About Us

EXPERIENCE YOU CAN TRUST!

Gilead Kay and Deborah L. Stewart

WHY US?

  • We have over 50 years of combined experience as lawyers practicing in the area of family law and dispute resolution
  • We are accredited (OAFM) Mediators – trained and qualified to practice in the area of family mediation
  • We are experienced in dealing with a variety of family matters including high conflict parenting situations, and parents who require a parenting coordinator
  • We have a roster of highly qualified lawyers who provide independent legal advice to participants before the agreement is finalized

GILEAD KAY

EXPERIENCE: Over 20 years in Family Law

EDUCATION: 

  • University of Toronto (B.A.)
  • York University – Osgood Hall Law School (L.L.B.)
  • Accredited Family Mediator (AccFM)

MEMBERSHIPS/ASSOCIATIONS/PANEL MEMBERSHIP:

  • Family Law Association (FLA)
  • Ontario Association of Family Mediators (OAFM)
  • Ontario Bar Association (OBA)
  • Office of the Children’s Law (OCL)
  • Legal Aid Ontario (LAO)
  • ARCH Disability Law Center
  • Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario (FDRIO)

PUBLICATIONS:

  • Lexis Nexis – Lexis Practice Advisor Canada.
  • CLE training programs

A little bit more about Gilead…


I am a Family lawyer who has practiced in all areas of Family Law and at all court levels, for over twenty years. I have practiced extensively in all areas of family and child protection law, including as lead counsel for the Family Responsibility Office. I am also an Accredited Family Mediator (OAFM). For over 10 years, I have been an active member of the Office of the Children’s Lawyer (OCL) panel and Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) panel, including custody/access matters, child protection matters and openness/adoption matters.

I have handled thousands of cases on behalf of the Family Responsibility Office both as counsel for the Family Responsibility Office in Toronto and as payor’s counsel. I have appeared as counsel for the Family Responsibility Office throughout Southern Ontario and the Greater Toronto Area and I have appeared as their counsel before the Court of Appeal.

I am currently one of a limited number of lawyers, in Toronto, who the OCL regularly appoints to act on behalf of child(ren) in Openness Applications. I have extensive trial experience, and I have conducted a number of secure treatment hearings on behalf of the OCL. I have done extensive work with clients who are undergoing treatment for addiction/mental health issues as well as clients who have suffered from domestic violence. I have completed training on domestic violence, as well as significant training in screening for domestic violence clients in the context of Family Mediation.

I have been a presenter and speaker at continuing legal education programs focused on the Family Responsibility Office and Child Protection law. I authored the section “Responding to FRO Enforcement” of the 2015: Lexis Nexis – Lexis Practice Advisor Canada.


DEBORAH L. STEWART

EXPERIENCE: Over 30 years in Family Law

EDUCATION:

  • University of Toronto (B.A. Economics and Commerce)
  • University of Toronto (L.L.B)
  • Accredited Family Mediator (AccFM)
  • Trained Parenting Coordinator
  • Accredited Family Mediator (AccFM) in Child Protection matters
  • Trained Mediator in Openness matters

MEMBERSHIPS/ASSOCIATIONS/PANEL MEMBERSHIP:

  • Family Law Association (FLA)
  • Ontario Association of Family Mediators (OAFM)
  • Office of the Children’s Lawyer (OCL)
  • Legal Aid Ontario (LAO)
  • Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario (FDRIO)
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC)
  • ARCH Disability Law Centre

 

A little bit more about Deborah…


I am a Senior Family lawyer who has practiced in all areas of Family Law and at all court levels, for over thirty years. I have practiced as a lawyer in in the following areas for more than two decades: child and spousal support, s. 7 expenses, equalization of net family property, unequal property claims, child protection, and custody and access matters.

I am an Accredited Family Mediator (OAFM), with experience in parenting plans and coordination, complex custody/access matters, child protection matters, domestic violence, child and spousal support, complex property issues (including unequal division of net family property claims).

I am a qualified and trained Parenting Coordinator.

For over 25 years, I have been an active member of the Office of the Children’s Lawyer (OCL) panel, including custody/access matters and child protection matters.

I have conducted numerous CLE training programs in a variety of areas of family law and child protection law.  I am also a founding Board member and trainer of mediation interns at WillowTree Mediation Services, a non profit community based mediation service operating in Toronto.

I have acted on behalf of a number of hearing impaired and visually impaired persons, as well as those with serious physical challenges, (including quadriplegic). I am currently one of a limited number of lawyers, in Toronto, who the OCL regularly appoints to act on behalf of child(ren) in Openness Applications.