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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 Ontario, 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 Ontario (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 Ontario 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

What is ‘table’ child support and why is it so hard to get it reduced?

Special to the National Post Separated spouses who pay child support are often surprised by the short shrift family lawyers give them when they ask why there is such strict adhere...
Aug 14, 2019
Article

Joint tenants or tenants in common? Don't leave it to the courts and your heirs to sort out

Special to the National Post Lawyers often say that estate litigation is like “family law with dead people” because, in both disciplines, emotions tend to run high. A ...
Jul 17, 2019
Article

Family fight over farm puts question of 'undue influence' under the microscope

Special to the National Post Wills and contracts can be challenged in a myriad of circumstances, including if there was fraud, duress or undue influence. Recently, a Saskatchewan ...
Jun 18, 2019
Article

Family law arbitration has advantages, but it's no guarantee you'll stay out of court

Special to the National Post Many see arbitration as a faster, more efficient way to resolve disputes, but there is reason to be cautious.
Jun 3, 2019

News & Media

Firm News

Torkin Manes lawyers featured in The Best Lawyers in Canada© 2020

The Best Lawyers in Canada We are pleased to announce that 24 of our partners have recently been recognized as leaders in their respective fields in the latest edition of T...
Aug 21, 2019
Firm News

Congratulations to our lawyers recognized in The 2019 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

The 2019 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory Torkin Manes is pleased to announce that several firm lawyers have been named as leaders in their fields in The 2019 Canadian Legal Lexpert Direc...
Apr 24, 2019
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

Videos

Laurie Pawlitza on the top five things you need to know about marriage contracts

As you might imagine, a marriage contract — an agreement that says what will happen in the event that you separate — is rarely seen as a romantic gest...
Jun 25, 2019

Laurie Pawlitza on the biggest mistakes couples make when they separate

Laurie Pawlitza of our Family Law Group breaks down the biggest mistakes people make when separating. Hint: there’s little be gained by being vindicti...
Jul 4, 2019

These relationship red flags are pretty accurate signs you're headed for a breakup

It’s rare that a relationship breakdown comes as a complete surprise. In fact, in hindsight, most spouses have a Spidey sense about their pending brea...
Jul 11, 2019

Events

Daniel Melamed and Laurie Pawlitza of our Family Law Group to participate as faculty at The Advocates’ Society program on ADR Skills for Family Lawyers

Daniel Melamed and Laurie Pawlitza of our Family Law Group will participate as faculty in the interactive new program designed for family lawyers that...
May 3, 2019: 00:00