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Kimberly MacLachlan

Practice Innovation and Business Development Lawyer

Queen’s Marque
600-1741 Lower Water Street
Halifax, N.S.
B3J 0J2



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Language(s) spoken: English

Bar Admission(s): Nova Scotia, 2019

Legal Assistant(s): Heidi Evans

Kimberly has a background in public relations, business, and law and brings this experience to lead the firm’s business development strategy and support the practice innovation strategy across all six office locations in Atlantic Canada, which includes practice re-engineering, RFPs, RFQs, RFIs, alternative fee arrangements, pricing, legal project management, coaching & training, and data analytics. Her experience includes:
  • Leading the business development function across all six offices including:
    • An increasing volume of responses to Requests for Proposals, Requests for Information, and Requests for Quotations.
    • Procurement interviews with panels of senior decision-makers including in-house legal teams and reviewing and/or amending procurement contracts on behalf of the firm.
    • Working with client service team leads in the development and execution of goals and objectives for firm clients.
    • Leading the development of business development tools and toolkit to support partners and associates in business development activities.
    • Client-specific data analyses to inform strategic business development and pricing decisions.
    • Client-specific alternative fee arrangements in mergers and acquisitions, litigation, infrastructure, class actions, and corporate governance.
  • Leading firm-wide practice re-engineering projects (process improvement projects) and the development of process improvement tools (automated documents, standardized templates, and excel tools) in mergers and acquisitions, commercial lending, corporate re-organizations, opinions, and municipal tax sales.
  • Training and coaching on matter budgeting and financial dashboards including the development of just-in-time training resources.
  • Developing client reporting tools in Smartsheet.

Education & Career


Institute for the Future of Law Practice Certification, 2021
Yellow Belt in Legal Lean Sigma Process Improvement & Project Management, 2019
Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law, JD, 2018
Dalhousie University Rowe School of Business, MBA, 2018
Mount Saint Vincent University, Bachelor of Public Relations, 2014


Member, AI Task Force, Stewart McKelvey
Participant in the Guinness Book of World Records, World’s Largest Washer Toss Tournament, 2017
Medical student interviewer, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University, 2012 – 2017
Representative for the United Kingdom, Euroscola – European Parliament, 2009
Member, Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA), 2023


Schulich Scholarship, 2017, 2018
Rowe Entrance Scholarship
Senate Medal of Distinction
David Bell Memorial Endowed Award


Co-Presenter, “Practice Innovation 101”, Dalhousie University, Schulich School of Law, Initio Clinic, March 2023

Co-presenter, “Developing Systemic Workflows to Improve Efficiency and Reduce Costs Through Legal Process Management”, The Canadian Bar Association: Solution Series

October 26, 2021

Co-presenter, “Innovation in the Law”, Dalhousie University, Schulich School of Law, Weldon Welcome Days Keynote

Panelist, “Legal Innovation in Practice Series: Innovation in the Firm”, Ottawa Legal Innovation Hub

January 28, 2021

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