I have wanted to be a lawyer for as long as I can remember. As a small child, I took pride in participating in my elementary school public speaking competitions, with little trepidation, and even had success against older children, on occasion. I also played competitive sports from a young age, and throughout my adolescent years, and I firmly believe that the skills that I developed throughout that time have been invaluable to my success in life and law, as dedication, focus and teamwork, are essential to both.
During law school, I summered and articled at a very prominent Bay Street firm, and joined their litigation department as an associate, following my call to the Bar in 2005. There, I practised commercial litigation, and assisted mainly with defence-side class action files. The work was hard and often long, however, my training on Bay Street was invaluable in shaping me into the lawyer that I am today, as I learned the importance of patience and attention to detail, among other things.
In 2008, after thoughtful consideration, I decided to transition into family law, realizing that my true passion was helping individuals, rather than representing corporations. I joined a full-service law firm in my hometown of Kingston, Ontario, and began honing my skills as a family law lawyer. It was then that I began to truly appreciate the complexity of family law, and how taxing it was on clients, as I assisted many clients going through painful, acrimonious divorces, and saw the impact this often had on children. Throughout that year, I represented clients in many difficult litigation matters, and assisted with one of the most horrific parental child abuse cases, in Ontario, to date.
In 2010, armed with that experience, I returned to Toronto and continued to develop my skills and expertise practising family law. First, at a mid-sized firm in East York, wherein I partnered in 2014, and eventually running my own family law firm (in partnership), from 2017-2021.
I take great pride in my practice, and my experience helps me foster practical, cost-effective solutions for my clients, whether in court, mediation and/or arbitration, or as a collaborative practitioner. I am a trained mediator, which often assists my clients in reaching timely, reasoned solutions. I offer my clients candid advice, and we work together to come up with a resolution of their family law matter as quickly and amicably as possible. I care about my clients a great deal, and as such, I carefully listen and advise, always considering what is best for them. That commitment fosters reduced anxiety and overall well-being for my clients, which I consider to be an essential component of my job. I take pride in the fact that my clients trust me, my judgment, and my ability to assist them with achieving optimal outcomes, during what is often the most difficult time in their lives.
Today, I commonly represent clients with complex financial matters, whereby an advanced understanding of the intersection between family law and business is essential. I regularly deal with matters involving self-employed individuals, corporate entitles and/or assets, family trusts, and the like, which was a natural evolution given my background in corporate/commercial litigation. I joined Stanchieri Family Law in 2021, and I look forward to assisting our clients with their family law matters and providing them with a consistently high level of service.
Queen’s University, LL.B
Queen’s University, Hon. B.A.
Collaborative Family Law
Collaborative Practice Toronto
Ontario Bar Association
Law Society of Ontario