Anthony’s unique Family Law background includes eleven years as Legal Counsel with The Children’s Aid Society of Toronto.
While at CAS, he 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.
Testimonials from clients confirm these values in action.
One client said, “…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.”
Another client said, “…Anthony always makes himself available to answer any questions or concerns…respects our time together, and explains the legal processes in a way that creates comfort and understanding…”
Anthony’s peers also consider him 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 “311 Open Bar Series” – he has also served on the FLAO Board since 2002.
Anthony also served on the Board of 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 and Access for Parents and Children in Ontario. APCO is a non-profit organization that provide supervised access to separated families.
Anthony believes that charity begins at home, and focuses his volunteer activities on organizations that assist the disadvantaged in his community. He regularly volunteers as a cook for his church’s, “Out of the Cold” Program. When he is not helping clients, teaching, or giving back to the community, Anthony spends as much time as possible with his two teenaged sons, and Charlie, his nine-year old standard poodle.
“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 my decision for one second. Besides finding the secret to world peace or a cure for cancer, I can’t think of anything more important than helping clients make the best decision for themselves and their children at such a critical time,” Anthony concludes.