Victoria Smith

OwnerVictoria Smith Collaborative Professional Corp.Family (Ontario)

Victoria Smith is a world-renowned collaborative lawyer, mediator, writer and educator. For more than 15 years, her practice has focused exclusively on settlement work. She is an internationally recognized trainer in the process of Collaborative Practice, settlement advocacy, negotiation and communication skills. She is a former Adjunct Professor of Collaborative Lawyering at Osgoode Hall Law School and co-author of Collaborative Family Law, Another Way to Resolve Family Law Disputes.

Victoria Smith is a family lawyer with over 30 years of experience. For over 15 years she has confined her practice to settlement work — Collaborative Practice and Mediation. Victoria's practice focuses on serving professionals, business owners and their spouses, and she has extensive experience dealing with complex property and support cases, with challenging dynamics.

Victoria's passion is to help her clients resolve conflict wisely and with dignity, and to support an evolution in the legal profession from adversarial advocacy to conflict resolution advocacy. She has successfully resolved hundreds of mediations and collaborative cases.

Committed to the growth of Collaborative Practice and settlement advocacy, she trains lawyers and other professionals in the collaborative process, negotiation, communication skills and advocacy across North America and internationally. She is a former Adjunct Professor of Collaborative Lawyering at Osgoode Hall Law School. She is a regular presenter at international and local collaborative conferences. She is co-author of Collaborative Family Law, Another Way to Resolve Family Disputes, published by Carswell, and numerous articles on Collaborative Practice. Victoria is a former member of the Board of Directors of Collaborative Practice Toronto and a former member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.

Education

  • Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.M., 1981
  • Queens University, B.A., 1977

Bar Admission

  • Ontario, 1983

Associations

  • Accredited Family Mediator
  • Comprehensive Family Mediator ("FMC")
  • Member, Collaborative Practice Toronto
  • Member, Ontario Collaborative Practice Federation
  • Member, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals