Janet graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Social Work Honors degree in 1997 and then a Bachelor of Laws degree in 2000. She has been practicing law in the counties of Bruce, Grey, and Huron since her call to the Bar in 2002, almost exclusively handling family law and child protection matters, both in and out of court.
From 2002 to 2009, Janet worked at, and then entered into a partnership in, a law office in Port Elgin. During this time, she was the President and Vice President of the Bruce County Law Association for many years, sat on the Board of Directors for Keystone Child Youth and Family Services for a period of time, and was actively involved in other volunteer work in her community such as being a Girl Guide leader. Janet was an agent lawyer for the Office of the Children’s Lawyer for over 5 years, representing children in family and child protection litigation matters.
From 2009 until 2016 Janet worked as in-house counsel for local Children’s Aid Societies. Since 2016, she has been operating her law office in Port Elgin and she continues to be involved in her community, most recently becoming a Rotary member in 2019.
Janet approaches all matters with a strong resolution focus, and actively strives for achieving positive and fair results for clients and families. With her social work education background, her experience in resolving family law matters in an equitable manner, and the value she places on the importance of families and family relationships, Janet naturally and effectively engages in the Collaborative Family Law process.
In Collaborative Practice, you commit to:
1. Negotiate a mutually acceptable settlement without having courts decide issues.
2. Maintain open communication and information sharing.
3. Create shared solutions acknowledging the highest priorities of all.