Sonali Sharma

Sonali Sharma

Lawyer. Advocate. Educator. Volunteer

Originally a small town girl and a coal miner’s daughter, Sonali is not your typical lawyer. Passionate about social justice issues but pragmatic in nature. Sonali completed her articles in Northern B.C., with a full-service firm and the Ministry of Justice. She has a unique mix of professional work experience ranging from positions at RBC Global Asset Management, Vancouver Coastal Health’s EFAP (Employee and Family Assistance Program) to working as a Family Lawyer with a mid-sized firm in Richmond, B.C.

She started Athena Law because she saw a need for affordable “unbundled” legal services, particularly in the areas of Family (out-of-court) and Wills and Estates practice. Sonali’s core strengths lie in her ability to connect with others. She works with her clients and referral networks to help provide tailored services that meet each client’s individual needs. Above all, Sonali believes in collaboration. She understands that family and estate issues require a lot more than just legal support.

Her partnerships with Vancouver Coastal Health’s EFAP program and Financial Literacy Counsel have provided many individuals with free financial and legal literacy. Sonali understands that most legal issues have an emotional and financial component. Her mission is to empower her clients with knowledge which she hopes will ultimately transform their relationships with finances, family and death.

Outside of work, Sonali is actively involved with the Access Pro Bono Wills Clinic, Atira’s legal drop-in clinic, and Dress for Success, Vancouver.

Oh and she likes to run…for fun.

Bar Memberships:

British Columbia, 2014

Professional Affiliations:

Law Society of British Columbia

Canadian Bar Association. Board Member Unbundled Legal Services Section 

Collaborative Divorce Vancouver, Board Member

Education:

N.C.A., University of Ottawa and University of British Columbia, 2012

LL.M., University of California, Berkeley, 2010

LL.B., University of Leicester, UK, 2008

B.A., University of Calgary, AB 2006

Spoken Languages:

English

Hindi

Punjabi

Urdu