Victoria Smith

Lawyer

Victoria Smith Collaborative Professional Corporation
1 Chestnut Hills Crescent, Suite 5, Toronto, ON , M9A 2W3

I am a family lawyer with more than 30 years of experience.  12 years ago, after years of litigation, I confined my practice to settlement work - Collaborative Law (also called Collaborative Practice) and mediation.  I can help you resolve your divorce wisely, maintain important relationships, and move forward with your life. I start by listening, to understand you and what matters to you.  Your concerns and circumstances are unique.  I also appreciate that protecting children, emotional wellbeing and financial security are critically important to most people. I will ensure you have all the legal and financial information, and the support, you need to make the best possible decisions. When needed, I bring together Family and Financial Professionals, who are the best in their fields of expertise.  Family Professionals help to create parenting arrangements and help everyone move toward a timely resolution.  Financial Professionals help gather and understand financial information and choices cost-effectively. As a Collaborative Lawyer, I provide skillful and compassionate settlement advocacy that fosters a respectful process to create optimal results.  I bring a recognized capacity to negotiate creative settlements that satisfy client interests and goals, even when the dynamics are challenging and the issues complex.  While I work with a broad range of clients, my practice focuses on serving professionals, business owners and their spouses with high net worth or complex financial situations. As a mediator, I work with you and your partner, and your lawyers when appropriate, to create a safe, respectful environment to share information and interests, and guide you both to a mutually agreeable resolution. My passion and my life’s work is to help clients resolve conflict wisely and with dignity.  I have conducted hundreds of successful mediations and collaborative cases.  I am a leader in the development of Collaborative Practice in Ontario and Canada.  I am an internationally recognized trainer in the collaborative process, negotiation skills and settlement advocacy.  I am Adjunct Professor of Collaborative Lawyering at Osgoode Hall Law School.  I have co-authored one of the first books in Canada on Collaborative Family Law.  I have been interviewed on television, CBC and other radio networks, and in the Globe and Mail and Toronto Star on the subject of divorce.  I co-created a video for collaborative professionals on conflict resolution advocacy for the IACP.  I am a former board member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and Collaborative Practice Toronto.  I am a member of Chestnut Collaborative Solutions (www.chestnutcollaborative.com), a group of independent collaborative professionals providing collaborative services under one roof. Divorce is challenging but it doesn’t have to cause damage.  For more information and to explore whether I can help, please e-mail or call me directly at 416-767-1256, victoria@victoriasmith.ca.


Victoria Smith

Victoria Smith Collaborative Professional Corporation

1 Chestnut Hills Crescent, Suite 5, Toronto, ON , M9A 2W3

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