Shirley Eve Levitan

Shirley Eve Levitan

Owner/PrincipalFamily and Fertility LawFamily Law (ON)

Shirley has been practicing law in Toronto since 1988. Her practice emphasis includes both family law (since 1992) and fertility law (since 1996). She is a member of the Bars of Ontario (1988) and New York State (1991). She is the current Co-Chair of the Law and Ethics Special Interest Group of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society, and past Chair of Collaborative Practice Toronto (twice). In the context of fertility law, Shirley works with clinics, hospitals, intended parents, egg/sperm/embryo donors and gestational carriers, and has been invited to speak at numerous conferences and seminars in both Canada and the U.S. She was invited to teach the first fertility law course at Queens University Law School in 2019 and invited back.

Shirley has been practicing law in Toronto since 1988.  Her practice emphasis includes both family law (since 1992) and fertility law (since 1996). She is a member of the Bars of Ontario (1988) and New York State (1991). Shirley received her undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto in 1981, and her law degree from the University of Ottawa in 1987. She obtained her mediation certification from the Law Society of Ontario and has had extensive collaborative practice training in the context of separation and divorce. Shirley was a panel member for the Office of the Children’s Lawyer in Ontario for 6 years. She is the current Co-Chair of the Law and Ethics Special Interest Group of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society, and past Chair of Collaborative Practice Toronto (twice).

In the context of fertility law, Shirley has worked with clinics, hospitals, intended parents, egg/sperm donors and gestational carriers. She has been invited to speak at conferences and seminars in both Canada and the U.S., including the Ontario Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the National Judges Institute (Ontario), the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, the University of Toronto, Osgoode Hall Law School, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, the Law Society of Ontario, the Ontario Association of Collaborative Professionals, Collaborative Practice Toronto, the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys, of which she is an elected Fellow, and the International Academy of  Family Lawyers. Shirley is one of the few lawyers in Ontario who has extensive experience in both family law and fertility law, and as a result, was asked to assist with reviewing and revising Bill 28, which amends Ontario’s current Children’s Law Reform Act. The amendments have direct and vital legal impact on Ontario families created using third-party reproductive technology. Shirley was also invited to teach the first fertility law course at Queen’s University Law School, which she did in January 2019, and has been invited to teach again.

Education

  • University of Ottawa, 1988
  • University of Toronto, B.Sc., 1981

Bar Admission

  • New York State, 1991
  • Ontario, 1988

Associations

  • Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society
  • Fellow, Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys
  • Ontario Collaborative Law Federation
  • Collaborative Practice Toronto
  • State of New York, Administrative Office of the Courts
  • Family Lawyers Association