Welcome

Welcome

Welcome to the Offices of Devry Smith Frank LLP

Since 1964, Devry Smith Frank LLP (DSF) has been a trusted advisor and advocate for corporations, individuals, and small businesses. The enduring relationships we have developed with our clients form the solid foundation on which the firm has been built — and they are clearly illustrated through our clients’ many testimonials!

Our law firm is comprised of over 175 dedicated legal and support staff to better service your needs. We are driven by delivering value to our clients in all that we do.

DSF provides approachable, professional, and affordable client-tailored service. As a team, we work to efficiently offer you the expertise and resources you need to achieve the best possible legal results.

We offer an outstanding environment in which to work, practise law, learn, and grow. Our success is due, in large part, to the many talented people who are attracted to and stay at our firm for a long, long time. To see more about who we are, visit our Facebook page:

We have three office locations to serve your legal needs. With locations in Toronto, Barrie and Whitby, we are now even closer to our clients and are ready to advise them on all their legal needs. Please visit our Contact Us page for detailed information on all our locations.

For information or assistance in any legal matter, please contact any one of our experienced lawyers directly.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Elisabeth Colson accepts role as Co-Chair of the Professional Advisory Committee at Baycrest Foundation

Elisabeth Colson

In 2018, Elisabeth Colson joined the Professional Advisory Committee at Baycrest Foundation.

She accepted to alter her role to act as Co-Chair of the Committee, effective September 1, 2019. The Committee’s mission is to support Baycrest Foundation by educating financial legal and accounting professionals for the purpose of offering advice to their aging clients and their families.

DSF Whitby welcomes Sarah Whyte!

Sarah Whyte

We are happy to announce that Sarah Whyte has joined DSF as a law clerk in our Whitby office.

Sarah brings with her many years of experience in the legal industry working as a financial services law clerk on Bay Street and most recently, as a law clerk in the areas of civil litigation, family law, and criminal law. From her legal experience, Sarah is proficient in programs such as PCLaw and DivorceMate.

Welcome, Sarah!

DSF Whitby welcomes Stephanie Turnham!

Stephanie Turnham

We are happy to announce that Stephanie Turnham has joined our Commercial Litigation group in Whitby.

Stephanie graduated from Queen’s University in 2003 where she obtained a B.A. (Hons.) with distinction in Psychology and Philosophy. She later went on to receive her LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School. Stephanie was called to the Ontario Bar in 2007.

Prior to joining DSF, Stephanie acted as defence counsel for lawyers in professional negligence claims and has attended numerous mediations, arbitrations, pre-trial conferences, examinations for discovery, cross-examinations and contested motions before the Superior Court of Justice and Court of Appeal.

Welcome, Stephanie!

DSF Toronto welcomes Michelle Cook and Katelyn Bell

Michelle Cook

Janet Son

We are happy to announce that Michelle Cook and Katelyn Bell have returned to Devry Smith Frank LLP as associates following their call to the bar in 2019.

Katelyn has joined our Toronto family law group, and Michelle has joined our Toronto commercial litigation group.

Katelyn is passionate about family law and alternative dispute resolution. Her interest in family law began during her time at the University of Guelph, where she worked at The Children’s Aid Society and has continued throughout law school and during her time at DSF. Katelyn also has experience with negotiation and mediation, as she was a mentor to first-year law students in a Dispute Resolution and Professional Responsibility course during her second year of law school.

Michelle is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School (Juris Doctor), the University of Toronto (Honours Bachelor of Arts, with distinction) and La Cité (French language certificate). At Osgoode, Michelle finished in the top 8% of her class and obtained a specialization in labour and employment law. Michelle has received numerous awards for her academic excellence, including Osgoode’s Labour Law Essay Prize. Her work has been published in numerous national law journals, including the Alberta Law Review, and she has spoken at national conferences on topics such as legal education and marijuana law.

Welcome, Michelle & Katelyn!

DSF Toronto welcomes Linda Noorafkan!

Linda Noorafkan

We are happy to announce that Linda Noorafkan has joined DSF as an articling student in Toronto.

Linda obtained her Juris Doctor (J.D) from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2019. In 2015, Linda obtained her Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from York University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and as a Member of the Dean’s Honour Roll. At Osgoode Hall Law School, Linda received several awards for her academic excellence, including the Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson LLP Prize and the Charles Edward Woodrow Award. Linda was also awarded the Osgoode Hall Law School Equity Entrance Award.

Welcome, Linda!

DSF Toronto welcomes Afras Khattak!

Afras Khattak

We are happy to announce that Afras Khattak has joined DSF as an articling student in Toronto.

Afras completed his Bachelor of Arts in Criminology at York University and received his Juris Doctor from Thompson Rivers University, in British Columbia. He is also completing his MBA online through The Business School, Edinburgh Napier University, located in the United Kingdom.

Apart from his educational endeavors, Afras has a strong passion for family law and he consistently keeps up to date on emerging issues regarding the formation of families, the regulation of intact families, and the dissolution of family relationships.

Welcome, Afras!

DSF Toronto welcomes Janet Son!

Janet Son

We are happy to announce that Janet Son has joined DSF as an articling student in Toronto.

Janet joined Devry Smith Frank LLP as a summer student in 2018 and has now returned to the firm as an articling student. Janet is passionate about family law, child protection and education law and exploring alternative dispute resolution methods wherever possible.

She obtained her J.D. from the University of Ottawa and graduated cum laude in 2019. Prior to law school, Janet obtained an Honours Bachelor of Arts with a major in Literature and Critical Theory, Minor in Diaspora and Transnational Students and Minor in Religion from the University of Toronto, where she graduated with high distinction in 2014.

Welcome, Janet!

DSF Barrie welcomes Nicole George!

Nicole George

We are happy to announce that Nicole George has joined DSF as a law clerk in our family law department in Barrie.

She has over 20 years of administrative and clerical experience with a demonstrated history of working in the legal services industry.

Welcome, Nicole!

DSF Toronto welcomes Carole Balogh!

Carole Balogh

We are happy to announce that Carole Balogh has joined our Real Estate group in Toronto.

She brings with her 15 years experience in the legal industry working in the areas of family law and real estate. Focusing on real estate law, Carole has vast experience in programmes such as Teraview, Conveyancer and PC Law.

In 2005, Carole obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from University of Toronto. She later received her Master of Arts in Art History from Carleton University in 2012.

Welcome, Carole!

DSF Barrie welcomes Meghan Tiberio!

Meghan Tiberio

We are happy to announce that Meghan Tiberio has joined our Litigation group in Barrie.

Meghan brings with her 1 year of litigation experience where she developed her knowledge and application of the Rules of Civil Procedure. She also brings with her 2 years of experience working in other areas of the legal industry. Meghan obtained her law clerk diploma from Georgian College in 2017 where she graduated with honours.

Welcome, Meghan!

DSF Barrie welcomes Peter Harrison!

Laura Rosati

We are happy to announce that Peter Harrison has joined our Family Law group in Barrie.

Prior to joining DSF, Peter acted as senior counsel where he gained extensive litigation experience including trial experience and appellate experience and a strong interest and proficiency in Family Law.

Peter has also been admitted by the Supreme Court of South Africa to Practice as an Attorney and Conveyancer in 1993 and a Notary Public in 1994.

Peter obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Natal in 1989. He later received his LL.B. from University of Natal in 1992. After his studies, In addition to practicing as a lawyer, he acted as a Commissioner of the Small Claims court. Peter was called to the Ontario Bar in 2005.

Welcome, Peter!

We are pleased to announce our newest members!

Devry Smith Frank LLP (DSF) is pleased to announce that Eric Gossin and Ashley Doidge and their clerks Karen Hunt and Alanna Gong Waugh, will be joining our firm effective June 30, 2019.

Eric Gossin is the managing partner of Stancer, Gossin, Rose LLP. After over 40 years of practicing law he has decided to join DSF where he will, in the next few years, transition his practice to full time mediation and arbitration. In the meantime, he will continue serving his clients in the areas of Corporate law, Estate Planning and Administration and Real Estate. Eric will be located in our Toronto office and may be contacted at 416-446-5828 or at eric.gossin@devrylaw.ca

Ashley Doidge will continue her Wills and Estates practice from DSF’s Toronto location. She has practiced exclusively in those areas with Stancer, Gossin, Rose LLP for the past several years and has recently completed her STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) designation. Ashley can be contacted at 416-446-3348 or at ashley.doidge@devrylaw.ca

Karen Hunt has worked with Eric for over 30 years and now serves as a senior corporate clerk. Alanna Gong Waugh is continuing as an estate clerk, having worked with Ashley for several years.

We extend a warm welcome to Eric, Ashley, Karen and Alanna.

DSF Barrie welcomes Laura Rosati!

Laura Rosati

We are happy to announce that Laura Rosati has joined our Real Estate group in Barrie.

Laura graduated with merit from York University, majoring in Psychology and earned her Law degree at Osgoode Hall Law School. Laura’s practice focuses on all aspects of real estate law, including residential and commercial transactions, mortgages, refinances and transfers.

Laura is a board member of both the Barrie Real Estate Lawyers Association (BRELA) and the Child Advocacy Centre Simcoe/Muskoka. She is also a member of the Business & Professional Women (BPW) of Barrie and Women’s Art Council, McMichael Canadian Art Collection and is a passionate supporter of The Olive Branch for Children, which is a charity based in Tanzania, Africa, supporting children living with HIV/Aids.

Welcome, Laura!

DSF Toronto welcomes Robert McShane!

Robert McShane

We are happy to announce that Robert McShane has joined our Business and Corporate group in Toronto.

Prior to joining DSF, Robert gained extensive experience articling at a full-service firm in Ottawa and later practicing as an associate at a well-established firm in Toronto.

In 2012, Robert obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. He later received his Juris Doctor (Honours) from Bond University in 2017 and was called to the Bar in 2018.

Welcome, Robert!

DSF Toronto welcomes Theresa Dimaliwat!

Justin Dominic

We are happy to announce that Theresa Dimaliwat has joined our accounting department in Toronto.

She brings with her 6 years of experience in the area of accounting and has vast experience in the payroll and administrative area.

Welcome, Theresa!

DSF Barrie welcomes George Messih!

George Messih

We are happy to announce that George Messih has joined our Real Estate group in Barrie.

Prior to joining DSF, George worked at a boutique law firm in Toronto, and his practice focused on commercial and residential real estate, business acquisitions, and estate planning and administration. With a client-centred approach and the ability to anticipate issues before they arise, George is a reference point to clients who rely on him for timely advice and the smooth carriage of their files.

George obtained his Bachelor`s degree in economics from McMaster University. He later travelled to the UK to study law at the University of South Wales, where he received his LL.B. During this time, he volunteered at the student legal aid clinic where he worked closely with lawyers from leading UK law firms in assisting members of the community with contract, tenancy, and various advisory matters

Welcome, George!

DSF Toronto welcomes Justin Dominic!

Justin Dominic

We are happy to announce that Justin Dominic has joined DSF as a Digital Marketing Assistant in Toronto.

Justin has received his Bachelor’s in English Literature from Loyola College in 2015 and continued his studies in order to receive his Post Grad in Marketing Management from Sheridan College in 2016 and his Post Grad in Journalism from Humber College in 2017.

He has worked in the field of digital marketing developing his experience in digital marketing, e-commerce, influencer marketing, social media, client services, data analysis, and reporting.

Welcome, Justin!

Bencher Election 2019

Robert Adourian

We are pleased to announce that Robert (Bob) Adourian has been elected a bencher of the Law Society of Ontario for a four-year term. The Law Society of Ontario is the body responsible for regulating of lawyers and paralegals in Ontario.

Bob received the second highest number of votes of all candidates in the bencher election. Bob attributes this success in large part to the nature of his practice – he deals with hundreds of lawyers every year. Although this is true, we would attribute Bob’s success to the reputation he has built up over more than 35 years in practice. He is well known for his fairness, courtesy, honesty, and professionalism. Everyone who deals with Bob recognizes him as an example for the profession – his election as a bencher will be a huge benefit that for the Law Society and for the Ontario public.

Bob practices in the areas of real estate, wills and estate planning and estate administration. He has served as a mentor to many law students and young lawyers over the more than 35 years of his legal career.

Bob campaigned on a number of issues – access to justice was paramount. Bob feels strongly that the Law Society must invest in programmes and creative initiatives to facilitate access to justice for members of the public.

Bob also campaigned against the mandatory “Statement of Principles” imposed by the Law Society on members of the bar. Many members opposed the Statement of Principles on the basis that it amounts to “compelled speech”. Although Bob is fully supportive of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession this initiative was seen by many to be divisive and ineffective.

Bob looks forward to providing a voice for solicitors at Convocation – the “Board of Governors” of the Law Society. Bob is very conscious of the demands placed upon real estate practitioners, particularly those who are sole practitioners or members of small firms. Please join us in congratulating Bob on his election.

Congratulations Bob!

DSF Toronto welcomes Jessica Ritchie!

Jessica Ritchie

We are happy to announce that Jessica Ritchie has joined Devry Smith Frank LLP as a law clerk in our Toronto family law department.

Jessica brings with her 30 years of administrative and clerical experience along with over 20 years of experience working as a law clerk.

Welcome, Jessica!

DSF Toronto welcomes Samira Soueidan!

Samira Soueidan

We are happy to announce that Samira Soueidan has joined Devry Smith Frank LLP as a law clerk in our Toronto family law department.

Samira brings with her 35 years of experience in the area of family law which has provided her with experience and understanding of the Family Law Rules and the Ontario Rules of Civil Procedure.

Samira works closely with clients and assists them in the preparation of their financial statements, gathering their requisite financial disclosure, preparing net family property statements and seeing their file through to a divorce, where applicable. She assists the lawyers with the preparation of court documents, mediation briefs and preparing for arbitration and trials.

Welcome, Samira!

DSF Toronto welcomes Elias Rabinovitch!

Elias Rabinovitch

We are happy to announce that Elias Rabinovitch has joined DSF as a summer law student in Toronto.

Elias is entering his final year of the J.D. program at Osgoode Hall Law School. Prior to law school, Elias graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

While at Osgoode, Elias has been actively involved in the academic, student and broader public community. In his first year at Osgoode, Elias was awarded the Ivan Cleveland Rand Prize for obtaining the highest academic standing in the course State & Citizen (Constitutional & Public Law).

Welcome, Elias!

DSF Toronto welcomes Steven Huryn!

Steven Huryn

We are happy to announce that Steven Huryn has joined DSF as a summer law student in Toronto.

Steven Huryn is a J.D. student at the University of Western Ontario. Prior to studying law, he completed his Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Environmental Science at the University of Toronto. 

As a graduate student, Steven worked as a teaching assistant in multiple courses and this year, in addition to his classes, he held a research assistant position with the Faculty of Law. 

Steven also has two years of experience working in the real estate sector. He enjoys interacting with people and problem solving, which is in large part what motivated him to enter the legal profession. 

Welcome, Steven!

DSF Toronto welcomes Simona Mannone!

Michelle Delaney

We are happy to announce that Simona Mannone has joined Devry Smith Frank LLP as a collection clerk in our Commercial Collections and Mortgage Recovery Department.

Simona brings with her 2 years of collections experience which lead to her working with lawyers and other members in an organised banking recovery group.

Welcome, Simona!

DSF Whitby welcomes Arash Keyvani !

Arash Keyvani

We are happy to announce that Arash Keyvani has joined our family law group in Whitby.

Arash obtained his Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from York University, where he graduated summa cum laude and was a member of the Dean’s Honour Roll. His honours thesis explored the interaction between psychology and law. Arash received his Juris Doctor from the University of British Columbia and was called to the Bar in 2018.

Prior to joining Devry Smith Frank LLP , Arash gained extensive experience articling and later practicing as an associate at a boutique family law firm, where he regularly appeared before the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice.

Welcome, Arash!


UPCOMING EVENTS

UPCOMING EVENTS

HR/Employment Seminar

HR/Employment

Devry Smith Frank LLP lawyers Kelli Preston and Andreina Minicozzi will be taking part in this year’s Women in Power evening. This year, since October is breast cancer awareness month, donations will be accepted for the Hearth Place Cancer Support.

When: October 9th, 2019
Mix & Mingle: 6:30pm
Open Panel 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: 209 Dundas Street East
Suite 401, Whitby, L1N 7H8

To reserve your spot at the annual evening of wine, food, and financial education, email nikki@redshoehomes.com

HR/Employment Seminar

HR/Employment

Please join us for a Free HR/Employment Seminar organized by the lawyers of Devry Smith Frank LLP.

When: October 30, 2019
Time: 8:00am – 10:00am

Format: In-person or Online

Location: 95 Barber Greene Road
Suite 100, Toronto, ON M3C 3E9

Topics to be discussed:

1) The 24 Month Reasonable Notice “Cap” – Dawe v. The Equitable Life Insurance Company of Canada (2019, Court of Appeal)

2) The Impact of Technology on Privacy Issues in the Workplace

3) Legalization of Cannabis – Employer Considerations

4) Arbitration Clauses in Employment Contracts – The Current Legal Landscape

5) Mediating Employment Law Disputes