Overview Of The Firm
Berry Family Law is a premier law firm dedicated to providing compassionate and effective legal services to families in need. Our experienced and knowledgeable attorneys understand the unique and often complex challenges that families face, and work tirelessly to help clients navigate the legal system with confidence and peace of mind.
At Berry Family Law, we believe in the importance of strong, healthy family relationships. That’s why we approach each case with a focus on collaboration, communication, and finding mutually-beneficial solutions. Whether you are dealing with divorce, child custody, prenuptial agreements, or any other family law issue, our team is here to provide you with the support and guidance you need to achieve your goals.
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Meet The Team
I have been practising family law for about 15 years after taking my law degree at York (Osgoode) 2003-2006 I grew up in Malton and Bramalea in the 70s -80s and have lived in Oakville since 2007 when I came here to practise family law in 2007, becoming a partner at Berry Cage LLP in 2014 with Marian Cage. During that time, I have settled thousands of divorce, litigated about 1096 and, for the most part, been successful at trial and motion. When I have lost, the lessons have been learned. I value a good relationship with my colleague and the courts and know that is the best way I can advance your case. My approach to family law is always focused on your best outcome. I have an approach to figuring out the path that might work best for you considering the law, your circumstances and the people involved. Having listened and learned, compassionately, with many families through my family law career, I have adopted a friendly and pragmatic approach, always looking for the easiest and simplest solutions but ready, willing and able to fight the good fight when necessary. I am a deeply spiritual person, and my legal practise is informed by the Unitarian mission to nurture community and acting for an equitable, sustainable world. In my personal time, I love to sing and walk and meditate. I participate in a variety of community festivals and groups and most recently, I have been acting environmental issues to secure a future for my children, Drew, age 1B and Edwin, age 16. I graduated from Osgoode Law School in 2006 and was the winner of the Albert Weisbrot prize for Advanced Family Law. I articled with Karen Thompson and was called to the bar in October 2008. My background in sociology informs her humanistic approach to family law and gives her great insight into the underlying issues that make separation and divorce so difficult for modern families. Susan's practice of family law is mainly devoted to assisting clients in negotiating effective Separation Agreement or advocating for her clients in court. Susan has appeared at the Ontario Courts of Justice, the Unified Family Court and the Superior Court of Justice,
Originally from Toronto, Charles obtained his B.A. and B.A. Hons. from Carleton University (Ottawa). Upon his return to Toronto, Charles worked for the Bank of Montreal as Mutual Fund Representative and Lender, having completed the Canadian Securities Course and the Investment Funds in Canada Course. Charles has always had a passion for cooking and fine dining. Following completing the Chef Training Program at George Brown College to pursue his interest in cooking, Charles moved to Niagara where he trained, worked, and obtained his Red Seals as a Cook and Baker/Pâtissier. Charles began his career as Law Clerk in 2008, with the bulk of his almost 15 years in family law. In 2010, he obtained his Law Clerk Certificate from the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario, and his Certificate in Family Mediation from York University in 2020 and is currently in the process of working towards his family mediation certifications from the Ontario Association for Family Mediation and Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario. Often praised by court staff, clients, and even opposing counsel, Charles brings a very practical approach to assisting parties towards resolving their family law issues and doing so in a respectful and efficient manner. Charles continues to cook and explore local wineries and restaurants in his spare time, playing tourist with his son, and volunteering with Wellspring Niagara (local cancer support services provider).
Riley is a 10 year old golden retriever who came to Berry Family Law through a Kijiji ad. Riley’s independent but loving nature was evident throughout his exuberant puppy years, wherein he mastered the art of “selfies” (taking himself on a walk coming back before anyone noticed he was gone), avoiding cats and use of attentive sitting to obtain treats. As a more mature dog, he has learned the difference between rabbits and skunks, when to bark and when not to bark and when he is needed for emotional support. In addition to working at Berry Family Law several days a week, Riley also enjoys long walks at Bronte Park, swimming at the cottage and regular visits to Holland Christian Homes Grace Manner.