Markham, Ontario

“Had the best sleep after my first initial visit here…. thank you so much for your listening ear! Highly recommend. They get right to the point and know how to run a firm. :)”

– A.T.


RIA Collaborative Family Lawyers – Markham
675 Cochrane Drive
East Tower, 6th Floor
Markham, ON
L3R 0B8

Communities Served: North York, Richmond Hill, Newmarket

(289) 512-0908
(905) 655-7377
Open 24 hours


Markham Client Reviews

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A wonderful group of lawyers, clerks, and intake staff, always looking out for the best interests of every client they serve. Russell Alexander Collaborative Lawyers have been helping families since 1998. Highly recommended!
Response from the owner: Thank you for your wonderful review! We're thrilled to hear about your positive experience with our team. Since 1998, we've been dedicated to serving families with the utmost care and professionalism. Your recommendation means a lot to us.
Very recommended
Knowledgeable lawyers who will get it right during complicated cases!
Response from the owner: Thank you very much, Richard Olson. We really appreciate your nice compliments about our firm.One of the best things about being a divorce lawyer is that we get to help good people who are going through a separation or divorce, negotiation custody and access arrangements or addressing child support and spousal support claims. We know there are many divorce lawyers in Markham. And we can’t tell you how happy we are that you provided us with such valuable feedback.If you would like to have a consultation with one of our team members please give us a call: (289) 204-0455.Canada’s National Newspaper the Globe & Mail has listed Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers as one of Canada’s Best Law Firms for 2022.
Rick Pettica has been there every step of the way for me throughout the entire case. He has gone above and beyond for me and has helped me throughout all of the difficult times. Rick, I can't thank you enough. I highly recommend him for any if your family law needs he is superb!
Response from the owner: Thank you very much, J Kistindey. We really appreciate your nice compliments about Rick Peticca.One of the best things about being a divorce lawyer is that we get to help good people who are going through a separation or divorce, negotiation custody and access arrangements or addressing child support and spousal support claims. We know there are many divorce lawyers in Markham. And we can’t tell you how happy we are that you provided us with such valuable feedback.Here is some more information from our Associate Lawyer, Rick Peticca:I am an associate lawyer at Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers. I focus on all aspects of family law and matrimonial law by helping clients find resolution on a myriad of areas which include child-related matters, support, and property issues and also in drafting and finalizing domestic contracts – cohabitation agreements, marriage contracts, paternity agreements, and separation agreements.Given the unique areas of family law and matrimonial law, the relationship which a client has with his or her lawyer is extremely important in that there needs to exist a high level of mutual trust between them, and this level of trust requires transparency and forthrightness between the lawyer and the client so that they are able to work together effectively. As it is often said, there are no two cases exactly the same, and each case differs on their own unique set of facts.As a lawyer, I see one of my roles as providing assistance to clients by working alongside them and helping my clients make decisions which will lead to a resolution that is based on the facts of their specific case. I provide my clients with the technical knowledge and expertise such that they obtain the legal advice and my assistance to work with them in devising, implementing and carrying out a strategy to advance their matter towards a resolution within the framework of the law.Over my 14 years of practicing family law, I have learned that given the emotional characteristics with family law and matrimonial law, it is always best for the lawyer and the client to canvass a less, litigious approach to resolve these cases, if, when, and where possible. This requires the lawyer and the client to explore other dispute resolution mechanisms such as negotiations and mediation that will hopefully de-escalate any pre-existing heightened emotions in the “dispute” between two spouses or parents or grandparents. Sometimes, other experts from different professional backgrounds may be called on to assist the parties to reach a resolution. These experts include psychologists, counsellors, therapists, mediators, valuators, accountants, and parenting coordinators – to name a few.Where it is not possible to resolve a matter through a less, litigious approach, then this would require the lawyer and the client to work together within adversarial systems such as court or arbitration to find a resolution to a specific case. My experience as a family lawyer brings many years of practicing family law across different dispute resolution mechanisms – negotiations and mediation, and also litigation and arbitration.I have appeared at all levels of court in Ontario, namely the Ontario Court of Justice, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, and the Court of Appeal for Ontario. I have also had the opportunity and honour to be the sole counsel of record on a leave application on a family law matter that was brought before the highest court in Canada, being the Supreme Court of Canada.If you would like to have a consultation with one of our team members please give us a call: (289) 204-0455.Canada’s National Newspaper the Globe & Mail has listed Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers as one of Canada’s Best Law Firms for 2022.
Rick Pettica is an astounding lawyer. Extremely professional, knowledgeable and most especially caring. He gives great advice and he puts his client first. I can't reccomend him enough. If anyone is in need of a great family lawyer Rick is your guy!
Response from the owner: Thank you very much, Anonymous Artistry. We really appreciate your nice compliments about Rick Peticca.One of the best things about being a divorce lawyer is that we get to help good people who are going through a separation or divorce, negotiation custody and access arrangements or addressing child support and spousal support claims. We know there are many divorce lawyers in Markham. And we can’t tell you how happy we are that you provided us with such valuable feedback.Here is some more information from our Associate Lawyer, Rick Peticca:I am an associate lawyer at Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers. I focus on all aspects of family law and matrimonial law by helping clients find resolution on a myriad of areas which include child-related matters, support, and property issues and also in drafting and finalizing domestic contracts – cohabitation agreements, marriage contracts, paternity agreements, and separation agreements.Given the unique areas of family law and matrimonial law, the relationship which a client has with his or her lawyer is extremely important in that there needs to exist a high level of mutual trust between them, and this level of trust requires transparency and forthrightness between the lawyer and the client so that they are able to work together effectively. As it is often said, there are no two cases exactly the same, and each case differs on their own unique set of facts.As a lawyer, I see one of my roles as providing assistance to clients by working alongside them and helping my clients make decisions which will lead to a resolution that is based on the facts of their specific case. I provide my clients with the technical knowledge and expertise such that they obtain the legal advice and my assistance to work with them in devising, implementing and carrying out a strategy to advance their matter towards a resolution within the framework of the law.Over my 14 years of practicing family law, I have learned that given the emotional characteristics with family law and matrimonial law, it is always best for the lawyer and the client to canvass a less, litigious approach to resolve these cases, if, when, and where possible. This requires the lawyer and the client to explore other dispute resolution mechanisms such as negotiations and mediation that will hopefully de-escalate any pre-existing heightened emotions in the “dispute” between two spouses or parents or grandparents. Sometimes, other experts from different professional backgrounds may be called on to assist the parties to reach a resolution. These experts include psychologists, counsellors, therapists, mediators, valuators, accountants, and parenting coordinators – to name a few.Where it is not possible to resolve a matter through a less, litigious approach, then this would require the lawyer and the client to work together within adversarial systems such as court or arbitration to find a resolution to a specific case. My experience as a family lawyer brings many years of practicing family law across different dispute resolution mechanisms – negotiations and mediation, and also litigation and arbitration.I have appeared at all levels of court in Ontario, namely the Ontario Court of Justice, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, and the Court of Appeal for Ontario. I have also had the opportunity and honour to be the sole counsel of record on a leave application on a family law matter that was brought before the highest court in Canada, being the Supreme Court of Canada.If you would like to have a consultation with one of our team members please give us a call: (289) 204-0455.Canada’s National Newspaper the Globe & Mail has listed Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers as one of Canada’s Best Law Firms for 2022.
This firm was professional and efficient. Sonia was communicative throughout the process which was very much appreciated.
Response from the owner: Thank you very much, Stefanie Pingitore. We really appreciate your nice compliments about Sonia Camilli.One of the best things about being a divorce lawyer is that we get to help good people who are going through a separation or divorce, negotiation custody and access arrangements or addressing child support and spousal support claims. We know there are many divorce lawyers in Markham. And we can’t tell you how happy we are that you provided us with such valuable feedback.Here is some more information from our Law Clerk, Sonia Camilli:I recently joined Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers as a family law clerk. I have over 6 years of experience in family law ranging from in-depth case research, preparing, serving and filing legal court documents. I have also had the opportunity to be involved in Examinations for Discovery, Mediations, and Family Law Trials.I have always had a passion for law, specifically family law. I understand that there are enough stresses in life to have to deal with and adding domestic issues will only add to one’s stress. This is why I make sure to develop relationships with clients so that they feel comfortable knowing that their file is in good care.After obtaining my Honours B.A in Criminology at the University of Toronto, my passion for law motivated me to complete an LL.B from the University of Leicester in the U.K. While living in the U.K., I made a point to travel Europe and introduce myself to different people, cultures, and foods. These experiences have molded me into the positive, hard-working and motivated person I am today.When not at work, you can find me pursuing some of my other passions such as Interior Design, learning about History or Archaeology, or in the kitchen cooking and baking yummy desserts for my children.If you would like to have a consultation with one of our team members please give us a call: (289) 204-0455.Canada’s National Newspaper the Globe & Mail has listed Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers as one of Canada’s Best Law Firms for 2022.
I’ve know Sonia for years. She is an amazing at her job, experienced and knowledgeable. She will always go the extra mile!
Response from the owner: Thank you very much, Samantha Hassall. We really appreciate your nice compliments about Sonia Camilli.One of the best things about being a divorce lawyer is that we get to help good people who are going through a separation or divorce, negotiation custody and access arrangements or addressing child support and spousal support claims. We know there are many divorce lawyers in Markham. And we can’t tell you how happy we are that you provided us with such valuable feedback.Here is some more information from our Law Clerk, Sonia Camilli:I recently joined Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers as a family law clerk. I have over 6 years of experience in family law ranging from in-depth case research, preparing, serving and filing legal court documents. I have also had the opportunity to be involved in Examinations for Discovery, Mediations, and Family Law Trials.I have always had a passion for law, specifically family law. I understand that there are enough stresses in life to have to deal with and adding domestic issues will only add to one’s stress. This is why I make sure to develop relationships with clients so that they feel comfortable knowing that their file is in good care.After obtaining my Honours B.A in Criminology at the University of Toronto, my passion for law motivated me to complete an LL.B from the University of Leicester in the U.K. While living in the U.K., I made a point to travel Europe and introduce myself to different people, cultures, and foods. These experiences have molded me into the positive, hard-working and motivated person I am today.When not at work, you can find me pursuing some of my other passions such as Interior Design, learning about History or Archaeology, or in the kitchen cooking and baking yummy desserts for my children.If you would like to have a consultation with one of our team members please give us a call: (289) 204-0455.Canada’s National Newspaper the Globe & Mail has listed Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers as one of Canada’s Best Law Firms for 2022.
A huge shout out to Sonia Camilli! I had so many questions and things to get organized, which can be such a headache when you have no idea where to start. She's great at keeping us on our toes and steering us into the right direction.
Response from the owner: Thank you very much, Fatima Nicolas. We really appreciate your nice compliments about Sonia Camilli.One of the best things about being a divorce lawyer is that we get to help good people who are going through a separation or divorce, negotiation custody and access arrangements or addressing child support and spousal support claims. We know there are many divorce lawyers in Markham. And we can’t tell you how happy we are that you provided us with such valuable feedback.Here is some more information from our Law Clerk, Sonia Camilli:I recently joined Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers as a family law clerk. I have over 6 years of experience in family law ranging from in-depth case research, preparing, serving and filing legal court documents. I have also had the opportunity to be involved in Examinations for Discovery, Mediations, and Family Law Trials.I have always had a passion for law, specifically family law. I understand that there are enough stresses in life to have to deal with and adding domestic issues will only add to one’s stress. This is why I make sure to develop relationships with clients so that they feel comfortable knowing that their file is in good care.After obtaining my Honours B.A in Criminology at the University of Toronto, my passion for law motivated me to complete an LL.B from the University of Leicester in the U.K. While living in the U.K., I made a point to travel Europe and introduce myself to different people, cultures, and foods. These experiences have molded me into the positive, hard-working and motivated person I am today.When not at work, you can find me pursuing some of my other passions such as Interior Design, learning about History or Archaeology, or in the kitchen cooking and baking yummy desserts for my children.If you would like to have a consultation with one of our team members please give us a call: (289) 204-0455.Canada’s National Newspaper the Globe & Mail has listed Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers as one of Canada’s Best Law Firms for 2022.
sonia camilli is very knowledgeable and amazing at what she does. And the best part is, we have the same name! 👏🏻
Response from the owner: Thank you very much, Sonia Camilli. We really appreciate your nice compliments about Sonia Camilli.One of the best things about being a divorce lawyer is that we get to help good people who are going through a separation or divorce, negotiation custody and access arrangements or addressing child support and spousal support claims. We know there are many divorce lawyers in Markham. And we can’t tell you how happy we are that you provided us with such valuable feedback.Here is some more information from our Law Clerk, Sonia Camilli:I recently joined Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers as a family law clerk. I have over 6 years of experience in family law ranging from in-depth case research, preparing, serving and filing legal court documents. I have also had the opportunity to be involved in Examinations for Discovery, Mediations, and Family Law Trials.I have always had a passion for law, specifically family law. I understand that there are enough stresses in life to have to deal with and adding domestic issues will only add to one’s stress. This is why I make sure to develop relationships with clients so that they feel comfortable knowing that their file is in good care.After obtaining my Honours B.A in Criminology at the University of Toronto, my passion for law motivated me to complete an LL.B from the University of Leicester in the U.K. While living in the U.K., I made a point to travel Europe and introduce myself to different people, cultures, and foods. These experiences have molded me into the positive, hard-working and motivated person I am today.When not at work, you can find me pursuing some of my other passions such as Interior Design, learning about History or Archaeology, or in the kitchen cooking and baking yummy desserts for my children.If you would like to have a consultation with one of our team members please give us a call: (289) 204-0455.Canada’s National Newspaper the Globe & Mail has listed Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers as one of Canada’s Best Law Firms for 2022.
Sonia Camilli is the the most efficient and organized person I know. She loves her job and I know she'll do everything she can to assist clients!
Response from the owner: Thank you very much, alex camilli. We really appreciate your nice compliments about Sonia Camilli.One of the best things about being a divorce lawyer is that we get to help good people who are going through a separation or divorce, negotiation custody and access arrangements or addressing child support and spousal support claims. We know there are many divorce lawyers in Markham. And we can’t tell you how happy we are that you provided us with such valuable feedback.Here is some more information from our Law Clerk, Sonia Camilli:I recently joined Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers as a family law clerk. I have over 6 years of experience in family law ranging from in-depth case research, preparing, serving and filing legal court documents. I have also had the opportunity to be involved in Examinations for Discovery, Mediations, and Family Law Trials.I have always had a passion for law, specifically family law. I understand that there are enough stresses in life to have to deal with and adding domestic issues will only add to one’s stress. This is why I make sure to develop relationships with clients so that they feel comfortable knowing that their file is in good care.After obtaining my Honours B.A in Criminology at the University of Toronto, my passion for law motivated me to complete an LL.B from the University of Leicester in the U.K. While living in the U.K., I made a point to travel Europe and introduce myself to different people, cultures, and foods. These experiences have molded me into the positive, hard-working and motivated person I am today.When not at work, you can find me pursuing some of my other passions such as Interior Design, learning about History or Archaeology, or in the kitchen cooking and baking yummy desserts for my children.If you would like to have a consultation with one of our team members please give us a call: (289) 204-0455.Canada’s National Newspaper the Globe & Mail has listed Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers as one of Canada’s Best Law Firms for 2022.
We've had the pleasure of Brittany Whalen assisting us with our case. She was professional, meticulous, very responsive and showed a great level of care. When we reached out at first our hopes of winning our case were slim, but Brittany's dedication and knowledge proved otherwise. Ultimately, she ended up fully resolving our issues going above and beyond our expectations.Brittany is a lawyer we can count on to represent our interests to the highest standard. We would recommend her to anyone, and absolutely use her servises again in the future.
Response from the owner: Thank you very much, Ilya T. We really appreciate your nice compliments about Brittany Whalen.One of the best things about being a divorce lawyer is that we get to help good people who are going through a separation or divorce, negotiation custody and access arrangements or addressing child support and spousal support claims. We know there are many divorce lawyers in Markham. And we can’t tell you how happy we are that you provided us with such valuable feedback.Here is some more information from our Associate Lawyer, Brittany Whalen:I am an associate lawyer at Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers. I empower clients by making sure they are well-informed about their rights and have a clear understanding of the options available to them.I use my innovative problem-solving and conflict management skills to ensure my clients feel comfortable and supported as I help them navigate and resolve family law issues.In 2016, I was called to the Ontario Bar and in 2017, I was called to the Newfoundland and Labrador Bar. I worked as an associate lawyer at a full-service law firm in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, where I established a successful family law practice and had the opportunity to work on several high-profile criminal and civil litigation matters.I am an experienced legal and policy consultant with extensive knowledge of human rights-related matters. I am known for my minority rights advocacy. I received national attention for my role as lead counsel in a landmark transgender rights case which led to my client receiving the first gender-neutral birth certificate in Canada. This case acted as a catalyst for country-wide policy and legislative reform aimed at promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion.I am passionate about social justice issues and I have undertaken specialized training to provide trauma-informed legal services to harm survivors. I previously worked in collaboration with the Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Assault and Crisis Prevention Centre (NLSACPC) and the Public Legal Education Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (PLIAN) to offer free legal services to individuals who have experienced sex and gender-based violence, harassment, and discrimination. I currently serve on the Board of Directors for a community healing and support group called the “Pathways Foundation”.I believe in the power of education and spent time volunteering in Arusha, Tanzania, to help build schoolhouses and teach English to primary students. I am also involved with a charity known as “Cambodian Legal Education for Women” (CLEW), which helps support disadvantaged women living in Cambodia through a four (4) year university law degree.I was born and raised in Durham Region and I enjoy reading, yoga, travelling, and exploring my creative side.TESTIMONIAL“Brittany Whalen is a fantastic lawyer. She’s fearless and willing to go as many extra miles as it takes. I have witnessed her not only practice law, but actually change law. She’s a thinker and a doer who is willing to think outside the conventional legal framework when she needs to. She gets results.”– E.BIf you would like to have a consultation with one of our team members please give us a call: (289) 204-0455.Canada’s National Newspaper the Globe & Mail has listed Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers as one of Canada’s Best Law Firms for 2022.
I was very hesitant to openly discuss personal matters around my marriage contract. I spoke with Nafisa Nazarali at the firmNafisa is consummate professional.She is a great listener and provided excellent direction.
Response from the owner: Thank you very much, Junaid Syed. We really appreciate your nice compliments about Nafisa Nazarali.One of the best things about being a divorce lawyer is that we get to help good people who are going through a separation or divorce, negotiation custody and access arrangements or addressing child support and spousal support claims. We know there are many divorce lawyers in Markham. And we can’t tell you how happy we are that you provided us with such valuable feedback.Here is some more information from our Managing Associate Lawyer, Nafisa Nazarali:I am the managing associate lawyer at Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers. I practice in all areas of family law, including divorce, custody, access, child support, spousal support, separation agreements, marriage contracts, cohabitation agreements and property issues.I am committed to my clients and make sure that I do everything in my power to achieve the most desirable results that reflect each of their unique situations. I am a collaboratively trained lawyer and use my skills as a collaborative lawyer to find creative ways of achieving positive results for my clients. Children matter to me and I practice keeping the best interest of children as a primary focus when providing legal advice and strategies for my clients.I graduated Summa Cum Laude with an Honours Bachelor of Arts from York University, where I majored in Psychology. I completed my Juris Doctor Program at Osgoode Hall Law School in 2009. In 2010, I was called to the Bar in Ontario. I have been practicing exclusively in family law since my call to the bar.Before I joined Russell Alexander as an associate, I practiced family law at a boutique firm in Vaughan, Ontario.Social justice issues have always been important to me. During law school, I completed a six-week internship with the Development of Human Rights India (DHRI). I was also the recipient of the John Yaremko Q.C. Scholarship for my interest and academic achievements in the study of human rights, civil liberties and the rule of law. I am committed to giving back to the community and currently sit as a Board of Director at two different organizations, Luke’s Place and the Malvern Family Resource Centre.I have a passion for travelling and enjoy spending time with my family and friends.If you would like to have a consultation with one of our team members please give us a call: (289) 204-0455.Canada’s National Newspaper the Globe & Mail has listed Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers as one of Canada’s Best Law Firms for 2022.
Lori Dubin! Best ever!!
Response from the owner: Thank you very much, Austin Campriello. We really appreciate your nice compliments about Lori Dubin.One of the best things about being a divorce lawyer is that we get to help good people who are going through a separation or divorce, negotiation custody and access arrangements or addressing child support and spousal support claims. We know there are many divorce lawyers in Markham. And we can’t tell you how happy we are that you provided us with such valuable feedback.Here is some more information from our Associate Lawyer, Lori Dubin:I am an associate lawyer at Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers. I employ a client-centered approach. My goal is to get my clients the best possible results by providing practical and efficient advice.After 17 years of practicing law, I am certain that taking cases to court is the most costly and time-consuming process. There are other ways to achieve a successful outcome and I do my best to utilize those alternative options.While I’ve resolved many cases without the need for trials, sometimes, the only way to success is through the trial process. I’m not intimidated by it at all. Prior to practicing family law, I spent 11 years as a criminal trial lawyer. I focused my work on criminality arising from my client’s domestic relationships. I’m exceptionally skilled at running and winning trials. My experience working with rules of evidence, courtroom procedure, and examining witnesses under oath surpasses that of most family lawyers in Ontario. I owe my success to years of experience and my education during both my Honors Bachelor of Arts degree program in Psychology and Mass Communications and my years of studying at a world-renowned Canadian law school named Osgoode Hall.Since graduating from academia, I’ve trained lawyers and law students at the Law Society of Ontario’s Law Practice Program and as an adjunct professor for various other institutions. I have also supervised Juris Doctor candidates as their articling principle and was a commentator on Court TV Canada. I’m currently an active member of the Toronto Lawyers Association and the Toronto Family Law Association. In an effort to give back to a community, I have counseled individuals dependent on Legal Aid and worked on numerous Pro Bono assignments.If you would like to have a consultation with one of our team members please give us a call: (289) 204-0455.Canada’s National Newspaper the Globe & Mail has listed Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers as one of Canada’s Best Law Firms for 2022.
I have been working with RIA law since April 2021. I chose to go with this firm as I was pleased with the initial consult with Margie Primero-Pimentel and subsequent work. Margie Primero-Pimentel and her team have been very supportive throughout this difficult and emotionally challenging time. Communication with everyone has been timely and efficient. They patiently and clearly explain each step of the process. I feel confident that I am in good hands.
Response from the owner: Thank you very much, Letisha. We really appreciate your nice compliments about Margie Primero-Pimentel.One of the best things about being a divorce lawyer is that we get to help good people who are going through a separation or divorce, negotiation custody and access arrangements or addressing child support and spousal support claims. We know there are many divorce lawyers in Markham. And we can’t tell you how happy we are that you provided us with such valuable feedback.Here is some more information from our Associate Lawyer, Margie Primero-Pimentel:As a family law lawyer, I assist clients who are going through the breakdown of their relationship through the process of out-of-court negotiations or through the family law court system. I provide advice and guidance to clients that is focused on my clients and their children’s interests and needs.After practicing as a family law litigator for over thirteen years, I felt compelled to focus my practice on providing clients with alternative dispute resolution options. I witnessed, first-hand, the financial and emotional cost of litigation on families, especially children. As such, I obtained my training to become a certified collaborative family law practitioner as well as certification and accreditation for family mediation. I am passionate about facilitating fair and reasonable settlements for my clients both as a collaborative family law practitioner and as a mediator.Although my primary approach is to encourage, facilitate and assist my clients with reaching fair and reasonable settlements, I realize that there are a minority of cases that require the intervention of the Court. I have assisted and represented clients in court before the Superior Court of Justice, the Unified Family Court and Ontario Court of Justice throughout the Greater Toronto Area, including Toronto, Vaughan/Newmarket, Mississauga/Brampton, Milton, Oshawa, Hamilton, Collingwood and Barrie. I strive to advocate for my clients and to assist them in presenting their case in the most effective and persuasive manner. Throughout the process of litigation, I advise and assist my clients in determining the cost of the litigation versus the end result they will likely achieve.I believe that, as a family law lawyer, I have a unique opportunity to provide emotionally-intelligent advice to clients that will assist them in moving forward with their lives in a better position. I view each file in a holistic manner, striving to provide my clients with the advice and assistance they need to make the most appropriate and informed decisions for themselves and their children.My goal, in any case, is to assist my clients in reaching a fair and reasonable resolution to the issues arising from the breakdown of their relationship while minimizing the financial and emotional damage that are the inevitable consequences of separation.Upon being called to the Ontario Bar in 2002, I worked as a paralegal at a civil litigation firm in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, for five years, where I assisted lawyers with mass tort cases. I returned to my hometown of Toronto, Ontario, after the birth of my first child. Prior to joining Russell Alexander, I was an associate at family law firms in downtown Toronto, North York, Vaughan as well as a principal lawyer of my own firm. I have over 18 years’ experience in providing clients with practical and compassionate legal advice and assistance and over 13 years in family law as a litigator, negotiator and mediator.If you would like to have a consultation with one of our team members please give us a call: (289) 204-0455.Canada’s National Newspaper the Globe & Mail has listed Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers as one of Canada’s Best Law Firms for 2022.
Response from the owner: Thank you very much for the 5-star review, C D. We really appreciate it.If you would like to have a consultation with one of our team members please give us a call: (289) 204-0455.Canada’s National Newspaper the Globe & Mail has listed Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers as one of Canada’s Best Law Firms for 2022.
Response from the owner: Thank you very much for the 5-star review, Jesse. We really appreciate it.If you would like to have a consultation with one of our team members please give us a call: (289) 204-0455.Canada’s National Newspaper the Globe & Mail has listed Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers as one of Canada’s Best Law Firms for 2022.
I know Brittany Whalen for 20 years, she is a lovely person, really professional, responsible, diligent and organized.
Response from the owner: Thank you very much, Tatica. We really appreciate your nice compliments about Brittany Whalen.Here is some more information from our Associate Lawyer, Brittany Whalen:I use my innovative problem-solving and conflict management skills to ensure my clients feel comfortable and supported as I help them navigate and resolve family law issues.In 2016, I was called to the Ontario Bar and in 2017, I was called to the Newfoundland and Labrador Bar. I worked as an associate lawyer at a full-service law firm in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, where I established a successful family law practice and had the opportunity to work on several high-profile criminal and civil litigation matters.I am an experienced legal and policy consultant with extensive knowledge of human rights-related matters. I am known for my minority rights advocacy. I received national attention for my role as lead counsel in a landmark transgender rights case which led to my client receiving the first gender-neutral birth certificate in Canada. This case acted as a catalyst for country-wide policy and legislative reform aimed at promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion.I am passionate about social justice issues and I have undertaken specialized training to provide trauma-informed legal services to harm survivors. I previously worked in collaboration with the Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Assault and Crisis Prevention Centre (NLSACPC) and the Public Legal Education Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (PLIAN) to offer free legal services to individuals who have experienced sex and gender-based violence, harassment, and discrimination. I currently serve on the Board of Directors for a community healing and support group called the “Pathways Foundation”.I believe in the power of education and spent time volunteering in Arusha, Tanzania, to help build schoolhouses and teach English to primary students. I am also involved with a charity known as “Cambodian Legal Education for Women” (CLEW), which helps support disadvantaged women living in Cambodia through a four (4) year university law degree.I was born and raised in Durham Region and I enjoy reading, yoga, travelling, and exploring my creative side.If you would like to have a consultation with one of our team members please give us a call: (289) 204-0455.Canada’s National Newspaper the Globe & Mail has listed Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers as one of Canada’s Best Law Firms for 2022.
Response from the owner: Thank you very much for the 5-star review, Steven. We really appreciate it.If you would like to have a consultation with one of our team members please give us a call: (289) 204-0455.Canada’s National Newspaper the Globe & Mail has listed Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers as one of Canada’s Best Law Firms for 2022.
Response from the owner: Thank you very much for the 5-star review, Jenna. We really appreciate it.If you would like to have a consultation with one of our team members please give us a call: (289) 204-0455.Canada’s National Newspaper the Globe & Mail has listed Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers as one of Canada’s Best Law Firms for 2022.
Response from the owner: Thank you very much for the 5-star review, Ezgi. We really appreciate it.If you would like to have a consultation with one of our team members please give us a call: (289) 204-0455.Canada’s National Newspaper the Globe & Mail has listed Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers as one of Canada’s Best Law Firms for 2022.
Highly recommend Brittany Whalen. I’ve know her for years. She is one of the smartest people I know! She is very dedicated, amazing listener, very professional.
Response from the owner: Thank you very much, Chris. We really appreciate your nice compliments about Brittany Whalen.Here is some more information from our Associate Lawyer, Brittany Whalen:I use my innovative problem-solving and conflict management skills to ensure my clients feel comfortable and supported as I help them navigate and resolve family law issues.In 2016, I was called to the Ontario Bar and in 2017, I was called to the Newfoundland and Labrador Bar. I worked as an associate lawyer at a full-service law firm in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, where I established a successful family law practice and had the opportunity to work on several high-profile criminal and civil litigation matters.I am an experienced legal and policy consultant with extensive knowledge of human rights-related matters. I am known for my minority rights advocacy. I received national attention for my role as lead counsel in a landmark transgender rights case which led to my client receiving the first gender-neutral birth certificate in Canada. This case acted as a catalyst for country-wide policy and legislative reform aimed at promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion.I am passionate about social justice issues and I have undertaken specialized training to provide trauma-informed legal services to harm survivors. I previously worked in collaboration with the Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Assault and Crisis Prevention Centre (NLSACPC) and the Public Legal Education Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (PLIAN) to offer free legal services to individuals who have experienced sex and gender-based violence, harassment, and discrimination. I currently serve on the Board of Directors for a community healing and support group called the “Pathways Foundation”.I believe in the power of education and spent time volunteering in Arusha, Tanzania, to help build schoolhouses and teach English to primary students. I am also involved with a charity known as “Cambodian Legal Education for Women” (CLEW), which helps support disadvantaged women living in Cambodia through a four (4) year university law degree.I was born and raised in Durham Region and I enjoy reading, yoga, travelling, and exploring my creative side.If you would like to have a consultation with one of our team members please give us a call: (289) 204-0455.Canada’s National Newspaper the Globe & Mail has listed Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers as one of Canada’s Best Law Firms for 2022.
Stephanie is professional and due diligent! Her work is good quality and value.
Response from the owner: Thank you very much, Sasha. We really appreciate your nice compliments about Stephanie Brooks.Here is some more information from our Lawyer Candidate, Stephanie Brooks:Born and raised in Whitby, I attended Trafalgar Castle School, where I was active in a variety of volunteer and leadership roles. I spent most of my extracurricular time in competitive dance, highlighted by my acceptance on the Canadian National Tap Team, representing Canada on a world stage.In 2018, I graduated from Queen’s University on the Dean’s Honours List. Throughout my years at Queen’s, I continued to enjoy an involved and active lifestyle as a member of the Queen’s University competitive Pom Team.I have had a fascination with law and justice from a young age. At the age of 7, I declared I wanted to be a lawyer. Following my undergraduate degree, I took the next step to turn that long-standing dream into a career. I have now completed my Law Degree at the University of Liverpool in England and I am excited to continue working towards being called to the Bar in Ontario.Now, when I am not at work, I can be found at the gym or on walks with my dog, travelling or dreaming of travelling. I have had the opportunity to venture outside of North America to Australia, Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and most recently the United Kingdom. Although born and raised in Canada, the cold weather is not necessarily my cup of tea so I jump at the opportunity to travel to warmer weather whenever possible.If you would like to have a consultation with one of our team members please give us a call: (289) 204-0455.Canada’s National Newspaper the Globe & Mail has listed Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers as one of Canada’s Best Law Firms for 2022.
Lori is very friendly, knowledgeable and responsive.
Response from the owner: Thank you very much, Zulu. We really appreciate your nice compliments about Lori Dubin.Here is some more information from our Associate Lawyer, Lori Dubin:After 17 years of practicing law, I am certain that taking cases to court is the most costly and time-consuming process. There are other ways to achieve a successful outcome and I do my best to utilize those alternative options.While I’ve resolved many cases without the need for trials, sometimes, the only way to success is through the trial process. I’m not intimidated by it at all. Prior to practicing family law, I spent 11 years as a criminal trial lawyer. I focused my work on criminality arising from my client’s domestic relationships. I’m exceptionally skilled at running and winning trials. My experience working with rules of evidence, courtroom procedure, and examining witnesses under oath surpasses that of most family lawyers in Ontario. I owe my success to years of experience and my education during both my Honors Bachelor of Arts degree program in Psychology and Mass Communications and my years of studying at a world-renowned Canadian law school named Osgoode Hall.Since graduating from academia, I’ve trained lawyers and law students at the Law Society of Ontario’s Law Practice Program and as an adjunct professor for various other institutions. I have also supervised Juris Doctor candidates as their articling principle and was a commentator on Court TV Canada. I’m currently an active member of the Toronto Lawyers Association and the Toronto Family Law Association. In an effort to give back to a community, I have counseled individuals dependent on Legal Aid and worked on numerous Pro Bono assignments.When I’m not working with clients, you can find me with family and friends. I am a health and fitness enthusiast and I love dogs, especially my toy poodle.If you would like to have a consultation with one of our team members please give us a call: (289) 204-0455.Canada’s National Newspaper the Globe & Mail has listed Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers as one of Canada’s Best Law Firms for 2022.
Response from the owner: Thank you very much for the 5-star review, Adam. We really appreciate it.If you would like to have a consultation with one of our team members please give us a call: (289) 204-0455.Canada’s National Newspaper the Globe & Mail has listed Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers as one of Canada’s Best Law Firms for 2022.
I was referred by a friend to connect with Lori Dubin. After working with 2 different lawyers, I felt supported by Lori and she patiently explained to me all the steps I could face during my case. That gave me enough understanding to make the best decisions and I couldn’t be happier to be working with Lori. Best decision I made.
Response from the owner: Thank you very much, Fabiana. We really appreciate your nice compliments about Lori Dubin.One of the best things about being a divorce lawyer is that we get to help good people who are going through a separation or divorce, negotiation custody and access arrangements or addressing child support and spousal support claims. We know there are many divorce lawyers in Markham. And we can’t tell you how happy we are that you provided us with such valuable feedback.Here is some more information from our Associate Lawyer, Lori Dubin:After 17 years of practicing law, I am certain that taking cases to court is the most costly and time-consuming process. There are other ways to achieve a successful outcome and I do my best to utilize those alternative options.While I’ve resolved many cases without the need for trials, sometimes, the only way to success is through the trial process. I’m not intimidated by it at all. Prior to practicing family law, I spent 11 years as a criminal trial lawyer. I focused my work on criminality arising from my client’s domestic relationships. I’m exceptionally skilled at running and winning trials. My experience working with rules of evidence, courtroom procedure, and examining witnesses under oath surpasses that of most family lawyers in Ontario. I owe my success to years of experience and my education during both my Honors Bachelor of Arts degree program in Psychology and Mass Communications and my years of studying at a world-renowned Canadian law school named Osgoode Hall.Since graduating from academia, I’ve trained lawyers and law students at the Law Society of Ontario’s Law Practice Program and as an adjunct professor for various other institutions. I have also supervised Juris Doctor candidates as their articling principle and was a commentator on Court TV Canada. I’m currently an active member of the Toronto Lawyers Association and the Toronto Family Law Association. In an effort to give back to a community, I have counseled individuals dependent on Legal Aid and worked on numerous Pro Bono assignments.When I’m not working with clients, you can find me with family and friends. I am a health and fitness enthusiast and I love dogs, especially my toy poodle.If you would like to have a consultation with one of our team members please give us a call: (289) 204-0455.Canada’s National Newspaper the Globe & Mail has listed Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers as one of Canada’s Best Law Firms for 2022.
Response from the owner: Thank you very much for the 5-star review, Sarah. We really appreciate it.If you would like to have a consultation with one of our team members please give us a call: (289) 204-0455.Canada’s National Newspaper the Globe & Mail has listed Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers as one of Canada’s Best Law Firms for 2022.
Response from the owner: Thank you very much for the 5-star review, Bess. We really appreciate it.If you would like to have a consultation with one of our team members please give us a call: (289) 204-0455.Canada’s National Newspaper the Globe & Mail has listed Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers as one of Canada’s Best Law Firms for 2022.
I'm so grateful for having worked with Lori Dubin. Very helpful and was reachable during off hours. 10/10 recommend to a friend.
Response from the owner: Thank you very much, Ben. We really appreciate your nice compliments about Lori Dubin.Here is some more information from our Associate Lawyer, Lori Dubin:After 17 years of practicing law, I am certain that taking cases to court is the most costly and time-consuming process. There are other ways to achieve a successful outcome and I do my best to utilize those alternative options.While I’ve resolved many cases without the need for trials, sometimes, the only way to success is through the trial process. I’m not intimidated by it at all. Prior to practicing family law, I spent 11 years as a criminal trial lawyer. I focused my work on criminality arising from my client’s domestic relationships. I’m exceptionally skilled at running and winning trials. My experience working with rules of evidence, courtroom procedure, and examining witnesses under oath surpasses that of most family lawyers in Ontario. I owe my success to years of experience and my education during both my Honors Bachelor of Arts degree program in Psychology and Mass Communications and my years of studying at a world-renowned Canadian law school named Osgoode Hall.Since graduating from academia, I’ve trained lawyers and law students at the Law Society of Ontario’s Law Practice Program and as an adjunct professor for various other institutions. I have also supervised Juris Doctor candidates as their articling principle and was a commentator on Court TV Canada. I’m currently an active member of the Toronto Lawyers Association and the Toronto Family Law Association. In an effort to give back to a community, I have counseled individuals dependent on Legal Aid and worked on numerous Pro Bono assignments.When I’m not working with clients, you can find me with family and friends. I am a health and fitness enthusiast and I love dogs, especially my toy poodle.If you would like to have a consultation with one of our team members please give us a call: (289) 204-0455.Canada’s National Newspaper the Globe & Mail has listed Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers as one of Canada’s Best Law Firms for 2022.
I have had a bad legal experience and I chose to use Lori Dubin as my lawyer and it has been the best choice I have made in a while she has helped me through this rough time with her kindness her years of experience and her great attention to me her client and fighting to get me the best results for my situation and I have 100% faith in her on doing this. I just want to say thank you Lori for your patience and your will to help me get through this I am very grateful and will recommend you if I know anyone in need of legal assistance.Thank you Jerome Bosnjak
Response from the owner: Thank you very much, Jerome. We really appreciate your nice compliments about Lori Dubin.One of the best things about being a divorce lawyer is that we get to help good people who are going through a separation or divorce, negotiation custody and access arrangements or addressing child support and spousal support claims. We know there are many divorce lawyers in Markham. And we can’t tell you how happy we are that you provided us with such valuable feedback.Here is some more information from our Associate Lawyer, Lori Dubin:After 17 years of practicing law, I am certain that taking cases to court is the most costly and time-consuming process. There are other ways to achieve a successful outcome and I do my best to utilize those alternative options.While I’ve resolved many cases without the need for trials, sometimes, the only way to success is through the trial process. I’m not intimidated by it at all. Prior to practicing family law, I spent 11 years as a criminal trial lawyer. I focused my work on criminality arising from my client’s domestic relationships. I’m exceptionally skilled at running and winning trials. My experience working with rules of evidence, courtroom procedure, and examining witnesses under oath surpasses that of most family lawyers in Ontario. I owe my success to years of experience and my education during both my Honors Bachelor of Arts degree program in Psychology and Mass Communications and my years of studying at a world-renowned Canadian law school named Osgoode Hall.Since graduating from academia, I’ve trained lawyers and law students at the Law Society of Ontario’s Law Practice Program and as an adjunct professor for various other institutions. I have also supervised Juris Doctor candidates as their articling principle and was a commentator on Court TV Canada. I’m currently an active member of the Toronto Lawyers Association and the Toronto Family Law Association. In an effort to give back to a community, I have counseled individuals dependent on Legal Aid and worked on numerous Pro Bono assignments.When I’m not working with clients, you can find me with family and friends. I am a health and fitness enthusiast and I love dogs, especially my toy poodle.If you would like to have a consultation with one of our team members please give us a call: (289) 204-0455.Canada’s National Newspaper the Globe & Mail has listed Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers as one of Canada’s Best Law Firms for 2022.
Working with Lori Dubin has been an extremely seamless experience. She’s very responsive and easy to work with!
Response from the owner: Thank you very much, Nancy. We really appreciate your nice compliments about Lori Dubin.Here is some more information from our Associate Lawyer, Lori Dubin:After 17 years of practicing law, I am certain that taking cases to court is the most costly and time-consuming process. There are other ways to achieve a successful outcome and I do my best to utilize those alternative options.While I’ve resolved many cases without the need for trials, sometimes, the only way to success is through the trial process. I’m not intimidated by it at all. Prior to practicing family law, I spent 11 years as a criminal trial lawyer. I focused my work on criminality arising from my client’s domestic relationships. I’m exceptionally skilled at running and winning trials. My experience working with rules of evidence, courtroom procedure, and examining witnesses under oath surpasses that of most family lawyers in Ontario. I owe my success to years of experience and my education during both my Honors Bachelor of Arts degree program in Psychology and Mass Communications and my years of studying at a world-renowned Canadian law school named Osgoode Hall.Since graduating from academia, I’ve trained lawyers and law students at the Law Society of Ontario’s Law Practice Program and as an adjunct professor for various other institutions. I have also supervised Juris Doctor candidates as their articling principle and was a commentator on Court TV Canada. I’m currently an active member of the Toronto Lawyers Association and the Toronto Family Law Association. In an effort to give back to a community, I have counseled individuals dependent on Legal Aid and worked on numerous Pro Bono assignments.When I’m not working with clients, you can find me with family and friends. I am a health and fitness enthusiast and I love dogs, especially my toy poodle.If you would like to have a consultation with one of our team members please give us a call: (289) 204-0455.Canada’s National Newspaper the Globe & Mail has listed Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers as one of Canada’s Best Law Firms for 2022.
Lori Dubin is very approachable , professional and attentive. Recommend highly.
Response from the owner: Thank you very much, Ainat. We really appreciate your nice compliments about Lori Dubin.Here is some more information from our Associate Lawyer, Lori Dubin:After 17 years of practicing law, I am certain that taking cases to court is the most costly and time-consuming process. There are other ways to achieve a successful outcome and I do my best to utilize those alternative options.While I’ve resolved many cases without the need for trials, sometimes, the only way to success is through the trial process. I’m not intimidated by it at all. Prior to practicing family law, I spent 11 years as a criminal trial lawyer. I focused my work on criminality arising from my client’s domestic relationships. I’m exceptionally skilled at running and winning trials. My experience working with rules of evidence, courtroom procedure, and examining witnesses under oath surpasses that of most family lawyers in Ontario. I owe my success to years of experience and my education during both my Honors Bachelor of Arts degree program in Psychology and Mass Communications and my years of studying at a world-renowned Canadian law school named Osgoode Hall.Since graduating from academia, I’ve trained lawyers and law students at the Law Society of Ontario’s Law Practice Program and as an adjunct professor for various other institutions. I have also supervised Juris Doctor candidates as their articling principle and was a commentator on Court TV Canada. I’m currently an active member of the Toronto Lawyers Association and the Toronto Family Law Association. In an effort to give back to a community, I have counseled individuals dependent on Legal Aid and worked on numerous Pro Bono assignments.When I’m not working with clients, you can find me with family and friends. I am a health and fitness enthusiast and I love dogs, especially my toy poodle.If you would like to have a consultation with one of our team members please give us a call: (289) 204-0455.Canada’s National Newspaper the Globe & Mail has listed Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers as one of Canada’s Best Law Firms for 2022.
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