Terry’s experiences have taught him that no matter what the circumstance, people want to be treated with respect, be provided with insightful and practical guidance and trust that the person they are listening to is hearing them.
Terry is a highly skilled and experienced family law lawyer with a practice concentrating on issues relating to surrogacy, adoption, divorce, child support, parenting time and spousal support. Terry’s goal is to ensure that the family unit is treated with respect and understanding during a difficult time.
Terry recognizes families come in all shapes and sizes. Parents are divorced, separated, common-law, same-sex and single. The family with one parent and one child is a family. A grandmother raising her step-grandchild is a family. The same-sex couple and their adopted or conceived through surrogacy child is a family. New dimensions in parenting may require a new way of doing things, a pioneering spirit.
Ellen has practiced law for 20 years and has focused on fertility law for the last 12 years. She has the largest fertility and surrogacy law practice in Western Canada. Ellen has co-chaired Canada’s last three national conferences on surrogacy and fertility law and regularly teaches on the subject in Alberta and across the country.
Ellen has helped hundreds of couples and individuals who wish to become parents, as well as surrogates, with all aspects of surrogacy and fertility law. Ellen works with intended parents, surrogates (gestational carriers), and also with egg and sperm donors. Surrogacy agencies from across Canada and internationally refer their clients to Ellen for assistance with surrogacy legal services. Ellen prides herself on quick, caring and cost-effective service to all of her clients.
Jocelyne is a bilingual lawyer, and after practising as a family lawyer with the New Brunswick Legal Aid Services Commission since 2005, she joined private practice in 2014. Previous to that, she also worked as legal counsel for the former Family Mediation Program offered by the province of New Brunswick.
Since joining the private sector, Jocelyne has grown to practice in the area of surrogacy and fertility law. She has been invited as a speaker at the national level on this topic and continues to help families deal with legal issues surrounding these life changing family decisions. She has represented clients from various Canadian provinces as well as international clients. Jocelyne is one of the only lawyers in New Brunswick who has a practice in the field of fertility and surrogacy law.
Outside of her law practice, she keeps busy with activities involving her husband and three children!
Robynne practices in the area of adoption and fertility law. She is one of the only lawyers in Manitoba who specializes in obtaining declarations of parentage, and working with intended parents, surrogate mothers, egg donors, sperm donors, and embryo donors. Robynne was involved in the case which legalized same sex marriage in Manitoba, and is a strong advocate of LGBTQ parenting rights. She also brings a unique perspective to the law as she has a Masters in Social Work.
Robynne is the chair of the Family Law Section of the Manitoba Bar Association, and involved in planning educational programs with the Law Society of Manitoba. She is the representative of the Family Bar on committees with the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench.
Shirley has been practicing law since 1988, and in particular, has been involved with fertility law since 1996. Shirley’s practice base is Toronto, Ontario, but she assists people the world over. As an experienced surrogacy and fertility law lawyer, Shirley guides and supports her clients through the complex and emotional process of creating their families using assisted reproductive technology. Whether an intended parent, a gestational carrier, an egg or sperm donor, or whether, as a fertility industry provider, legal assistance is required with consents, research, or legal opinions, Shirley can provide the knowledge, service and assistance deserved and needed. Because Shirley also practices family law, she understands how a variety of family law issues, such as parentage, custody and support, intersect with fertility law issues. Shirley has helped people from the world over to build their families, including: across Canada, England, France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Israel, Australia and the United States.