Like many of my colleagues, becoming a lawyer was the only career I had ever set my sights on. While I may not have truly understood what it meant to practice the law from a young age, I never wavered in my desire to help others and give them a voice.
I received my Bachelor of Arts in Political Science on the East Coast at Dalhousie University where I graduated with First Class Honours. Knowing I wanted to be near my family, I came back to Toronto to attend Osgoode Hall Law School. During my time at Osgoode, I was awarded an internship grant that allowed me to work with Animal Justice. Having the opportunity to learn about and help improve the legal protections for animals in Canada let my empathetic nature shine through. It was this same compassion and desire to advocate for those in need that came alive in my family law courses at Osgoode. I was immediately drawn to the complexity and intimate nature of this area of the law and began immersing myself in all things family law. For two years I volunteered for the Family Law Project through Pro Bono Students Canada. I saw firsthand the severe access to justice gap that family litigants face. I was able to gain drafting experience from an early stage in my education as I helped self-represented litigants navigate the complex court system and drafted their court documents. I also had the opportunity to complete a clinic placement at the Barbra Schlifer Clinic, helping individuals who had experienced gender-based violence with their family law issues. I bring a trauma-informed approach to my practice while supporting clients often on the brink of emotional or financial exhaustion. My experiences have shown me the necessity of ensuring my clients have agency and can make informed decisions at a time when they may feel they have little choice.
Since my call to the bar in 2020, my practice has been focused exclusively in family law, including parenting and decision-making, child support, spousal support, equalization and other property disputes. Having experienced a high-conflict family separation as a child, I value the importance of keeping the focus on the long-term future of each client I work with. In the midst of a separation, it can be difficult for clients to look past the here and now and make the best decisions for their family. I pride myself in striking the perfect balance between remaining compassionate and empathetic towards my clients while ensuring they do not lose sight of the bigger picture, especially when there are children involved. My approach is always tailored to the individual realities of a particular client and built on a foundation of trust and transparency. When litigation is necessary, I am confident advocating for clients at the Ontario and Superior Court levels. I also have experience utilizing alternative dispute resolution mechanisms to resolve matters, including negotiation and mediation as well as drafting separation agreements, marriage contracts and cohabitation agreements.
When I am not assisting my clients, I love spending time with family and friends, enjoying live music, reading a good book or lounging with my cat, Norbert.
Osgoode Hall Law School, J.D.
Dalhousie University, Hon. B.A.
Ontario Bar Association
Law Society of Ontario