Our lawyers work closely together and benefit from being able to draw on each others respective strengths and expertise. We strive to provide responsive client care and fresh thinking with the focus on keeping our clients’ needs at the forefront of everything we do.
One of Kith & Kin LLP’s founding partners, Jef’s practice focuses on all aspects of family law. Jef joins Kith & Kin having previously spent time at a prestigious national law firm where he gained experience in resolving complex disputes through both litigation and alternative dispute resolution.
Prior to law, Jef had a successful career in the field of social work and children’s mental health. A dynamic individual, he has filled numerous roles in that field from counsellor to program manager. Jef has also provided consulting services and crisis management training to children’s mental health agencies and is certified through Cornell University as a trainer in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention.
Jef draws on his in-depth understanding of family dynamics and child development to help his clients negotiate lasting settlements which provide for their children’s best interests. Jef is also a Collaborative Family Lawyer and a member of Collaborative Practice Toronto, The Ontario Collaborative Law Federation, and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. He strongly believes that a Collaborative Process offers his client’s the best “path to peace” while still allowing them to protect their own interests. While Jef believes that collaborative negotiation provides the most cost-effective and, often, least disruptive route to reaching settlement, he recognizes that family lawyers must be able to consider all tools available to them in reaching their clients’ goals.
Outside of the office, Jef is an avid skier who also has a passionate interest in all things culinary.
You can find out more about Jef on LinkedIn.
“We work with people during a financially and emotionally stressful time in their lives. It’s extremely rewarding to know that, with a supportive approach and strong advocacy, we can help them move on to happier times.”
Zahra’s aim in assisting her clients is to get them through the difficult time following a separation using a process that best suits their situation and help them achieve their immediate and long-term goals.
Zahra has a settlement focused approach and she helps clients reach creative solutions to their family law matters within the means available to them. Zahra is child-focused and assists clients to structure a parenting arrangement that works for their unique family. In addition, she supports and guides clients in creating customized solutions to their financial issues.
Zahra is a strong proponent of collaborative law and believes that often collaborative law can be the best and the least harmful process for a family to move forward. However, when the circumstances require it, Zahra is prepared to advocate effectively in the Courtroom. She has extensive experience with complex, high conflict litigation matters.
Zahra has been practicing family law since 2004. Since her call to the bar, Zahra worked at prominent family law boutiques both in Toronto and Vancouver, which helped Zahra hone her skills to deal with complex financial matters in family law.
Zahra has a B.A. (Hons) in English Literature and Political Science from McGill University, LL.B. from University of Ottawa and LL.M. from University of Toronto.
Zahra is a Collaborative Family Lawyer and she currently sits on the Board of Ontario Federation of Collaborative Lawyers and York Collaborative Practice.
“I recognize that each family is unique. Having lived on three continents and in five different countries, I have developed strong cultural competency and am adept at representing individuals of all backgrounds. I work hard to develop an approach that is customized for each client’s individual needs.”
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