Robert Shawyer

2014-06-13_OBA_Council_Meeting_Photo_ShootSelected skill set

  • Proven leadership in motivating stakeholders and volunteers
  • Strong research and writing skills
  • Highly disciplined
  • Experience in environmental scans and cross-jurisdictional policy analysis
  • Familiarity with the Family Law Act, Child and Family Services Act and Divorce Act
  • Member In Good Standing, Law Society of Upper Canada


2005—Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.)
University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario

2002—Canadian Securities Certificate
Toronto, Ontario

2001—Master of Arts (Political Science)
Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario

1999—Bachelor of Arts (Honours, Political Science)
York University, Toronto, Ontario

Professional experience

August 2006 to Present: Principal – Shawyer Family Law, Toronto, Ontario

  • Sole Practitioner and owner of a full-service legal practice with an emphasis on family law and child protection litigation
  • Provide legal advice and full range of legal services to a broad range of clients in a cost-effective and timely manner
  • Manage, maintain and litigate all aspects of hundreds of client files
  • Establish and maintain business accounting system

September 2005 to July 2006: Articling Student, Jonathan Rosenthal & Associates, Toronto, Ontario

  • Responsible for all aspects of criminal litigation for clients including setting trial dates; conducting pre-trials and trials; arguing adjournment applications;  conducting legal research; producing précis on disclosure and discovery materials; and preparing court applications, books of authorities, court orders and notices.

September 2002 to May 2005: Case Worker, Windsor Community Legal Aid, Windsor, Ontario

  • Conducted initial client assessments and meetings
  • Produced written legal opinions for clients
  • Carried out legal research on client issues
  • Drafted demand letters and letters of opinion
  • Represented clients in provincial courts and municipal tribunals


  • 2005 University of Windsor—Faculty of Law Criminal Advocacy Award Winner
  • 2010 – 2012 Board Member—CBA Solo, Small, General Practice Form
  • 2010 – 2011 Board Member—OBA Solo and Small Firm Conference
  • 2011/2012 Vice Chair—OBA Solo and Small Firm Conference
  • 2011 – 2015 Section Executive—OBA Family Law Section
  • 2012 – 2013 Section Secretary—OBA Family Law Section
  • 2013 – 2015 Section GSR Rep—OBA Family Law Section
  • 2011 – 2015 Section Executive—OBA Solo, Small Firm General Practice Section
  • 2012 – 2014 Chair—OBA Solo, Small Firm General Practice Section
  • 2014 – 2015 Past Chair—OBA Solo, Small Firm General Practice Section
  • 2011 – 2015 Member—OBA Council
  • 2010 – 2012 Board Member—Family Lawyers Association
  • February 2011—Presenter – North York Family Court Professional Development Seminar
  • November 2011—Committee Member CBA SSGPF “Business in Changing Times” CPD Program
  • 2012/2013 Committee Member—OBA Strategic Planning Committee
  • February 2012—Chair OBA Solo Small Firm Institute Breakfast Panel
  • November 2011 – June 2014—Editor – CBA SSGPF Newsletter
  • June 2012 – June 2014 Chair—OBA Solo and Small Firm Conference
  • 2012 Committee Member—OBA Justice Effectiveness Taskforce
  • 2012 Committee Member—OBA LSUC Rules of Professional Conduct Committee
  • November 2012—Co- Chair, OBA Family Law Section CPD –“What to do when the CAS comes looking for your client: Fundamentals in Child Welfare Litigation
  • 2012 – 2013 Committee Member—OBA Pro Bono Taskforce
  • August 2013 Committee Member—CBA SSGPF “Starting your Own Law Practice” CPD Program
  • September 2013 Presenter—OBA Family Law Bread & Butter CPD program
  • 2013/2014 Chair—OBA Pro Bono Committee
  • 2013/2014 Chair—OBA Family Law Section Government Stake Holder Relations Committee
  • 2013 – 2015 Committee Member—OBA Finance Committee
  • 2013/2014 Committee Member—CBA Pro Bono Committee
  • October 2014 Presenter—OBA “Legal Representation of Minors and Young Adults Requiring Child Support” CPD program
  • 2013/2014 Committee Member—OBA Family Law Section Think Tank with the Ontario Psychology Association Committee
  • 2013/2014 Committee Member—OBA Predatory Marriages Committee
  • 2014/2015 Committee Member—OBA Institute Committee
  • 2014/2015 Chair—OBA PD Committee
  • 2014 – 2015 Director—OBA Board of Director’s