After several years as a family lawyer with the New Brunswick Legal Aid Services Commission, I joined private practice and have been practicing in both official languages with my current team since 2014. Previous to that, I also worked as legal counsel for the former Family Mediation Program offered by the province of New Brunswick.
In my practice, I’ve concentrated on family law, an area in which I’ve gained tremendous expertise thanks to my past experience with New Brunswick Legal Aid Services Commission. I thrive under pressure and relish a challenge, so a career involving negotiation, litigation and mediation was a natural fit for me.
Since joining the private sector, I have also grown a practice in the area of surrogacy and fertility law. I have been invited as a speaker at the national level on this topic, and continue to help families deal with legal issues surrounding these life changing family decisions.
Outside of my law practice, I keep busy with activities involving my husband and three kids, and stay active through running and exercise.
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.
Robynne is an elected member of the Family Law Executive 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.