Leanne is an experienced and skilled lawyer in both Family and Criminal Law. Her compassionate and caring demeanor immediately put clients at ease.  Leanne is both a tough negotiator and fearless litigator, but she is also approachable, an effective listener, and a strong advocate for her clients.  She has extensive experience working in the area of domestic violence and child abuse, and is able to offer effective advocacy for victims.

In addition to her legal practice, Leanne runs a successful Divorce Coaching business that guides clients through all stages of divorce including pre-separation, divorce management and divorce recovery.  She runs one on one coaching programs as well as workshops, a weekly support group, and she is organizing a divorce recovery retreat in Bali for the fall of 2019.  More information about Leanne’s divorce coaching programs can be found at her coaching website at https://leannetownsend.ca/ .

Leanne is regularly interviewed and asked to comment on legal events in the media, and is a contributor to a number of publications including The Lawyers Daily and Village Living Magazine.  In addition, Leanne has been a guest expert on Global News Radio as well as numerous podcasts.

Leanne’s professional skills and multi-disciplined experience provide a rare combination of talent, compassion and practical solutions for clients


Leanne has degrees in law from the University of Western Ontario and in political science and teaching from the University of Toronto, where she won the U of T’s book prize for the highest grade in International Relations.

Leanne is a proud mom of two teenagers and in her spare time she enjoys fitness, yoga, and travel.