I grew up in a small town in Southwestern Ontario. I learned the value of hard work in my various and diverse jobs and roles over the years leading me to my career in family law (including working at the very first movie theatre in my hometown in grade 9, working as a server at my friend’s family restaurant, working at a pharmaceutical and building trucks on the assembly line). In my undergrad years, I worked as a research assistant for my psychology professors.
I have practiced exclusively in family law since my call to the bar in 2011. I was motivated by, and continue to be influenced by, my personal experiences (my parents separated when I was 6 years old and I am now a separated parent of two little ones) and desire to help others in a professional capacity where I could utilize my skill set.
I obtained my Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from Wilfrid Laurier University (Honours Psychology – with Distinction) in 2007 and went on to obtain my Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2010. During law school, I assisted self-represented litigants in family court through my participation with Pro Bono Students Canada. I then completed my articles at a downtown Toronto boutique firm, with a focus in family law. For the next 9 ½ years, I practiced at one of the first family law firms in the city gaining invaluable trial and appellate court experience in addition to honing my negotiation skills working on complicated files.
I pride myself on being an empathetic advocate for my family law clients. Life can be challenging, especially when unexpected changes threaten (or destroy) our sense of stability. Separation is undoubtedly a major, life-altering change for anyone. It can be an extraordinarily emotional experience even when the parties are amicable, which is compounded in a high conflict case. That said, it does not have to be a traumatic process. Having the right advocate and support in place is key to a smooth transition.
My goal is to assist clients navigate their particular family law problems to arrive at a solution that will ultimately enable them to move on to the next chapter in their lives as quickly and painlessly as possible. That means, tailoring my approach to the individual client and the specific facts of his/her case. While litigation is necessary in some cases, I am a proponent of resolving family law issues cooperatively, if possible, through negotiation or mediation with the assistance of specialists in the field. After all, family law problems, and the possible resolutions to those problems, are not just legal. There often isn’t a clearly right answer to an issue or one path to resolution in family law. A one-size-fits-all approach is not conducive to achieving optimal results in family law given the nuances of each case. While the law provides us with the framework and goalposts, clients are free to make deals that are workable for their unique situation and may be ‘outside the box.’ I strive to provide clients with practical guidance and appropriate advice to enable them to arrive at creative and reasonable solutions that work best for their families. I would be pleased to discuss how I may be able to assist you through this trying time.