Elena DuCharme is an attorney and coach who specializes in helping lawyers achieve their business and professional development goals. With over 12 years of experience as a civil litigator, Elena has an in-depth understanding of the day-in, day-out challenges lawyers face in the law firm environment.
Since 2000, Elena has coached and consulted with attorneys in large, mid-sized and small firms in San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego, including Heller Ehrman, Thelen Reid, and Cooley Godward. She was also the Graduate Career Advisor at Hastings College of the Law from 2001 though 2006, where she coached and mentored hundreds of alumni on career, law practice and business development.
Prior to becoming a full-time coach and consultant, Elena was in private practice, primarily as a litigator, with occasional forays into business and real estate law. She began her legal career as a litigation associate at Pettit & Martin in San Francisco, and later partnered to establish a firm in San Diego.
Elena has held leadership and legal counsel positions in statewide and local community, environmental and energy policy organizations. She currently volunteers as a mediator, a strategic advisor to community groups, and a mentor to community leaders and politicians at the local level.
Elena received her coaching certification from the ICF-accredited and highly regarded Coaches Training Institute in 2000. She is also a certified Neurolinguistics Practitioner, an MBTI qualified practitioner and a graduate of the Co-Active Space leadership program.
Elena graduated cum laude from Hastings College of the Law in 1992, and was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of University of Washington, where she majored in Political Science. Prior to studying political science, Elena spent four years as a music major, with an emphasis on music history and classical guitar performance.