Toronto Mediation Lawyer Esther M. Cantor
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EDUCATION: Osgoode Hall Law School

Esther M. Cantor


Featured Area of Practice:  Mediation


Esther Cantor is an established Toronto mediator at Devry Smith Frank LLP. Esther’s approach to mediating is to make the experience, however adversarial, a pleasant one for all involved, while working vigorously nonetheless on guiding the parties through negotiation towards settlement.

Before starting her mediation practice in 2010, Esther had the unique experience of having worked on both Plaintiff and Defence sides of Personal Injury actions for her entire career since 1996 and gained an understanding of all parties’ interests in resolving claims.

Esther graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1995 and received the Norman Borins Memorial Award.
Since articling at a prominent litigation firm, and her call to the Bar in 1997, she has been involved in thousands of serious personal injury claims including product liability, medical malpractice, professional negligence, occupiers’ liability, and disability claims.

Since joining Devry Smith Frank LLP, and becoming a Partner in 2007, Esther has gained a reputation for being proactive and pragmatic.

She has extensive experience in trying actions at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, as well as appearing before the Ontario Court of Appeal on numerous occasions. She has had experience advocating before the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, the Workplace Safety and Appeals Tribunal and the C.P.P. Review Tribunal.

Her litigation and mediation experience contributes to her balanced perspective and capability to resolve complex issues.


  • I wanted to thank you personally for your efforts today. I was impressed by your handling of the matter and style and certainly would recommend you in the future. Thank you again.— L.E.
  • I wanted to thank you again for your work yesterday in very challenging circumstances. We were all very appreciative of the effort you put in to resolving this one. Thanks so much and see you next time!— V. G.
  • Hi Esther.Thank you for your hard work yesterday. Contrary to my expectations, we were able to get it done. [My client} was singing your praises and e-mailed me today letting me know that he will be putting your name forward when looking for mediators in the future. See you on the next one.— L. B.
  • Thank you so much for your help in mediating this matter. I really enjoyed your mediation skills. You are very amazing at what you do. Our client loved you as well and she also wanted me to say thank you on her behalf.— T. G.
  • Congratulations on another great success, Esther. Thank you for your very hard work Friday, without which there was no possibility of resolution. I look forward to the next one together.— G.H.
  • Hi Esther: Your hard work and perseverance was very much appreciated yesterday. You developed a strong rapport with all the parties involved, and diplomatically helped find a solution which all could live with. Yesterday was the first time we had an opportunity to work together, and I can without question say that I will not hesitate to retain your services again in the future. All the best.— Adrian
  • “It was a real pleasure working with you, Esther yesterday. I thought you were a very effective mediator, and objective in discussions about the evidence and realities of both parties’ positions/interests. Your efforts to get this matter resolved were not unnoticed, and are appreciated. Thank you.”— Danielle
  • “Esther, I wanted to thank you again for the fine job you did yesterday settling that difficult file. I was not optimistic going in. I will be sure to share with my team here your find work.”— L. C.
  • “Esther, I just wanted to thank you for your professionalism in helping us close this file. There were a lot of constraints from a mediator’s perspective and you managed to get it done. I also have to say that I really liked your opening and the time you spent with the plaintiff … I thought that was very persuasive.”— J. V.
  • “Esther, I just wanted to write you a letter to Thank You and to express my sincere appreciation for your assistance and support in this difficult time of my life . We will always remember that.”— M. J.
  • “Esther, thanks again. I know my client and I were both really impressed with how hard you worked. Look forward to seeing you on the next mediation!”— Bob
  • “Esther, I wanted to let you know I was very impressed with the mediation. You actually read all of the material, which believe it or not is not usually the case with some mediators. I also liked that you were very upfront with where our cases were strong/weak. Although this is something we usually know, you did not sugarcoat the deficiencies, and that also helps with my client when I am trying to get them to see that they have issues that are going to have to be dealt with. I have recommended you already to a number of people.”— M. M.
  • “Esther-This is just a little note to say that you did an excellent job at the mediation.”— Frank H.
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    For information and assistance regarding mediation, please contact Toronto mediator Esther Cantor at (416)-446-5840.


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