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Laurie H. Pawlitza*

Tel: 416 777 5192 Fax: 1 888 463 8132
*Legal services provided through Laurie H. Pawlitza Professional Corporation

Laurie is a Partner in our Family Law Group, acting in disputes involving high incomes, significant property, and custody and access issues. Laurie is results-oriented, using her practical and creative skills to find the most appropriate resolution for each client’s specific needs. Laurie appears in courts at both the trial and appellate levels, and makes effective use of both mediation and arbitration for her clients.

Laurie is a frequent contributor to the National Post and writes a regular column on current family law issues. Links to her columns in the National Post can be found here

In addition to her column in the National Post, Laurie has been widely quoted in the Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, the Toronto Sun, Canadian Living Magazine, Law Times, The Lawyers Weekly, Canadian Lawyer and Precedent Magazine. She also speaks regularly on a wide variety of law-related and professional issues in far-flung places, such as Australia, Ireland, Scotland, India, and throughout Canada.

Between 2010 and 2012, Laurie was elected as the 63rd Treasurer (President) of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the regulator governing all lawyers and paralegals in Ontario. She was only the third woman since the founding of the Law Society in 1797 to hold this office. Throughout her time as an elected bencher (director) of the Law Society of Upper Canada (2003-2012), Laurie was engaged in specific projects affecting legal education in Canada, and in advancing women lawyers within the profession. For much of this time, Laurie co-chaired the Justicia Project, aimed at advancing women lawyers within the profession, a project that has now been adopted by a number of other provincial law societies.

In addition to being frequently listed in Best Lawyers and The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory in the area of Family Law, Laurie was named in the “Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada” in 2012, and received an Honourary Doctorate from the Law Society of Upper Canada in the same year.

 

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Expertise

Education

  • LL.B., University of Saskatchewan, 1983
  • B.A., University of Saskatchewan, 1980

Credentials

  • Called to the Ontario Bar, 1986

Publications & Presentations

Article

‘Excruciating’ trial in case that lasted 17 years emblematic of troubles plaguing family courts

Special to the National Post In every province in Canada, cases are taking longer and our laws have become significantly more complex.
Nov 28, 2018
Article

Therapy records are an explosive issue in custody battles

Special to the National Post Having records made public because evidence of professional treatment was provided may well result in a chilling effect for those who need treatment.
Oct 31, 2018
Article

Dog not just another asset to be divided, dissenting judge argues

Special to the National Post Dog ownership is nuanced and should take into consideration relationships, care and expenses.
Oct 3, 2018
Article

Battle over embryo highlights family law's new fertility frontier

Special to the National Post As part of a divorce, the parties disputed what should happen with the remaining embryo. The wife wanted to use it; the husband objected.
Sep 5, 2018

News & Media

In the News

Young couples living together to save on housing costs need to sign this often overlooked pact — Laurie Pawlitz speaks to the Globe & Mail on the importance of cohabitation agreements

The Globe & Mail There are many common-law couples who haven’t signed anything – and who stand to lose a lot in the event of a separation.
Nov 15, 2018
Firm News

Daniel Melamed and Laurie Pawlitza invited to speak before the House of Commons' Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights on Bill C-78

Daniel Melamed and Laurie Pawlitza, partners in our Family Law Group, have been chosen as two of the witnesses selected by the House of Commons' Stand...
Nov 14, 2018
Firm News

Torkin Manes Family Law Group secures top ranking in the 2019 edition of Chambers & Partners High Net Worth

Chambers & Partners High Net Worth Torkin Manes is pleased to be ranked Band 1 by Chambers High Net Worth 2018 in the area of Family/Matrimonial Law in Canada.
Aug 22, 2018
Firm News

Torkin Manes lawyers featured in The Best Lawyers in Canada© 2019

The Best Lawyers in Canada We are pleased to announce that 22 of our partners have recently been recognized as leaders.
Aug 21, 2018