Shelly Banihashemi


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.

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


Law Degree

Juris Doctor – Bond University

Undergraduate Degree

Honors Bachelor Of Arts – York University

Collaborative Family Law


Law Society of Ontario


Ontario Bar Association


York Region Law Association



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

Sepideh Karimi


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.

Sara Shahani


From an early age, I recognized that I was passionate about human rights and access to justice. This motivated me to pursue my journey in the field of law. I obtained my Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) at the City Law School at City, University of London in 2020. During my time in law school, I excelled in the areas of criminal justice and the law of evidence. Furthermore, I volunteered and worked at an Immigration/Asylum Tribunal. Prior to gaining my legal education, I obtained my Bachelor of Arts from York University.

I am currently completing my National Committee on Accreditation process and I anticipate being called to the bar of Ontario in the spring of 2025. I have a keen interest in family law. I joined Bani Family Law in April, 2024. I will continue to expand my knowledge of family law including parenting issues, support, property and financial matters.

I speak and read Farsi fluently. In my downtime, you can find me spending quality time with my family and friends, trying new restaurants and travelling internationally.