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)
519-884-0034 X 24
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 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.
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 & Divorce, Collaborative 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
Professional Training & Accreditation
Awards & Achievements
Community Involvement &
Year of Call
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.