My broad career experience has given me the opportunity to learn and develop my craft in a variety of settings across multiple jurisdictions.
I have been a frequent speaker and contributor at Professional Development Seminars and Conferences for the family law & estate bars.
LEGAL EMPLOYMENT HISTORY
Michael J Marra, Guelph
Lawyer & Mediator
WEL Partners, Toronto
Senior Litigation Lawyer and Mediator from September 2018 to July 31, 2020 .
Estate, trust and capacity disputes with emphasis on the rights and obligations of spouses, former spouses and children on death.
Department of Justice-Legal Aid Commission, Northwest Territories
Government of the Northwest Territories, Yellowknife, NT. Family law and child protection representation within a family law clinic from December 1, 2017 to August 31, 2018.
WEL Partners, Toronto
Counsel to Firm providing advisory and mentoring on family law related issues throughout 2017 to September 30, 2017
Michael J Marra – Family Law
Sole practitioner - 1996 – November 30, 2017
Representing clients throughout Southern Ontario
Family Support Plan
Ministry of the Attorney General
Hamilton, ON; September 1994 – October 1996
Turkstra, Mazza Associates/Millar Alexander
Hamilton, ON; March 1989 to September 1994
Support and Custody Enforcement Branch
Ministry of Attorney General
Hamilton, ON; 1987-1989
Smelko and Marra
Simcoe, Ontario; April 1981 – April 1987
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
Law Society of Ontario
Ontario Bar Association, Family Law Executive, Member-at-Large since 2019
ADR Institute of Ontario Inc. (ADRIO)
EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS
Dispute Resolution Level 1 & 2, ADRIO, Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo; July 2019
Collaborative Family Law Training Level 2; October 2012
Collaborative Family Law Training Level 1. September 2002
Family Mediation Canada, Basic Mediation Training; Unified Family Court Comprehensive Mediation Pilot Project March 1991 -94
Call to Bar, Law Society of Upper Canada: April 1981
LLB Osgoode Hall Law School at York University: April 1979
PUBLICATIONS | PRESENTATIONS | MEDIA
- Family Law Summit 2012 - Chaired Panel on FRO Issues
- SIX Minute Family Law Lawyer 2012 - FRO Update
- Family Law Summit 2013 - Child Support Disclosure and Retro Child Support