Stephen graduated law school from what was then the University of Western Ontario in 2012. Prior to attending law school, Stephen had spent numerous summers working at a law office practicing mainly in family law. Among his interests in law school were alternative dispute resolution and spending a semester abroad studying comparative law.
Stephen began practicing in the Grey Bruce area in 2013. His practice focuses mainly on family law as well as criminal law.
Stephen is a firm believer in the benefits of the collaborative approach and working in a constructive manner to resolve differences. He has seen the damage litigation can cause to the well-being of the parties themselves and especially their children. What he finds more rewarding is when he has heard back from former clients who were able to work cooperatively with their former partner and craft a resolution for all parties and are now seeing the benefits not only to themselves but to their entire family.
Stephen makes every effort to make sure the parties themselves are the decision-makers. He believes that the legal process to the extent possible should not be intimidating and works with clients to understand what the legal issues are and then translate those into practical issues that the parties can solve.
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.