Brahm D. Siegel

Brahm D. Siegel

Partner
Location:
North York, Ontario, Canada
Phone:
888-353-1817
Email:

Brahm D. Siegel is certified by the Law Society as a Specialist in Family Law.

He has written extensively in the area of family law and divorce. He is the founder and consulting editor of the McCarthy Tetrault Guide to the Family Law Courts in Ontario, co-author of McLeod's Ontario Family Law Rules Annotated and the consulting editor of the Consolidated Ontario Family Law Statutes and Regulations, both published by Carswell. He is also the author of the chapters on divorce, procedure and alternative dispute resolution for the family law Licensing Process at the Law Society where he was an instructor for six years.

Brahm is a regular speaker at various conferences and seminars in family law, most notably at the Law Society of Upper Canada and Canadian Bar Association. He has also been published in the Canadian Family Law Quarterly and is the founder of the Nathens, Siegel Award, a scholarship for first year law students at Queen's University. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Bench & Bar at the Ontario Court of Justice in North York.

Brahm is fully trained as an arbitrator and has been providing services as mediator/arbitrator since 2006. He offers very reasonable rates as mediator/arbitrator. He is also trained and enjoys representing clients in collaborative family law.

In March 2009 Brahm was appointed as a Dispute Resolution Officer in the family court of the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto. As a DRO, Brahm will attempt to settle lawsuits involving motions to change child support, spousal support and custody/access cases by providing a neutral evaluation and suggestions for settlement.

Brahm received his Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours from McGill University in 1990 and his Bachelor of Laws from Queen's University in 1993. He articled with McMillan Binch in Toronto in 1994 and was called to the Bar in 1995. Both at McGill and Queen's, Brahm received numerous awards and prizes including the Frank Carrell Scholarship and the Osler Hoskin Harcourt Prize in Securities Law.

 

EDUCATION
McGill University, Bachelor of Arts
Graduated: June 1990
First Class Honours

Queen’s University, Bachelor of Law
Graduated: June 1993

Called to the Bar of Ontario
February 1995

Certified by the Law Society as a Specialist in Family Law
 March 2008

Appointed Dispute Resolution Officer, Superior Court of Justice
 March 2009

Accredited Mediator, Ontario Association of Family Mediation
 April 2011

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY
McMillan Binch, Summer Student and Articling Student
 1992-1993

Nathens, Siegel LLP, Partner
 May 1995 to present

AWARDS
McGill University
Faculty Scholar

Queen’s University, Senator Frank Carrell Scholarship
 1991-1993

Queen’s University, Osler Hoskin Harcourt Prize in Securities Regulation
 1993

PUBLICATIONS - BOOKS
Consulting Editor, Consolidated Ontario Family Law Statutes and Regulations 2012-13, (Thomson Carswell: Toronto).  Responsible for determining substance and form of publication and contribution of forward. 

Co-Author, McLeod’s Ontario Family Law Rules Annotated 2003-2013 (Thomson Carswell: Toronto).  Responsible for researching and writing all commentary to Rules 14 (Motions for Temporary Orders), 15 (Motions to Change Orders or Agreements), 16 (Summary Judgment), 18 (Offers to Settle), 19 (Document Disclosure) and 20 (Questioning). 

Author, Law Society of Upper Canada’s Licensing Materials (assigned chapters: Family Law Rules, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Procedure and Divorce).

PUBLICATIONS - PAPERS

“Mediation/Arbitration Caselaw Update in Family Law” (Domestic Violence Seminar – January 2012) (Chairs: Phil Epstein, Alf Mamo)

“RESP ABCs: Find Out What It Means To Thee” (Six-Minute Family Lawyer – December 1, 2010) (Chairs: H. Niman, G. Sadvari)

“Legal Ethics & Financial Issues: Navigating Choppy Waters With Integrity”, Ethical Dilemmas in Family Law, Law Society Teleseminar, November 2, 2010 and March 30, 2011 (Chair: Cheryl Goldhart), 30 C.F.L.Q. 71

“Mediation/Arbitration Caselaw Update in Family Law”, Ontario Association of Family Mediators – Annual General Meeting – June 12, 2009.

“Mediation/Arbitration Caselaw in Family Law”, Ontario Association of Family Mediators – Annual General Meeting – June 13, 2008.

“Ducking for Reasonable Cover: Recent Cases Dealing With Extraordinary Expenses”, Six Minute Family Law Lawyer, Law Society, December 2007.

“Considering Kaplanis: Who’s Your (Sole) Daddy”, presented at The Six-Minute Family Law Lawyer, Law Society of Upper Canada, December 2005, (2006) 1 C.F.L.Q. 39.

“I Love You Son But I Want My Money: The Judicial Treatment of Loans and Gifts”, presented at The Six-Minute Family Law Lawyer, Law Society of Upper Canada, December 2003.

“The Top Eight Best and Worst Features of Family Court”, presented at The Six-Minute Family Law Lawyer, Law Society of Upper Canada, December 2002.

Chair & Author, “Best Practices for Merged North York/Scarborough Court”, prepared at the request of the family court judiciary at the Ontario Court of Justice, 47 Sheppard Avenue East (January 2006).

CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION PROGRAMMES IN PAST FOUR YEARS

Registrant – 7th Annual Family Law Summit – May 6 & 7, 2013 - (Chairs: Nicholas Bala & Paul McInnis)

Presenter – Family Law For Civil Litigators – January 31, 2013 – Law Society (Chair: Dani Frodis)

Presenter – New Lawyer Series – January 22, 2013 – Law Society (Chair: Jaret Moldaver)

Presenter – Panel Discussion – Family Law – Family Support Expo – October 21, 2012 (Chair: Kevin Frankish, City TV)

Registrant – AFCC Annual General Meeting and Conference – The GPS of Family Law – October 19, 2012

Presenter – Mediation/Arbitration Caselaw – Family Law Summit – May 10 & 11, 2012 (Chairs: Nicholas Bala/Paul McInnis)

Presenter – Domestic Violence Screening Programg – Law Society (Chairs: P. Epstein/A. Mamo) – January 28, 2012 (Topic: Caselaw Update on Mediation/Arbitration)

Presenter – Family Law Practice Essentials 2012 – Law Society (Chair: J. Moldaver) – January 26, 2012 (Topic: Interviewing and Meeting Clients at Initial Consultations)

Registrant - The Six-Minute Family Law Lawyer 2011 – Law Society (Co-Chairs: M. McCarthy and A. Franks) – December 1, 2011

Presenter – The Top Ten Mistakes We Make – Academy of Divorce Specialists – October 12, 2011

Registrant – Mediation Course – Harvard Law School – June 6-10, 2011

Presenter – Six-Minute Family Lawyer 2010 “RESP ABCs: Find Out What It Means To Thee”, December 1, 2010 (Chairs: H. Niman, G. Sadvari)

Presenter – Ethical Dilemmas In Family Law – Law Society Teleseminar – November 2, 2010.

Presenter – Ontario Association of Family Mediators Annual General Meeting – Selected Topics in Family Law – May 28, 2010

Registrant – The Family Responsibility Office – Law Society Teleseminar– March 23, 2010

Registrant – The Voice of the Child – Law Society (Co-Chairs: Justice G. Czutrin and M. McCarthy) – March 10, 2010

Registrant – The Six-Minute Family Law Lawyer 2009 – Law Society (Co-Chairs: H. Niman and G. Sadvari) – December 2, 2009

Presenter – Ontario Association of Family Mediators Annual General Meeting – Mediation/Arbitration Caselaw Update – June 12, 2009

Registrant – The Six-Minute Family Law Lawyer 2008 – Law Society (Co-Chairs: H. Niman and G. Sadvari) – December 3, 2008

Presenter – Ontario Association of Family Mediators – Mediation/Arbitration Caselaw – June 13, 2008

Presenter – Law Society – “Ducking for Reasonable Cover: Recent Cases on Extraordinary Expenses” – Annual Family Law Conference for Law Clerks (Chair:  G. Gold) – May 29, 2008

Presenter – Law Society – New Lawyer Practice Series in Family Law – (Co-Chairs: S. Grant and J. Moldaver) – February 20, 2008

Presenter – Law Society – Six-Minute Family Law Lawyer (Co-Chairs: H. Niman and G. Sadvari) – “Ducking For Reasonable Cover:  Recent Cases on Extraordinary Expenses” - December 5, 2007

Co-Chair – Law Society – “Mediation/Arbitration in Family Law” (Co-Chairs: Brahm D. Siegel, Judith Nicoll) – November 13, 2007

Registrant – Law Society - “Valuation and Income Determination of Trusts” (Chairs: James A. DeBresser and Steve Z. Ranot) – October 23, 2007

Registrant – Canadian Bar Association - “Constructive Trusts and Resulting Trusts 2007: Bringing Order to Chaos” – Canadian Bar Association – (Chairs: Howard Feldman and Rachel Baron) – October 19, 2007

Panelist/Speaker – Law Society Teleseminar – “Case Conferences”– September 19, 2007 - (With Dani Z. Frodis and the Honourable Mr. Justice C. Perkins)

Panelist/Speaker – Canadian Bar Association – “Crime in the Family: Navigating the Intersection between Criminal and Family Law” – May 5, 2007 (Chairs: Peter West and Tami Moscoe)

Registrant – Law Society – The Six-Minute Family Law Lawyer – December 8, 2006 (Chairs: Harold Niman, Gerald Sadvari)

Panelist/Speaker – Law Society – The Six-Minute Family Law Lawyer – December 6, 2005 (Chairs: Harold Niman, Gerald Sadvari)

Registrant – Osgoode Professional Development Center – Negotiating Family Law Disputes – November 10, 2005 (Chair: Hillary Linton)

Registrant – Law Society – Advanced Family Law Roundtable – October 25, 2005 (Chair: Paul McInnis)

Registrant – Law Society – Estate Essentials for Family Lawyers – June 15, 2005 (Chair: K. Bales)

Registrant – Law Society – Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines – March 4, 2005 (Chairs: P. Epstein, R. Davis).

Registrant – Law Society – The Six Minute Family Court Judge (Co-Chairs: Justice Perkins and Justice Jones) – February 2005.

Panelist/Speaker - 311 Jarvis Court Open Bar Series – (Chair: Justice Jones) - Panelist with Justice Jones, Ellen Murray and Karin Rinas – January 10, 2005 – Topic: Motions To Change: Not Another Kick At The Can.

Panelist/Speaker - Canadian Bar Association (Ontario) – (Chair: Jackie Mills) - Panelist with Jackie Mills, Roslyn Zisman, Justice Ellen MacDonald, Mary D’Eon and Stephanie Sroka – October 18, 2004 - Topic: Family Law Rules & Procedures in Court.

Panelist/Speaker - Toronto Lawyers Association – Guest Speaker - September 21, 2004 – Topic: “The new Family Law Rules: Now Playing Everywhere”.

Panelist/Speaker – The Advocates’ Society –– Conference and Practice Workshop - September 18, 2004 - Topic: “Survival Skills for Provincial Court” – I chaired a panel with criminal and family lawyers and judges on the differences between Superior Court and Ontario Court, spoke on a second panel about various aspects of court procedure and then gave feedback with Judith Nicoll to registrants doing moot case conferences and motions.

Panelist/Speaker – Presented seminar to the lawyers of Epstein, Cole on June 18, 2004 – Topic: The Family Law Rules.

Chair – Law Society – June 10, 2004 - Conference and Practice Workshop: “Opening Your Own Law Practice”.

Panelist/Speaker – Law Society – The Six-Minute Family Law Lawyer 2003 – (Co-chairs: H. Niman and G. Sadvari) - December 1, 2003 – Topic & Paper: I Love You Son, Now Give Me My Money: The Treatment of Gifts and Loans.

Panelist/Speaker – Law Society - Pre-Trial Strategies for Family Lawyers: Creating the Right Foundation for Settlement or Trial: (Chair: Suzette M. Blom) – March 28, 2003 – Topic: Jurisdictional Issues and the Creation of Your Case’s Foundation (Presented with Pat Schmidt).

Panelist/Speaker – Law Society –- Conduct of the Family Trial: The Skills You Need When Settlement Fails (Chair: Paul McInnis) - February 18, 2003 - Topic:  Differences in trial preparation between Superior Court and Ontario Court (Presented with Cheryl Goldhart).

Panelist/Speaker – Law Society - The Six-Minute Family Law Lawyer 2002 (Co-chairs: H. Niman and G. Sadvari) – December 5, 2002 – Topic & Paper: The Eight Best and Worst Features of Our Family Court System.

Panelist/Speaker – Law Society - Family Law for Law Clerks – (Chair: Elana Waldman) - April 26, 2002 – Topic: Procedure in the family court.

Panelist/Speaker – Law Society – The Family Law Rules – An Interactive Programme to Examine What Works, What Doesn't and How to Prepare for Province-Wide Adoption of Standard Track Rules (Chair: Justice Benotto) – October 2, 2002 – Topic: Summary Judgment (Presented with Sarah Boulby).

MEMBERSHIPS

Association of Family Conciliation Courts (AFCC)

Ontario Association of Family Mediators

International Network of Boutique Law Firms

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Divorce

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Family Law, Law Society, 2008

Bar Admissions

  • Ontario, 1995