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Brahm D. Siegel

Senior Partner

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LOCATION:

North York
Ontario, Canada

PHONE:

(416) 222-6980 ext. 2400

FAX:

(416) 222-4820

EMAIL:

PUBLICATIONS – PAPERS

 

“When Is A Family Arbitration An Arbitration? Judicial Treatment of the 2007 Changes to Ontario’s Arbitration Act & Family Law Act” (Six Minute Family Lawyer) (December 1, 2020) (Chairs: Michael Kleinman and Fareen Jamal)

The Compact: A (Proposed) New Way Forward For Cohabitation Agreements and Marriage Contracts” (Family Law Summit: Law Society) (March 2015) (Chairs: Daniel Melamed & Mary Jo Maur)

“Giving Advice and Taking Instructions From Clients” (Family Law Basics – Law Society) (February 2015, February 2014, February 2013) (Chair: Jaret Moldaver)

“Pigs Get Fat, Hogs Get Slaughtered: Attribution of Pre-Tax Corporate Income Under the Child Support Guidelines” (Family Law Summit – April 2014) (Chairs: Daniel Melamed & Mary-Jo Maur)

“Mediation/Arbitration Caselaw Update in Family Law” (Domestic Violence and Arbitration Program – January 2014) (Chairs: Phil Epstein, Alf Mamo)

“Mediation/Arbitration Caselaw” (Family Law Summit – May 2012) (Chairs: Nick Bala and Paul McInnis)

“Mediation/Arbitration Caselaw Update in Family Law” (Domestic Violence and Arbitration Program – 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).

RECENT CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION PROGRAMMES

Registrant, “Eight-Minute Family Law Lawyer” (November 28, 2023) (Chairs: Fareen Jamal and Michael Kleinman)

Presenter, “Peeling Back the Curtain: Secret Tips and Techniques on Getting Settlements in Mediation” (OAFM) (February 14, 2023)

Registrant, “International Cross-Border Mediation Certificate Program” (FDRIO) (January 24-25, 2023)

Registrant, “SCC Family Law Update: 10 Cases and Their Implications”, (December 1, 2022) Prof. Rollie Thompson (Seminar Partners)

Registrant, “Guidelines for Parenting Plan Evaluations in Family Law Cases” (November 28, 2022), AFCC (Presenters: Brian Burke & Andrea Jones)

Presenter, “The Role of the Courts in Family Law Arbitration”, National Family Law Arbitration Course (October 22, 2022) (co-presented with the Honourable Justice Sherry Kachur of the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench)

Presenter, Enforcement and Appeals in Family Law Arbitration, Arbitration for Family Law Lawyers: Strategies for Success (October 12, 2022) Osgoode  Hall Law School Professional Development (Chair: Cheryl Goldhart)

Presenter, Mastering Marriage Contracts and Cohabitation Agreements: Practical Insights and Creative Drafting Solutions”, OBA, (June 16, 2022) (Chair: Ilana Arje-Goldenthal)

Presenter, “Issues in Mediation-Arbitration”, National Family Law Arbitration Course, (May 13, 2022) (Dispute resolution clauses in arbitration agreements)

Presenter, Panel at Lincoln Alexander Law Students Society, “A Dynamic Discussion: Journeys in Family Law” (March 11, 2022)

Presenter, Panel at Queen’s University Faculty of Law, “From ADR to ODR” (March 9, 2022)

Certificate of Completion, Family Violence and Family Law For Legal Advisers, Department of Justice, Canada (January 15, 2022)

Presenter, “Ontario Family Law Arbitrations: Upholding, and Sometimes Overturning, Private Dispute Resolution in the Roarin’ 20s” (Bi-Annual Update on Power Imbalances and Family Violence in Family Arbitrations and Parenting Coordination) (January 15, 2022)

Participant – Bills C78 & 207: Reforming The Law and Changing Culture (York Region Law Association/AFCC (Ontario) (April 8, 2021) (Moderators: Justice Himel and Dr. S. Polak)

Presenter – “The Role of the Courts in Family Law Arbitration” (National Family Law Arbitration Course) (February 6, 2021)

Presenter – “When Is A Family Arbitration An Arbitration? Judicial Treatment of the 2007 Changes to Ontario’s Arbitration Act & Family Law Act” (Six Minute Family Lawyer) (December 1, 2020) (Chairs: Michael Kleinman and Fareen Jamal)

Panel Moderator – “Complaints Against ADR Professionals” (FDRIO Annual General Conference) (November 16, 2020) (Panelists: Herschel Fogelman, Howard Hurwitz and Helen Radovanovic)

Panel Presenter – “New Rules on Expert Witnesses”, CBVs in Family Law: Current Issues in Canadian Practice (A joint seminar by CBV Institute and Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario (FDRIO)) – February 13, 2020.

Presenter – “Dear Daughter, You Owe Me Too: Judicial Treatment of Gifts And Loans in 2019”, Six-Minute Family Law Lawyer – December 2, 2019.

Presenter – Advocacy on Motions (Advocates Society – October 22, 2019)

Presenter – Keynote Speaker, Family Law Summit (Law Society of Ontario – March 18, 2019).  Topic: Harassment In The Workplace

Registrant – “The Amendments to the Divorce Act: How They Impact Your Practice” (LSO – January 30, 2019) (Chair: Cheryl Goldhart)

Presenter – “So, You Want to Be An Arbitrator, Eh?” – (FDRIO – November 20, 2018)

Presenter – “Effective Arbitrations” – Panel with Judith Nicoll and Lorne Wolfson (FDRIO – November 19, 2018)

Registrant – Guide to Experts in Family Law – Osgoode Professional Development – (October 15, 2018) (Chair: Judith Nicoll)

Registrant – Family Law Summit (April 2018) (Chairs: Mary Jo Maur/Danny Melamed)

Presenter – “When Good Arbitrations Go Bad” (FDRIO Webinar) (November 28, 2017)

Participant – “FDRIO Workshop” – Law Society (November 21, 2017)

Presenter – “A Day In The Life of a Family Lawyer”, Take Our Kids to Work at Osgoode Hall, 2017: Law Society (November 1, 2017)

Presenter – Med-Arb: Efficiency or Justice Compromised? – Osgoode Hall Law School Professional Development (October 12, 2017) (Chairs: Rick Shields and Michael Erdle)

Participant – Family Law Summit (March 6 & 7, 2017) (Chairs: Daniel Melamed/Mary Jo Maur)

Presenter – Giving Advice and Taking Instructions From Clients (Family Law Basics – Law Society) (February 21, 2017) (Chair: Jaret Moldaver)

Participant – Hot Topics in evidence – North York Education Program (January 17, 2017) (Chairs: Hon. Mr. Justice Spence)

Presenter – Keynote Panel Seminar: Family Law Summit: Law Society (April 11-12, 2016) (Chairs: Daniel Melamed & Mary Jo Maur)

Presenter – FDRIO – Arbitration Appeals – Caselaw Review (November 26, 2015) (Chair: L. Wolfson & H. Linton)

Participant – FDRIO – First Annual Conference “All Under One Roof” (November 23, 2015)

Presenter – “The Compact: A (Proposed) New Way Forward For Cohabitation Agreements and Marriage Contracts” (Family Law Summit: Law Society) (March 2015) (Chairs: Daniel Melamed & Mary Jo Maur)

Presenter – Giving Advice and Taking Instructions From Clients (Family Law Basics – Law Society) (February 2015) (Chair: Jaret Moldaver)

Presenter – “Pigs Get Fat, Hogs Get Slaughtered: Attribution of Pre-Tax Corporate Income Under the Child Support Guidelines” (Family Law Summit – April 2014) (Chairs: Daniel Melamed & Mary-Jo Maur)

Registrant – Moving Beyond Resistance: Practical Strategies From Psychology, Communication and Negotiation Theory – November 1, 2013 – DR5 Conference – (Nina Meierding)

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).