Shirley has been practicing family law for over 25 years. She is licensed to practice in Ontario and New York State. Shirley obtained her mediation certification under the auspices of the Law Society of Upper Canada, and is a certified Collaborative Practitioner. Shirley is also an Associate Member of the Ontario Association for Family Mediation. Shirley's goal, and personal philosophy, is to guide her clients through the emotional and financial upheaval of separation and divorce in a respectful, affordable, and results oriented process. Shirley's focus is to minimize the toxicity that can result from separation, and maximize the opportunity for creative resolutions that work best for her clients and their children. Shirley works with a wide range of people, ranging from modest to high net worth individuals and couples.
Shirley is a past Co-Chair of Collaborative Practice Toronto and current member of Collaborative Practice Toronto, the Peel Region Collaborative Practice Group, the Law Society of Upper Canada, the International Academy of Collaborative Practitioners, the Ontario Collaborative Law Federation and the State of New York, Administrative Office of the Courts.
Shirley obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto in 1981 and her law degree from the University of Ottawa in 1986. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1988 and the New York State Bar in 1991.
Shirley also practices in the area of fertility law, involving all manners of complex family building, and has done so since 1996.
Shirley has been invited to speak by the Ontario Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the National Judge's Conference (Ontario), the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society, the Amercian Academy of Reproductive Technology Attorneys (of which she is an elected Fellow), the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Osgoode Law School and University of Toronto Law School.