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Case provides guidance on litigation privilege

Family law counsel should broaden their horizons for lessons on how to handle expert evidence, says Toronto family lawyer Gary Joseph... Read more

Best interests of child trump fairness of hearing: OCA

A recent Court of Appeal judgment is a must-read for counsel who engage in family law arbitrations, says Toronto family lawyer Gary Joseph... Read more


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Irene Bardakjian

Irene Bardakjian, Law Clerk


Annamarria Savaglio

Annamaria Savaglio, Law Clerk

Gary S. Joseph LL.B, LL.M., C.S.

Managing Partner

Gary Joseph leads our Family Law Practice as Partner and Chair of MacDonald & Partners LLP. Gary is an experienced practitioner and a highly respected Family Law expert in Canada.


Experienced Family Law Practitioner

  • Certified Specialist in Family Law
  • Fellow of the International Association of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Called to the Ontario Bar (1978)-Member of Alberta Bar, since 1985
  • Has been reported in over 250 Family Law decisions at all Court levels in Ontario and Alberta
  • Experienced Family Law Trial and Appellate Counsel
  • Trained Family Law Mediator
  • Appeared as Counsel in family law matter in the Supreme Court of Canada

Recognized and Respected Family Law Expert

  • Past Family law instructor, Ontario Bar Admission course
  • Author, Handling a Family Law Matter in Ontario
  • Author Family Law Litigation Handbook (Ontario)
  • Co-Author Family Law Litigation Handbook (Alberta)
  • Co-Author, Family Law Arbitration in Canada
  • Founding Lecturer, Family Information Session program of the Superior Court of Justice, recognized by the Chief Justice for his efforts
  • Top 50 Family Law lawyers, as noted by Lawday an international publication
  • Author of numerous articles on Family Law in various professional and public media, including an article in the Huffington Post Marriage and Divorce attitudes: tidal wave of change
  • Contributor to the Advocate Daily, Gary informs and reflects on various aspects of Family Law in print and on radio including the disadvantages of self-representation

Notable Publications

Notable Cases

Thank you very much for everything you have done for me.

You were the best.


Thank you so much for being so smart, so organized, and for marching right in to help in a legal system that, in my view, is not really very fair or balanced (you may disagree). I won the Jurisprudence award in law school, but the idea of justice has been a bit eroded these past three years. 
Thank you for everything: the legal skills, the advice, and the sense of hope I had (finally) when I met you.


I just wanted to thank you for all your hard work and attention to my case. 

You are amazing!  

I have already recommended you to a number of people. 

You are truly a rock star...lol

Thanks again for everything!



It's been a long journey and I have appreciated all your work and Amit's hard work. Your firm's professionalism, expertise and reputation I feel was superior. I do not feel any other firm would have handled this case any better. Thank you for all your assistance.


On behalf of all of the judges in Central West Region, I wish to express our thanks for your presentation and participation in our recent meeting. The program you presented with Stephen Kirby was extremely helpful and I know it will be of great assistance to our judges. It is greatly appreciated that you took time away from your busy practice to join us.

Justice Peter A. Daley, Regional Senior Judge, Central West Region

I appreciate all the hard work you guys did and can’t even put it in words. Gary and Serena I know you guys did more work than what I paid for and the reactions from those people that were surprised to see you guys at this lower court showed me that this type of case was below your pay grades. I know this and I hope god returns the blessings to both of your lives.


Thank you for all your help and advice, you have been very effective. I only wish I would have used your firm right from the beginning


I just wanted to say a great big thank- you to you today for all your help & that I really appreciated everything. Also, I just wanted to thank you for helping me through and understanding the emotional hard part too. I really appreciated that. Never easy. You are awesome & I think you are really great at what you do! I am very lucky to have you.


Thank you, Gary, Lauren, Irene, Monica and Annamaria. I appreciate all the work and effort that went into getting a decision that is a very good result!


You guys are great. Thank you for everything. Your firm is very thorough, and I had complete confidence when I first approached you in 2011. Thank you so much.



It was truly a pleasure meeting with you today and working through this difficult file. Whatever happens, it's good to know there is still respect and collegiality in our profession. 


I want to again thank you for accepting to resolve my matter. It is an amazing feeling day in and day out knowing you are by my side.