Toronto, Ontario M6P3T8
I am a Toronto family lawyer committed to helping families resolve their disputes respectfully. I know from experience that every family is different, every conflict nuanced and every solution unique. I am emphatic, a sound listener and a reasonable and skilled advocate for my clients.
Prior to joining Victoria Smith Collaborative Professional Corporation in 2016, I was an associate at a regional Bay street firm gaining experience in litigation. I assisted families in crisis whose family member was either injured or had passed away as a result of medical negligence. I understood that my clients needed a lawyer who was compassionate and on their side, but also able to consider everyone’s interests, was straightforward, and able to deliver results. I guided my clients through the highly emotional civil litigation process and represented them during mediations and settlement negotiations, as well as in the courtroom, including trials.
I learned firsthand the challenges of the court process: unpredictability and lack of control over the outcome, extreme delays and expense, and the escalation of conflict. I know that resolving disputes outside of the court system preserves relationships, empowers people to craft their own agreements and considers solutions beyond just the legal model. I am committed to assisting my clients separate and divorce with dignity and to ensure they feel their needs, legal and otherwise, have been met in the process.
During law school, I worked for a Toronto family lawyer and assisted clients with all their family law needs, including issues surrounding parenting, child and spousal support and property. I also appeared at case conferences, motions, negotiations and settlement meetings.
I am the founder of both the Articling and Young Lawyers Chapters of the Women’s Law Association of Ontario. Currently, I sit on the organizing committee of the Young Lawyers’ Chapter, which is committed to providing skills and health based programming and community to empower women lawyers to find fulfillment and lasting careers in law. I was also selected to be part of the Early Careers Round Table for the Law Society of Upper Canada. I was a lead organizer of the Ontario Trial Lawyers’ Association Bike Helmets on Kids Event, which donates free helmets to children in low income areas to raise awareness about the importance of head safety.
Professional Activities2016-Present International Academy of Collaborative Practitioners, Member 2016-Present Collaborative Practice Toronto, Member 2014-Present Co-Founder and Chair, Young Lawyers Chapter, Women's Law Association of Ontario
2005-2009 Honours Bachelor of Arts, Theatre (Dalhousie University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences)
2009 Hons BA, Theatre (Dalhousie University)
2013 JD (University of Windsor)
2014 Called to the Ontario Bar (Law Society of Upper Canada)