Shelly Banihashemi

BARRISTER AND SOLICITOR
PRINCIPAL LAWYER

I have been practicing family law exclusively since my call to the Bar in 2011. Prior to opening my own practice in 2021, I clerked, articled and subsequently worked as an associate at two prominent boutique family law firms in the GTA.

With over a decade of experience, my practice incorporates all aspects of family law, including separation and divorce, property division, custody and access, child and spousal support, marriage contracts, cohabitation agreements, separation agreements and adoptions. I have experience handling high conflict parenting disputes and complex property and support claims.

In law school, I excelled at and received distinction in the areas of alternate dispute resolution and negotiations. In 2015, I completed the requisite training to practice in the Collaborative Family Law process. I have incorporated this aspect of family law into my practice, along with other alternative dispute resolution processes such as mediation and arbitration.

I recognize that sometimes court is unavoidable. I have advocated for clients at various court levels, including the Ontario Court of Justice and Superior Court of Justice. I believe in a communicative, transparent and client-centered approach. I am committed to achieving the best possible results for my clients.

I speak Farsi and welcome Farsi speaking clients. In my nominal spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, travelling and DIY projects.

Professional Credentials

Year of Call

2011

Law Degree

Juris Doctor – Bond University

Undergraduate Degree

Honors Bachelor Of Arts – York University

Collaborative Family Law

Certified

Law Society of Ontario

Member

Ontario Bar Association

Member

York Region Law Association

Member

Committees

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Committee For The York Region Law Association

Sepideh Karimi

INTAKE COORDINATOR/LAW CLERK

I graduated the law clerk program from Seneca college in 2021. Prior to that, I obtained my Bachelors of Law degree from Tehran University in 2018.

I joined Bani Family Law in June, 2022. I handle the day to day operations of the firm and deal directly with clients, lawyers, and other professionals. I have a patient manner with clients.

I speak, read and write fluently in Farsi. During my spare time, I enjoy painting and spending time with my family.