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About Anthony

I Have Practised Family Law Exclusively for 20 years

In my first year as a lawyer, I worked for firms that specialized in corporate law and international trade. My job was to help clients, major international companies, make more money and pay less tax. After I became a parent however, these big money fights began to get tedious. I wanted a career where I was helping real people with real problems, and where I could make an impact on people’s lives, not just on an organization’s bottom line.

That’s when I switched my practice and began to focus exclusively on Family Law. I haven’t regretted this decision for one second. I can’t think of anything more important and rewarding in the practice of law than helping clients make the best decision for themselves and their children when things go wrong.

I believe that every family situation is unique, and take my time to figure out all of the moving pieces. This step is crucial because it helps me to identify the best and the most appropriate option for the family. A ‘cookie cutter’ approach will never address the unique needs of the adults and the children within a specific family unit.

I have represented married and unmarried parties, parents, child protection agencies, and children in a wide range of Family Law matters. I have appeared in the Ontario Court of Justice, the Superior Court of Justice, and frequently in the Court of Appeal. In addition, and perhaps most importantly, my unique Family Law background includes eleven years as Legal Counsel with The Children’s Aid Society of Toronto. While at CAS, I saw the high emotional and financial cost of Family Law matters on parents with mental health and addiction issues and on children with their own issues.

Some Kind Words from Clients and Colleagues

“Anthony is so good at what he does because he takes the time to understand the family dynamic, personalities, and cultural influences.”

“…His background means he stays focused on what’s best for a whole family and not just you. He knows that when there are kids involved, they should be the priority, and he’s not afraid to remind you of that – and that’s a good thing.”

“Anthony is considered a Child and Family Services subject-matter expert, and he regularly teaches Family Law and Child Protection Law best practices to other lawyers through the Family Lawyers Association’s (www.flao.org) “311 Open Bar Series” – he has also served on the FLAO Board since 2002.”

My Affiliations and Community Involvement

Board Member – The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (Ontario Chapter).
AFCC is an interdisciplinary and international association of professionals dedicated to the resolution of family conflict (http://www.afccnet.org)

Member – Access for Parents and Children in Ontario.
APCO is a non-profit organization that provide supervised access to separated families. (http://www.accessforparentsandchildren.on.ca/).

Member – Toronto Family Lawyers Association

Member – National Association of Counsel for Children

Member – Toronto Family Lawyers Association

Member – National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

Board Member – 311 Open Bar Series

Member – National Association of Counsel for Children

Member – Ontario Bar Association

For me, charity begins at home, and I focus my volunteer activities on organizations that assist the disadvantaged in his community. I regularly volunteers as a cook for his church’s, “Out of the Cold” Program, where I can I also help my clients give back to the community.

I also spend as much time as possible with my two teenage sons, and Charlie, our nine-year old standard poodle.