Sherman Law LLP

 

 

 

Aubrey J. Sherman, B.A., LL.B., Candidate for: AccFM (OAFM), Cert.F.Med (ADRIO), FDRP Med. (FDRIO)

Managing Partner - Lawyer, Family Mediator & Certified Collaborative Practitioner (OACP/IACP)

 

Aubrey J. Sherman  

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Aubrey J. Sherman has over 16 years of practical and hands-on experience in family law and divorce dispute resolution including high net worth and large asset property division, financial support, parenting, high conflict litigation, and out-of-court settlement. 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 believes that family law matters are often best resolved outside of the courtroom. He is quick to spot creative opportunities for conflict resolution and advocates for the comprehensive law movement where law can be a healing profession.

 

Aubrey develops effective and informed plans for his clients to achieve their goals while driving issues towards a timely, cost-effective, and beneficial resolution. He ensures that his clients understand the law and options available to them so that they can make educated and smart decisions. Aubrey assists his clients to have awareness, understanding, resources and tools that they need to heal from the separation in a healthy and productive way. 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, business and 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. 

 

Aubrey is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, and he advocates for collaborative law as a better way to separate and divorce than traditional adversarial litigation. He offers collaborative family law services for those couples seeking to resolve their family law and divorce problems outside of court in a dignified, respectful, wholistic, and non-adversarial manner through working alongside the collaborative team of legal, family, and financial professionals. Collaborative law discussions and agreements remain private and confidential, which is of benefit to high net worth couples where privacy and discretion is paramount. The process allows couples to openly discuss their concerns and resolve disputes through interest-based conversations 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. He is a proud member of Best4All: Collaborative Practice of Waterloo Region.

 

Aubrey is currently completing advanced mediation and conflict management training in the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. He encourages couples 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 who facilitates conversation by applying an interest-based, insight, and wholistic approach to dispute resolution that examines the cause and effect of conflict, while at the same time generating options and maintaining neutrality. He 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. 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. He has completed dispute resolution training through the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies at Conrad Grebel University College at the University of Waterloo. Aubrey has completed advanced family mediation training through Family Mediation Training Canada in the insight approach (Picard) and the interest-based approach (Fisher/Ury), which course content was OAFM approved and designed by Jennifer Suzor and Madam Justice L. Madsen of the Superior Court of Justice.

 

He is a member of the Ontario Association for Family Mediation, the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario, the ADR Institute of Ontario, and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. 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. He also promotes mindfulness practice and reflective practice as tools and systematic strategies to develop insight and focus our attention to where we need it to be, to deal with stress, improve concentration, clarify our goals and motivations, and to improve empathy and understanding.

 

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 & DivorceCollaborative Family Law, Family Law Mediation, Family Law & Divorce Dispute Resolution - Arbitration/Litigation & Out-of-Court Negotiations, Estate Planning - Wills & Trusts, and Estate Administration 

 

Education​

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

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

 

Professional Training & Accreditation

  • Harvard Law School - Program on Negotiation, Mediation and Conflict Management (Candidate for 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)
  • Certified Collaborative Professional (OACP/IACP), 2021
  • Collaborative Family Law Training and Skills Development (Formerly Levels 1 and 2), (Certificate, 2021)
  • 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 - Insight Approach (Picard), Advanced Family Mediation - Interest-Based Approach (Fisher/Ury), Fundamentals of Family Mediation, Family Relations, Power Imbalances and Domestic Violence - OAFM approved course content designed by Jennifer Suzor AccFM, C.S. Family Law and Madam Justice L. Madsen of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Certificates, 2020/2021)
  • Candidate for Certified Specialist in Family Mediation (FDRP Med.) with Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario (FDRIO)

  • Candidate for Accredited Family Mediator (AccFM) with Ontario Association for Family Mediation (OAFM)

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

  • 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

  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP)

  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC)
  • Collaborative Professionals of Canada (CPC)
  • Ontario Association of Collaborative Professionals (OACP)
  • Best4All: Collaborative Practice of Waterloo Region
  • Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario (FDRIO)

  • Ontario Association for Family Mediation (OAFM)
  • ADR Institute of Ontario (ADRIO)
  • Family Lawyers Association, Toronto (FLA)

  • Waterloo Region Law Association
  • Law Society of Ontario (LSO)
  • 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.