Grant & Sadvari was founded in 2012 by Stephen Grant and Gerald Sadvari, two prominent family law lawyers transitioning from a large Bay Street firm to a more intimate boutique practice in the Yorkville neighbourhood of Toronto. At the helm, Stephen leads a team of legal professionals experienced in dealing with complex and challenging family law matters, particularly those involving more complex financial issues. Mindful of the uniqueness of each client’s situation and conscious of cost, lawyers and staff at Grant & Sadvari adopt a team approach to achieving fair, imaginative and expeditious resolution of their clients’ family law issues.
Our areas of expertise include:
- Negotiate and draft domestic contracts such as separation agreements;
- Divorce proceedings, particularly those having a significant financial component; and
- Mediation and arbitration.
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Stephen Grant is an experienced family lawyer, specializing in complex, financial cases. He has appeared in courts across the country as well as the Supreme Court of Canada. Along with his counsel practice, he is a mediator/arbitrator and founded Resolutions, Inc. a dispute- resolution group, in the early 1990s.
Stephen is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and co-Editor of the ACTL Journal as well as a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He is also a Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and was first Canadian Chapter President. Stephen is the Editor of the Advocates’ Journal, the main publication of the Advocates’ Society, the Editor-in-Chief of the Ontario Reports and co-author of Lawyers’ Professional Liability, now in its 3rd edition. Stephen also contributes the occasional travel article to the Globe and Mail.
Stephen was awarded the Law Society Medal in 2006.
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Gerald Sadvari has over 35 years of experience as family law counsel in all courts in Ontario, and has provided expert testimony in numerous cases in the Superior Court of Ontario.
Gerry is a Certified Family Law Arbitrator and has conducted an alternative dispute resolution practise since 1990. Gerry is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and appears in all editions in the Canadian Legal Expert Directory as one of the most recommended family law lawyers in Ontario. Gerry is also recognized in Best Lawyers in Canada as a leading lawyer in family law and family law mediation.
Gerry has published over 150 articles in the area of Family Law in various publications, including articles for The Law Society of Upper Canada and the Canadian Bar Association’s Family Law Program on topics of support, advocacy, marriage contracts, valuation of property and trusts. He is the co-author of “The Separation Agreement, Annotated” which is the standard form of the separation agreement in the Province.
Gerry received his BA from the University of Toronto and his LLB from Queen’s University. Gerry was called to the Ontario bar in 1978.
Since June 2013 Gerry has restricted his practice to ADR.
Erin Crawford is an associate at Grant & Sadvari who has practiced exclusively in the area of family law since her call to the Ontario bar in 2003.
In addition to representing clients at various levels of court and in mediation and arbitration, Erin represents children in custody and access matters, as a member of the Office of the Children’s Lawyer panel in Ontario.
Erin is a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts; The Advocates’ Society; and is on the Executive of the Family Law section of the Ontario Bar Association, also holding the position of co-editor of the OBA publication “Matrimonial Affairs”. She is a presenter at the Mandatory Information Program, and acts as a mentor to young lawyers and law students at the OBA and through the University of Windsor Law School. Erin has presented at family law conferences and has appeared on Family Matters with Justice Harvey Brownstone, as a guest discussing financial issues in family law.
Melanie Battaglia is an associate at Grant & Sadvari. Prior to focusing her practise in family law, Melanie maintained a general civil litigation practise at a prominent Bay Street litigation firm.
Melanie represents clients at various levels of court and in mediation and arbitration. She has appeared as co-counsel in civil litigation and family law trials and complex motions. Melanie acts as a mentor to law students through the University of Windsor.
Melanie holds a MA in Criminology from the University of Toronto and a BA (Hons.) in Criminology and an LLB from the University of Windsor. While at law school, Melanie was the recipient of the Heather Lynne Swift Memorial Bursary for excellence in combining academic achievement and athletic involvement.
Melanie was called to the Ontario Bar in 2008. She is a member of The Advocates’ Society, the Canadian Bar Association and the Ontario Bar Association.
Megan Edmiston is an associate practising in all areas of family law. Before joining Grant & Sadvari in 2012, Megan practised civil litigation at a Bay Street boutique and summered and articled with a national full-service firm.
Megan received her J.D. from Queen’s University in 2010 and obtained her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History and International Development from McGill University in 2006. While studying law, Megan completed a term at the University of Cape Town and received a Certificate in Public International Law from the Bader International Study Center in England. While at Queen’s Megan completed a clinical placement with the Frontenac Children’s Aid Society and volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada’s Family Law Project.
Megan was called to the Ontario Bar in 2011. She is a member of The Advocates’ Society, the Canadian Bar Association, and the Ontario Bar Association’s Family Law section.
Jenna Preston is an associate practicing in all areas of family law.
Before starting her practice with Grant & Sadvari, Jenna summered and articled at a prominent boutique family law firm in Toronto.
Jenna obtained her J.D. from the University of Toronto in 2013. During law school, Jenna worked as a research assistant at the intersection of religion and family law, and served for one year as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Law & Equality.
Jenna holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Religious Studies and a Masters of Arts in Religion and Biomedical Ethics from McGill University.
Jenna was called to the Ontario Bar in 2014. She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association, The Advocates’ Society and the Ontario Bar Association’s Family Law section.
Carla has over 13 years experience as a Family Law Clerk. Prior to joining Grant & Sadvari, she worked with a Lawyer who has since become an Ontario Superior Court Judge. Carla has a passion for mediation and enjoys interacting with clients and assisting them towards resolving their matters. She completed Mediation Training in 2012 and has attended various Family Law Continuing Legal Education seminars since 2003. Her calm and positive demeanor underscores her professionalism and adds value to all her client interactions. She is a member of the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario.
After completing a Bachelor of Arts in criminology and sociology at the University of Toronto, Jenny began working as a legal assistant in the areas of family law, estates and wills, and real estate. She pursued her interest in law and continued her education at Centennial College where she obtained her Law Clerk certificate and later completed the Family Law Fellowship Course offered by the Institute of Law Clerks in Ontario. Before she joined Grant & Sadvari, Jenny worked at two other prominent family law firms in Toronto.
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165 Avenue Road, Suite 201
Toronto, Ontario M5R 3S4
We are on the south-east corner of Avenue Road and Davenport Road above the TD Bank and are walking distance from the Rosedale, Bay and Bloor-Yonge subway stations.
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There is metered parking on Davenport Road and two Green P’s nearby.
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