Women of Legal Tech: Darlene Tonelli

This month’s “Women of Legal Tech” series (ALM’s Legaltech news) features Toronto-based Darlene Tonelli, who got her tech chops working in rock and roll. Tonelli’s experience in the music industry helped her transition to legal—Inter Alia Law and Codify Legal Publishing, both with her husband, Paolo Tonelli.  (Codify is a current startup with the Legal Innovation Zone at Ryerson University.”

Women of Legal Tech: Darlene Tonelli
Darlene Tonelli


Darlene Tonelli just had their second child, and she offers great, practical advice also balancing tips for families with young children. She gives great advice about managing and inspiring staff, and work insights, and how to balance home and work.

Here are four extra Q&As:

Book that inspired you?
Marianne Williamson, The Law of Divine Compensation. Her theory is that if we do the work we are meant to be doing, the money to do it will show up. I have seen this happen in my own life, but it was helpful to read this just as I was leaving my ‘secure’ job and steady paycheck for the entrepreneuial path.

Boards? Not any more, although I volunteer in Canadian politics and am currently part of a private sponsorship team helping a Syrian refugee family resettle in Canada.

Favorite vacation venue: California. We got married in Big Sur. Road tripping from L.A. up the Pacific Coast Highway is a life highlight.

Favorite quote: “And I think my spaceship knows which way to go,” (from the song “Space Oddity,” by David Bowie—leaving the traditional work world felt a lot like being Major Tom, losing contact with Ground Control. : )

• Read the Legaltech news article here.
See “Startup Snapshot: Paolo Tonelli-Codify Legal Publishing.


Monica Bay is a Fellow at CodeX and a freelance journalist. A member of the California bar, she can be reached at mbay@codex.stanford.edu. Twitter: @MonicaBay.

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