Andrea DeSantis B.A. LLB Barrister & Solicitor
Andrea is a Hamilton native who was called to the bar in 1999 after obtaining her B.A. and LLB. at the University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall Law School respectively. After being called to the bar in 1999, Andrea articled and practiced family law in Hamilton at large firms. Her extensive experience includes working with a broad range of clients who require assistance with complex financial and child-related issues to simple uncontested divorces. In addition to her litigation experience, Andrea also represents clients through the alternative dispute resolution methods such as the Collaborative process, mediation and arbitration. As a trained collaborative lawyer, Andrea is committed to seeking efficient and creative ways to resolve the issues involved in every case. Andrea provides skillful and compassionate advocacy both inside and outside the Courtroom with a view to fostering a respectful process and protecting important family relationships while seeking the best possible outcome for her clients. She prides herself on preparedness, efficient advocacy and sensitivity to the family unit. Andrea is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association, Hamilton-Halton Collaborative Family Practice Group; the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and the Hamilton Law Association and now that she has joined our Team, she is in the process of extending her affiliations to include the Halton County Law Association, the Peel-Halton Collaborative Practice Group and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.
“The efficient and wise resolution of the issues surrounding the breakdown of a marriage is one that enables the parties to move forward with their lives with dignity and mutual respect. The family does not win in a system where one party wins or loses the issues at stake. There are, however, winning processes that provide creative resolutions in line with fairness and established legal principles that can provide both parties with the tools to move forward with their lives.”