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Amelia Yiu

Lawyer

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. After practising for nine years, Amelia founded Elm Law in Whitby, Ontario to provide specialized legal services in family law, estate litigation and elder law to the surrounding communities.

“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.

Amelia is on the section executives for Elder Law and the Women’s Law Forum at the Ontario Bar Association. She has also been a speaker and panelist at various continuing legal education seminars on elder and estate law.

"Professional, efficient and above all, human, compassionate and fun"​

- P.S
Toronto

"The issues were brought to a swift conclusion thanks to Amelia and her staff at Elm Law"

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Stephanie Ostrom

Lawyer

Stephanie has exclusively practised in the area of Family Law since her call to the bar in 2012. 

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). 

Stephanie volunteers her time offering legal assistance to Luke’s Place, an award winning non-profit organization that helps women who have left abusive relationships. She is also a member of the Legal Advisory Board for Luke’s Place.

"Stephanie was brilliant, kind and professional...I had the right lawyer on my side"

- R.W
Durham

"Stephanie was great. She was very well prepared for court and rocked it"

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Melissa Berardi

Lawyer

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.

Melissa was there from day 1 and I can't say enough about her work ethic and drive. I was very lost and at times probably not the easiest client but they were there to explain every scenario which made it much easier to deal with. I hope that in the future I won't need there services but if I do Melissa and Elm Law will be my only call.

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Miranda Lall

Lawyer

Miranda exclusively practices in the area of Family Law.

Her practice is built on helping clients navigate through, what is often, a difficult and complicated time in their lives. Miranda obtained her Honours B.A. in Political Science and Statistics from the University of Toronto St. George and her LLB degree from Cardiff Law School in the United Kingdom.

Miranda has worked with the Cardiff Innocence Project during law school to help overturn wrongful criminal convictions. She completed her articles with the legal department of Luke’s Place, a legal information center in Durham Region 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 strongly for her clients’ best interest.

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

I am extremely relieved that I hired Miss Lall, after over 2 years of going nowhere with a different Firm, Miss Lall and her team at Elm Law have given me peace of mind , I feel that my situation is in adept and trustworthy hands. I trust Miss Lall completely. I appreciated her knowledge, her calming presence, and respectful attitude in the courtroom, and outside of it.

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Brittany Blainey

Lawyer

Brittany exclusively practices in the area of Family Law. She obtained her LLB in 2014 and was called to the Bar in January 2016. 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 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. 

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 Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Justice. She is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association and the Durham Law Association.

The lawyers here will treat you with respect and dignity. They will listen to you and your concerns. You can trust them to look after you. Five stars!

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Cassandra Martino

Lawyer

Cassandra obtained her Honours B.A. in Criminal Justice and Public Policy from the University of Guelph and her J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School. Cassandra was called to the bar in 2020 and practices both Estate Litigation and Family Law. Cassandra lives in Barrie, Ontario with her wife and daughter and is spearheading the firm’s Barrie office.

Cassandra summered and articled at an estate litigation boutique in Toronto, Ontario. She has experience with litigation relating to incapacity, will challenges, undue influence, power of attorney disputes, and predatory marriage. As a passionate advocate, Cassandra thrives on providing exceptional service. Cassandra’s goal is to find the most efficient and cooperative way to settle disputes that leaves her clients with a sense of finality. Cassandra is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association, and the Simcoe County Law Association.

Not one for words ...in serious matters. They translated legal jargon into a language I could understand. They listened. No double talk. Very compassionate. Highly recommend them.

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Lauren Wianecki

Articling Student

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.

Thank you Elm Law for winning my case !!! Amelia and Lauren you guys are fantastic don’t know how I could have done this without you , truly brilliant lawyers . Need estate lawyers go see them !!

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Rhoda Demings

Law Clerk

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.

I whole-heartedly endorse Rhoda. She is so knowledgable and honest, and a truly kind-hearted professional.