I have been practicing in family law since my call to the bar in 2015. I was lucky to find my passion for family law early in my legal studies at Western Law, acting as the Family Law Project Coordinator through Pro Bono Students Canada. In this position, I drafted family court documents for hundreds of self-represented litigants who were struggling with the substantive and procedural complexities of family law. Not only did this experience introduce me to the substantive issues in family law, but it uncovered the unique opportunity afforded through family law to connect with people and play a meaningful role in their life. I find great enjoyment in helping people in need, and those with family law issues are typically going through some of the toughest moments in their life.
I practice in and enjoy all areas of family law, including: custody, access, support, property and child protection. My clients have entrusted me to conduct their family law trials, motions, conferences, and arbitrations. While I, like most family lawyers, enjoy the challenge and competitiveness of litigation, I understand that this process is not about me, but that of the client. I am committed to ensuring that my clients properly understand their matter and all options available to them, so that they can ultimately make an informed decision. Often, the client’s needs are better served outside of litigation by obtaining a more cost-effective and flexible resolution. I assist my clients in negotiating and entering into separation agreements, as well as representing them in mediations whenever possible to reduce costs and potential conflict. Further, I regularly draft cohabitation agreements and marriage contracts.
As family counsel, I believe two of the most important elements to achieving a successful outcome for my clients are communication and trust. Not only is it important for me to be able to effectively inform my clients of their legal rights, it is perhaps equally important for me to fully understand what is important to my clients and what they seek to achieve by retaining counsel. I am committed to taking my time to listen to each individual client and truly understand what is important to them. We all know people who have been unnecessarily drained financially and emotionally through the litigation process, sometimes spending much more than what they seek to recover. I strongly believe that this is often avoidable when counsel takes the time with their clients to ensure that they understand what is in their best interests, and what exactly it is that they wish to accomplish.
Prior to my law career, I worked in the United States as a professional horse trainer at a national level. In this career, I worked with a wide range of clientele and obtained invaluable experience in working with many different types of people. The keys to my success in this industry were my communication abilities and my ability to differentiate between what my clients want to hear and what my clients need to hear. My clients can trust that I will be always be open, honest, and non-judgmental with them throughout the process and that I am committed to guiding them towards their best possible outcome. I feel very fortunate that I can now apply these skills in a family law context alongside the great lawyers at Stanchieri Family Law.