About Donna

Collaboration + Technology + Over 30 Years as a Family Law Lawyer

I help clients resolve separation agreements and divorce cases without going to court.  I negotiate and create cohabitation agreements and marriage contracts (sometimes referred to as prenups).

This brief video explains a little bit about why the collaborative, non-adversarial approach is important to me personally and beneficial for clients.   

Family and divorce cases involve many layers — emotional, financial, and legal, to name a few.  I have extensive training in collaborative negotiations and conflict resolution.  I completed a Dealing with Difficult Conversations course at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and an Advanced Alternative Dispute Resolution workshop through the University of Windsor Law School.

As the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way we work, I made the leap and am now a virtual family lawyer.   My fees are lower and I have more online tools for my clients (although it is a work in progress!). Clients can now take advantage of the CollabR8 family law platform created by award-winning Canadian firm Siesde Dispute Resolution Technologies, and Clio, the world’s largest and most secure cloud-based law practice management software.  

My volunteer work includes contributing to the creation of Luke’s Place and to the creation and development of its Legal Advisory Group and Pro Bono Legal Clinic. I volunteer with the Luke’s Place Virtual Pro Bono Legal Clinic and am a committee member of Kawartha Collaborative Practice.

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