Advanced Strategies to Resolve Family Law Files - Part 1: Settling the Family Law Matter within the Court Process
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Tuesday, November 6, 2018 (9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.)

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  • Brian Burke
    Epstein Cole LLP

Successfully resolving a family law matter is both an art and a science. In addition to the technical legal aspects, to conclude a higher percentage of your matters, you need to understand the various personalities, psychologies, dynamics, and relationships at play among the parties, their lawyers, and often various others. How does one effectively use those aspects in the negotiations and dispute resolution? Our seasoned family law lawyers, mediators, and judges share their advice, strategies, secrets, and hard-won wisdom, all in a fast-moving and engaging format.

Even if your case makes it to court, chances are it won't end in a multiday trial. The overwhelming majority of family law cases that start in the court process will settle before a judge renders a final decision. In fact, the family court system in Ontario is structured to encourage consensual resolution at each juncture; experienced counsel know this and make it work to their client's advantage. How? By employing various strategies to create the conditions conducive to achieving a favourable and durable settlement. Our presenters teach you these critical, often subtle skills by exploring in detail the key aspects needed to move the matter towards a settlement.

  • Understand how to effectively use negotiation strategies
  • Learn which outside resources and experts are needed to assist in resolution
  • Get tips on drafting conference briefs
  • Be aware of how to maximize the value of the trial management conference


  • Vivian Alterman, MBA, CPA, CA, CBVap Valuations Limited
  • Brian BurkeEpstein Cole LLP
  • Dr. Irwin Butkowsky, C.Psych., Acc.FM
  • Birkin Culp, C.S.Brant Family and Children's Services
  • The Honourable Dale FitzpatrickSuperior Court of Justice
  • Dani FrodisFrodis Family Law
  • Cheryl Goldhart, C.S.Goldhart & Associates
  • Jason Howie, C.S.Jason P. Howie Professional Corporation
  • Christine Kim, M.S.W., R.S.W., CPMed, Acc.FMChristine Kim Mediation
  • The Honourable Frances Kiteley, LSMSuperior Court of Justice
  • Hilary LintonRiverdale Mediation
  • Carolyn LloydLerners LLP
  • The Honourable Debra PaulsethOntario Court of Justice
  • Hunter Phillips, C.S.MacKinnon & Phillips
  • The Honourable Melanie SagerOntario Court of Justice
  • The Honourable Phillip SutherlandSuperior Court of Justice
  • Julia VeraBarrister and Solicitor
  • Cheryl Suann WilliamsWilliams Family Lawyers | Family & Collaborative Lawyers * Mediators
  • The Honourable Gerri WongOntario Court of Justice

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