Amanda Elizabeth Smith Lawyer

AMANDA SMITH, LAWYER AND FOUNDER

Amanda Elizabeth Smith holds an Hon. BA from the University of Toronto, a JD from the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law and is a Certified Negotiator. Amanda is an advocate for gender equality and the best interests of the child. 

Amanda and her team are highly skilled in resolving matters involving complex financial issues related to division of property and income calculation for the purpose of support, as well as high-conflict custody matters.

Whenever possible, Amanda strives to resolve her client’s issues out of Court by way of a fair and equitable settlement. However, when Court is necessary, she aggressively pursues litigated outcomes in an efficient and cost-effective manner.  

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ALYSSA DE PALMA, LAWYER

Alyssa holds a Master of Laws in Dispute Resolution and is skilled in de-escalating conflict and high levels of emotion. In complex and contentious disputes, her aim is to keep the proceedings as amicable and as simple as possible.

Alyssa is also an excellent litigator, nearly impossible to unnerve, and brings an unwavering calmness and cool head to her work, enabling her to identify strategic opportunities and opposition weaknesses to maximize her client’s position.

Alyssa is a compassionate and active listener who makes sure her clients feel heard and understood so she can work towards favorable outcomes by prioritizing their needs and interests. Alyssa advances her client’s interests while maintaining high standards of legal, professional, and ethical integrity.

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LYNN WHITAKER

Lynn is a senior law clerk with vast knowledge and expertise in all areas of family law. She has a meticulous attention to detail and a sixth sense that never fails to catch those easy to miss details that make all the difference. 

She brings genuine caring, sensitivity and dedication to her files and her work with clients and team. Dealing with a family law matter can be challenging and Lynn goes the extra mile to help clients navigate and understand the family law court process including obtaining financial documents, preparing financial statements, reviewing and understanding court documents and pleadings.

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ELIZABETH COWAN

Elizabeth is a senior law clerk, she is proficient in reviewing and drafting all family law documents including correspondence, domestic contracts, pleadings, affidavits, disclosure and financial statements. She is also a Westlaw certified, focused and driven legal researcher and a keen lifelong learner constantly expanding her family law knowledge.

She is committed to providing outstanding client services. She brings a calm, focused approach to her work that helps reduce client anxiety and stress. She values building relationships, open and honest communications with clients and takes great pride in empowering clients throughout their family law matter.

Jordana-Bonadie

JORDANA BONADIE

Jordana will be your first point of contact, she manages the day to day operations and ensures cohesion, clarity and process between clients, clerks and lawyers. She is responsible for overall family law matter document management, appointment bookings and implementing ways to optimize organizational protocols and communications to maximize the client experience.

Jordana has experienced the family law system first hand, believes in the need for change and is passionate about being part of that change.

HOW WE WORK

We ensure that you are promptly provided with copies of all correspondence, both incoming and outgoing, and we steadfastly work to keep you apprised of the status of your case, including even the most minor of developments.

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We aim to resolve every case without litigation, yet we realize an out-of-court resolution is not always possible. As formidable trial lawyers, we will litigate if faced with a bad faith offer. We will respect your wishes and aggressively yet compassionately work to advance your interests while maintaining high standards of legal, professional, and ethical integrity.

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We will devote our attention to your case, without delay, prepare documents, filings, and discovery tailored to your matter. We will keep you apprised of court dates and important deadlines in connection with your case, and will be in contact regarding documents that you will need to read, authorize, and execute before we file them with the court.

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Our focus is to keep the proceedings as amicable and as simple as possible. If you have children, your chosen approach will affect your future relationship as co-parents, and a practical parenting agreement is almost always preferable to a judge’s edict.

While it is difficult to predict total case costs, we view ourselves as creative problem solvers. Many factors affect the ultimate cost to a client in a family law case, including the complexity of contested issues, the size of the marital estate and the emotional content that invariably drives each party. We seek to have consistent and open communication with clients about financial matters throughout their case in an honest and mutually respectful fashion. Our priority is to minimize fees while achieving the best results.

As professional services are provided or costs are incurred on your behalf, funds will be drawn from the retainer account.

A detailed statement of services will be forwarded to you each month to keep you fully informed as to the status of your account.

When your case is resolved, any unused portion of the retainer will be returned to you. If the retainer is exhausted before your case concludes, you will need to replenish your account. The amount requested will be based on the current status of your case and an estimate of future services required.

Choosing the right family law firm can have an enormous impact on the outcome of your case. Our firm’s commitment to professionalism, civility, and open and honest communication allows us to provide our clients with the highest level of professional service at reasonable and transparent pricing.