Hello, I'm Lisa Eisen.
I am the founder of Family Law: A La Carte.
My Legal Experience
I have represented clients at every stage of the family law process - from providing advice to people only contemplating separation to arguing appeals of trial decisions - and everything in between. I have drafted agreements (cohabitation, marriage, and separation) and every possible kind of court document (affidavits, facta, case/settlement/trial management conference briefs, and appeal material).
I have written content for family law legal websites. I co-authored a chapter on family law in Ontario for the European Lawyer Reference, Second edition 2013 and various articles for Continuing Professional Development programs.
I have prepared countless financial statements and tracked huge amounts of disclosure. I have scoured bank statements, credit card statements, and corporate financial statements.
I have negotiated, mediated, and litigated.
My Coaching Experience
In 2011, I thought I was done with practicing law. I began a coaching certification with the Adler Professional Coaching. During that process, the lightbulb went on for me and I realized there was a way for me to bring coaching principles to the practice of family law.
I became certified as an Associate Certified Coach through the International Coaching Federation in 2015.
My ‘Unique Experience’
After my call to the Bar, I spent a few years in the business/legal world teaching people how to negotiate and mediate. I gained valuable experience working with adults as they learned new skills. I came to appreciate the importance in watching people respond differently to similar circumstances. What I mean is that even though the participants in the workshops I facilitated were all exposed to the same information at the same time, each had a unique experience. The concept of having a ‘unique experience’ in the midst of a shared process stayed with me.
I witness the same ‘unique experience’ each time I meet with a client. Even though family law clients all go through (essentially) the same process, each has a ‘unique experience’. Each client has his/her own story. Each has his/her own values, strengths, and challenges.
My Values & Strengths
Authenticity, connection, fairness. Those are my core values.
Communication and organization are two of my innate strengths. I love to write. I love to take complex ideas and simplify them. I love details. I use my strengths to empower others.
Member in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario
Diverse professional development certificates and courses
2015 - ACC from International Coaching Federation
1995 - Call to the Ontario Bar
1993 - LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School
1990 - Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from York University