Brahm Siegel, Toronto Family Lawyer

Brahm Siegel and his partners at the law firm of Nathes, Siegel, LLP in Toronto, are honest and straightforward with clients so that their clients know from the start what they are facing. They tell clients up front what we think they are likely to achieve and the potential costs.

As your family lawyer, Brahm Siegel has a commitment to deliver personal service in an informal manner to our clients. He returns phone calls and e-mails promptly and keeps clients informed on what’s happening with their case.

Initial consultations are usually offered at a reduced flat fee. Feel free to set up an appointment with Brahm to discuss your situation. Their family law firm services the greater GTA area.

BRAHM SIEGEL’S EDUCATION

McGill University, Bachelor of Arts Graduated: June 1990

First Class Honours, Queen’s University, Bachelor of Law Graduated: June 1993

Called to the Bar of Ontario:  February 1995

Certified by the Law Society as a Specialist in Family Law:  March 2008

Appointed as Dispute Resolution Officer, Superior Court of Justice:  March 2009

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

1992-1993: McMillan Binch, Summer Student and Articling Student

May 1995 to present: Nathens, Siegel LLP, Partner

AWARDS

McGill University –  Faculty Scholar

Queen’s University, Senator Frank Carrell Scholarship – 1991 to 1993

Queen’s University, Osler Hoskin Harcourt Prize in Securities Regulation – 1993

PUBLICATIONS – BOOKS

Consulting Editor, Consolidated Ontario Family Law Statutes and Regulations 2009,(Thomson Carswell: Toronto). Responsible for determining substance and form of publication and contribution of forward.

Co-Author, McLeod’s Ontario Family Law Rules Annotated, 2009 (Thomson Carswell:Toronto). Responsible for researching and writing all commentary to Rules 14 (Motions for Temporary Orders), 15 (Motions to Change Orders or Agreements), 16 (Summary Judgment), 18 (Offers to Settle), 19 (Document Disclosure) and 20 (Questioning).

PUBLICATIONS – PAPERS

“Mediation/Arbitration Caselaw Update in Family Law”, Ontario Association of Family Mediators – Annual General Meeting – June 12, 2009.

“Mediation/Arbitration Caselaw in Family Law”, Ontario Association of Family Mediators – Annual General Meeting – June 13, 2008.

“Ducking for Reasonable Cover: Recent Cases Dealing With Extraordinary Expenses”, Six Minute Family Law Lawyer, Law Society, December 2007.

“Considering Kaplanis: Who’s Your (Sole) Daddy”, presented at The Six-Minute Family Law Lawyer, Law Society of Upper Canada, December 2005, (2006) 1 C.F.L.Q. 39.

“I Love You Son But I Want My Money: The Judicial Treatment of Loans and Gifts”, presented at The Six-Minute Family Law Lawyer, Law Society of Upper Canada, December 2003.

“The Top Eight Best and Worst Features of Family Court”, presented at The Six-Minute Family Law Lawyer, Law Society of Upper Canada, December 2002.

PUBLICATIONS – REPORTS

Chair & Author, “Best Practices for Merged North York/Scarborough Court”, prepared at the request of the family court judiciary at the Ontario Court of Justice, 47 Sheppard Avenue East (January 2006).

PUBLICATIONS – OTHER

One of four authors of the Law Society’s Licensing Materials (assigned chapters: Family Law Rules, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Procedure and Divorce).

Author, The Brahm Siegel’s Guide to the Family Courts in the Greater Toronto Area (2000 to present). Now called the McCarthy Tetrault Guide to the Family Law Courts in Ontario.

CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION PROGRAMMES IN PAST FOUR YEARS

Registrant – The Six-Minute Family Law Lawyer 2008 – Law Society (Co-Chairs: H. Niman and G. Sadvari) – December 3, 2008

Presenter – Law Society – “Ducking for Reasonable Cover: Recent Cases on Extraordinary Expenses” – Annual Family Law Conference for Law Clerks (Chair: G. Gold) – May 29, 2008

Presenter – Law Society – New Lawyer Practice Series in Family Law – (Co-Chairs: S. Grant and J. Moldaver) – February 20, 2008

Presenter – Law Society – Six-Minute Family Law Lawyer (Co-Chairs: H. Niman and G. Sadvari) – “Ducking For Reasonable Cover: Recent Cases on Extraordinary Expenses” – December 5, 2007

Co-Chair – Law Society – “Medation/Arbitration in Family Law” (Co-Chairs: Brahm D. Siegel, Judith Nicoll) – November 13, 2007

Registrant – Law Society – “Valuation and Income Determination of Trusts” (Chairs: James A. DeBresser and Steve Z. Ranot) – October 23, 2007

Registrant – Canadian Bar Association – “Constructive Trusts and Resulting Trusts 2007: Bringing Order to Chaos” – Canadian Bar Association – (Chairs: Howard Feldman and Rachel Baron) – October 19, 2007

Panelist/Speaker – Law Society Teleseminar – “Case Conferences”– September 19, 2007 – (With Dani Z. Frodis and the Honourable Mr. Justice C. Perkins)

Panelist/Speaker – Canadian Bar Association – “Crime in the Family: Navigating the Intersection between Criminal and Family Law” – May 5, 2007 (Chairs: Peter West and Tami Moscoe)

Registrant – Law Society – The Six-Minute Family Law Lawyer – December 8, 2006 (Chairs: Harold Niman, Gerald Sadvari)

Panelist/Speaker – Law Society – The Six-Minute Family Law Lawyer – December 6, 2005 (Chairs: Harold Niman, Gerald Sadvari)

Registrant – Osgoode Professional Development Center – Negotiating Family Law Disputes – November 10, 2005 (Chair: Hillary Linton)

Registrant – Law Society – Advanced Family Law Roundtable – October 25, 2005 (Chair: Paul McInnis)

Registrant – Law Society – Estate Essentials for Family Lawyers – June 15, 2005 (Chair: K. Bales)

Registrant – Law Society – Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines – March 4, 2005 (Chairs: P. Epstein, R. Davis).

Registrant – Law Society – The Six Minute Family Court Judge (Co-Chairs: Justice Perkins and Justice Jones) – February 2005.

Panelist/Speaker – 311 Jarvis Court Open Bar Series – (Chair: Justice Jones) – Panelist with Justice Jones, Ellen Murray and Karin Rinas – January 10, 2005 – Topic: Motions To Change: Not Another Kick At The Can.

Panelist/Speaker – Canadian Bar Association (Ontario) – (Chair: Jackie Mills) – Panelist with Jackie Mills, Roslyn Zisman, Justice Ellen MacDonald, Mary D’Eon and Stephanie Sroka – October 18, 2004 – Topic: Family Law Rules & Procedures in Court.

Panelist/Speaker – Toronto Lawyers Association – Guest Speaker – September 21, 2004 – Topic: “The new Family Law Rules: Now Playing Everywhere”.

Panelist/Speaker – The Advocates’ Society –– Conference and Practice Workshop – September 18, 2004 – Topic: “Survival Skills for Provincial Court” – I chaired a panel with criminal and family lawyers and judges on the differences between Superior Court and Ontario Court, spoke on a second panel about various aspects of court procedure and then gave feedback with Judith Nicoll to registrants doing moot case conferences and motions.

Panelist/Speaker – Presented seminar to the lawyers of Epstein, Cole on June 18, 2004 – Topic: The Family Law Rules.

Chair – Law Society – June 10, 2004 – Conference and Practice Workshop: “Opening Your Own Law Practice”.

Panelist/Speaker – Law Society – The Six-Minute Family Law Lawyer 2003 – (Cochairs: H. Niman and G. Sadvari) – December 1, 2003 – Topic & Paper: I Love You Son, Now Give Me My Money: The Treatment of Gifts and Loans.

Panelist/Speaker – Law Society – Pre-Trial Strategies for Family Lawyers: Creating the Right Foundation for Settlement or Trial: (Chair: Suzette M. Blom) – March 28, 2003 – Topic: Jurisdictional Issues and the Creation of Your Case’s Foundation (Presented with Pat Schmidt).

Panelist/Speaker – Law Society –- Conduct of the Family Trial: The Skills You Need When Settlement Fails (Chair: Paul McInnis) – February 18, 2003 – Topic: Differences in trial preparation between Superior Court and Ontario Court (Presented with Cheryl Goldhart).

Panelist/Speaker – Law Society – The Six-Minute Family Law Lawyer 2002 (Co-chairs: H. Niman and G. Sadvari) – December 5, 2002 – Topic & Paper: The Eight Best and Worst Features of Our Family Court System.

Panelist/Speaker – Law Society – Family Law for Law Clerks – (Chair: Elana Waldman) – April 26, 2002 – Topic: Procedure in the family court.

Panelist/Speaker – Law Society – The Family Law Rules – An Interactive Programme to Examine What Works, What Doesn’t and How to Prepare for Province-Wide Adoption of

Standard Track Rules (Chair: Justice Benotto) – October 2, 2002 – Topic: Summary Judgment (Presented with Sarah Boulby).

OTHER

Instructor – Law Society’s Bar Admission Course in Family Law – 2000 to 2005.

Founder – The Nathens, Siegel Award – Queen’s University – The Nathens Siegel Award is a scholarship awarded to a first year law student at Queen’s University Faculty of Law from Quebec, based on financial need and academic achievement in undergraduate studies. Currently in its sixth year.

Trained in basic family law mediation – Cooperative Solutions (Instructor: Barbara Landau) – March 1999.

Trained in collaborative family law – Levels I and II – (Instructors: Victoria Smith and June Maresca).

Trained in arbitration (Instructors: Lorne Wolfson and Barbara Landau) – November 2007

Trained in domestic violence (Instructor: Barbara Landau) – 14 hour course – March 2008

Regular guest on Toronto Weekend – AM 640 (Host: Tina Trigiani). From September 2004 to May 2005, I was on the radio every second Sunday, from 1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. and answered calls relating to all aspects of family law and divorce.

CTV Newsnet – June 21, 2006 – Interview re: Leskun v. Leskun decision by Supreme Court of Canada.

CTV Evening News With Lloyd Robertson – June 21, 2006 – Interview re: Leskun.

CFRB Radio – June 21, 2006 – Interview with Jim Richards re: Leskun

AM 640 Radio
– June 21, 2006 – Interview with Ross McLeod re: Leskun
– July 31, 2006 – Interview with Mike Stafford re: Quadrilogy
– December 7, 2006 – Interview with Stephanie Symes re: Deborah

City TV – July 31, 2006 – Interview with Laura Di Battista re: Quadrilogy re: Retroactive Child Support

Appointed to Executive Committee, Bench & Bar, Ontario Court of Justice, 47 Sheppard Avenue (August 2006)

City TV – August 6, 2008 – Interview with Laura Di Battista re: custody orders.

City TV – January 8, 2009 – Interview with Pam Seatle re: Cornelio v. Cornelio (non­biological father paying child support)

AM 640 – January 9, 2009 – Radio interview with John Oakley re: Cornelio v. Cornelio.

CTV – November 6, 2009 – Interview with Austin Delaney re: variation of support.
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