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. While many lawyers will focus on protecting the assets of the client and getting the best possible outcome during initial consultations, Aubrey frequently shifts the conversation to the importance of listening to understand in helping the couple to gain insight, awareness, and understanding in new ways that help to resolve conflict and disputes. 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 is frequently referred by his peers to assist couples in resolving conflict and family law disputes both in and out of the courtroom. He assists clients and couples in Waterloo Region and across Ontario, including virtually by Zoom. Aubrey welcomes all modern families in his practise including blended families and same-sex spouses and partners. 

 

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. 
 

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, corporate, and estates counsel. He now provides mentorship and guidance to the next generation of lawyers. Aubrey's diverse expertise benefits his family law clients because he understands the corporate, trust, and estates issues that often intersect in matrimonial disputes, including joint ventures, complex business valuations, division of family run businesses, employment matters, constructive and resulting trust claims, unjust enrichment, and succession planning for corporations. 

 

Aubrey is a fellow 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 has had the opportunity to learn from several preeminent authorities and international leading collaborative practitioners, including Nancy J. Ross, who is the co-founder of the Collaborative Divorce process, Pauline Tesler, lawyer/author, and Stephen Sulmeyer, lawyer/mediator at the IACP Institute. He offers collaborative divorce and 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 and privately 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 Collaborative Divorce of Waterloo Region (Best4All)Collaborative Practice Hamilton Halton, and Collaborative Family Law London & Middlesex. Aubrey is available to assist couples who choose collaborative divorce and reside outside of Waterloo Region by Zoom and in-person appointments.

 

Aubrey completed 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. Aubrey also offers collaborative divorce mediation, which is an extension of collaborative divorce that involves a neutral lawyer-mediator and a family professional who work collaboratively with the couple to get over legal, financial, and emotional hurdles to reach mutually acceptable agreements. This process offers the best of collaborative divorce and mediation by combining the most successful strategies of collaborative divorce with the cost-effectiveness of mediation with outstanding success. Aubrey is the first IACP trained collaborative lawyer-mediator in Waterloo Region to offer collaborative divorce mediation as part of his commitment to provide innovative legal options.

 

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 CourtsAubrey 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. He has served on numerous boards and supports a variety of charitable causes.

 

 

Areas of Practise

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

 

Education​

  • Harvard Law School - Program on Negotiation, Mediation and Conflict Management (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)
  • Advanced Family Mediation - OAFM (Certificates, 2020/2021)
  • University of Waterloo, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies - Conrad Grebel University College, Conflict Management and Mediation (Candidate for Certificate, 2022)
  • University of Windsor, Faculty of Law, Bachelor of Laws (LL.B., 2004)

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

 

Professional Training & Accreditation

  • IACP Global Virtual Institute - Collaborative Mediation, Instructor: Stephen H. Sulmeyer, J.D., Ph.D., (Certificate, 2022)
  • IACP Global Virtual Institute - Handling the Very Challenging Collaborative Case, Instructors: Pauline Tesler, B.A., M.A., J.D. and Nancy J. Ross, B.A., M.S.W., LCSW, BCD, who is a co-founder of the Collaborative Divorce model, (Certificate, 2022)
  • IACP Global Virtual Institute - Understanding and Managing Resistance in Collaborative Divorce, Instructor: Dr. Deborah Gilman, Ph.D. (Certificate, 2022)
  • The Conscious Contracts® Process in Family Law - Introduction, Instructors: J. Kim Wright, N. Kopping-Pavars, J. Gallant, 2022
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), Affirming Family Courts for Transgender and Gender-Expansive Youth and Their Families, (Certificate, 2022)
  • Osgoode Hall Law School - Professional Development, York University - Evidence in Civil Litigation, 2022
  • The Advocates' Society - Conduct of a Family Law Trial, 2021
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), Advanced Issues for Family Law and Dispute Resolution Professionals (Certificate, 2021)

  • Certified Collaborative Legal 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 LL.B., AccFM, 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, Aboriginal Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution - Dr. Julie Macfarlane, Civil Trial Advocacy Seminar, Constitutional Law and Charter Litigation, Income Tax, Judicial Review, Labour/Employment Law, Legal Research and Writing (two-semester course) - University of Windsor, Faculty of Law (select upper year 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

  • Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School, Executive Education, Alumnus (PON)

  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP)

  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC)
  • Collaborative Professionals of Canada (CPC)
  • Ontario Association of Collaborative Professionals (OACP)
  • Collaborative Divorce of Waterloo Region (Best4All)
  • Collaborative Practice Hamilton Halton (CPHH)
  • Collaborative Family Law London & Middlesex
  • 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 &

Speaking Engagements

  • Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Agency, Family and Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region, 2016-Current
  • "Best Practices Guide - Independent Legal Advice", Ontario's Family Law Limited Scope Services Project and Ontario Association for Family Mediation, 2022
  • "Regional Round-Up: Key Updates for Family Law Proceedings across Ontario", Ontario Bar Association - Family Law Section, Young Lawyers Division, 2022

 

Year of Call

2005, Ontario

 

A little bit more about Aubrey

Aubrey enjoys living an active lifestyle that includes physical fitness, yoga, and mindfulness. His passion for culinary arts and gastronomy inspired him to become a talented chef who enjoys preparing great meals and entertaining for family and friends. He can often be found in the summer masterfully tending to his perennial gardens and advancing his interest in landscape design and horticulture. Aubrey enjoys travelling, day trips to antique markets, and planning home and interior design projects. He is an arts enthusiast with a keen eye for fashion and design. Aubrey frequently attends the Saturday Kitchener Farmers’ Market and believes in clean eating and supporting and buying from local merchants.