I guide clients through the separation and divorce process by listening to their struggles, worries and needs, and advising them on their legal rights, entitlements and obligations.
I advocate passionately on my client’s behalf to ensure that their short-term and long-term objectives are met. I am a firm negotiator, trained mediator, collaborative lawyer and experienced litigator.
Once I retain a client, I work with them to create a strategic plan. I explain the idiosyncrasies of the law and how it relates to the particular client’s circumstances. As the matters moves forward, I have periodic strategy discussions with my clients so they are aware of the current status of their matter and revise a strategy to move it towards a resolution.
When I work with a client, they will not be left wondering what direction their matter is going as I am accessible and responsive to questions and anxieties. I take an empathetic approach to each matter and when children are involved, I take a child-focused approach. I have represented a vast range of clientele. Family matters where one parent now lives out of province; same sex separation and divorce; amicable separation agreements where asset division and parenting decisions were pleasant; high net worth client in private mediation-arbitration process; participated in parenting assessments through the Office of the Children’s Lawyer and private assessors; negotiated separation agreements for small business owners; high conflict parenting matters; and paternity agreements.
I have been practicing family law exclusively since 2007. Prior to joining Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers, I ran my own practice for five years. Earlier in my career, I worked at two prominent downtown law firms and a mid-town firm for a period of 10 years.
I completed my Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Economics at the University of Toronto in 2002. I went on to obtain my LL.B. at the University of Windsor Law School, where I graduated in 2006. I completed my Diploma in Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution at York University in 2006. I was called to the Ontario Bar in 2007. In 2016, I completed training in Collaborative Family Law.