Sharyn LangdonFamily Law & Collaborative Lawyer
"Sharyn handled my case extremely effectively with an assertive rather than aggressive style."
Each case is unique. I listen to my clients’ goals and priorities and deliver clear legal advice to help them analyze their choices. When needed, I recommend family counselors and financial specialists to ensure that emotional needs and financial issues are addressed along the way. Earlier in my practice, litigation taught me invaluable advocacy skills. My goal now is to avoid the emotional and financial drain of unnecessary court battles. With the benefit of extensive training and experience in non-adversarial negotiations, I strive to help clients achieve what matters most to them. When discussions seem impossibly deadlocked, I problem solve and help clients discover creative solutions. Even in complex situations, clients reach mutually acceptable Separation Agreements more efficiently, with dignity, and with less stress. This way, an Agreement is more than a legally binding contract; it will serve as a solid foundation for a better future.
I also have experience negotiating Cohabitation Agreements and Marriage Contracts.
I am a founding member and past Co-Chair of Collaborative Divorce Toronto (CDT) which is a group of family lawyers, financial and family professionals, specially trained in non-adversarial conflict resolution. I have volunteered in many capacities with CDT for over the past twenty years as a member of the Board of Directors and on various committees. I am currently on the CDT Public Awareness Committee. I have trained other professionals, given presentations, spoken on radio, and written articles about collaborative practice. I am past President of New Directions (a non-profit organization for the support of bereaved and separating women, now part of the United Way). Before joining Dickson Appell LLP as a partner in 1993, I was an associate lawyer at a firm specializing in mental health advocacy. I articled at the Office of the Children’s Lawyer.
Sharyn’s practice is more than a business to her – she cares about her clients.
- Collaborative Divorce Toronto (CDT)
- Public Awareness Committee and Small Practice Group CDT
- Ontario Association of Collaborative Professionals
- International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
- Law Society of Ontario
Education and year of call
- Called to the Ontario Bar, 1988
- BA, Western University, Sociology
- LLB, Western University Law
- Trinity College, University of Dublin Law School, Dublin, Ireland (summer study abroad)
- Case Western Reserve University Law School, Cleveland, Ohio (exchange for a term of 2nd year)
Personal Memberships and Interests
- Art Gallery of Ontario
- Mayfair Club
- Tennis, reading, Zumba, and any activity with my family, especially sports, cooking and travelling
Phone: 416.927.0891 ext. 125