Shirley is Toronto family lawyer with a commitment and passion to help her clients. In addition to having over 25 years of experience, she is considered both a highly ethical and expert negotiator by her colleagues.
Practicing family law since 1991, Shirley has litigated, mediated and negotiated all manners of family law issues. With a university background in psychology and experience with corporate law, she offers a unique insight into the personal and emotional aspects of family law, while providing a remarkable understanding of the business and financial challenges of a separation or divorce. Obtaining her initial mediation certification under the auspices of the Law Society of Upper Canada many years ago, she since has gained extensive negotiating training, including collaborative practice.
Shirley works tirelessly to reduce the impact separation can have on you, your family and your children. With the ultimate goal of obtaining an out of court settlement tailored to your specific needs, Shirley often works with various financial and family professionals, including business valuators, real estate appraisers, tax accountants, social workers, parenting co-ordinators and others, to ensure your situation is resolved in the most informative and effective way.
Shirley’s wit, warmth and humour has helped immensely in tense negotiations. She understands that sometimes, however, a negotiated settlement cannot be obtained. In such a case, Shirley will pursue the court route for you.