Sherman Law LLP

 

 

 

Aubrey J. Sherman,

Managing Partner

 

Aubrey J. Sherman  

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Aubrey J. Sherman has over 16 years of practical and hands-on experience in family law dispute resolution including high net worth and large asset property division, financial settlement, and highly contested divorce litigation. He is a  resourceful negotiator, a strong communicator, and an empathetic lawyer who advocates for wholistic legal practise. Aubrey is a skilled mediator and certified collaborative family law professional in addition to being an experienced litigator. He is quick to spot creative opportunities for conflict resolution and advocates for the comprehensive law movement where law can be a healing profession. He welcomes all modern families in his practise including blended families and same-sex spouses and partners. In Aubrey's early career, he gained substantial experience in real estate and business/corporate law, and he had the opportunity to mentor with and learn from senior family law counsel. Aubrey's diverse expertise benefits his family law clients because he understands the corporate legal issues that often intersect in matrimonial disputes including business valuations, division of family run businesses, and private corporations. He assists families in resolving conflict by applying a child-focused perspective whereby the children's views and interests are reviewed in situations of parenting and decision-making responsibility. He works with each client to develop an effective and informed plan to achieve their goals while driving issues towards a timely, cost-effective, and beneficial resolution. Aubrey role as a trusted legal advisor is to not only ensure that his clients understand the law and options available to them, but also as a healing profession where his clients have the resources and tools they need to heal from the separation in a healthy and productive way.

 

Aubrey offers collaborative family law services for those couples seeking to resolve their family law matter outside of court in a dignified, respectful, wholistic, and non-adversarial manner through working alongside the collaborative team of legal professionals, financial professionals and family professionals. Collaborative law is an effective tool for conflict resolution because it allows couples to discuss their concerns and resolve disputes in a manner that is rare in litigation by reviewing the whole of a person, the whole of a dispute, and the needs of the family with focus on the present and moving forward. Research shows that couples who choose to avoid the courts and use ADR processes are able to resolve their disputes quicker and with lower legal fees than the traditional litigation and court process. 

 

Aubrey encourages his clients to consider mediation as an alternative to court. Most cases can be resolved outside of court. He offers mediation services as a neutral third-party family mediator by applying an interest-based and wholistic approach to dispute resolution that examines the cause and effect of conflict. Aubrey assists his mediation clients to identify and overcome obstacles and impasses to settlement through fair, even-handed and active participation in a manner that is not possible if the case was in court. Aubrey works tirelessly with clients to get past conflict and impasse where discussions often break down and prevent settlement. He is a member of the Ontario Association for Family Mediation and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. He has completed advanced dispute resolution training through the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies at Conrad Grebel University College at the University of Waterloo. He has obtained his Certificate in Dispute Resolution through the ADR Institute of Ontario with a focus on conflict and negotiation theory and the mediation process. Aubrey has completed advanced family mediation courses through Family Mediation Training Canada, which content was designed by Madam Justice L. Madsen of the Superior Court of Justice including intimate partner violence and domestic violence.

 

Aubrey promotes a wholistic and interdisciplinary approach to family law by ensuring that his clients have the opportunity to obtain the advice of the best experts in related fields, including forensic accountants, tax specialists, financial planners, social workers, mental health professionals, and psychologists. 

 

In his estate planning practise, Aubrey assists clients in drafting comprehensive Wills and Trusts to meet their goals, protect their legacy, and to minimize taxation and probate fees. He frequently works alongside his clients' accountants and other professionals to ensure that he has a full appreciation of his clients' assets in order to advise on the most tax efficient way to structure their property and finances. Aubrey's clients are often small business owners with private corporations. He provides them with succession planning advice that they require to best protect their business interests while working alongside their corporate lawyer and accountant. He also advises estate trustees through the process and challenges they face in properly administering estates, and assists them in the court appointment and probate process.

 

ThreeBestRated consistently recognizes Aubrey as one of the top three divorce lawyers and estate planning lawyers in the City of Kitchener. Divorce Angels also recommends Aubrey as a trusted and vetted legal professional in Waterloo Region for those going through the uncertainty of a divorce and estate matters. Aubrey frequently writes legal commentary on family law that is featured by Divorce Angels. A full list of Aubrey's blogs are available on the firm website.

 

Aubrey is a distinguished volunteer philanthropist who has held various leadership roles for over 25 years. He is the past recipient of the Outstanding Young Adult Volunteer Philanthropist Award from WFRE and the Community Service Award from the Kitchener-Waterloo Kinsmen Club.

 

Areas of Practise

Family Law, Collaborative Family Law, Family Law Mediation, Estate Planning, and Estate Administration

 

Education​

  • University of Windsor, Bachelor of Laws, Faculty of Law (LL.B., 2004)

  • York University, Bachelor of Arts – Sociology (B.A., 2001)

 

Professional Training & Accreditation

  • Certified Collaborative Professional (OACP/IACP), 2021
  • Collaborative Family Law Training and Skills Development (Formerly Levels 1 and 2), (Certificate, 2021)
  • Osgoode Hall Law School - Professional Development, York University - The Osgoode Certificate in Family Law Skills and Practice (Four-month intensive program) (Certificate, 2021)
  • Candidate for Accredited Family Mediator (AccFM) with Ontario Association for Family Mediation

  • Candidate for Certified Family Mediator (Cert.F.Med.) with ADR Institute of Ontario

  • University of Waterloo, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies – Conrad Grebel University College, Dispute Resolution Level 2 – Mediation (Certificate, 2020)
  • University of Waterloo, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies – Conrad Grebel University College, Dispute Resolution Level 1 – Fundamentals (Certificate, 2020)
  • ADR Institute of Ontario – Dispute Resolution Levels 1 and 2 (Certificate, 2020)
  • Family Mediation Training Canada - Advanced Family Mediation, Fundamentals of Family Mediation, Family Relations, Power Imbalances and Domestic Violence - Course content designed by Madam Justice L. Madsen of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Certificates, 2020)
  • Advanced Family Law, Civil Trial Advocacy, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Constitutional Law and Charter Litigation, Judicial Review - University of Windsor, Faculty of Law (Courses, 2001-2004)
 

Awards & Achievements

  • Top Three Divorce Lawyers, City of Kitchener, ThreeBestRated, 2018-Current
  • Top Three Estate Planning Lawyers, City of Kitchener, ThreeBestRated, 2016-Current
  • Dean McLaren Writing Prize – Windsor Review of Legal and Social Issues, University of Windsor, Faculty of Law, 2003
  • Member of the Dean's Honour Roll with Merit/Distinction, York University, Faculty of Arts, 1998-2001
  • Academic Scholarship, The London Telecom Group, 1998-2001
  • Entrance Scholarship, York University, Faculty of Arts, 1998
  • Outstanding Young Adult Volunteer Philanthropist, Waterloo Wellington Fundraising Executives (WFRE), 1997

  • Community Service Award, The Kitchener-Waterloo Kinsmen Club, 1997-1998

 

Professional Affiliations

  • Waterloo Region Law Association
  • Best4All: Collaborative Practice of Waterloo Region
  • Law Society of Ontario (LSO)
  • Ontario Association of Collaborative Professionals (OACP)
  • Ontario Association for Family Mediation (OAFM)
  • ADR Institute of Ontario
  • Family Lawyers Association (FLA)

  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC)
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP)

  • Canadian Bar Association (CBA)
  • Ontario Bar Association (OBA)

 

Community Involvement

Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Agency, Family and Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region, 2016-Current

 

Year of Call

2005, Ontario

 

A little bit more about Aubrey

Aubrey enjoys living an active lifestyle, is a talented chef, and an arts enthusiast. He regularly attends the Saturday Kitchener Farmers’ Market and believes in clean eating and supporting and buying from local merchants.