Meet Our Team

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Elizabeth A. Urban

Lawyer

Elizabeth A. Urban, B.A. LLB – is in her 31st year of practice.  She graduated from McMaster University in 1986 with her Honours Degree in Political Science and Economics. It was during her second year at McMaster where she began her legal career working at various law offices in administrative positions to gain knowledge and experience prior to becoming a lawyer. That is when Elizabeth knew with certainty, she wanted to practice law, with a focus on family law. She went on to obtain her law degree and graduated with her LLB from Osgoode Law School in 1989 and was called to the Bar in 1991. Elizabeth began her career with a focus on family law, but also practiced criminal defence and then as a federal prosecutor for the first few years of her career. Since 1996, Elizabeth has restricted her practice to Family Law and for the past 10 years, the core of her practice has been Collaborative Practice.

 

Elizabeth is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, Canadian Bar Association, Hamilton Law Association, Halton County Law Association, the Peel Halton Collaborative Practice Group, the Collaborative Practice Hamilton Halton (Chair since 2017), The Ontario Association of Collaborative Professionals, Co-chair of the OACP Professional Development Committee and a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP). Elizabeth is also a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. This is an association of professionals dedicated to improving the lives of children and families through the resolution of family conflict.

Elizabeth has continued her education to keep up to date of family law and constructive process options.  She has attended countless seminars, workshops and family law and professional collaborative conferences. She takes her role seriously in assisting families “in transition” and exercises compassion with her clients by recognizing their concerns and helping them resolve their differences with their partners with dignity and respect. Elizabeth has the perseverance, strong work ethic and exceptional negotiation skills required to help her clients to achieve the most appropriate resolution to any family law dispute or problem.

In December of 2007, Elizabeth was honoured with an inaugural appointment to the Dispute Resolution Officer (DRO) Panel for the Superior Court of Justice in Milton Ontario where she continues to assist families in the Court system with their challenges. Lawyers appointed to this Panel function to support the family law court process by assisting separated couples to resolve their issues prior to their case proceeding before a Judge. It is through great care, determination and a passion for helping families resolve conflict, that has made it possible for Elizabeth to be instrumental in resolving matters for numerous families over the years.

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Michele James

Family Professional

Michele is both a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) as well as a Registered Individual, Marriage and Family Therapist (RMFT) (Clinical Fellow) with the Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

(CAMFT). She is committed to helping individuals, couples and families strengthen their relationships.

 

Michele is an Accredited Family Mediator (Acc FM) with the Ontario Association for Family Mediation (OAFM), and welcomes the opportunity to help separating families in transition do so respectfully, keeping the children’s wellbeing front and centre of all decisions.

 

Michele also works in Collaborative Practice as a Family Professional and as a Trainer/Coach.  Collaborative Practice is a respectful alternative to a court based process where separating couples work with a professional team through their separation process.  She is a member of the Hamilton-Halton Collaborative Practice group.

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Alison Anderson

Financial Professional

Alison is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), a Chartered Financial Divorce Specialist (CFDS) and is accredited as an Advanced Collaborative Professional (ACP).  She is trained in Family Law Mediation and teaches Collaborative Process courses. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Ontario Association of Collaborative Professionals and a member of Collaborative Practice Toronto.

 

Alison is a fee-for-service financial planner and her practice has been focused in the area of separation and divorce since January 2010.  Unlike many CFP professionals, she does not manage client stock portfolios nor does she sell any products, such as life insurance.  This fee-for-service model ensures that any advice is free from conflict of interest and not dependent upon opportunity for future business.

The added value that Alison brings to the process allows clients to fully understand all aspects of their financial situation, the impact of the settlement options available to them, and to maximize income-saving opportunities and social benefits. She believes that her role as a financial professional in the field of divorce complements the legal and mediation professional, preserves wealth and relationships while reducing the financial and emotional costs of the process.  

Alison is an experienced and compassionate financial professional who believes that however challenging the situation, there is a viable solution.