Owner. Founder. Lawyer. Mom. Stepmom.
Legal Assistant. Mom. Stepmom. Domestic Engineer.
I am not a big fan of websites that tout the educational and professional qualifications of their people. But I do think it's important that people have the opportunity to know a little about who I am and why I started Doctor Law.
In 2012, I began what would be a years long legal process alongside my future husband. In the course of navigating the complex and expensive family law system, we went through bankruptcy, took on huge private loans, struggled through stressful court proceedings, dealt with difficult opposing counsel, and lived with the incredible fear that comes with not knowing.
A little over a year into the process, I realized I wanted to make sure others didn't have to go through this process alone - and really, I wanted to change the process completely. Too often I saw lawyers making things worse, costing clients more, and pushing them further and further away from finding real resolutions that would allow them to heal and move forward. So, with the support of my incredible family, I went to law school with 3 kids in tow, intent on doing things differently.
I have been a high conflict communications coach, a mom, a stepmom, a partner of someone going through a divorce and custody dispute, and now, a lawyer.
I started Doctor Law so I could take all of this, and feed it into a practice that actually understands what it is to be in our client's shoes, and does things in a way that gives them knowledge and clarity. I want our clients to know they are heard, to understand their rights and responsibilities, and to be able to trust that the people they are working with are going to put the client's needs ahead of the lawyer's billable hours.
At Doctor Law, Your Family Matters. And that's where it begins and ends for me.
I met Brynn in 2018 when my fiancé was seeking legal representation. Immediately I knew I had met someone who was going to change the face of family law; however, at the time I didn’t realize just how much that chance encounter would change my life.
I started working as a legal assistant in 2014 and was immediately drawn to family law – I wanted to help people through some of the most difficult times in their lives. The hard part was witnessing the traditional system being well, broken. Many bias still exist in the court system today, which leads to unfair outcomes.
Lawyers breaking everything down to 6 minutes increments, with high per hour rates, then sending clients large bills for what seemed like minimal work. Often, little to no tangible results for clients. Morally, this didn’t sit right with me and because of this I often questioned whether or not I was in the right line of work.
While supporting my fiancé through his legal battle, I gained a different perspective of family law and the stress, anxiety and uncertainty that comes along with it. I began working with Doctor Law in 2019 because Brynn’s vision, and her approach to family law, resonated with me – I feel privileged to be involved and use my personal perspective and experiences in a positive manner to do exactly what I initially set out to do – help people.
I was born and raised in Romania, where I obtained my Bachelor of Arts in English, my Bachelor's Degree in Law, and my Master's in Criminology. In Romania, I worked as a police detective for ten years, which helped me focus on the practical and theoretical aspects of the law, the details. After moving to Canada, I took law courses with the University of British Columbia and obtained my Certificate of Qualification from the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. I am now a member of the Law Society of Alberta and the Canadian Bar Association.
The law is complicated and confusing to the untrained eye. I know how overwhelming the legal process can be, especially when under enormous stress or painful emotions triggered by separation. I went through a divorce myself, and my experience helped me deal more straightforwardly with people in the same situation.
I am an attorney, yes, but I never forget that my clients are people with unique emotions and values. I will keep you involved and personally guide you in making important decisions about your case calmly and effectively. I let you know what is going on at every stage and explain every tiny detail so that you are in charge.
I am passionate about family law because it allows me to help people going through some of the hard parts of their life. I am the mother of two children, and I like bringing the warm and caring approach I have for my family into the practice of family law.