What is the RIZEN Business Lawyers Alliance?

Need an experienced high performing lawyer that cares about delivering value?  You’ve come to the right place.

Many of our members are ex-national law firm partners and general counsel that have decided to leave the corporate environment in favour of a more entrepreneurial way of life and are having fun doing it.

RIZEN’s not a law firm. It’s an organization that brings together experienced and curated solo and small firm business lawyers in Canada under one virtual roof.

RIZEN makes experienced high performing lawyers easy to find. Solo and small firm lawyers offer significant advantages over traditional bricks and mortar firm lawyers yet they can be very hard to find – that’s the problem RIZEN solves.

RIZEN is a ‘must have’ add-on to any independent lawyer’s practice. For the solo or small firm lawyer, joining RIZEN offers a number of business opportunities such as  marketing support, professional connections, networking opportunities, sharing of best practices and client referrals.

Why Use a RIZEN Lawyer?

Elevating the Lawyer-Client Experience

Today’s solo and small firm lawyers offer significant advantages over lawyers working in traditional law firms – including fees that are stripped of excessive overhead costs, such as fancy downtown office space and expensive artwork.   That can mean fees that are up to 50% lower than those you would pay by hiring a national law firm lawyer.

Being independent means also lawyers have the flexibility to structure their billings and working arrangements to fit their clients’ specific needs. It also means lawyers are less likely to have conflicts preventing them from acting on matters.

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How does RIZEN elevate the lawyer-client experience?

Working with an IP lawyer but suddenly need tax law expertise? As a member of the alliance,  each RIZEN member can dynamically team up with other business lawyers to offer a complete breadth of legal expertise to their clients by working with their RIZEN colleagues.  Clients benefit from this broader offering while still enjoying the advantages of working with a solo or or small firm lawyer.

How Does it Work?

Without RIZEN, independent and small firm lawyers are hard to find – so hard, that clients may not bother trying. RIZEN helps organizations find independent and small firm business lawyers by gathering them under one virtual roof. Clients contract with the lawyer directly without any involvement of RIZEN.   RIZEN provides a personalized lawyer referral service and helps address client service issues.

The RIZEN Advantage

For Businesses

RIZEN is a source of curated experienced business lawyers with the expertise to service all types of businesses and organizations.

For Lawyers

RIZEN lawyers enjoy the benefits of working in a large law firm without having to join one.

Areas Practised by Our Members

  • Access to Information
  • Administrative Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution/Mediation
  • Canadian International Trade Tribunal
  • Charities
  • Contract Law
  • Compliance
  • Commercial Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Defence
  • Incorporations / Restructuring
  • Corporate Governance (public and private sector)
  • E-Commerce
  • Employment and Labour (for employers)
  • Ethics and Conflicts of Interest
  • Franchising and Distribution
  • Government Affairs
  • Government Procurement / RFP
  • Insolvency, Bankruptcy and Restructuring
  • Intellectual Property (Trade-marks, Copyright, Patents, etc.)
  • International Trade
  • International Commercial Matters
  • Life Sciences Sector expertise
  • Litigation
  • Manufacturing
  • Not-for-Profit and NGOs
  • Outsourcing of business functions (ie. IT)
  • Privacy
  • Public policy
  • Purchase and Sale of Businesses
  • Shareholder Agreements
  • Regulations
  • Tenders and Bids
  • Tax (litigation and advisory)
  • Canada-US Cross-border
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Venture Technology Companies
  • Virtual corporate counsel

Success Stories

  • I am a RIZEN member and solo business lawyer who's already benefited from my membership. Recently a contract from a large corporation was awarded to another RIZEN lawyer and me based on having teamed together on a proposal.  Our bid would not have been successful had we not collaborated to submit a joint bid. I would highly recommend RIZEN to any solo or small firm practitioner interested in working with other professionals, in a positive and collegial environment, to grow their practice and benefit from the teaming philosophy that is promoted by the alliance.

    Meg AngevineSolo Lawyer
  • RIZEN has introduced a new dimension to my practice. I am now surrounded by experienced colleagues I can trust and who I turn to when I have confidential questions.

    Lise PatryPATRY LAW
  • I considered joining a firm but was turned off by how much of my revenues the firms wanted to keep - 60% of my billings in one case. Being a RIZEN member is like working inside a law firm because I have colleagues and back office support but I decide what services I need ...and it's not based on my revenues.

    Lise PatryPATRY LAW