Hi, I’m Elena Deutsch.

Welcome to WILL- Women Interested in Leaving (big) Law.

If you are a woman attorney, who loves life and wants to spend it outside the billable hour…. Then I am pleased to meet you.

Who I am now…

I am…an executive coach, mother, partner, world traveler, friend, and life-long learner.

I built a thriving coaching and leadership development firm.  Then after a milestone birthday, I had what truly felt like a calling.  Since then, I have devoted my business and energy to help women lawyers leave big law for a career and life filled with greater control and satisfaction.

I’ve had tremendous success helping female  attorneys transition out of big firm life.

Sometimes, that work begins with firms investing in their associates by hiring me to provide one-on-one leadership coaching.  In the coaching I eventually ask, “Do you want to make partner?

My clients typically look over their shoulders before leaning in and asking, “Can I talk to you about that?

After re-assurance of confidentiality, I create a space for them to say NO, they do not want to make partner…

And get super CLEAR on what they do want.

Former clients have taken their awesome skills and kick-ass work ethic to amazing in-house jobs at startups, Fortune 500 companies, and new industries.

Some are practicing law. Some aren’t.

A little bit of back story… 

When I was a kid and people asked, what did I want to be when I grew up,

I always answered, “happy!”

Since then, I’ve done a lot of different things in my life…I’ve traveled the globe, gotten a master’s degree in public health, helped pass policies that touch millions (including the smoke free air acts in NYC and NY state).

Through that work I’ve discovered how much I love guiding women lawyers to transform their careers and lives.

I lived in four parts of the country:

Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Northampton, Massachusetts; Los Angeles…but NYC will always be home.

After having kids, I went to NYU and became a coach who helps professionals change how they approach their work and lives.

I’ve been through at least four career transformations of my own.  Most recently, becoming an entrepreneur and building my business.  Now transforming again as I focus my work to serve Women Interested in Leaving (big) Law.

The tools I share in WILL are ones I’ve used for myself.  They work.



I KNOW that happiness is an inside job.

What makes me (and most others) happy, is how we spend our time and energy.  Both internally and externally.

I’m delighted to report that I have created a life where I am extremely happy. I get to spend the bulk of my time doing the work I love and with my family, friends and community.

I want to help you figure out what it is you want to DO & how you want to BE.

I’m a champion for my clients.  I want to root for you.

Want to explore working together?   I’d love to hear YOUR story and if I can support you.  Contact me here.

More formal bio…

Elena Deutsch, MPH is founder and CEO of WILL – Women Interested in Leaving (big) Law.  She is committed to helping women lawyers who struggle to leave big law take action towards a career and life they love.   

Prior to this, she was a Partner in Wildfire Strategies, a consulting and coaching firm that ignites leadership in executives and teams.  Before Wildfire, she held leadership roles at the American Cancer Society and CAI Global.

Elena has coached senior leaders and teams in a range of industries, including: law firms, development agencies, health care and the arts.  Her work supported executives and teams to lead with greater ease, confidence and impact.

Organizational clients include law firms such as White & Case, Cleary Gottlieb, plus the Museum of Modern Art, U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC Health + Hospitals Health and more.

Elena completed her coach training at New York University, and her Master’s in Public Health from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.  Elena is also a certified MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) practitioner.

She lives with her family in upper Manhattan.

Want to explore working together?   I’d love to hear YOUR story and if I can support you.  Contact me here.

Working with Elena has been absolutely fantastic.  Thanks to the work we did on figuring out what I wanted for my next career move, I have found a job which I am extremely thrilled about.  I am convinced I could not have achieved this without all the work we did together. C., former senior associate, now in-house at a start-up

If you are a lawyer who wants more freedom, autonomy, and clarity about your next career steps, I would love to see if I could help you. Please reach out here.