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BACKGROUND

Heather-Ann Mendes is a partner of the firm practicing primarily in the area of Family Law and Child Protection. Heather was admitted to the Ontario Bar in July 2005 and she graduated from the University of Windsor Law School in 2004. Prior to completing law school Heather completed her Honours Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2001.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Heather's areas of practice include child custody and access; mobility; child support; spousal support; division of family property; divorce as well as child protection litigation. Heather is experienced in both oral and written advocacy before the Ontario Court of Justice; Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Appeal.

Heather's practice also includes a variety of alternative dispute resolution methods including Collaborative Family Law and she is an accredited Family Law Mediator and Child Protection Mediator through the Ontario Association for Family Mediation.

Heather is also a panel member of the Office of the Children's Lawyer; the Legal Aid Domestic Violence Advice Group and she is a former chairperson for the Canada Pension Plan Tribunal

Heather has guest lectured and presented topics pertaining to Family Law and Child Protection Law at Algoma University; Algoma Family Services; The Indian Friendship Centre and Garden River First Nation.

Professional and Community Associations

  • Member of the Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Member Canadian Bar Association
  • Member Ontario Bar Association
  • Member of the Algoma District Law Association
  • Member of the Algoma Collaborative Family Law Practice Group
  • Member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Algoma District Law Association Board Member
  • Legal Aid District Area Committee Member
  • Chair of the Art Gallery of Algoma

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