Russell Alexander

Russell AlexanderFounder & Senior Partner

Russell Alexander is the founder of Russell Alexander Family Lawyers and is the firm’s senior partner. In addition to helping his own clients with separation, divorce, custody and support issues, Russell oversees the operations of all six of the firm’s offices, supervises the firm’s clerks, and collaborates frequently with the firm’s associate lawyers and their own clients.

Trusted Expertise

As a family law practitioner for nearly twenty years, Russell draws upon a tremendous depth of knowledge and expertise when serving his clients in all aspects of family law. He helps clients cope with the separation and divorce, the division of assets such as homes and pensions, and the calculation and enforcement of child and spousal support. Russell crafts creative solutions unique to each client to enable them and their families to move forward with their lives.

Russell is an experienced litigator who has used his advocacy skills to win many family law trials for his clients. But he also understands the emotional and financial costs of litigation, which is why Russell works to resolve as many cases as possible without going to court. He is a fully trained Collaborative Practice lawyer and is a member of the Durham and York Region Collaborative Practice Groups.

Clients First

As the firm’s founder and managing lawyer, Russell has dedicated his entire practice and those of his firm’s lawyers to achieving results in a compassionate, collaborative, and client-focused manner. He has created a team-based approach that puts the client’s interests at the heart of every lawyer’s work and at the core of the relationship between the firm’s lawyers and our clients.

Professional Background

Russell obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto and his law Degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. He founded Russell Alexander Family Lawyers in 1998, following his admission to practice law. The firm’s first location was opened in Lindsay, Ontario in 1998, followed by the Brooklin office in 2006 and the Markham office in 2010.

Today, Russell is widely renowned as a speaker at conferences relating to technology and the law. He is a faculty member of the American Bar Association TECHSHOW and has spoken at several conferences in Chicago and Toronto. He has also recently presented at the Ontario Collaborative Law Federation Conference and will Chair the Law Society of Upper Canada’s 2013 Technology and Family Law Conference.

Community Commitment

Russell believes that lawyers have a special duty and opportunity to give back to their communities. In addition to his membership and active participation in various community groups, Russell has taken the highly unusual step of creating his own charitable fund. The Russell Alexander Giving Fund coordinates all the firm’s charitable work to benefit local organizations in great need of community support.

Personal History

Born and raised in Toronto, Russell moved with his wife to her hometown of Lindsay to raise their children. Russell enjoys all sporting activities and is actively involved with many community organizations and events. He also strives to provide easily accessible legal information for the public by writing extensively about family law issues and cases on the firm’s blog,


  • York University, Osgoode Hall, Bachelor of Laws (1996)
  • University of Toronto, Honours Bachelor of Arts (1993)

Professional Memberships

  • Durham Region Law Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Advocates Society
  • Collaborative Practice Durham Region
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Victoria Haliburton Law Association