Melissa LaFlair PMP, LL.B., Ivey HBA is Founder of LaFlair Legal and Project Management Services®, a business focused on Building Powerful Lawyer-Client Relationships®. Melissa is an experienced lawyer, business person and certified project management professional (PMP) with over 18 years of solving legal and business challenges in a creative, efficient and cost effective manner. Her services combine technical knowledge and 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. (a private equity fund manager with now over $2 billion under management) 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). Her wealth of hands-on experience both in-house and in firm environments provides her with unique insight into the challenges and opportunities that present themselves to today's legal service providers and consumers. She actively works with people on both sides of the lawyer-client relationship to enable their working together more effectively and efficiently while minimizing surprises.