Lawyer Monthly - Women In Law Awards 2023

In the landscape of the Canadian legal profession, as in other jurisdictions, it’s no secret that women may face certain unique challenges. Could you share some of your experiences related to these challenges and how you have navigated them throughout your career? One of the biggest challenges I have faced as a woman in the legal profession is juggling motherhood while running my firm and practicing every day. I have three young sons, 5, 3 and 2 years old. I have three office locations in NB and 22 staff members. I have hundreds of active files. I also volunteer and give back to my communities on a regular basis. When pregnant and facing the birth of each of my sons, there was pressure from clients, the Court, colleagues and my own team to still be available and excellent at delivering services. The demands on lawyers who are mothers are very high and unforgiving at times. I have sacrificed maternity leaves to be able to still run my firm and service my hundreds of clients. I adapted by taking my young babies with me to the office and establishing a home office where staff could come to me. I delegated court hearings and meetings to my team where I could and maintained the mindset at all times that I would triumph no matter what. I leaned on mentors who had children and still experienced great success as lawyers. Hearing about their experiences gave me comfort and confidence. My children see me work hard every day and my oldest understands what I do. They see me love my job! Jennifer L. Donovan 23 Avonlea Court, Professional Building, Fredericton, NB E3C 1N8 Office: (506) 406-8080 | Fax: (506) 406-6300 | Email: Founder and Partner J. Donovan Law Group In this interview, we speak with Jennifer L. Donovan of J. Donovan Law Group, who has seamlessly navigated the challenges of motherhood, entrepreneurship, and advocacy. With three young sons, multiple offices, and hundreds of active files, she proves that determination and adaptability can coexist with a full personal life. Starting her own law firm catalyzed not only her career but also unearthed a creative streak that has made her a force in and out of the courtroom. As a partner, mentor, and advocate for women in law, she shares her insights on everything from the complexities of family law to the evolution of her mediation practice. Her story is testament to what can be achieved when talent and determination meet. Family Law Litigation Lawyer of the Year 22

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