Associate Lawyer & Mediator
I am an associate family lawyer practicing in the areas of separation, divorce, and domestic contracts. I assist clients with the resolution of all their family law issues, including parenting time, decision-making for children, child support, spousal support, and property division and equalization. I am also a certified family mediator with a focus on Insight mediation. At my core, I believe that resolving family law issues through negotiation, mediation, and/or collaborative law is always preferable to resolving through litigation. To paraphrase a notable Canadian: litigation if necessary, but not necessarily litigation.
I have three degrees from Western University, including an Honours Bachelors of Arts in History (2013), a Masters of Art in History (2014), and my Juris Doctor (2017). I was called to the bar in 2018 and have worked exclusively in family law since that time. I also have a Masters of Law from Queen’s University (2020), and I am currently completing a doctorate of law at Queen’s in the field of legal education reform. My mediation certification is with the Ontario Association of Family Mediators. I am a nerd at heart who loves to learn, and being able to continuously expand my knowledge and skills through education is a life-long endeavor.
Growing up I moved around Ontario a lot, and at various points have called London, Sault Saint Marie, Sudbury, Timmins, Wiarton, and Kincardine home. I understand the different challenges faced by rural Ontarians when accessing the legal system, and I am proud to work with RIA to connect Ontarians to excellent legal services regardless of geography. For the first four years of my legal career, I worked for small law firms in rural Southwestern Ontario, which gave me the relatively rare opportunity to manage my own client files from day 1 of my career. At present, I happily reside in Kingston, Ontario with my partner and our two glorious (and massive) dogs. Someday I would like to have a dog sanctuary where older dogs can go while waiting for adoption. My ideal night-in consists of quality time with my partner, our dogs, and bad reality television.