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Sameera Sereda

MANAGING PARTNER

SAMEERA SEREDA is a respected voice and leader in the Canadian legal recruitment sphere. When she talks, the market listens. A sought-after speaker, author, and consultant on legal talent management issues, Sameera is well-connected with leading global and local organizations, ranging from Fortune 500 and blue-chip companies to not-for-profit agencies and administrative bodies, as well as top-tier international, national, and boutique law firms. Sameera’s extensive knowledge of the legal and business community, combined with her ability to understand client and candidate needs, has made her a legal recruiter of choice in Canada.

As Managing Partner and Chair, In-House Counsel Division, Sameera understands successful legal recruitment extends beyond simply placing individual lawyers – it’s about finding the best legal talent in the country. Her greatest expertise revolves around recruitment and retention of general counsel and partners, law firm mergers, succession planning, change management, and equity, diversity, and inclusion. Sameera’s charismatic and approachable style contributes to her status as a trusted advisor and mentor, both externally and within The Counsel Network.

Sameera has dedicated much of her career to nurturing and promoting women lawyers. She is the Chair of the Women in Law Leadership Board and the co-founder of the Women in Law Leadership (WILL) Awards, which are presented annually to women lawyers in recognition of their outstanding dedication, creativity, initiative, achievement and contribution to the community, profession, legal scholarship, and pro bono activities.

Sameera is deeply passionate about giving back to the legal community as evidenced by her many years of volunteering with the Canadian Bar Association, the Alberta Lawyers’ Assistance Society, and the Association of Women Lawyers. Sameera speaks to lawyers on career management issues, and often presents to firms and companies on recruitment and retention issues. She has also taught various courses in business law, business communications, and effective writing, and has facilitated numerous workshops in the areas of media training, strategic planning, and marketing. Sameera is a qualified diversity trainer and administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory, as well as certified to deliver mediation and conflict resolution training.

CALGARY

EDUCATION

Called to the Law Society
of Alberta, 1998

Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.),
University of Calgary, 1997

Public Relations Diploma,
Mount Royal University, 1994

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.),
McGill University, 1992

ASSOCIATIONS

Alberta Law Conference, Co-Chair Sponsorship

Alberta Lawyers’ Assistance Society, Board Member

Association of Women Lawyers, Board Member

Canadian Bar Association, Provincial and National Council, Membership Committee

Canadian Legal Conference, Co-Chair Sponsorship

Retention of Women in Law, Working Group

Women in Law Leadership (WILL) Awards, Co-Founder

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Alberta Law Conference, Panel Chair

Association of General Counsel, Guest Speaker

Canadian Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section Speaker

Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, National Conference Speaker, Spring Training Boot Camp Speaker

Federated Press, Managing an Effective Law Department Speaker

In-House Counsel Network, Speaker

University of Calgary, Faculty of Law Speaker

Women in Law Conference, Keynote Speaker