Christine Holmes, founder of LawyersInHouse.com (LIHDC), was a law student when she first noticed the lack of options in her chosen profession. Only big firms had a presence on campus, and their focus was on recruiting candidates who would go on to clock 100-hour work weeks. For everyone else, there was no discernable path forward. As the single parent of two children, one with Down Syndrome, Christine struggled with the demands of working in a boutique law firm and, later, as in-house counsel at Cineplex Entertainment and PepsiCo. Work-life equilibrium, support networks, and diverse role models were rare. Even as other industries adopted emerging technologies and agile delivery methods, big law remained office-based and reluctant to embrace efficiencies. Christine saw many experienced lawyers, especially women, leave the profession due to a lack of options, flexibility and opportunities.
Eventually, Christine packed up her family and moved to a rural town in Ontario, where she spent several satisfying years working remotely, providing business-minded legal support to multinationals and startups. She enjoyed a more balanced lifestyle and didn’t miss commuting a bit. She also noticed a growing demand for experienced lawyers who were flexible, responsive and reasonably priced.
Christine founded LawyersInHouse.com to be the change she wanted to see in the legal world, a rethinking of the way law firms are structured and how lawyers work. LIHDC defines success, not by address, office size or billable hours, but as the ability to protect clients’ interests and help their businesses thrive.
Today, LIH has grown to a full-service law firm of seasoned in-house experts, with extensive experience servicing clients around the globe, across multiple sectors. LIHDC takes pride in fostering an environment where team members feel engaged, included and supported in the vocation they know and love.