May 31, 2022 • 39M

#55 - From Bay Street Lawyer to Founder of Flex Legal: A conversation with Erin Cowling, Lawyer, CEO & Founder of Flex Legal Network.

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Matt Scrivens
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Our guest today is Erin Cowling. Erin is a freelance lawyer and CEO & Founder of Flex Legal Network Inc., a company that matches busy lawyers, law firms, and in-house counsel with freelance lawyers to assist with overflow legal work on a project basis. 

Previously, she was a corporate commercial litigator on Bay Street in Toronto. Erin also taught Legal Research & Writing at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law (2018-2020) and was the Regional Alumni Advisor (Toronto) (providing confidential career coaching to new lawyers) for the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law (2019-2021). 

On top of all of this Erin produced an award-winning law blog (currently on pause) and writes for several legal publications. 

Our wide-ranging conversation covers:

  • Erin’s Journey from Big Law to starting FlexLegal;

  • Her experiences working as both a lawyer and a founder of a startup;

  • The importance of lawyers building their brand;  

  • Her take on the current state of the legal profession (and where it is heading); and

  • Advice to young lawyers still figuring out their career path. 

For more on Erin, you can connect with her on LinkedIn and follow her on Twitter at @Cowlingerin or @FlexLegalNet.

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