body of the profession. I am also a 2014 graduate of the Martha Beck Life Coach Training program.

Janiene Chand

Janiene is a former lawyer and certified professional coach trained by an International Coaching Federation (ICF) institution. She has a legal background, working in the legal field for over 12 years. Her experience as a legal assistant, paralegal, and lawyer gives her a unique understanding of the team dynamics within law firms. During this time, she also developed a strong skill-set around practice management and career development.

As a first generation lawyer and a young woman of color, Janiene encountered many challenges over the course of her career in law, including a lack of confidence, self-doubt, and micro-aggressions from others in the legal field. Her lived experience of meeting and overcoming these difficulties inspired her to pursue her qualification as a certified professional coach.

Janiene puts her experience to work in support and guidance of other junior lawyers. She helps lawyers gain clarity, confidence, and courage to maximize their personal and professional development. As a lawyer and coach, Janiene believes in “living a life anchored with alignment to values and empowerment.

Allison Wolf, The Lawyer Coach

My particular strengths as a coach are business development; practice management; and career at all levels of seniority. Having worked with a wide group of clients from every area of practice I have developed a deep understanding of the national and international legal marketplace that informs my work with my clients.

In addition to my coaching practice, I have over twenty years of experience as an in-house legal marketing and business development professional for law firms of all sizes and scope. I began with the Beijing, New York, and Washington D.C. offices of an international law firm, followed by a national Canadian firm and two large regional firms. I am a recognized expert in legal marketing and business development, frequently asked to write for U.S. and Canadian legal journals and present to professional associations and private law firms.

I am a Professional Certified Coach and member of the International Coaching Federation; a former board member with West Coast LEAF; a former President of both the LMA Vancouver Chapter and the non-profit Pacifica Family Addictions Foundation.  I have a B.A. from McGill University. I conducted graduate studies in Communications and East Asian Studies at McGill University and the Beijing Film Academy. I received my Executive Coaching Certification (CEC) from Royal Roads University in 2004. The program is accredited by the International Coaching Federation which is the official international governing body of the profession. I am also a 2014 graduate of the Martha Beck Life Coach Training program.

What People Say

Here’s what some of Allison’s coaching clients past and present have said about their experience

Over the last few years, Allison has become my ultimate professional–and sometimes personal–support. Her advice is strategic, action-oriented and practical. She will break down larger career goals into manageable steps that don’t feel overwhelming. I come away from our meetings reinvigorated about my career path–one that I own and have created. Ultimately, working with Allison is an investment I have made in myself and in my career. I cherish her wisdom, her sound advice and her friendship.

Michelle Yung

Allison has provided invaluable counsel to me for many years, and I now have more control and satisfaction in my legal career than I thought possible. She has the experience to know “how it is” in law, but she also has a vision for how much better it could be, and the training to help clients discover and chart their own paths.

Ellen Vandergrift, Vandergrift Law

Allison’s advice and guidance have been instrumental in helping me to develop a busy commercial litigation practice, while also prioritizing family and outside interests. Allison’s range of experience with lawyers in the United States, Canada and overseas allows her to offer a perspective to her clients that few others can. I highly recommend her services to lawyers looking to improve their practices and personal lives.

Curtis E. Marble, Partner

Allison is my go to person for career advice. Whether I’m struggling with a new aspect of day to day practice or planning for the future, Allison is there for me. Allison takes the time to listen to and understand me: my goals, areas of challenge and personality. Allison then provides practical and useful advice that I have implemented time and time again. I really don’t know what I’d do without her.

Danielle Lewchuk

Allison was instrumental in my transition to a practice devoted to mediation and arbitration. With her assistance, I was able to develop and then execute a plan going forward. I continue to use Allison’s services to keep me my marketing and business development work on track. I have no hesitation in recommending Allison as a coach and a marketing consultant.

Mark Tweedy, C. Med.

Coaching with Allison has been invaluable to me and my career. Allison is a dedicated, patient and effective coach. She has been both a practical resource for business development and a sounding board on the human and emotional level. She celebrates my successes, helps me generate ideas, and holds me accountable in moving forward, even when I am feeling uncertain or discouraged. She helps me build my resilience in dealing with all the challenges inherent in being a lawyer. She also has a very essential human touch I really appreciate.

Monique Shebbeare, Wills, Estates, and Reproductive Law

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