After graduating from Carleton University (B.A., 1970) and Osgoode Hall Law School (LLB, 1973) Hunter was called to the Ontario Bar in 1975 and co-founded the firm of MacKinnon & Phillips. His practice has been restricted to family law since 1978. Hunter was one of the first lawyers in Ontario to be certified as a specialist in family law by the Law Society of Upper Canada, a designation which he continues to maintain. His practice focuses on complex financial cases and the negotiation of separation agreements, marriage contracts and separation agreements.
Although preferring a settlement oriented approach, Hunter is an experienced litigator, having handled complicated cases in all levels of court in Ontario, including numerous appearances in the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.
Hunter was Senior Instructor in Family Law at the Bar Admission Course in Ottawa for 13 years. He frequently presents papers on family law issues at programs organized by the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association, the Advocates Society, Osgoode Hall Law School and the Carleton County Law Association and is often a guest lecturer on family law topics at the University of Ottawa Law School. For 21 years he has been a member of the organizing committee of the Carleton County Law Association’s Family Law Institute, an annual conference in Ottawa on current family law issues.
Hunter is often retained by other family law lawyers as an arbitrator or to provide his opinion on the settlement of their cases, either in the form of private settlement conferences or consultations. Hunter has also been retained as an expert witness on family law in cases in both Ontario and Quebec.
Following graduation from the University of Toronto (B.A. in 1968 and Law School in 1973), I have been practicing Family Law since 1975, Family Mediation since 1982 and Collaborative Family Law since 2002.
As the first President of the Ontario Association for Family Mediation (OAFM) in 1982 (the first one in Canada) and a continuing educator in alternative dispute resolution, I have long been a proponent of the non-adversarial resolution of issues that arise when families restructure during separation and divorce.
The focus of my practice is on achieving fair and effective settlements for my clients without going to court. This is the aim of the Family Mediation and Collaborative Family Law processes.
I am an Accredited Family Mediator (OAFM), an Accredited Elder Mediator (OAFM), and have also qualified as a member of the panel of the Ottawa Collaborative Family Law group.
I invite you to contact me to learn more about Family Mediation, Elder Mediation and Collaborative Family Law and how they can work for you, and the following websites will be helpful:
My own personal website is at ottawamediation.com
The Ottawa family mediation (OAFM) website is at familymediationottawa.com
The Ottawa collaborative family law group’s website is at collaborative-law.ca
The Provincial OAFM website is at oafm.on.ca
Gary obtained his Bachelor of Arts at Carleton University and his Bachelor of Laws at the University of Ottawa. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1979 and since that time has practiced exclusively in the area of family law.
Gary has extensive experience in the resolution of matrimonial issues through the negotiation and drafting of all forms of domestic contracts including cohabitation agreements, marriage contracts and separation agreements. His litigation experience is extensive and Gary has appeared before all levels of courts in Ontario including the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Appeal.
In addition to his extensive practice Gary has been a guest lecturer at the University of Ottawa law school, a sessional lecturer in Carleton University’s law department and a group instructor at the Bar Admissions Course. Gary has also participated as a speaker in a number of continuing education programs and has written a number of papers on a variety of topics in the family law area.
Gordon Sheiner was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1982 and exclusively practices family law. Since 1994 he has been certified a specialist in family law by the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Gordon acts as counsel in complex family law litigation, including pension and business valuation issues, taxation matters, and support. He has appeared in all levels of court in Ontario including the Ontario Court of Appeal. He acts as an arbitrator in family law cases, having qualified under the requirements set forth by the Ministry of the Attorney General.
Gordon has extensive experience in the negotiation and drafting of domestic contracts, including marriage contracts, cohabitation agreements and separation agreements. He has been the author of several papers, a lecturer at the Ontario Bar Admission Course and presenter at programs offered by the County of Carleton Law Association and Law Society of Upper Canada.
Ron graduated from McGill University with joint honours and obtained his law degree cum laude from the University of Ottawa. His practice focused extensively on Family Law since his call to the Bar in 1983, and exclusively since the early 1990’s. His practice encompasses nearly every aspect of that field and he has extensive experience resolving high conflict, acrimonious matters.
Ron has experience at all levels of the Ontario court system, including the Court of Appeal. He is well versed in negotiating agreements and representing clients in both arbitration and court proceedings relating to parenting conflicts, child and spousal support, division of property, and all issues which arise on separation and divorce. He is experienced in the negotiation and drafting of Cohabitation Agreements and Marriage Contracts.
His practice is fairly evenly divided between male and female clients, as well as individuals in same sex relationships.
Ron has presented at numerous Family Law Conferences, has taught at the Bar Admission course, and is a Member of the County of Carleton Law Association. Ron takes particular pride in his complete disinterest in golf which, in the summer months, translates into his often being the only lawyer in the office on sunny Wednesday afternoons.
Judy brings over 20 years of experience to the practice of family law. Her focus is on achieving the best result for her clients as quickly and inexpensively as possible. Judy is an effective negotiator who is able to address complex problems with creative solutions. Although she seeks negotiated resolutions whenever possible, she represents her client’s rights vigorously in court when necessary.
Judy has been practicing exclusively in the area of family law since 1993. During that time, she has gained extensive experience representing clients in court and in negotiating complex domestic contracts including separation agreements, marriage contracts and cohabitation agreements. She has experience dealing with all family law issues including custody and access, child support, spousal support, property division, divorce and common law relationships.
Judy is originally from Winnipeg. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1988 and a Bachelor of Laws in 1991 from the University of Manitoba. After being called to the bar of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1993, she has continued her practice in Ottawa. Judy embraces alternative dispute resolution as a means of achieving closure for her clients. She has completed Basic and Advanced training in Family Mediation. She is a trained Family Law Mediator and Collaborative Family Lawyer. She is a member of the Ontario Association for Family Mediation and Collaborative Practice Ottawa.
Michèle has been a practicing lawyer in Ottawa since 1993, specifically in the area of Family Law. In addition to appearing before various Courts in the province, she has also completed training in the areas of family mediation and collaborative family law. Michèle has previously taught at the Bar Admission Course of the Law Society of Ontario, and has been a presenter at various conferences.
Michèle’s family law practice is built upon her considerable experience within the legal system of justice, and her extensive work with separating spouses and their families. She prides herself in striving to assist and represent her clients in a quality, solution-focused, and cost-effective manner.
Though her first language is French, Michèle is fully bilingual and operates a fully bilingual law practice.