Board of Advisors

Our Board consists of 22 experts.
Through their knowledge and experience, our advisors assist Legal Line to enhance our public services.

* Legal Line acknowledges our founding contributors.


Antree Demakos, B.A., J.D.
Chief Information Officer
Legal Line


Called to the Bar in 1992, Antree Demakos has devoted her entire career to demystifying the law and helping Canadians obtain Access to Justice.

During her early days as a corporate lawyer, Antree had her first big insight — that a significant number of the Canadian population silently endures lives full of shame over past criminal misdeeds. Unable to clean up their records and move forward, these people suffered in silence, not knowing where to turn for help. In an effort to help these people, Antree co-founded ‘Pardons Canada’, whose purpose was to give people HOPE and to help Canadians start fresh. Over twenty years, Antree intensively and continually researched the minutiae of records creation, retention and destruction, as well as inter-bureau communications. A comprehensive set of procedures was developed and maintained, ensuring that the difficult and complex job of criminal record removal could be successfully completed. During Antree’s time as General Counsel, Pardons Canada successfully cleared 250,000 records. As a leading expert in Canadian criminal records, Antree went on to write the authoritative 300-page book, “Canadian Criminal Records and How to Start Fresh”.

In 1993 Antree Founded and continues to be the driving force behind Legal Line, a federal, non-profit organization. For 25 years, she has helped millions of people obtain free legal answers and professional referrals through her pre-recorded, 24-hour information telephone line, live telephone support and the Legalline.ca website.

Antree collaborates with over 725 volunteer lawyers and judges who help keep the legal information up-to-date and accurate. She has also received the endorsement and support of 8,000 government and agency offices across Canada, who promote Legal Line through the distribution of Legal Line flyers, and by linking to the Legal Line website.

An ongoing concern is that the vast majority of our population have been left out of traditional Access to Justice programs. Their legal issues are numerous, including — employment, tax, marriage, divorce or living common-law, children, mortgages, immigration, starting or growing a business, insurance for life, health, or property, lawsuits for breach of contract or injuries, and so forth. By removing barriers to justice, Antree Demakos continues to empower Canadians within the legal system.



• 2020 Order of Canada
• 2020 Order of Ontario
• 2020 YWCA, Women of Distinction

Recent Awards:

• 2019 Ontario Paralegal Association Public Legal Education (PLE) Award
• 2019 Acquisition International Best Online Canadian Law Advisory
• 2018 Law Society of Ontario John Shirley Denison Award
• 2017 City of Toronto Access, Equity and Human Rights, “Constance E. Hamilton Award”
• 2017 Thomson Reuters’ Zenith Award, “Celebrating Women in Law”
• 2016 Thomson Reuters’ Canadian Lexpert Award, “Diversity and Inclusion”

Professional Positions:

Crown Life Insurance Company, In-House Counsel
Carson, Gross, McPherson Law Office
Antree C. Demakos Law Office, Corporate and Commercial Law
Co-Founder and General Counsel, Pardons Canada, (1993-2008)
Founder, Chief Information Officer, Legal Line (1993-present)


York University, B.A., Economics
Western University, Faculty of Law, J.D.

Books Published:

Your Guide to Canadian Law, Fitzhenry Whiteside, (700 page reference book, now in its 5th printing)
Canadian Criminal Records and How to Start Fresh, Fitzhenry Whiteside (300 page guide)

Published in:

The Toronto Star
The Globe and Mail
Numerous local papers and radio talk shows

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Ian D. Levine, B.A., D.M.A.
Director, Strategic Alliances


Ian Levine is a Canadian entrepreneur who has been innovating in the Canadian legal space since 1991.

As co-founder of Pardons Canada, Ian undertook the herculean effort of assessing the REAL effects of criminal records, and building relationships with hundreds of associations that helped people get back-on-track. After more than two decades of guiding countless Canadians to a ‘fresh start’, Ian looked up one fine day and realized that the organization he had helped create had become the recognized authority in its field.

Before long, Ian was bombarded with invitations to speak, and has since conducted over 400 presentations to all levels of government including Canadian Border Services, Continuing Education for lawyers, probation officers, Toronto Police and many others. Because the purpose of Pardons was to help Canadians who had ‘paid their dues’ to get a second chance at a full life, Ian was constantly asked why he would work so hard for criminals and he replies… “Any person who did wrong, paid their dues and tried to make themselves a better person has fulfilled their punishment and is deserving of a pardon. What the community doesn’t realize is that good people continue to punish themselves with shame, and suffer needlessly for years after their court imposed sentence has ended, and that’s not right, everyone needs HOPE.”

While Pardons was being built, Ian’s partner, Antree Demakos, decided to climb another mountain. “Where is the free, comprehensive, accurate and current database of answers to all the common questions Canadians have about the law ?”, she asked. It did not exist, and so of course, Ian and Antree decided to build it.

Ian reached out to lawyers with impeccable reputations and asked for their help. In the first few months, 30 (and now over 725) prominent Canadian lawyers and judges had volunteered to help by providing answers and questions, clarifications and advice. With Ian’s telecommunications knowledge and technical skills, Legalline.ca was cultivated into a telephone “live answer’ hot-line, and an internet online information trove.

Professional Positions:

Informix Database Software Corporation, National Telecom Manager
Pardons Canada (Pardons.com), Co-Founder & Program Director (1993-2008)
Legal Information Ontario, Co-Founder
Legal Line Corporation, Co-Founder, VP of Strategic Alliances (1993-present)

Books Published:

Your Guide to Canadian Law, Co-Author, Fitzhenry Whiteside (2007)
Canadian Criminal Records, and How to Start Fresh, Editor, Fitzhenry Whiteside (2013)

Published in:

The Toronto Star
The Globe and Mail
Numerous local papers and radio talk shows


York University, Economics
McGill University, Post Graduate Applied Business Management


Larry Banack, LL.B.

  • For 16 years, I served as an elected Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada
  • I publish ‘Banack’s Bencher News’ to keep the profession informed of matters arising in Convocation
  • For 7 years, I served as Chair of the Law Foundation of Ontario
  • For 3 years I served as Chair of the Law Commission of Ontario
    • I am a dispute resolution specialist with a background in civil litigation. Before founding Banack Resolutions Inc., I maintained a diverse commercial litigation practice for 30 years at a boutique law firm. As a certified civil litigation specialist, I acted for clients involved in commercial, real estate, construction, estates and professional insurance disputes.

      During that time I also developed a robust dispute resolution practice. I am frequently appointed as mediator or arbitrator and I have experience resolving complex, multi-party disputes dealing with diverse issues. Lawyers also retain me in the unique position of settlement counsel to achieve resolutions that elude the adversarial litigators. I am committed to understanding the key issues between the parties and to assist in finding creative and practical solutions to resolve disputes.


      LL.B., 1975, University of Toronto
      B. Comm, 1972, McGill University
      Dip. I.R., 1972, McGill University

      Areas of Expertise:

      Construction Law
      Real Estate Law
      Condominium Law
      Professional Liability
      Employment Law
      Shareholder Disputes
      Franchise Disputes


    Michael Crawford, LL.B.


    • Accomplished communicator, author and speaker on leveraging communications technologies.
    • Proven track-record in management, marketing and business consulting.
    • Extensive experience in all forms of content creation and production, from print to broadcasting to multimedia.
    • Specialized expertise in financial services, professional services, high technology, retail and manufacturing.
    • Accomplished communicator who has written over 4 million words, from magazine articles to videos to books.

    Current Responsibilities:

    President, Senior Editor & Co-Founder, WebNews Management
    Principal Consultant, MarketingDept.Biz

    Professional Education & Qualifications:

    Bachelor of Laws, University of New Brunswick
    Bachelor of Business Administration, University of New Brunswick

    Previous Professional Positions:

    Chief Marketing Officer, Holden Day Wilson
    Chief Marketing Officer, Mintz & Partners
    Executive Editor, Canadian Lawyer Magazine
    Consulting Editor, Law Times
    Consulting Editor, Labour Times
    President, Update Communications
    Law Columnist, CBC Midday & CTV National News
    Legal Columnist, The Financial Post
    Senior Vice President, Institute For International Research, Toronto
    Documentary Producer & Researcher, CTV’s W-5
    News Writer & Reporter, Global Television
    Documentary Reporter, CBC’s The Journal & CBC’s Midday
    Radio & Television Reporter, CBC
    Radio & Television Reporter, CHSJ

    Books Published:

    Your Guide to Canadian Law, Co-Author, Fitzhenry Whiteside (2007)
    The Journalist’s Legal Guide, First, Second, Third, Fourth & Fifth Editions, Carswell (2008)
    Marketing Masters (Articles), Wiley
    Solicitor-Client Relationships (Chapter), Ontario Bar Association

    Previously Published In:

    CA Magazine
    Canadian Business
    Canadian Lawyer
    Canadian Treasurer
    Labour Times
    Law Times
    Maclean’s Magazine
    Profit Magazine
    Reader’s Digest
    The Bottom Line
    The Financial Post
    The Globe and Mail
    The National
    The National Post
    TLOMA Newsletter


    Alan Gahtan, LL.B.


    Areas of Practice:

    Information Technology / Computer Law
    E-Commerce / Outsourcing

    Qualifications and Career Profile:

    Alan Gahtan practices primarily in the information technology and intellectual property law field. His practice emphasizes technology contracting, outsourcing, Internet and electronic commerce issues. As a former senior LAN Administrator and a former manager of a computer and telecommunications company, Mr. Gahtan brings strong technical expertise and business and technology industry insight to his legal practice.

    In his practice, Mr. Gahtan drafts, reviews and negotiates technology-related agreements such as software licensing, software development, hardware acquisition and maintenance, consulting and professional services, database licensing, on-line services, joint venture, outsourcing, telecom (including IRUs), and provides a wide range of other services for businesses involved in the development, distribution and use of information technology, healthcare technology and intellectual property assets.

    Mr. Gahtan provides advice on electronic commerce, EDI and Internet-related issues including registration and protection of domain names, electronic formation of contracts, website content review, liability, jurisdictional and infringement issues, linking, affiliate, web hosting and development agreements. He also provides advice, in consultation with litigation counsel, in disputes relating to ownership of intellectual property and infringement claims. Clients include financial and healthcare institutions, consulting firms, web developers and emerging technology firms.

    Recognition and Media Consultation:

    LEXPERT identifies Mr. Gahtan as a leading Toronto-based lawyer in the information technology and E-commerce law fields. He has also been identified in “An International Who’s Who of Internet and E-Commerce Lawyers” (published by Law Business Research) as one of top Internet lawyers in the world, and in Lexpert / Amercian Lawyers’ ranking of the top 500 of all lawyers in Canada (and in which he is cited as one of Canada’s leading Computer/Technology lawyers).

    Mr. Gahtan is frequently consulted by the media and has been interviewed on CBC’s Venture program (E-Commerce and the Law, April 2000) and the CBC National News, and quoted in The Globe & Mail, Wall Street Journal, The Toronto Star, The National Post, Law Times (Canada), The Lawyers Weekly (Canada), Canadian Lawyer, Advisor’s Edge, The National Law Journal (US), Computerworld, PC World and other publications.


    Mr. Gahtan is a frequent writer, speaker and conference chair on information technology law issues. He is author of Electronic Evidence and of The Year 2000 Computer Crisis Legal Guide, and co-author of Internet Law: A Practical Guide for Legal and Business Professionals and a contributing editor of E-Commerce Law (Carswell, 2002).

    Alan has also authored or co-authored contributions to numerous publications including “Overview of the Legal Framework for Electronic Commerce” in Law of International On-line Business: A Global Perspective and “Computer Technology during Trial” and “Discovery of Electronic Evidence” in The Expert: A Practitioner’s Guide.

    He has contributed articles to The Lawyers Weekly (Canada), Information & Technology Law, Law Times, Hospital Quarterly, Cyberspace Lawyer and The E-Commerce Law Report.

    Mr. Gahtan is also a long time columnist on technology issues for Law Times. A list of published articles is available at http://www.gahtan.com/alan/articles. Copies of more recent articles are published on Alan Gahtan’s Techlaw Blog.

    Course Instructor and Speaking Engagements:

    Mr. Gahtan developed and taught Canada’s first computer law course at Osgoode Hall Law School (1988-1989)

    Alan an instructor for OHLS’ E-Commerce Law Course (2000) and a Course Coordinator for OHLS’ E-Commerce LL.M. Course (2002)

    Mr. Gahtan is also a frequent chair and presenter at conferences dealing with information technology contracting, Internet law and e-commerce. A list of select speeches and presentations is available at http://www.gahtan.com/alan/present.htm

    Associations, Memberships and Admissions:

    Mr. Gahtan is the founder and past-chair of the Information Technology and Electronic Commerce Section of the Ontario Bar Association,

    Past chair of the Toronto Computer Lawyers’ Group (1998-1999)

    A former Director of the Canadian IT/Law Association (2000-2002)

    He is a member of the American Bar Association,
    Canadian Bar Association,
    Computer Law Association,
    Law Society of Upper Canada,
    State Bar of California,
    and the Canadian IT/Law Association.

    Alan was the first Canadian lawyer to create a web presence and currently maintains a number of technology and legal related websites.


    Anne Gottlieb, Hons. B.A., LL.B., LL.M.

    ADR Institute Board of Directors
    Board Member

    The ADR Institute of Canada (ADRIC) is recognized as Canada’s preeminent alternative dispute resolution (ADR) professional organization.

    Call to the Bar, Law Society of Upper Canada
    Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School
    Master of Laws (LL.M., ADR) Osgoode Hall Law School
    Bachelor of Law (LL.B.), University of Western Ontario
    Bachelor of Arts, HONOURS Hons. B.A., York University
    Hebrew University, One Year Program

    Practice Areas: Business / Commercial, Construction and Real Estate Law

    Anne obtained her Master of Laws in ADR from Osgoode Hall Law School. She was trained as a mediator and negotiator at the Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School and at CDR Associates in Boulder, Colorado. She served as an Instructor for the Law Society of Upper Canada Skills & Professional Responsibility Program and has taught Negotiation, Interviewing Skills and Business Law while being on the Examination Committee for Business Law on the Bar Admission Course.

    Ms. Gottlieb has served 2 terms as Chair of the Canadian Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Section, is a former Chair of the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) ADR Section, and is a member of OBA Council. She currently is an Executive Board Member of the ADR Institute of Ontario, and has extensive experience in senior leadership positions.

    In her various roles, Ms Gottlieb has participated in consultations with the Ministry of Consumer Affairs respecting proposed changes to the Condominium Act and has reviewed and commented on ADR provisions for the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal.

    Under the auspices of the International Development Program of the Canadian Bar Association, Ms. Gottlieb traveled to Zimbabwe to deliver an introductory dispute resolution training workshop for members of the Law Society of Zimbabwe. She made a presentation to the judiciary of the High Court and Superior Court of Zimbabwe on the benefits of court connected mediation and the role of the lawyer in mediation, and met with government representative and different NGOs. Ms. Gottlieb has taught the Skills and Professional Responsibility Program as well as Interviewing Skills and Negotiation for the Law Society of Upper Canada, Bar Admission Course and has taught and sat on the Examination Committee for Corporate Law.

    Anne served as an adjunct member of the teaching team for the Lawyer as Negotiator course at Osgoode Hall Law School, and has coached many mediation and negotiation students. She has supervised law school students participating in a Small Claims Court Mediation Program. As part of the Equity Program of the Urban Alliance on Race Relations, Ms. Gottlieb created and delivered seminars on diversity and issues of equity. The workshops were presented to a variety of organizations in an effort to develop an understanding and sensitivity to workplace and community issues surrounding discrimination.

    Anne is an Member of OBA Council, an Honorary Chair of the National CBA ADR Section. She is a former Chair of both the CBA and the OBA ADR Sections and has served as Newsletter Editor for various OBA and CBA sections. She is a Board Member of the ADR Institute of Ontario, and serves on ADRIO’s regulatory and education committees.

    Donna Moore

    Donna Moore, Lawyer
    M.A., J.D.

    Aboriginal Law:

    Donna Moore grew up in rural Saskatchewan, in the heart of the traditional territory of Treaty No.6.

    Donna’s family farmed and ranched alongside the Cree and Dene people. Her clients include First Nations in Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan.

    Donna specializes in Aboriginal and Treaty rights, First Nations’ land claims, administrative and environmental law, and litigation. Donna has experience at all levels of court, including the Federal Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada. She has also participated in landmark First Nations litigation and in matters before the Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board, the National Energy Board, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner and the Alberta Human Rights Commission.

    Donna is a member of the Law Societies of Alberta (2004), Saskatchewan (1997) and British Columbia (2009) and has received numerous awards for academic and professional achievements including the Civil Procedure Award (College of Law), Graduate Fellowships and Scholarships (University of Saskatchewan, College of Graduate Studies) and Research Funding/Grants. Donna attended the University of Saskatchewan obtaining a Master’s Degree in Sociology and her Juris Doctor. She practiced criminal and family law as well as civil litigation in Prince Albert and northern Saskatchewan before moving to Alberta with her family. She is very active with her family (a son, 23, who is pursuing his law degree at the U of A, and her daughter, 21, an artist/entrepreneur).

    She is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Calgary Bar Association, the Centre for International Legal Studies and the International Bar Association and has presented or moderated at various conferences and panels including the Centre for International Legal Studies. Donna is also proud to be a Learning Group Facilitator and Evaluator for the Bar Admission Course in Alberta.


    The Honourable Justice Marvin A. Zuker

    LL.B. (Osgoode), M.Ed. (University of Toronto), Associate Professor University of Toronto

      As a Criminal Court Judge sitting in Toronto, Ontario, a Small Claims Court Judge (12 years), and a Family Court Judge prior (22 years) , as well as lecturing at OISE for more than thirty years, I am very interested in the relationship of law and education, the impact of legislative changes, youth criminal justice, provincial and federal as well as common law decisions affecting our most precious commodity, our children. I focus additionally on the education profession, the rights/responsibilities of parents, school councils and private schools.

      Employment History:

      • 1978 to date – Justice, Ontario Court of Justice
      • 1982 to date – Associate Professor, OISE/UT
      • 2013 – Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Western Ontario
      • 2010 – Adjunct Professor, Department of Law, China Women’s University, Beijing, China
      • 2010 to date – Adjunct Professor, Department of Higher Education and Law, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China
      • 1987 to 1989 – Visiting Professor, Acting Director, M.A. Program in Judicial Administration, Brock University
      • 1982 to 1987 – Lecturer, York University Centre for Continuing Education
      • 1979 to 1981 – Lecturer, Ryerson Polytechnic Institute (Continuing Education)
      • 1973 to 1978 – Faculty representative, Board of Governors, Ryerson Polytechnic Institute
      • 1972 to 1978 – Professor of Law, Ryerson Polytechnic Institute
      • 1972 to 1977 – Lecturer, Faculty of Education, University of Toronto
      • 1969 to 1972 – Master of Law Professor, Centennial College of Applied Arts
      • 1966 to 1967 – Lecturer, Centennial College of Applied Arts



    Gerold Goldlist, LL.B
    Partner, Davies



    Gerold Goldlist is a partner at Davies, Ward, Phillips + Vineberg.

    Gerold practices in the areas of Corporate/Commercial, Gaming, Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity. He has extensive expertise in gaming and secured financing transactions and international and cross-border transactions, acting for Canadian and foreign clients on a variety of acquisitions, divestitures, financings and joint ventures. He acts for manufacturing companies, private equity firms and gaming corporations. Gerold acts for Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, an agent of the Province of Ontario, which conducts and manages casinos and lotteries in that province. He has extensive involvement in negotiating the agreements relating to each of the casino complexes developed in the province, including the Niagara Falls and Windsor Casinos, and Casino Rama, which is located on First Nations Land.

    Gerold’s corporate practice has extended into the area of public/private development projects. His experience in the public sector includes advising government agencies and Crown corporations on legislative and policy matters as well as being engaged in all aspects of government proposal calls and the related selection processes.

    • Named Toronto Gaming Law “Lawyer of the Year” 2013 by The Best Lawyers in Canada®.
    • Recognized by The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory as a repeatedly recommended lawyer in the area of Corporate/Commercial Law.
    • Recognized by The Best Lawyers in Canada as a leading practitioner in Gaming Law.
    • Recognized in Lexpert®’s The Best Lawyers in Canada.
    • Achieved Martindale-Hubbell’s highest ranking, AV Preeminent.

    Hilary Linton, J.D., LL.M., Cert. F. Med., Acc. FM., FDRP Med-Certified Specialist in Family Mediation

    Founder & President
    mediate393, mediate311, mediate47 and Riverdale Mediation Ltd.

    Hilary Linton is a highly respected Toronto lawyer, family mediator, and family arbitrator. After litigating family and civil disputes for 14 years, she started Riverdale Mediation in 2000 which is recognized for high-quality alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services and innovative ADR training in Toronto, all over Ontario, across Canada as well as internationally.

    Hilary is also the Toronto provider of court-connected family mediation and information services, managing the mediators and information and referral coordinators who serve the public in both the Ontario and Superior Courts of Justice.

    Riverdale Mediation has trained many hundreds of adult learners in family mediation, arbitration and parenting coordination training leading to professional designations, and also International and Civil Mediation training. Family mediator Hilary Linton and her team at Riverdale Mediation Training have designed a wide range of courses, including:

    A family mediation certificate program;
    Courses in family arbitration and parenting coordination;
    Family law for Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) professionals;
    Identifying, assessing and managing risk and power imbalance in family dispute resolution;
    Mediation for civic leaders, social workers and police officers; and
    Restorative justice processes for at-risk youths.

    Family mediator Hilary Linton has been honoured with the inaugural James G. McLeod Professorship in Family Law at Western University Law School, and the Ontario Bar Association Award of Excellence in ADR in 2014. She has taught many ADR courses as an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, Western Law School, and Toronto Advanced Professional Education.


    Rob Rotenberg B.A., LL.B, LL.M

    Rotenberg, Shidlowski, Jesin
    Barristers & Solicitors In Association

    When people ask Rob Rotenberg what type of criminal law he and his law firm practice, he likes to say: “We do everything from shoplifting to murder.” In his lengthy career as a one of Ontario’s top criminal lawyers, Rob and his firm have done every type of case.

    In the last ten years, Rob has turned much of his practice to domestic abuse charges. He defends those who have been charged, and also represents victims in need of assistance to help navigate them through the complex judicial system. Most of his cases are referrals from his vast network of family lawyers, counsellors and former satisfied clients.

    Rob is deeply involved with each of his clients and prides himself by giving one-on-one, 24-hour, emergency service. He assists his clients in every possible way, and has a whole array of specialists at hand (counsellors, psychologists, psychiatrists, drug rehabilitation specialists, emergency counsellors, grief counsellors, etc.) who have worked with him for years and will to jump in at a moment’s notice when needed.

    Rob makes every effort to avoid trials unless absolutely necessary. In the vast majority of his cases, he gets the charges withdrawn. When children are involved he always puts their interests first. Often he gets families out of crisis and when appropriate, knits the family unit back together.

    Rob’s firm, Rotenberg, Shidlowski, Jesin, features three other excellent lawyers so there is always a lawyer at hand to assist. The firm offers its services at various price points but does not take legal aid clients. All of the lawyers share the same philosophy of practicing criminal law at the highest level.

    Rob has always had a natural feel for criminal law. At Osgoode Hall Law School he was the head of the student criminal legal clinic. As a well-known bestselling author, he uses his excellent writing and public speaking skills to advocate effectively for his clients. He and his firm welcome any inquiries – from shoplifting to homicide – with the promise of excellent, caring, confidential and professional service.


    Steven Benmor
    B.Sc., LL.B., LL.M. (Family), Cert.F.Med., Certified Specialist in Family Law

    Benmor Family Law Group

    Steve Benmor is one of the top divorce lawyers in Toronto. He is a recognized in the city as a divorce lawyer, family mediator, arbitrator, speaker, writer and educator. Mr. Benmor has worked as lead counsel in many divorce trials, held many leadership positions in the legal community and has been regularly interviewed on television, radio and in newspapers as an expert in Family Law. As 1 of Toronto’s 34 Certified Specialists in Family Law, as 1 of Canada’s 51 Fellows of the prestigious International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and as a Master of Laws in Family Law, Mr. Benmor’s curriculum vitae is a testament to his credentials, professional achievements, leadership posts, published papers, successful trial decisions, media interviews and many educational presentations to lawyers, mental health professionals and financial advisors.

    Steve Benmor is committed to children and families. He believes that separating spouses need guidance, expertise and compassion. Most importantly, Mr. Benmor knows how important it is to find solutions to the consequences of separation – respectfully, speedily and inexpensively. After decades of helping families through hundreds of court hearings, Mr. Benmor witnessed the emotional and financial distress that his clients suffered – even when they succeeded at trial. Mr. Benmor then began referring his clients to Family Mediation as the better solution for families. Recognizing the delicate skills needed to effectively mediate the consequences of divorce, Mr. Benmor then committed himself to becoming educated, then trained and finally certified as a Family Mediator himself. The Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario awarded Steve Benmor his designation as a “Certified Family Mediator”. Mr. Benmor is highly skilled in negotiation, conflict resolution, domestic violence and ethics in order to assist families through the many stages of separation and divorce.

    Mediating high net worth family matters or complex financial cases requires a sophisticated financial understanding and in depth knowledge of the law. Mr. Benmor has spent the last 20 years representing and settling cases for families with significant wealth and assets and, in doing so, has achieved positive and highly satisfactory results, with confidentiality and discretion.

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    Joel Miller, LL.B.
    Founder, The Family Law Coach

    For almost 50 years Joel was a full-time, traditional, family law lawyer representing clients at all levels of court in Ontario. Now he operates a practice serving only people acting for themselves in a family law matter.

    “A few years ago I noticed that there were more people in family court without lawyers than with – and that they weren’t getting the results that they should. At the time I was a senior partner at a downtown Toronto law firm, and chair of our firm’s family law group, charging $600/hr. to represent those who could afford me. I loved what I was doing but was ready for a change. I wanted to see if a for-profit lawyer could create, price, and deliver affordable services of value to those in court representing themselves. What would those services might be, cost, and how would they be accessed, if we looked at this from the perspective of the user/litigant – not that of the provider/lawyer.”

    This eventually lead to the creation of The Family Law Coach – a for-profit practice model exclusively serving family law self-reps by providing affordable legal assistance and coaching, remotely by phone and email to be accessible by anyone from anywhere.

    The service is designed to provide value from the perspective of the user/litigant – not the provider/lawyer – and is based on selling time, not tasks. The user chooses how much time they buy and defines how it’s to be used. There’s no up-front retainer and no visits to a lawyer’s office requiring time off work, child care arrangements, or difficult transportation. It’s intended to be a support for those acting for themselves and emphasizes coaching as well as legal assistance.

    Our current traditional model requires a person in the court system to deliver their problem to a lawyer to deal with at a cost determined by the lawyer, which cost is never known until the lawyer delivers an account. And if the client runs out of money part way through – tough.

    The Family Law Coach model keeps the client with the problem in control of their own case and supplies as much legal assistance and coaching as the client chooses. This provides specific information when needed and ongoing support and practical coaching to help the client be their most effective in representing themselves before a judge, in mediation, or in negotiations.

    The Family Law Coach isn’t for everyone with a family law matter. Your best chance of success is by hiring an experienced family law lawyer to take over your case. If you can’t afford that, then consider The Family Law Coach to get the legal assistance and coaching you need to present your case in the most persuasive way you can.


    Heather Suttie & Associates

    Specializing solely in legal marketing and business development, I have helped lawyers win more than $720 million in new business since 2001.

    I work with a range of lawyers in private practice — Global to Solo — BigLaw to NewLaw — helping them claim a distinctive position in the evolving legal sector resulting in greater market share, revenue and profits.

    I am best known for executing on major projects that matter: positioning lawyers, law firms and legal service providers in unique markets that target core strengths; innovative, high-profile brand campaigns that establish new markets in Canada and abroad; and, aggressive, tightly-focused business development growth strategies resulting in quality client work, significantly increased revenue, and sustained competitive advantage — all of which are built around putting clients first.

    Mostly, I offer an independent mind and highly customized solutions to audacious lawyers, law firms, and legal service providers who want change.

    Highly customized solutions ensure that my clients are one of one rather than one of many.

    Clients say my “expertise in the legal industry, and experience with different law firms and range of practices is invaluable” and “planning, follow-through and execution of deliverables is like no other.” These traits plus “opinions that mean something” and “a quick mind and loyal to the core” have earned me a reputation of being “a recognized go-to for marketing and business development in the legal services industry.”

    I am a frequent presenter at legal industry conferences, a marketing columnist with Lexpert since 2010 and LexisNexis since 2014, and write about how to thrive in the evolving legal market at heathersuttie.ca


    Stephen Hebscher
    Criminal Defence Lawyer

    The Criminal Law Team

    Stephen is lead counsel of The Criminal Law Team. His office is located in North York. Stephen has appeared in all the levels of criminal courts in Southern Ontario.

    Stephen Hebscher has represented clients charged with all manner of criminal offences including murder, robbery, assault, sexual assault and other sex-related offences, theft, drug and mental health-related offences.

    Stephen has an expertise representing clients with mental health and addiction issues in the criminal courts. He has fought for decades to ensure the justice system treats these clients fairly, by keeping them out of jail, avoiding a criminal record, and getting the help they need. Stephen has assisted many clients and their families obtain the mental health community help and support that is so difficult to obtain in the Ontario health care system. Many accused persons, and particularly those with mental illness, turn to drugs and/or alcohol to self-medicate. Stephen has helped these clients because of his close relationship with many professionals- psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, and substance abuse counselors- who have expertise in dealing with mental health, addiction, as well as other social problems.

    Over the years, Stephen has successfully defended a number of clients charged with sexual offences, including sexual assault, possession and distribution of child pornography, sexual interference, voyeurism, indecent act, indecent exposure, and internet-related offences. He has also successfully defended clients charged with spousal assault (domestic assault), many times arranging counseling for the client, resulting in a withdrawal of the charges. He has also represented young persons charged under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. In a number of his cases, Stephen has successfully argued that his clients’ rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms have been violated.

    Scott Pearl is an associate of The Criminal Law Team. Scott represents clients charged with all manner of criminal offences, and accepts legal aid certificates. Scott has obtained funding for clients charged with serious offences who have been refused legal aid by successfully arguing a Rowbotham Application.


    Stephen Hebscher graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1983, after completion of the Criminal Law Intensive Program. Stephen is a member in good standing of the Law Society of Ontario, and was called to the Bar in 1985. Stephen has been practicing exclusively criminal law for over thirty years. The offices of the Criminal Law Team are located in North York and Stephen and his team practice criminal law throughout Ontario. Stephen is a longstanding member of the Criminal Lawyers Association, as well as a member of the Area Committee of Legal Aid Ontario for over twenty years.

    Stephen worked as a part-time Assistant Crown Attorney from 2005 to 2007, which has contributed to the development of a relationship of mutual respect with many crown attorneys in the Greater Toronto Area.

    Stephen was appointed to The Ontario Review Board in 2015 as a legal member. The Ontario Review Board reviews the status of every person who has been found to be not criminally responsible or unfit to stand trial for criminal offences on account of a mental disorder. The Ontario Review Board is established under the Criminal Code of Canada. The Board is made up of judges, lawyers, psychiatrists, psychologists and public members.

    Stephen lives in Toronto with his wife of over thirty years. They have two adult daughters. To keep fit, Stephen works out regularly, and plays hockey twice weekly.

    Community involvement

    Stephen is a guest speaker every year at the Middlefield Collegiate Institute in Markham, Ontario, discussing criminal law issues with the Grade 12 law class. Stephen also volunteers as a coach for their Mock Trial team. The Grade 12 class was the Gold Medal winner of the Ontario Bar Association’s Mock Trial Competition. Stephen has also volunteered as a Judge at the Ontario Bar Association-sponsored Mock Trial Competition for High School students.


    LEXPERT 2017 Zenith Award Recipient

    Navi Gill has been Crown Counsel with the BC Ministry of Justice since 2004 and also serves as Hate Crime Resource Counsel.

    Navi was part of the northern community working project, using her litigation and dispute-resolution skills to work with Indigenous people involved in the criminal justice system, or struggling with domestic violence. She taught in the Department of Criminology at Northwest Community College, where she was an active youth mentor. She is also a sessional instructor at KPU in the faculty of Criminology.

    Since 2004, she has advanced utility of witness accommodation, enabling vulnerable witnesses, including children, to testify from outside the courtroom. She’s a champion for advancing women in law, serving on numerous boards and giving time to organizations addressing cultural and systematic barriers. A founding member of the Women in Law group at U of C Faculty of Law, she has promoted equity, diversity and access to justice.

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    Dr. Robert Cooper, LLB, JD, MD, FCFP, CCFP (AM)

    Robert is a Medical Doctor, and a Doctor of Law

    Ontario Long Term Care Clinicians Board Member

    Medical Director of Addiction Services, One Mississaga Clinic, Orillia, Ontario
    Medical Director of Addiction Services, Dufferin St. Clair Community Clinic
    Ontario Medical Association Past Chair Section on Addiction Medicine
    Canadian Medical Protective Association Council Member
    Medical Director, Blooming Acres
    Medical Director, Apple Blossom Village

    Dr. Rob Cooper graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School and the University of Toronto Medical School. He completed a family practice residency at the University of Toronto. He has a clinical practice at the Dufferin St. Clair Community Clinic in Toronto and in Orillia. He is a Councillor for the Canadian Medical Protective Association and Chair of the OMA section for Addiction Medicine.

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    Dr. Nada Beserminji, B.N. Natural Health Clinic

    Medical Doctor,
    Doctor of Naturopathy, and
    Doctor of Homeopathy
    Board Licensed in Europe and in Canada

    Dr. Beserminji has been an important volunteer to Legal Line for 25 years. She actively participates in monthly meetings and helps Legal Line by reviewing content and by being a passionate advocate for people’s well being.

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    Marisa Cutter, Founder

    Pardon Partners


    Marisa is one of Canada’s leading experts at erasing criminal records from public record, and getting her clients USA Entry waivers so that they may travel easily into the United States.   For over 20 years Marisa has worked in a harmonious partnership with Ian Levine and Antree Demakos, the Founders of Pardons Canada and also Legal Line. She has been a life-long criminal justice advocate with an education in human services – counselling & therapy.

    With a strong belief that people are more likely to succeed when given HOPE and the clerical support to making positive changes in their lives, she began championing for this under-represented group in the late 1990’s.

    Her background includes work with young offenders in open-custody settings with Operation Springboard which was established in 1984 as a community based agency working to support people who are otherwise under served. Marisa then earned tenure with The Ministry of Corrections by facilitating programs for male residential clients in drug treatment facilities which is where she discovered that her hearts passion was to help people get pardons and waivers. She immediately began studying to become the best in the field.

    She has enjoyed the last 20 years working with all levels of government in developing the most efficient and effective strategic planning, policy implementation, and innovative solutions designed to make things easier for her clients.

    Pardon Partners was created to meet the unique needs of her clientele … including ‘straight talk’ about the different stages of processing so her clients always understand the truth about this important application which affects their lives in such a positive re-birth and real life way. She cares about people, which from her experience always seemed lacking with the other ‘corporate-type’ agencies in her industry.

    In her 20 year career there has been extraordinary legislative changes. Marisa has trained more than 60 staff, developed office-wide internal procedures, and established strong relationships in working with the courts and police across Canada, RCMP, Parole Board of Canada, U.S. Customs & Border Protection & Admissibility Review Office, the Consulate General, and  the Canadian Citizenship & Immigration Office.

    Marisa is committed to working with individuals who seek to make the change they want to see in the world.  She has seen the benefits of the Pardon program maintain a steadfast 3-4% recidivism rate for the past 20 years.


    Andreas (Dre) J. Levine

    Bond University Law School, Law Student
    • Recipient of the 2019 ‘Award of Academic Excellence’ Scholarship
    • Finished 2019 recognized with grades of ‘Distinction’
    • Final Graduation 2022
    • Program Coordinator, Legal Line Pro Bono Law Students,  Australian Division

    Forest Hill Collegiate Institute
    Dean’s Honour Role (94% average)
    DECA.ca Business Program Member for 2 years
    • Winner, OJEN Superior Court of Justice Program, Provincial Mock Trial Competition
    • Presented a speech to 1,200 students in support of the merits of an ideal Student Council President

    Cooperative Education Experience:
    • Personal assistant to award winning celebrity chef Jagger Gordon’s ‘Feed it Foward’ program
    • 250 hours preparing meals and serving thousands of homeless people
    • Appeared on CBC News twice, televised reports showcasing Jagger’s free food enterprise
    • Attended numerous business meetings, and participated in strategic planning forecasts

    Cedarvale Community School is an authorized International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO)
    • IBO is a recognized leader in the field of international education, encouraging students to be active learners, well-rounded individuals and engaged world citizens
    • Dean’s Honour Roll for 4 consecutive years (93%)
    • Voted class Valedictorian by teachers, students and faculty
    Interviewed on television for ‘The Learning Partnership, Public Education, Canada’s Future’ provincial competition
    Silver Birch National Reading Club member for 4 years
    Spirit Of Math, Advanced Mathematics Program, 4 years Honours Standing

    Self Study
    • Attended numerous courses taught by experts including Jeff Mowatt, and Raymond Aaron
    • Attended intensive real estate course and learned techniques for buying, renting and selling houses
    Dale Carnegie public speaking course, gave 10 evaluated presentations (94% average)

    Leadership Roles
    • Captain of TDSB Chess Club, City of Toronto Competition Finalist
    • Created and facilitated ‘Talk for Teens’, a weekly talk forum to canvass issues affecting students
    • Karate Group Leader at the Scotia Bank Stadium half-time performance, NBA Raptors Play-off Game with 20,000 people in attendance
    • Assistant Coach, SC Toronto Rep Soccer Team
    • Assistant Coach, High School Indoor Senior Soccer Team
    • Captain of the TDSB Varsity Outdoor Soccer Team, leading his team to win the 2018 Toronto Championship Trophy

    Extracurricular Activities
    • Karate: martial artist, training for 13 years
    • Travelled to China in 2015 to train with Shaolin Monks
    • Sakura Dojo Kabuto’s youngest member granted permission to train in ancient weaponry including: swords, knives and sticks
    • Rep Soccer – values learned include team cooperation, accountability and commitment
    • Recipient, full soccer scholarship, and assisted the head coach with developing plays, practice routines and drills
    PADI Scuba Advanced Certified in Australia, Great Barrier Reef

    Work Experience

    Martial Arts Teaching Assistant: Helped children aged 4-12 learn self-defence, develop discipline, and understand how and why we respect and value others

    Calvin Barry Professional Corporation, Criminal Lawyers: General office help, and Calvin’s protegé

    • Legal Line, Wizard of Social Media: created and populate the content for Legal Line’s facebook account

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    Rachel Bromberg

    Law Student, Mental Health and LGBTQ Advocate

    2019 University of Toronto, Law Student
    2019 Bachelor of Arts, First Class ‘A+’ Standing, University of Toronto
    LSAT Law Exam, Ranked Top .05% in Canada

    Work and Volunteer Experience:
    Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee Member, January 2019-Present
    • Participate in policy discussions at the intersections of law and social work
    • Assist in improving the quality of services for clients with mental health challenges who are involved in the criminal justice system

    TIDES Educator, January 2019-Present
    CAMH, Toronto, Ontario
    • Provide trauma-informed crisis intervention and de-escalation training for all CAMH inpatient and outpatient staff
    • Lead simulations, debriefings, and reflections to help staff reflect critically on their practice
    • Promote a client-centered, collaborative crisis response framework

    Let’s Lead Fellow, September 2018-Present
    CAMH and Yale University
    • Work collaboratively with a team at CAMH and Yale University to create a mobile crisis unit at CAMH
    • Research best practices and diverse models of crisis intervention teams

    Peer Support Worker, January 2017-Present
    Stella’s Place, Toronto, Ontario
    • Provide empathic, client-centered, anti-oppressive, and non-judgmental peer support to young people aged 16-29
    • Conduct risk assessments and engage in safety planning with service users who may be at risk of harm

    TEACH Peer Educator, 2016-Present
    Planned Parenthood, Toronto, Ontario
    • Provide anti-oppression and anti-homophobia education to youth in public schools
    • Empathically respond to questions about the LGBTQ community

    Crisis Responder, 2017-2018
    Kids Help Phone, Toronto, Ontario
    • Provided non-judgmental text-based crisis support to children and youth under age 20 throughout Canada

    Peer Support Worker, 2014-2018, LGBT Youth Line, Toronto, Ontario
    • Provided referrals to other supports and services for LGBT youth

    Policy Committee Member, 2017-2018
    LGBT Youth Line, Toronto, Ontario
    • Drafted new Youth Line policies
    • Ensured that Youth Line policies align with relevant federal or provincial legislation (ex. PHIPA)

    Student Voice Mental Health Priorities Project, 2016
    University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
    • Assisted in drafting mental health priorities for the university to focus on
    • Engaged in mental health advocacy to open lines of communication with the university and share resources

    Lead with Pride Conference Organizer, 2015, 2016 / University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
    • Organized the Lead with Pride leadership conference for LGBTQ students
    • Helped select presenters and students for the conference

    Defense Attorney’s Assistant, Summer 2014, Summer 2015
    Beth Barwin, LLB, Hamilton, Ontario
    • Assisted with legal research and preparing criminal case documents

    Pardons Canada, Toronto, Ontario, Assistant to the CEO, 2013
    • Performed administrative duties including data entry, filing, answering phones/emails, and running inter-office errands

    Scholarships and Awards:

    Moses and Anne Tartick Scholarship, 2018
    University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
    • Scholarship recipient for overall academic excellence

    Tracy Scholarship for Ethics, 2017
    University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
    • In course scholarship for the student with the highest percentage in an ethics course

    Rueben Wells Leonard Scholarship, 2016
    University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
    • In course scholarship for excellence in a humanities course

    Rainbow Triangle Alumni Association Award, 2015
    • Award for a student in a Sexual Diversity Studies course on the basis of academic merit in leadership in the LGBTQ community

    UC Special In-Course Scholarship, 2014
    University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario

    Paul and Jacqui Perron Book Award, 2014
    University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
    • In course scholarship for the student with the highest percentage in a second-year course (SDS255)

    J.S. McLean Scholarship, 2013
    University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario

    University of Toronto Scholar, 2013

    Research Experience:

    LGBTQ Parenting Network Book List, 2017-2018
    • Compiled a list of children’s books featuring LGBTQ characters of colour
    • Outlined gaps in literature and explored potential solutions

    LGBTQ Families in Schools Project, 2014-2015
    Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Toronto, Ontario
    • Worked on a research project to study the experiences of children of same-sex parents attending public schools
    • Wrote blog posts for project website

    Website by Turnbull & Co.


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