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Amelia Yiu

Lawyer, LL.B., T.E.P.

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 the Chair of the Elder Law Section of Ontario Bar Association.  She is listed as an expert in the area of Trusts & Estates Litigation on ReferToHer and is a member of STEP. 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 practices exclusively in the areas of family and corporate 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!

- A.R

Brittany Blainey is the best lawyer I have ever had pleasure doing business with. She is compassionate, personable and completely honest. Brittany explains everything in detail while highlighting pros and cons. I just had such a wonderful experience. I truly feel that if you seek out Brittany’s help for your family matter, she’s going to help you succeed. Definitely deserving of 5 stars.

- K.K

I had the best experience working with Brittany Blainey at Elm Law. I had called around to several legal offices and was not getting answers on how to handle my situation. From first contact with Elm Law I felt at ease and informed on exactly what to do. The process was quick, seamless and I felt supported beginning to end. I would highly recommend Elm Law for any of your Family Law needs!

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Lauren Wianecki

Lawyer

Lauren’s practice is primarily focused on estate litigation.

Prior to attending law school, Lauren worked as a licensed paralegal with the Law Society of Ontario, representing clients at provincial courts and tribunals. She first joined Elm Law in 2018 and brings extensive experience in dealing with contentious estate litigation files to her practice. Lauren is committed to exceptional client service and has a proven track record of not only meeting her clients’ needs, but exceeding their expectations.

Lauren is a member of the Durham Region 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 !!

Lidia Mariam Benoji

Lawyer

Lidia practices as an Estates litigator and deals with the issues related to Wills, Estate and Elder Law. Prior to joining Elm Law, she articled and practiced as an Estates and Commercial litigator at a boutique Toronto firm. Lidia received her LL.B. from Indian Law Society’s Law College in Pune, India and pursued a Master of Business Laws from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, India.

Lidia understands the emotional stress her clients face during the course of litigation and is committed to provide cost-effective results in the best interest of her clients.

As a lawyer in India, Lidia also practiced as a Tax Law Analyst and later switched career paths to become a Civil Litigation Lawyer in India with a focus on property and family law matters. Lidia was called to the Ontario Bar in 2019, and called to the Bar in Delhi, India in 2014.

Lidia is fluent in English and Malayalam with conversational Hindi and is well equipped to appreciate the needs of clients from diverse backgrounds to drive most efficient results for her clients.

FRANK PERRUCCIO

LAWYER

Frank’s practice has taken him from the private sector as a Bay Street lawyer with one of Canada’s largest law firms to the public sector as the only lawyer of a large school district in Durham Region. In private practice now with Elm Law, Frank’s practice is focused exclusively on estate litigation. 

Estate litigation is a broad term that encompasses, among other things, Will challenges and defences, Will interpretations, dependant support and relief claims, contested estate administration, trust disputes, power of attorney disputes, contested passing of accounts, unjust enrichment claims, guardianship applications, capacity disputes, quantum meruit claims and elder law.    

Frank is a litigator with an eye for excellence. Integrity, competence and working with clients to achieve their goals are the hallmarks of his practice. He is highly responsive and understands the importance of achieving results that support his clients’ goals in a timely and cost-effective manner. You can rest assured that Frank will secure your interests with unparalleled service and legal acumen. 

Frank devotes a portion of his legal practice to providing free legal advice to vulnerable and struggling Ontarians who cannot afford or find it difficult to access legal services. He volunteers his time in this way through Pro Bono Ontario.

Frank is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association, Durham Region Law Association, and the Advocates’ Society.

Born and raised in Toronto, Frank has been a resident of Durham Region for the last 15 years and is proud to call Durham home.

Through Frank Perruccio’s professional and competent representation he was able to help me navigate through an urgent and complicated matter. I am greatly appreciative of all of the time spent. With the urgency behind us and the matter resolved, I have now retained Frank to continue representing us on a related matter that is less urgent but no less complicated. I know I am in good hands and would wholeheartedly recommend Frank and Elm Law.

Tharani Prapaharan

Lawyer

With her 5+ years of experience as a family law clerk, she brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her role as a lawyer. In addition to her keen interest in learning, she is also excellent at providing support to internal team members and clients alike. She contributes her analytical skills and research expertise to the matters we handle, enabling us to continue to provide exceptional service to our clients.

Her passion for helping people has driven her to pursue a career in Family Law. She is aware of the emotional and stressful impacts of family law cases, and takes pride in assisting clients in making positive new beginnings. Her patience, and empathy, enable her to connect with clients on a meaningful level.

Tharani earned her BA(Hons) in Criminology from York University and her LL.B. from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom in 2020. In her spare time, she loves to travel to warm climates and enjoys quality time with her loved ones. Tharani is our student-at-law for the 2021/2022 academic year. With her 5+ years of experience as a family law clerk, she brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise. In addition to her keen interest in learning, she is also excellent at providing support to internal team members and clients alike. She contributes her analytical skills and research expertise to the matters we handle, enabling us to continue to provide exceptional service to our clients.

Her passion for helping people has driven her to pursue a career in Family Law. She is aware of the emotional and stressful impacts of family law cases, and takes pride in assisting clients in making positive new beginnings. Her patience, and empathy, enable her to connect with clients on a meaningful level.

Tharani earned her BA(Hons) in Criminology from York University and her LL.B. from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom in 2020. In her spare time, she loves to travel to warm climates and enjoys quality time with her loved ones.

Brady Bodley

Lawyer

Brady practices in the area of Family Law along with Corporate and Tax Law at our sister firm, Birch Law. He specializes in Support Claims, Property Division, Negotiating separation agreements and Marriage Contracts. He obtained his LL.B. in 2019 from the University of Leicester and obtained his Masters in Tax Law from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2020.

Brady completed his articles with a General Practice firm in Thunder Bay, gaining experience in Corporate, Tax and Family Law matters. He joined Elm Law as an Associate Law in March of 2022.

While separating from your spouse is hard enough, the process becomes more complicated when you own a corporation or run a sole proprietorship. Unique rules exist regarding the division of your business and the subsequent income for support purposes. Brady’s main goal is to ensure that your business operations continue to run efficiently post separation so that your family continues to benefit.

If you are contemplating marriage, it is in your best interest to properly plan for a potential Divorce or Separation in the future. This is particularly important when you operate a business and or have significant assets. Through an analysis of your current financial situation, an identification of the risks brought on by a Divorce or Separation, a marriage contract can be drafted to ensure your business and assets are properly protected.

In his spare time, Brady loves to travel, hike, go to the gym, attend Muay Thai and Boxing classes, and get involved in the community through Rotary.

Priyanka Bahl

Lawyer

Priyanka is a thought-driven, empathetic and diligent lawyer. She practises in the areas of civil and estates litigation. Priyanka obtained her Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Ottawa in 2021 and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2022. Priyanka also holds a Master of Arts degree from the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

During her time in law school, Priyanka competed in multiple advocacy competitions, winning a total of 6 awards and honourable mentions for oral advocacy and factum writing. She won further scholarships for her academic accolades including the Romeo Dallaire Scholarship in Humanitarian Law. In addition to working at the Department of Justice, Priyanka interned at the Employment Insurance Litigation Clinic where she represented claimants at the Social Security Tribunal.

After articling at a boutique estates litigation firm on Bay street, Priyanka joined Elm Law as an Associate. Priyanka specializes in dependant support claims, claims against an estate trustee, beneficiary rights, guardianship and power of attorney disputes, passing of accounts, and will challenges. She also assists claimants in matters before the small claims court and administrative tribunals.
Priyanka is very active in the community and is proud to be a member of the following organizations: South Asian Bar Association (SABA), the Group of Racialized Litigators in Ontario (GROWL), the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (FACL), Young Women in Law (YWL), the Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA), and of course, the Durham Region Law Association (DRLA).
Priyanka is a strong advocate for mental health initiatives for minority lawyers, particularly the South Asian community, and is a dedicated mentor to young women in law.

Sarah Smith

Student-at-Law

Sarah is our Student-at-Law for the 2022/2023 academic year. Her exceptional research and analytical skills make her an invaluable asset to our team.

Sarah is passionate about helping others, volunteering, social equality, and advocacy. Her interest in Estate Litigation grew in law school and stems from her willingness to help others through their most difficult times.

Sarah earned her BSocSc (Hons) in International Development and Globalization from the University of Ottawa and her JD from the University of Moncton. Sarah is fluent in both English and French, and is excited to help clients in either language.

Sarah is a member of the Durham Region Law Association, the Toronto Lawyers Association, and the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers.

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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.

Arlene Galliah

Law Clerk

Arlene has almost a decade in Insurance Litigation, and before finding her home at Elm Law, she had worked her way from an assistant’s desk to office manager in a successful Bay Street law firm. Between the time spent commuting, love for her family and the desire to work within her own community, Arlene was thrilled when she was offered the position of Senior Estates Litigation Law Clerk at Elm, and she joined the team in February 2021.

History can tell a lot about a person’s character and lived experience adds a level of wisdom and empathy that cannot be taught. Arlene has shown moxie to say the least. Aside from the promotions on Bay Street, Arlene succeeded in graduating with honours in the Advanced Law Clerk program with a graduate in Victimology at Durham College while being the single parent to three children. By virtue of her experiences and education, Arlene is empathetic, sensible, and takes immense pride in the work she does for herself, those she works with and those she advocates for.

In her spare time, Arlene’s favourite thing to do is to spend time around a fire with her family and friends. We are happy to have made Elm Law a place Arlene calls home.