What my clients say

“I truly appreciate all that you have done for me. It has been a very long road.”

"I would like to thank you for all the time and effort you have expended on my behalf. I have always appreciated your hard work, clarity of communication and support."

"I have to say thanks to Chris for his ongoing patience with me […]! Chris has done a great job! Must say, Chris, I think you rightfully achieved the sundae with the cherry on top for this court appearance! Thank you once again and sending you all wishes for a nice weekend!"

"Thanks, Chris, for doing such a bang-up job preparing our case! You've been stellar with your wording and communication positioning. I don't need a rebate, just keep putting out the exceptional quality of work that you are. Give yourself a high-five and get some rest and relaxation that you've earned."

"I cannot tell you how much it means to me to finally feel validated. You don’t question me about what I’m telling you, and it feels like you see it too. I mean it so much. I know you have extensive experience in conflict resolution and the importance of validation of feelings. My file is high conflict and has issues of intimate personal violence. I have had two lawyers […]. At the time [I lost my second lawyer], I was devastated to lose my solicitor of choice who had been with me for nearly three years. But I am so thankful that Chris is on my file. There has not been a single instance to date where I have not felt heard, or listened to. […] I cannot articulate how much it means to me to not have to fight to be listened to, to be validated. My only wish is that I had met Chris sooner."


Chris is a family law lawyer, accredited family mediator, and certified collaborative practitioner, who has been practising family law since 2009.

In court or out, Chris is comfortable finding family law solutions for you.

Chris was granted his accreditation in family mediation in 2017.  This accreditation lets Chris help those people who want to achieve their separation goals outside of court.

In addition, since 2016, Chris has been licensed by the High Conflict Institute in the New Ways for Families® program.  For people who are in this program (either voluntarily or because the court has ordered it), Chris can guide you as your lawyer.

Chris is also is a member of the The Virtual Family Law Project. The Virtual Family Law Project is a group comprised of Senior Family Law Lawyers in Ottawa who bring their expertise in arbitration, mediation and court processes to permit families to continue to work towards resolution of their family law issues outside of the public court system, using remote technology.

Before law, Chris had a career as a writer/editor who worked for a former Deputy Prime Minister and a former Governor General. In 2001, Chris received a commendation from the Privy Council Office for his management of communications during a national security crisis.

During law school, Chris contributed to the 2006 review of PIPEDA, entitled Compliance with Canadian Data Protection Laws.  In 2009, Chris completed his articles as a Privy Council Officer in the Cabinet Confidentiality branch of the Privy Council of Canada.

In court or out, Chris has a variety of problem-solving skills that he will tailor — to you.

  • Call to Ontario Bar (2009)
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Ottawa, Common Law (2008)
Professional Activities and Organizations
  • Judge, Walsh Family Law Negotiation Competition; 2020 – present
  • Executive Member, Board of Directors, Ontario Association for Family Mediation (OAFM); 2021 – present
  • Accredited Family Mediator (AccFM), OAFM; 2017 – present
  • Panel Member, Collaborative Divorce Ottawa; 2017 – present
  • President, 2 terms; OAFM Ottawa Chapter; 2021 – 2022 and 2018 – 2019
  • Candidate, Accredited Intergenerational Mediator, OAFM; 2022
  • Licensee (lawyer-provider), New Ways for Families; High Conflict Institute, California
  • Certified Online Dispute Resolution Specialist, OAFM; 2020 – present
  • Member, Carleton County Law Association; 2009 – present)

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