Apr 7, 2020 5:15 PM - 7:30 PM - What Law School Didn’t Teach You: Starting a Law Firm
361 University Avenue, Courthouse
Rotunda 2nd floor, TLA Lawyers Lounge
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1T3

This program contains 90 minutes of Professionalism Content.

Law school didn’t teach you how to start a law firm.  Yet in Ontario, there are over 52,000 lawyers who are either employed by a law firm (or organization) or self-employed. Some may have learned to start a firm by trial and error.  But the wiser way is to learn from the people who have come before you.

Come and join our panel of entrepreneurial lawyers for a candid discussion on how they started their own firms and what they recommend for others, including such topics as:

  • The need to determine a specialization
  • Pricing yourself appropriately and knowing your worth
  • Dealing with money and valuing yourself
  • Consulting an accountant and other experts
  • Starting a firm within a firm
  • Having a long term view
  • Overcoming a fear of failure
  • Combatting loneliness
  • How to get clients and develop lasting relationships
  • Building a network
  • Communicating business with your client
  • How to recognize that you’ve reached a benchmark and manage each transition


  • Areta Lloyd, Dickson Appell LLP
  • Jeffrey E. Feiner, Corman Feiner LLP
  • Roselyn T. Pecus, Roselyn T. Pecus Professional Corporation
  • Leslie Vine, Vine & Associates - Supporting The Business Of Law Firms
  • Marcus B. Snowden, Snowden Law Professional Corporation

Program details

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

5:15 – 7:30 p.m. (Registration at 5:00 p.m.)

Followed by a Networking Event

TLA Lawyers Lounge, 2nd Floor, 361 University Avenue Court House

This program contains 90 minutes of Professionalism Content.

Registration Fee:

Members $90.00 + HST 

Member Licensing Candidates and New Calls $20.00 + HST 

Non-Members and Friends of the TLA $120.00 + HST 

Complimentary tickets are available for Law School Students. Please contact Sandra Porter at events@tlaonline.ca.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Register online now or download the form.

No refunds after March 31, 2020. An administrative fee of $25.00 will be applied to all cancellations. Space is limited, no walk-ins.

Many thanks to our generous Sponsor:

This organization has been approved as an Accredited Provider of Professionalism content by the Law Society of Ontario.

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