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The Lawyer’s Daily: Russell Alexander opens new office

Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers announced that it is expanding, hiring five more lawyers to work in a new location in Concord, Ont.

According to the press release, with divorce rates rising due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lindsay-based firm has hired:

  • Alex De Melo, a University of Ottawa law graduate who has worked as a legal counsel at Legal Aid Ontario, the Peel Children’s Aid Society and the Children’s Aid Society;
  • Bill Rogers, a Queen’s University law graduate and longtime family law attorney who won a major victory in the Ontario Court of Appeal in 2014;
  • Rick
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Toronto Sun: The pandemic has kept divorce lawyers busy

Russell Speaks with Jane Stevenson of the Toronto Star about hiring five more lawyers as divorce rates increase

Divorce, pandemic-style is becoming more as the virus crisis drags on and many couples find themselves spending a little too much time in close quarters.

The number of divorce cases has jumped by about 30% during the pandemic for veteran divorce lawyer Russell Alexander, who founded Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers.

Alexander just hired five more lawyers for his newest office location in Concord, Ont., to deal with the spike in divorce rates, and has updated the firm’s book, Everything You Always more »

Russell Alexander Says ‘Zoom Divorces’ Break With Court Traditions

Streaming video poses challenges for poor clients, domestic violence victims and others

Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers say online courtroom appearances in divorce cases have caused problems for some families, even as they have provided a solution during the coronavirus pandemic.

With many divorce cases now being handled through streaming video chats, clients with lower incomes, those who are not tech-savvy and victims of domestic violence have been particularly affected, said founder Russell Alexander.

“Without streaming video, a lot of these divorces could not move forward during the pandemic, but there are tradeoffs,” he said. “Virtual courtrooms can be a … more »

Ontario’s Russell Alexander Law Firm Hires New Lawyer Amid Expansion

New associate joins legal team amid expansion due to Covid-19-related spike in divorce cases

Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers today announced that it has hired Alex De Melo as an associate lawyer amid an expansion due to a coronavirus-related spike in divorce cases.

“Family law can be one of the most personal and difficult areas of our profession, but Alex has shown that he can handle a wide range of cases,” said founder Russell Alexander. “We are excited to welcome him to the team.”

An experienced family lawyer, De Melo has worked as a legal counsel at Legal Aid Ontario, … more »

Russell Alexander Offers Splitting Couples Post-Separation Advice

Lawyers look at real-world cases and recent court decisions to give guidance

LINDSAY, Ontario—Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers has dedicated a new section of its website solely to offering post-separation advice to splitting couples.

“Legal analysis can be hard to follow for the average person,” said founder Russell Alexander. “By looking at these individual cases, we help make it clear what the stakes are, and what can happen when you make certain decisions during a divorce.”

As part of its online Divorce Information Centre, the Lindsay-based firm has added a new section solely dedicated to post-separation issues drawn from real-world … more »

Russell Alexander Law Firm Warns That Covid-19 Vaccine Could Lead to Disputes Among Divorced Parents

Team of lawyers outlines legal rulings that set parameters

LINDSAY, Ontario—Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers warned that the upcoming coronavirus vaccines could lead to disputes among divorced parents over whether each caregiver and the child are vaccinated.

“The coronavirus pandemic has introduced a lot of complications to parenting agreements, and we should expect something similar as the Covid-19 vaccine is rolled out,” said founder Russell Alexander. “In this case, there is a lot more guidance that we can rely on, however.”

Alexander said that past court decisions on routine vaccinations and provincial and national laws on health care workers will … more »

Russell Alexander Law Firm Expands as Coronavirus Divorces Loom, Adding Four Lawyers in Concord

LINDSAY, Ontario—Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers announced that it is expanding, hiring four more lawyers to work in a new location in Concord, as divorce rates spike due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Lindsay-based firm has hired:

• Bill Rogers, a Queen’s University law graduate and longtime family law attorney who won a major victory in the Ontario Court of Appeal in 2014;

• Rick Peticca, a York University law graduate who has argued at all levels of court in Ontario, including the Supreme Court of Canada, in his 13 years practicing family law;

• Margie Primero-Pimental, a McGill University … more »

We’ve added a new location!

Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers is a leading law firm practicing in all aspects of family law since 1998.  We‘re excited to announce that we now have a new office location in Concord, Ontario that is conveniently located off of Highway 400 at 400 Applewood Crescent Unit 100, Concord, ON L4K 0C3.

The additional space represents a significant milestone for our fast-growing law firm and will allow us the opportunity to accommodate our growing team and provide the opportunity for further expansion within York Region.

In addition to the new office space in Concord, Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers operates … more »

Russell Alexander Holds Third Annual Toy Drive Virtually, This Year, Due to COVID-19

Here at Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers, we are holding our third annual holiday toy drive through December 10, but virtually this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“As a family law firm, we work hard to ensure the best outcomes for the children involved in our cases every day,” said Russ. “When it comes to the holiday season, we want to make sure that no other child is forgotten.”

This year, the drive will support Simcoe Hall Settlement House in Oshawa, a nonprofit started in 1935 that runs a food bank and programs to serve school-aged children and seniors.… more »

IN THE NEWS | NOVEMBER 12, 2020

The Lawyer’s Daily

Russell Alexander Giving Fund Awards $2,500 to Trent University Student

Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers announced that Trent University student Mary Hallett is the winner of its $2,500 law scholarship, which it offers annually to offset the costs of studying the field of law in Canada. This year, the grant included a technology stipend to help with remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We were very impressed with the number of submissions that came in,” said founder Russell Alexander. “Given the ongoing health crisis with no clear ending in sight, we felt it was appropriate to … more »