Megan O’Neill

Family Lawyer

Megan O’Neill

Experience


For as long as I can remember I wanted to be a lawyer. I pursued an undergraduate degree in Criminology at the University of Toronto and volunteered at the John Howard Society. I loved the opportunity to meet new people and enjoyed the role I played in helping them navigate the justice system.

In my first months at Windsor Law, I sought out opportunities to connect with clients and gain more experience in the courtroom. I was lucky to be selected to volunteer with the Pro Bono Family Law Program, where I assisted self-represented people to fill out family court forms and connected them to Legal Aid Services, where appropriate. During this time, I enjoyed the challenge of finding creative solutions to complex family law issues and assisting clients in moving on to a new stage in their lives. After my first year, I went on to become the Pro Bono Family Law Program Coordinator, where I shared my passion for family law with other like minded law students. I then articled with Legal Aid Ontario, where I represented many clients with a wide range of legal issues in family law.

Since my call to the Ontario bar, I have practiced exclusively in the area of family law. I have experience with challenging parenting files, high-net worth income issues and everything in between. Separation can be traumatic, high-conflict and expensive but it does not need to be that way. As a lawyer, I search for ways to minimize conflict, where possible, and to empower clients to make decisions that will serve them well in the future. Unlike other areas of law, family law clients and especially parents, will have to interact with the other side for many years to come. In these delicate situations, it is important for clients to understand not just what the law says but how the law can be applied in a way that preserves co-parenting relationships and protects children from conflict. Each situation is unique, so I work closely with my clients to identify what is most important to them and to develop a strategy that will help them meet their goals.

Outside of the office, I often spend weekends in Montreal, which I like to think of as my second home. From the piping hot bagels to the cobblestone streets of the Old Port, Montreal is one of our country’s crown jewels. When I am home in Toronto, you can find me by the waterfront, watching the boats and enjoying a picnic full of St. Lawrence Market treats.

Credentials


  • University of Windsor, LL.B.

    Law Degree

  • University of Toronto, B.A.

    Degree

  • Collaborative Family Law

    Certification

  • Collaborative Divorce Toronto

    Member

  • Hamilton Halton Collaborative Practice Group

    Member

  • Ontario Bar Association

    Member

  • Advocates’ Society

    Member

  • Law Society of Ontario

    Member

Extra Info


  • Experience

    4 Years

  • Hourly Rate

    $310

  • Retainer

    $3k+