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Who We Are2020-09-23T10:02:20+00:00
Amelia Yiu

Amelia’s practice is focused on Estate Litigation, Power of Attorney Disputes, and Family Law as it relates to Estates or Power of Attorney matters. As an experienced lawyer, Amelia believes that legal counsel should be accessible and cost effective for her clients.

Stephanie Ostrom

Stephanie practises exclusively in the area of Family Law. As a family lawyer, Stephanie understands how highly sensitive and personal these matters are, and is very knowledgeable in advocating for your best interests.

Melissa Berardi

Melissa obtained her LLB degree in 2012 and completed a Masters of Laws in Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution, graduating in 2013 with first class distinction. Melissa joined Elm Law as an Associate in 2017 and practises Civil Litigation and Family Law.

Miranda Lall

Miranda obtained her Honours B.A. in Political Science and Statistics from the University of Toronto and her LLB degree from the Cardiff Law School, UK, in 2015. She joined Elm Law as an Associate in the fall of 2018 and practises Family Law.

Brittany exclusively practices in the area of Family Law and joined Elm Law in November 2019 as an associate. She specializes in negotiating separation agreements, child support and spousal support claims, custody and access disputes, children’s aid matters, equalization of property and claims by grandparents.

Lauren is our student-at-law. She obtained her LL.B. with Honours from the University of Strathclyde, located in Glasgow, Scotland, in 2018. She graduated with a dual-qualifying degree which allowed her to practice law in either Scotland, England or Canada. Before attending law school, Lauren worked as a licensed paralegal, representing clients at provincial courts and tribunals.

Rhoda joined Elm Law in the summer of 2019 as a Senior Family Law Clerk. Rhoda assists clients to understand their rights while providing practical, supportive guidance and encouraging clients to be proactive and child-focused.

Our Focus: Estate Litigation and Family Law

AMELIA YIU

Amelia’s practice is focused on Estate Litigation, Power of Attorney Disputes, and Family Law as it relates to Estates or Power of Attorney matters. Death or incapacity of a loved one is always a very difficult time for families, but family disputes bring emotional complications.

As an experienced lawyer, Amelia believes that legal counsel should be accessible and cost effective for her clients. That’s why Amelia takes the time to understand her clients and the family dynamics at the heart of the issues. She pursues her clients’ best interests to the greatest extent possible.

Amelia began practicing law in 2007 as an associate with a Toronto-based litigation boutique. Then, Amelia moved her practice to the Durham region, where she continues to represent clients in Scarborough, Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa, and surrounding areas.

“What motivates me every day is being able to help clients navigate through complicated matters to reasoned solutions” she says. “I feel like I’m directly advocating and helping people in situations that are overwhelming and seemingly impossible. Each situation is unique. Sometimes you need a court to resolve your issues, and other times you just need the litigation process to help guide the parties to a final resolution.”

Amelia has appeared before the Ontario Court of Appeal, Divisional Court and the Superior Court of Justice. Amelia received her Bachelor of Laws from Queen’s University in 2006, and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2007. She has been practising law for over 10 years.

STEPHANIE OSTROM

Stephanie exclusively practises in the area of Family Law.

There’s no denying that many families face stressful situations that require outside expertise. As a family lawyer, Stephanie understands how highly sensitive and personal these matters are, and is very knowledgeable in advocating for your best interests. She tries to ensure that the legal process a family faces is as thoughtful and caring as possible.

Stephanie assists clients with all issues arising from separation and divorce, ranging from the amicable negotiation of separation agreements to litigation through the family court system.

“The best thing about being a family lawyer is helping people through a traumatic experience and ensuring that they receive everything that they are entitled to through the Family Law Act,” she shares.

As an energetic, compassionate person, Stephanie likes to take on the challenge of defending someone who is without a voice, and helping that individual to be heard. “I feel like I’m able to empower people simply by giving them some knowledge and steering them through the separation process.”

Stephanie completed her undergraduate degree in specialized history at York University, graduating with honours. She attended law school at Queen’s University and graduated with a Juris Doctor (J.D). She articled and then began working as an associate with Glover and Associates.
Stephanie was called to the bar in 2012 and has been practicing law for five years.

Melissa Berardi

MELISSA BERARDI

Melissa obtained her LLB degree from the University of Birmingham, UK, in 2012. She continued her education with the City University, London, UK, and completed a Masters of Laws in Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution, graduating in 2013 with first class distinction.

Melissa completed her articles with a Toronto Personal Injury Litigation firm. She joined Elm Law as an Associate in the spring of 2017 and practises in the areas of Civil Litigation and Family Law.

Melissa is passionate about collaborating with people to help solve conflicts and problems. Prior to being called to the Ontario Bar in 2016, she obtained training as a mediator and provided instruction to police officers about how to properly engage with high conflict domestic issues. As a trained mediator, she is able to help the parties define the specific issues they are disputing, make sure the discussion stays on track and support the parties so they can reach an agreement.

Melissa’s role as a Family Lawyer is to educate and empower her clients with knowledge about how the law works. She helps them to feel comfortable with the overall legal process and advocates for each unique situation.

In addition to being a member of the Durham Region Law Association, Melissa has appeared before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and Administrative Tribunals.

In her spare time, Melissa enjoys traveling and competitive sports.

Miranda Lall

MIRANDA LALL

Miranda obtained her Honours B.A. in Political Science and Statistics from the University of Toronto and her LLB degree from the Cardiff Law School, UK, in 2015. Miranda’s practice is built on her desire to listen, learn, and thoroughly understand the family law issues at hand.  She joined Elm Law as an Associate in the fall of 2018 and practises Family Law.

While in law school Miranda remained active in the community and volunteered with the Cardiff Innocence Project and concentrated her studies in Competition and Commercial Law. She completed her articles with the legal department of Luke’s Place, a legal information center for women survivors of domestic violence.

It is through these collective experiences that Miranda has developed an understanding of people and the issues that matter most. In her practice, Miranda strives to empower her clients and provide practical and effective representation while advocating for her clients’ best interest.

Miranda has appeared before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and Human Rights Tribunals. She is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association, the Durham Law Association and the Family Lawyers Association.

BRITTANY BLAINEY

Brittany exclusively practices in the area of Family Law and joined Elm Law in November 2019 as an associate. Brittany lives in the Durham region with her two daughters and husband Evan and is thrilled to be contributing to the community.

Brittany is passionate about supporting her clients through what can be a stressful and emotional time of their life. She is compassionate and diligent in working within the law to get them the best result. She specializes in negotiating separation agreements, child support and spousal support claims, custody and access disputes, children’s aid matters, equalization of property and claims by grandparents.

Brittany did her articles and worked as an associate for three years with Roger Rowe in Toronto. Brittany focused her initial practice on social justice, championing for domestic violence survivors, refugees and families involved with the Children’s Aid Society.

Brittany has a BA(Hons) in Political Science, obtained her LLB in 2013 and was granted a Diploma in Global Arbitration from the Sorbonne in Paris via Cornell University in 2012. She loves to travel and loves to learn and has attended several international programs and continuing education programs to expand her knowledge of Family Law.

Brittany has appeared before the Ontario Court of Justice, Ontario Superior Court of Justice and the Immigration and Refugee Board. She is a member of the Durham Law Association.

LAUREN WIANECKI

Lauren is our student-at-law. She obtained her LL.B. with Honours from the University of Strathclyde, located in Glasgow, Scotland, in 2018. She graduated with a dual-qualifying degree which allowed her to practice law in either Scotland, England or Canada. Before attending law school, Lauren worked as a licensed paralegal, representing clients at provincial courts and tribunals.

Lauren is very passionate about elder law and works hard to ensure that her clients’ needs are not only met, but exceeded. She practices elder law, focusing predominantly on Estate Litigation, Power of Attorney Disputes and Family Law as it relates to Estates or Power of Attorney matters.

Lauren is a member of the Durham Law Association and the Ontario Bar Association.

RHODA DEMINGS

Rhoda joined Elm Law in the summer of 2019 as a Senior Family Law Clerk. An active listener, Rhoda believes that each client is an expert in their own lives. Having a client-centered approach, Rhoda assists clients to understand their rights while providing practical, supportive guidance and encouraging clients to be proactive and child-focused.

Rhoda has advocated for and supported many clients to successful Orders in Family Court covering issues of custody, access, safety, property division, restraining orders, child and spousal support.

Rhoda is a trained Family Law Mediator which has enhanced Rhoda’s ability to encourage clients toward a practical approach to Family Law issues in the most efficient manner possible. Every client’s situation is unique and Rhoda inspires clients to be mindful of children’s needs and to approach the legal process with realistic goals and expectations, ensuring clients are empowered throughout their separation journey.

If choosing unbundled services at Elm Law, you will meet with Rhoda who will assist you with understanding your family law issues, triage for urgent safety concerns, provide you knowledge to complete your Financial Statement and assist you to set your realistic goals in Family Court. Rhoda can assist you to gather your appropriate evidence and be fully ready to meet with one of the Family Law lawyers on the Elm Law team where we can assist you to work towards successful outcome of your family court issues.

WE BELIEVE IN OUR CLIENTS AND WE ADVOCATE FOR THEIR RIGHTS.

We understand our clients and what they want. That is why we believe that our clients deserve to have strong legal representation, be kept updated on the status of their file, and have the files managed in a cost effective manner.

ESTATES LITIGATION AND FAMILY LAW

Being competent means being dedicated and attentive. We don’t want to be the greatest at everything, but we want to be the best in the practice areas we focus on. We have a strong track record of providing tenacious, cost-effective legal representation for our clients.