Randy's practice includes family law, mediation, wills & estates (including estate litigation), and residential real estate. He has previously served the firm and predecessor firm as managing partner and on the executive committee for the firm.
Randy has extensive experience in family law issues ranging from complex property disputes, custody and access of children, child support, spousal support, and equalization of property. Randy's goal in family law matters is to take all reasonable steps to resolve matters in order to allow partners to move ahead with their independent lives. However, when necessary, Randy has significant court experience including conducting trials in the Superior Court of Justice and appeals in the Ontario Court of Appeal.
In family law matters, Randy is also pleased to have expanded his practice to include Family Mediation. Mediation is voluntary process wherein a neutral third party facilitates the negotiation of a mutually acceptable agreement. The process can take place either with legal counsel present or with the parties alone. Mediation is interest based negotiation that often allows parties to express their needs and concerns. Mediation can often resolve matters in a more efficient and fulsome fashion with the participants feeling that their needs are more fully met. It assists the parties in dealing with all issues but may be particularly helpful when there are children and the parties will need to continue to co-parent or if there is a family business.
With respect to wills and estates, Randy has drafted numerous Wills and Powers of Attorney, and has experience dealing with property, guardianship, trusts including Henson Trusts and estate administration. He has also negotiated disputes and conducted Litigation in the Superior Court of Justice concerning estates including: Holograph Wills, will interpretation, setting aside wills, dependents relief, and disputes concerning jointly held assets. Randy is a frequent presenter on wills and estates issues.
Randy has conducted numerous real estate transactions involving purchases and sales of single family dwellings, condominiums, rural properties, and cottages.
Randy has always enjoyed giving back to the community. He is presently on the Board of Directors of Chalmers Community Services Centre (CCSC), which operates food banks in downtown Guelph and in the west end of Guelph. Randy is a former Director of the Guelph General Hospital Foundation and continues to assist the Foundation as a member of the Planned Giving Committee. He is a former chair of Council at Dublin Street United Church. Randy was formerly very active in the Rotary Club of Guelph Wellington, including terms as Director and President. In May 2011 he was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship for contributions to the club and community at large. Randy enjoys travelling, gourmet cooking, skiing and being active with his wife and two daughters.
- Paul Harris Fellowship, 2011
- Canadian Bar Association
- Wellington Law Association, Former Director
- Wellington Law Association, Former President
- Wellington Law Association, Member
- Certificate in Advanced Alternative Dispute Resolution from the Faculty of Law, University of Windsor
- Chalmers Community Services Centre (CCSC), Board of Directors
- Guelph General Hospital Foundation, Member of the Planned Giving Committee
- Dublin Street United Church, Former Chair of Council
- Guelph General Hospital Foundation, Former Director
- Rotary Club of Guelph Wellington, Former Director
- Rotary Club of Guelph Wellington, Former President
- Former Coach of daughters’ soccer and baseball team
- Ontario Court of Appeal
- Ontario Court of Justice
- Ontario Superior Court of Justice