William Francis

Family Lawyer

William Francis


It has been very rewarding to have focused my practice in the family law area since being called to the bar. I always strive to help clients understand the options and considerations relevant to their family law matter. I am sensitive to the personalized nature of many family law issues and that each matter requires a unique approach.

I utilize my experience regarding child support & spousal support claims, complex property & equalization matters, custody & access conflicts, domestic contracts, settlement agreements, and various other family law areas to help each client effectively navigate their distinct family law issues. The opportunity to provide high quality legal services to Stanchieri Family Law clients is uniquely fulfilling.

As part of the Stanchieri Family Law team, I enjoy the valuable resource of working with colleagues who also focus on family law. Prior to joining Stanchieri Family Law, I provided family law legal services at a national firm and a smaller regional firm. I have had the benefit of strong legal mentorship and I utilize my previous experience in accounting to aid with the various financial issues involved in family law.

Prior to attending law school, I always had a passion for legal advocacy and community issues. When I was a child my grandparents founded a soup kitchen for those in need. I was raised to appreciate the importance of community supports and found that aiding people during a difficult time is very rewarding. While I completed my undergraduate degree in business studies, I was most passionate regarding legal studies and imagined pursuing a career in law. I attended undergrad at Western University, obtaining an Honors Business Administration degree and accounting diploma from the Ivey Business School. Upon graduation, I worked in accounting for different media entertainment companies related to television and movies. I then worked for a large international forensic accounting firm, where I aided in completing expert quantification reports for various litigation and insurance matters. I enjoyed gaining exposure to litigation matters through accounting, and this experience entrenched my desire to work in the legal field. I then returned to Western University to obtain my law degree. As a summer law student, I worked mostly in the family law area, which was challenging and rewarding. I realized that working in family law would provide a personal service component which I highly valued, while also utilizing my interest in advocacy and accounting. Accordingly, since graduating law school I have focused on family law and have provided services to clients in a wide array of matters both at court and out of court.

Outside of work I enjoy exercising, being with friends and family, networking, and broadening my horizons. I have a keen interest in sports, community, government, media, entertainment, and business.


  • Western University, J.D.

    Law Degree

  • Western University, Hon. B.A.


  • Ontario Bar Association


  • Advocates’ Society


  • Law Society of Ontario


Extra Info

  • Legal Experience

    6 Years

  • Hourly Rate


  • Retainer