Donna Wannop

Donna Wannop, LL.B., MBA, is a leader in the highly specialized field of performance coaching for lawyers.

Donna’s expertise is based on over 25 years of immersive work in the legal profession, as a lawyer in practice, a Director of Business Development at several top tier law firms, a law firm strategist and consultant, and a coach to individual lawyers.

Her approach to coaching is tailored in each case to the individual she is working with.  She helps her clients indentify and understand the specific things that need to be addressed in order for them to move forward, and she is known for her ability to motivate and support highly positive, productive and sustainable change.

Donna’s areas of expertise include:

  • Performance coaching
  • Transitional coaching
  • Leadership and management coaching
  • Skill specific coaching (for example, business development coaching)


Her services include:

  • One-on-one coaching
  • 360 reviews using in-depth qualitative interviewing
  • Observational coaching
  • Developing and conducting coaching programs for large numbers of lawyers within a law firm or in-house legal department


Donna works with lawyers in private practice in firms of all sizes and descriptions, from large, international full service law firms to small boutique practices.  She also works with corporate, institutional and government in-house legal departments.  Donna coaches a wide variety of lawyers at all stages of their professional careers, focusing on their performance as practicing professionals and as leaders and managers of law firms and in-house legal departments.  She has provided intense, one-on-one coaching to over 1,000 lawyers.

In addition to her coaching and consulting work, Donna authored one of the first texts published on the subject of law firm marketing, and she has also authored hundreds of articles , and conducted many presentations on subjects relating to law firm management and business development.  For many years, she held a position as lecturer with York University’s Faculty of Business, designing and teaching advanced courses on professional services marketing in the MBA program.

Donna has a law degree (LL.B.) from The University of Western Ontario and an MBA from York University.

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