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Family Law practice located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Specializing in separation, divorce, drafting domestic contracts, adoption, child support disputes, custody and access, property issues, wills, litigation, appeals.
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OUR TEAM

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Beverley Johnston

FOUNDER, LAWYER
Contact
beverley@johnstonfamilylaw.ca
613-680-8855 ext. 225

Education
Bachelor of Arts - University of Western Ontario (1992)
LL.B. - University of Windsor (1996)

Memberships
Law Society of Upper Canada (1998)
County of Carleton Law Association

Panels
Office of the Children's Lawyer

As an experienced family law lawyer, Beverley will use her knowledge, passion and creativity to achieve the best result for you, the client.

 

Beverley assists her clients in ensuring their interests are protected and advanced in all family matters including divorce, child and spousal support, property division, including complicated situations involving corporate assets, stock options and businesses,  and custody/access. Beverley works hard to resolve issues for clients in a cost effective manner; however she is also an experienced litigator with extensive trial experience.

 

Beverley assists clients in the areas of estate planning including preparation of wills, powers of attorney for both property and personal care, as well as assisting executors and beneficiaries with estate administration and litigation.

 

Beverley received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario in 1992. She received her Law Degree from the University of Windsor in 1996 when she was awarded the Smith Lyons Award for trial advocacy. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1998 and is  a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the County of Carleton Law Association. Beverley is also a panel lawyer for the Office of the Children’s Lawyer wherein she advocates for children.

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Adrienne Curran

Lawyer
Contact
adrienne@johnstonfamilylaw.ca
613-680-8855 ext 228

Education
Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) - Memorial University of Newfoundland (2007)
Master of Arts - University of Toronto (2008)
J.D. - University of Ottawa (2013)

Memberships
Law Society of Upper Canada (2014)
County of Carleton Law Association
Member - County of Carleton Law Association Technology Committee
The Advocacy Club, Ottawa

Adrienne represents clients in all areas of family law including property rights, spousal support, child support, and parenting. Adrienne prides herself on providing practical advice to clients, that is best suited to meet their needs, and the needs of their family.  She has experience appearing in court on a regular basis, including first appearances, case conferences, settlement conferences, motions and trials. Aside from litigation, Adrienne also has experience assisting her clients in resolving their disputes by non-adversarial means, such as mediation and negotiated settlements by drafting of domestic contracts (including cohabitation agreements, marriage contracts and separation agreements).

 

While Adrienne’s main area of practice involves family law issues, she has recently expanded her practice into the area of Wills and Estates. She offers services in drafting of Wills and Powers of Attorney, estates administration, and estates litigation.

 

Adrienne graduated from the University of Ottawa English Common Law program in 2013, and articled with a mid-sized full service law firm in Ottawa before being called to the bar in 2014.

 

Adrienne is an active member of the Ottawa legal community. She is an member of the County of Carleton Law Association Technology Committee and a member of the Advocacy Club.

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Collin Fletcher

LAWYER
Contact
collin@johnstonfamilylaw.ca
613-680-8855

Education
Bachelor of Arts - Carleton University (2009)
JD - University of Ottawa (2013)

Memberships
Law Society of Upper Canada
County of Carleton Law Association

Collin assists clients in all areas of family law including issues involving custody and access, support, and property. Collin is client focused, approaching each individual file and client and crafting an individual resolution to your matter. Collin also strives to take a child focused approach to resolving contentious custody and access disputes. Collin is determined to resolve your matter in the most expeditious and cost-efficient manner possible. It is Collin’s goal to always try and resolve your matter through mediation and negotiated settlements. However, the reality is that some matters are not able to be resolved without the commencement of legal proceedings. Collin has significant experience in appearing in court, including first appearances, case conferences, settlement conferences and motions.
Collin graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2013 and articled at an insurance defence firm. Following his call to the bar in 2014, Collin practiced in the area of Family Law, working at a general practice law firm and before opening his own practice in 2016. Collin joined Johnston Family Law in April 2017.

 

In addition to private family disputes, Collin can provide services to clients involved in child protection proceedings. Collin understands the need for parents involved in child protection proceedings to have dedicated and passionate representation. Collin accepts legal aid certificate for family law disputes and child protection matters.

 

Collin is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the County of Carleton Law Association. Collin is also a part-time contract instructor with Carleton University.

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Kristie Smith

LAWYER
Contact
kristie@johnstonfamilylaw.ca

Education
Bachelor of Science - McGill University (2012)
JD - University of Ottawa (2015)

Memberships
Law Society of Ontario
County of Carleton Law Association

Kristie advises and represents clients with all aspects of family law, including custody and access, child support, spousal support, and property issues. Kristie is approachable and detail-oriented. Her focus is on assisting clients to obtain effective, practical and cost-efficient resolutions, whether by way of a negotiated agreement, an alternative dispute resolution process, or litigation. Kristie has experience representing clients in court, at mediation and in extra-judicial settlement conferences. She can also negotiate and review domestic contracts, including marriage contracts, separation agreements and parenting agreements.

 

Kristie also has significant experience representing clients involved with the Children’s Aid Society. She assists clients with child protection litigation and in negotiating agreements with the CAS.

 

Kristie accepts legal aid certificates for family law and child protection matters.

 

Kristie’s practice primarily consists of family and child protection files, although she is expanding into the area of Wills and Estates. She offers services in drafting Wills and Powers of Attorney, and estates administration.

 

Kristie received her Bachelor of Science from McGill University in 2012 and her law degree from the University of Ottawa, Common Law Program, in 2015. She completed her articles as a judicial law clerk to the judges of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, East Region, and was called to the Bar in 2016. Prior to joining Johnston Family Law, she practiced family and child protection law at a small firm in Ottawa.

 

Kristie is a member of the Law Society of Ontario and the County of Carleton Law Association.

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Sheri Kind

LAW CLERK

Sheri has  a dual role with the firm serving as a senior law clerk as well as assisting with the day-to-day operations of the firm to support our clients and staff with various administrative tasks.

 

Her goal is to keep the office running smoothly, which allows the firms’ lawyers to focus on the needs of our clients and to continue to deliver a high-quality legal product.

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Jordan Seward

ARTICLING STUDENT

Jordan graduated from the University of Ottawa’s English Common Law program with honours and is now completing his articles at Johnston Family Law. During law school, Jordan completed two internships in family law and also worked at the university’s legal clinic in the family law division for one year. Jordan is currently working under the supervision of the lawyers at Johnston Family Law to gain practical experience in family law and he anticipates being called to the Bar in June 2020. Once called to the bar, Jordan will continue to work with Johnston Family Law as a lawyer. Jordan is originally from St. John’s, Newfoundland, and also holds a Bachelor of Arts in French from Memorial University. Outside of work, Jordan is a reserve force member in the Canadian Armed Forces as a cadet officer.