Andrea Himel approaches her clients’ issues with empathy, practicality and knowledge. Her mediation background includes working with couples engaged in the Court system and assisting those who wish to avoid Court. She mediates cases with or without lawyers present and, where appropriate, interviews children to better understand their perspectives.
In addition to Himel Mediation Services, the private practice that Andrea opened in 2008, she mediates on-site and off-site at two Ontario Court-based programs. She is a member of the Ontario Child and Family Services Review Board, where she provides mediation and adjudication services to families who are involved in disputes with institutions such as Children’s Aid Societies and School Boards.
In her family law practice, Andrea represents parents and kin in child protection cases (LAO certificates accepted). Andrea also provides advice and assistance to unrepresented litigants at Courts in the Toronto-area. On behalf of the Office of the Children’s lawyer, she acts on behalf of children whose parents are involved in highly conflictual custody and access disputes and child protection proceedings. From 2000 to 2007, Andrea was a family lawyer at Torkin Manes, a well-established Toronto law firm.
Andrea is the President-Elect of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (Ontario), a multi-disciplinary organization for lawyers, mental health professionals, mediators and judges. The organization provides professional training, engages in research and develops policies in an attempt to improve the lives of parents, individuals and children following a separation or family breakdown. She has written many articles for publications such as the Canadian Family Law Quarterly, Canadian Moneysaver, The Advocates Quarterly, and for the Ontario Bar Association. Her publications relate to a variety of issues including: adult children and support, child abduction, pensions and the matrimonial home. Andrea has chaired several family law programs for professionals, and has spoken at various matrimonial law conferences including: The 6-Minute Lawyer; the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Annual Conference; and The Ontario Bar Association Conferences for Family Lawyers.
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