Lorraine is a seasoned lawyer, Accredited Family Mediator and Collaborative Family Practitioner. She assists separating people find the right process with a goal of reaching, fair, informed, lasting and cost-effective resolutions with respect and dignity. She regularly works with complex cases and high net worth individuals.
Her credentials and experience include over 30 years as a lawyer in private Family Law practice in an award-winning firm [2014 Professional Services Award - Vaughan Chamber of Commerce], Family Mediation Accreditation by the Ontario Association for Family Mediation (OAFM), the immediate past presidency of the OAFM, a Masters of Law degree in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) from Osgoode Hall Law School, contribution as a guest lecturer and mediation coach for ADR courses at Osgoode Hall, completion of the Harvard Law School Mediation Workshop, completion of the Collaborative Practice Training, a Family Law Arbitrator, and over 20 years tribunal/adjudicative experience.
She is a part-time Deputy Judge of the Ontario Small Claims Court serving since 2004. Her past experience includes serving as a Vice-Chair of the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal and the Ontario Licence Appeal Tribunal.
Lorraine is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the York Region Law Association, the Ontario Association for Family Mediation, the York Region Collaborative Practice Group and the Collaborative Practice Toronto Group.
Lorraine also graduated from the University of Western Ontario and the University of Ottawa Law School and Osgoode Law School.
She currently serves on the Boards of Villa Colombo Vaughan (a long term care home) and Villa Charities Inc. Since 2004, Lorraine has been a volunteer facilitator for a semi-annual marriage preparation program for engaged couples delivered to over 1000 couples.