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Why Mediate with Devry Smith Frank LLP?

DSF's mediation services provide an efficient and cost-effective method of dispute resolution providing a forum for constructive and positive discussion between the parties to a dispute. It provides an alternative to a trial or arbitration, where the outcome is imposed by a third party (judge, jury or arbitrator). In mediation, a mediator will facilitate a conversation between two or more people to help them resolve a dispute. Our mediators are unbiased and will not make decisions for you. They are trained to establish and maintain a safe, confidential, communicative process, and to help participants reach an agreement on their own. The process is informal and private, making mediation much less stressful than court proceedings. And without any costly or lengthy court time, our services save you more time and money.

With over 20 years of experience, our mediators offer mediation services in many areas of law, including; family law, personal injury, insurance defence, real estate, business and corporate services, employment law, medical malpractice, tax/wealth planning, and sexual abuse cases.

At trial, there is often a winner and a loser. But at mediation, the parties have the final decision- making power and have control over the process and the result. Mediation relies on a neutral facilitator who guides the parties to a mutually agreeable resolution. In addition, the parties can elect to keep the mediation proceedings confidential, which is often not possible at a trial or arbitration.

Benefits of mediation with DSF

Mediation is far less stressful than legal trial proceedings which may be fraught with frequent attorney meetings, court appearances, and multiple confrontations. The idea behind our services is to promote friendly cooperation that is mutually beneficial to everyone. DSF offers mediation in-house where clients can choose between our Toronto, Barrie and Whitby locations at their convenience.

The cost of DSF’s mediation is less than the average cost in time and money for the litigation of a dispute. Our mediator's hourly rate is generally lower than the hourly rate for a lawyer. Parties can often schedule mediation within weeks of a decision to mediate or a court order to mediate. Mediation is informal and there are fewer barriers than the court system. While we recommend our clients to independent legal advice beforehand, no special knowledge or language is necessary. Our role is to make the conversation easier to have, not more difficult.

Mediation is also timely, disputes can be resolved right away rather than waiting for a court date and there are fewer procedures and red tape to navigate. As a result, disputes are almost always resolved faster through mediation than going to court.

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  • Toronto Office

    95 Barber Greene Road, Suite 100

    Toronto, Ontario, M3C 3E9

    Whitby Office

    209 Dundas Street East, Suite 401

    Whitby, ON L1N7H8

    Barrie Office

    85 Bayfield Street, Suite 300

    Barrie, ON L4M 3A7

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    Our Mediators

    John P. Schuman

    Frank Shostack

    David Lavkulik

    Todd E. Slonim

    Eric Gossin

    J. Lynne Frank

    George O. Frank

    Robert P. Adourian

    John P. Schuman

    B.A. (HONS.), LL.B., LL.M., C.S.

    416-446-5080

    416-446-5080

    john.schuman@devrylaw.ca

    Areas of Practice

    • Appellate Advocacy
    • Education Law
    • Family Law
    • Mediation

    Mediation Coordinator

    • Jessica Ritchie

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    Frank Shostack

    B.A., J.D., LL.M., ICD.D.

    416-446-5818

    416-446-5818

    frank.shostack@devrylaw.ca

    Areas of Practice

    • Business and Corporate Services
    • Intellectual Property
    • Mediation
    • Personal Tax Planning
    • Tax Law
    • Tax/Wealth Planning
    • Wills & Estates

    Mediation Coordinator

    • Pat Bedford

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    David Lavkulik

    B.A., LL.B.

    416-446-5835

    416-446-5835

    david.lavkulik@devrylaw.ca

    Areas of Practice

    • Insurance Defense
    • Mediation
    • Personal Injury

    Mediation Coordinator

    • Carolin Mazza

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  • - Mediations at DSF's Toronto offices are set out in Blue.
  • - Mediations Downtown are set out in Yellow.
  • - Mediations at Yonge & Sheppard are set out in Gray.
  • - Mediations at Network West are set out in Purple.
  • - All other locations and/or otherwise booked dates are set out in Pink.
  • Private Rate mediations are available at any location. Hybrid Roster Rate mediations are available ONLY at DSF's Toronto offices (Lawrence and DVP).

    Contact Our Offices

    Carolin Mazza
    Tel: 416-446-5831
    Email: carolin.mazza@devrylaw.ca

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    Todd E. Slonim

    B.A. LL.B. Acc. FM..

    416-446-3316

    416-446-3316

    todd.slonim@devrylaw.ca

    Areas of Practice

    • Family Law
    • Mediation

    Mediation Coordinator

    • Leisa Heath

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    Eric Gossin

    B.SC., B.ED., LL.B

    416-446-5828

    416-446-5828

    eric.gossin@devrylaw.ca

    Areas of Practice

    • Mediation
    • Personal Tax Planning

    Mediation Coordinator

    • Michelle Delaney

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    J. Lynne Frank

    B.A., LL.B

    416-446-3322

    416-446-3322

    lynne.frank@devrylaw.ca

    Areas of Practice

    • Mediation

    Mediation Coordinator

    • Carolin Mazza

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    George O. Frank

    B.MATH, LL.B.

    416-446-5858

    416-446-5858

    george.frank@devrylaw.ca

    Areas of Practice

    • Appellate Advocacy
    • Insurance Defense
    • Mediation
    • Personal Injury
    • Wills & Estates

    Mediation Coordinator

    • Carolin Mazza

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    Robert P. Adourian

    LL.B

    416-446-3303

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    robert.adourian@devrylaw.ca

    Areas of Practice

    • Commercial Real Estate
    • Mediation
    • Wills & Estates

    Mediation Coordinator

    • Maral Siroian

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