Being self-made means being fiercely protective of the life that you have built. I dedicate my career to assisting individuals in protecting their families and their finances. While I handle all aspects of family law, a large portion of my work is in very high conflict litigation, with issues surrounding parental alienation, complex support issues, and protection of business interests, both individually- and family-owned. I understand that most of my clients want to be fair, but also do not want to lose everything they, or their families, have built.
I hold a Certificate from the Harvard Law School/MIT joint Master Class of Negotiation, which I attended at Harvard’s Program on Negotiation in 2017. Only sixty negotiators in many different corporate and government roles around the world were chosen to attend, and it was an experience that solidified, for me, not only a passion for negotiation, but a keen awareness of when the time for negotiation has come to an end. The reality of family law is that often, there comes a point where a line has to be drawn, and enough is enough.
I completed both my law degree and a Master of Laws in Family Law at Osgoode Hall Law School, having been accepted after two years of undergraduate work at Queen’s University, and was called to the bar in 2002. I have worked in various litigation fields, beginning with white collar criminal defence and intellectual property very early in my career, until a children’s aid society hired me to clear its trial backlog. For approximately three years, I was in trial almost exclusively. I return to private practice in 2008, dividing my practice equally between civil/commercial litigation and family law as a partner in a mid-sized downtown firm. In 2014, I began my own firm, focussed exclusively on family law and child welfare. I joined Stanchieri Family Law as a partner in 2020, and am honoured to continue my career here.
I am on the roster of Hague Application lawyers for the Central Authority for Ontario, and for several years was a member of the Family Law Executive of the Ontario Bar Association, sitting on various Family Law Standing Committees. In the past, I was a regular guest lecturer at Humber College as well as at its joint program with the University of Guelph, speaking on topics ranging from broad family law issues to specific advocacy and litigation skills. I have spoken at Continuing Legal Education programs organized by the Ontario Bar Association, and has been involved in the OACAS Steering Committee on Openness in Adoption, the Office of the Children’s Lawyer’s Child Protection Consultation Committee, and assisted with revisions to the openness in adoption provisions of the Child and Family Services Act.
I formerly served in the Canadian Armed Forces reserves, first with 116 Independent Field Battery and the Princess of Wales’ Own Regiment, while in university. I am an avid runner, and recently travelled to France for the Harmonie Mutuelle Semi-Marathon de Paris. I travel frequently, but pride myself on generally being immediately available to my clients regardless of location.