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8034 Yonge Street, Unit 2, Innisfil, ON
L9S 1L6

(705) 436-1710

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Ellen Anderson


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Ellen Anderson was born in Hamilton, raised in Woodstock, and earned a Master’s degree at University of Toronto before teaching a variety of subjects at Georgian College in Barrie for some twelve years. She married Mike Adams in 1979, took a six year break from the workplace to raise her daughter and son and then commuted daily to University of Toronto with a lot of support from her husband while earning Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate degrees in law. Ellen was awarded the Canadian Bar Association Viscount Bennett Fellowship to write the authorized biography of Madam Justice Bertha Wilson, first woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada, and a judge who passionately advocated that the courts accord family law matters all of the importance that they deserve.

Ellen joined Mike in practice in 1998 and together they are partners in Anderson Adams Lawyers; she combines a practice in family law with other civil law matters including employment, human rights, property disputes and estate litigation.

Having experienced an early marriage failure and divorce herself, Ellen does understand how very painful this experience can be. When dealing with family law clients she is particularly concerned with minimizing conflict, encouraging early resolution and above all with encouraging paramount attention to the best interests of children. For that reason Ellen has been very interested in pursuing both formal and informal collaborative approaches to family law disputes. Whenever possible she attempts to negotiate separation agreements based upon full financial disclosure and independent legal advice for both parties. In 2002, Ellen completed Level II and Level II training in Collaborative Family Law followed by a 2008 workshop in Collaborative Practice.

Ellen’s two kids, now young adults, continue with remarkable good grace to tolerate her active involvement in their lives. She enjoys family, friends and her golden retriever; works out regularly at the Barrie YMCA; reads voraciously; and does a little desultory gardening around the Victorian house where she and Mike have lived for more than twenty years.

Ellen is a member of the Simcoe County Law Association; the Simcoe County Family Law Lawyers Association; the Canadian Bar Association; and the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association. She is involved in the Justicia Project of the Law Society of Upper Canada, which seeks to retain women lawyers in private practice.

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