Lawyer. Unbundling 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 for “Every Day Legal Problems” like 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.
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,
Collaborative Divorce Vancouver, and is a regular presenter with Continuing Legal Education Society and Legal Aid BC.
She also loves to run…for fun!
British Columbia, 2014
Law Society of British Columbia
Mediation Certification 2022
Canadian Bar Association. past co-chair and member-at-large for Unbundled Legal Services Subsection
Collaborative Divorce Vancouver, Board Member and Incoming Co-Chair
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
” Unbundled Law- in a gig economy”– June 2021 edition of CBA Bar Talks, Canadian Bar Association