Deepa Tailor: not your typical old-school lawyer
This article was originally published on AdvocateDaily.com (now closed down) on 17 May 2019. It is re-published in full below.
By AdvocateDaily.com Staff
Mississauga lawyer Deepa Tailor brings a fresh, progressive approach to what is traditionally thought of as a staid, old-school legal profession, and people are starting to notice.
“Often the feedback I get is that I don’t come across as a lawyer,” she tells AdvocateDaily.com. “I’ve learned to take it as a compliment because I think what they mean is that I’m personable and empathetic.
“When people come into our office, they can feel that we empathize with what they’re going through. Then the focus becomes how we can help them from a legal standpoint, and what their next move should be,” adds Tailor, managing director of Tailor Law Professional Corporation.
The firm also stands out for its youthful and modern style instead of stuffy conformism.
“We try to be at the forefront in terms of adopting technology when rendering services to clients,” says Tailor, explaining that the firm’s staff also benefits from its forward-looking approach to the law.
“We have a remote access filing system that allows people to work from home,” she says. “We’ve also developed a work culture where people enjoy showing up. It’s a very enthusiastic and collegial workplace, which I take a great deal of pride in as the owner.”
Tailor says starting her own firm marked the fulfilment of a lifelong dream.
“I wanted to be a lawyer since I was a little kid, even though I didn’t really know exactly what they did for a living,” she says. “The type of lawyer I wanted to be has changed through the years.”
After earning her degree from the University of Ottawa’s faculty of law, Tailor allowed her broad interests to be narrowed by the needs of the people who came to her for legal help.
“I really noticed the demand for service in that area. People really need help, and we’re here to assist them in any way that we can,” Tailor says. “Our commitment is to client service, and providing value is something that we really pride ourselves in.”
Tailor’s firm also offers legal services in a variety of other sectors, including family law matters, employment law, wills and estates and corporate law.
“The first question we start with every client is, ‘how can I help you?’” she says. “At the end of the day, I see the relationship as a partnership between the client and me to achieve whatever outcome they are looking for.”
Outside of the office, Tailor has served on the board of directors for Many Feathers, a non-profit organization focused on food security and community in various settings across the country. She also offers younger lawyers and law students the benefit of her experience via the Women’s Legal Mentorship Program, and as a guest speaker at her alma mater’s business of law class.