My legal practice is focused on my passions: Family/Divorce Law, Wills/Estate Law and Mediation. I take 'a hands-on' approach and pride myself in working with clients to achieve practical and expeditious resolutions.
I take the time to listen and understand the concerns of my clients.
I am experienced, knowledgeable, and communicative. I work tirelessly to ensure my clients' needs are met by including them in every step of the decision-making process.
My initial approach is to attempt to resolve matters through Collaborative family law, negotiations, settlement meetings and/or mediation/arbitration; however, I do not hesitate to proceed to Court when necessary. I am a strong advocate for my clients and I have successfully argued motions and participated in trials at both the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice. I have a special interest in the negotiation and preparation of complex Cohabitation Agreements and Marriage Contracts (pre-nups).
Achieving a superior outcome for my clients is my primary objective.
I grew up in Eastern Ontario and then relocated to K-W to attend the University of Waterloo where I received an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a specialization in sexuality, marriage and family issues in 2002. I obtained my Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Windsor in 2007 where I was the recipient of several academic awards, including the Joseph Micallef Memorial Award (highest class standing in Family Law) and the Scotiabank Award (highest class standing in Wills and Succession Law).
I also provide comprehensive and cost-effective Mediation services in the area of Family Law. My initial mediation experience and training began in law school when I enrolled in the intensive Mediation Clinic program at the University of Windsor. I have also received Transformative Mediation training from Conrad Grebel College at the University of Waterloo as well as practical mediation training from Community Justice Initiatives.
I have a special interest in the advancement of marginalized groups in our community. I have sat on several Boards and have volunteered at the grass-roots level for various non-profit organizations which benefit economically disadvantaged children.
In my spare time I can be found along the shores of Lake Huron with my young family in tow.
Normal Geographical Limits to Practice
Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, Wellington, Waterloo, Grey, Dufferin and Perth counties.
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