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ARTICLES BY GARY


Reflections on Costs Awards and an Appeal of That Issue

Recent amendments to the The Ontario Court of Appeal recently dealt with an appeal of a costs award from the trial decision of Justice Sharon Shore in Climans v. Latner 202 ONCA 554. Both the trial decision and the appellate court ruling are fascinating from a legal and factual basis.... Read more

To School or Not To School

Already backed up and overburdened, now our courts and family law judges are faced with more COVID-19 driven litigation. One parent wants the child to return to school while the other parent opposes and wishes to continue with online learning. Decisions that should be made jointly by parents alone or at the very least by the parents with third party assistance are being thrown before judges for adjudication... Read more

Making joint experts mandatory is long overdue

The Family Law Act in British Columbia and the Family Law Rules thereunder have implemented a mandatory requirement for the use of joint experts on financial issues in family cases. The rule is stated in mandatory terms. This is a change that is long overdue and one that should be the norm in family law matters across the country. ... Read more

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GARY'S TEAM


Irene Bardakjian

Irene Bardakjian, Law Clerk
ibardakjian@mpllp.com

 

Annamarria Savaglio

Annamaria Savaglio, Law Clerk
asavaglio@mpllp.com

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

Managing Partner and Chair


Gary S. Joseph leads the Family Law Firm of MacDonald & Partners LLP as Managing Partner and Chair. He is a Certified Specialist in Family Law. He was called to the Ontario Bar (1978) and is a Member of the Alberta Bar (1985). He also received his LL.M. in Constitutional Law from Osgoode Hall Law School.

Gary has been reported in over 300 Family Law decisions at all Court levels in Ontario and Alberta. He has also appeared as counsel in the Supreme Court of Canada. He is a past Family Law Instructor, Ontario Bar Admission course. He is the author of Handling a Family Law Matter in Ontario and The Family Law Litigation Handbook (Ontario), The Family Law Litigation Handbook (Alberta), Family Law Arbitration in Canada, Carswell’s Family Law Memorandum Service and the upcoming Parenting Law in Canada. He is the author of numerous articles on Family Law in various professional and public media, including an article in the Huffington Post titled "Marriage and Divorce Attitudes: A tidal wave of change." He was named as one of the Top 50 Family Law lawyers in Canada, as noted by Lawday, an international publication. He has been consistently recognized as a leading family law practitioner and in 2019 was again named Lexpert Ranked Lawyer.

Gary has presented family law papers throughout Canada and recently presented a paper at the National Family Law Conference 2018 in Vancouver. He was recently asked to present a paper on the Divorce Act amendments to the 2018 Annual Lawasia Conference in Siam Reap, Cambodia. He will be presenting a paper at the AFCC Conference in New Orleans, USA in May of 2020.

Gary is an active and involved spouse, father and grandparent and has a variety of interests inside and outside of law, including reading, sailing, mountain biking, golfing and swimming. He is a retired triathlete having competed in 33 triathlons worldwide including three Hawaii Ironman competitions and the World Professional Championships (in France).

Experienced Family Law Practitioner

  • Certified Specialist in Family Law
  • Fellow of the International Association of Family Lawyers
  • Called to the Ontario Bar (1978)-Member of Alberta Bar, since 1985
  • Has been reported in over 300 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
  • Was recently voted by his peers at the bar to the 2021, 15th Edition of The Best Lawyers in 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 - you were brilliant Gary

Anonymous

Good luck. Well you really don’t need it cuz your damn good at what you do. 

Anonymous

Thank you for helping to fuel an important conversation. There are no easy answers, but I think it’s crucial that we as lawyers continue to discuss and work though how to best balance our competing duties to our clients, the administration of justice, the profession and society as a whole.

Anonymous

I want to express my gratitude for helping me out and doing a superb job.

Anonymous

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

You were the best.

Anonymous

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.

Anonymous

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!

 

Anonymous 

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.

Anonymous 

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.

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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.

Anonymous

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!

Anonymous

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.

 

Anonymous

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. 


Anonymous

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. 


Anonymous