Laurie Pawlitza is a partner in the Family Law Group at Torkin Manes LLP. She regularly acts in disputes involving high incomes, significant property, and custody and access issues. Laurie appears in courts at both the trial and appellate levels, and makes effective use of both mediation and arbitration for her clients.
Laurie writes a regular column on current family law issues in the National Post. In addition to her column in the Post, she speaks regularly in Canada and around the world on a wide variety of law-related and professional issues.
Laurie has been recognized by her peers in Best Lawyers and The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory in the area of Family Law, Laurie was named in the “Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada” in 2012, received an Honourary Doctorate from the Law Society of Ontario in the same year and has received other awards and honours including from the Women’s Law Association of Ontario, the Legal Education and Action Fund and Lexpert.
Between 2010 and 2012, Laurie was elected as the 63rd Treasurer (President) of the Law Society of Ontario, the regulator governing all lawyers and paralegals in Ontario. She was only the third woman since the founding of the Law Society in 1797 to hold this office.
Laurie is results-oriented. She uses her practical and creative skills to find the most appropriate resolution for each client’s specific needs, and provides options and strategies for an individualized action plan.
Family law disputes can also be extremely stressful. Laurie understands the emotional strain caused by these situations and adapts her strategy to take into account all of her client’s needs. Immediate and long-term concerns are addressed in a practical, timely and efficient manner.
Laurie is one of the most highly respected family law lawyers in Ontario. She is a strong advocate who brings her experience to bear when matters are contentious, but does not lose sight of her client need to resolve their issues as quickly as possible.
Laurie’s practice focuses on complex financial family matters and custody/access issues in high net worth families.