Call to Bar 2011
Civil Law and Common Law programs
Karine graduated from the Civil Law and Common Law programs at the University of Ottawa in 2010. She is fluently bilingual. Her practice focuses on family law, guardianship applications, adoptions, and wills and estates.
To appreciate the wealth of knowledge, skill, and expertise Karine provides to her clients, it is helpful to know her professional history. Following her call to the bar in 2011, Karine started her legal career at a national law firm in Ottawa where she worked as a litigator, advising clients on contracts, commercial law, family law, and medical malpractice. Karine then went on to practice child welfare litigation as in-house counsel with a child protection agency, appearing regularly in both official languages before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice as well as the child protection regulatory tribunal in contested motions, settlement conferences, pre-trial conferences, and trials. As a litigation lawyer in that setting, Karine provided legal advice on the interpretation and application of the Child, Youth and Family Services Act and related areas such as family law and criminal law. She acquired significant experience in advocacy, drafting agreements, and participating in mediation, and is skilled at negotiating successful outcomes for her clients. She is acutely aware of the challenges faced by vulnerable individuals in the legal system and prides herself in ensuring a legal approach that is efficient, compassionate, and transparent for all persons involved.
Karine’s family law practice focuses on assisting families resolve their legal issues using the out-of-court options now available to everyone. She is a trained collaborative divorce lawyer, and is in the process of obtaining her Family Mediation accreditation from the OAFM (Ontario Association for Family Mediation). Additionally, Karine represents children on behalf of the Office of the Children’s Lawyer in child protection and family law matters. Much of Karine’s practice is dedicated to the best interests and well-being of children.
Another important aspect of assisting families involves preparing wills and powers of attorney, and helping executors administer estates when a family member or friend passes. Karine assists clients with preparing wills, estate planning, and administration matters. Her approach is to help you plan for the future and alleviate worries, thereby leaving you with peace of mind.