Cheryl Suann Williams
Cheryl Williams, founder and principal of Williams Family Lawyers in Markham, Ont., focuses on family law.
Ms. Williams graduated with both her Bachelor of Laws in 1998 and her Master of Laws in Alternative Dispute Resolution in 2017 from Osgoode Hall Law School. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2000.
She handles matters involving child custody and access, child and spousal support, financial matters, and division of property, assists with marriage and cohabitation agreements as well as divorce and separation cases using collaborative law, mediation, arbitration, and court trials.
Ms. Williams is a certified collaborative law practitioner and received mediation training with Riverdale Mediation. When needed, Ms. Williams and her team use outside professionals in custody and access issues and to conduct forensic asset tracking and income analysis.
During her legal career, Ms. Williams has worked with three family law lawyers who were subsequently appointed as judges of the Superior Court of Justice, Family Court Branch.
Ms. Williams mentors students and lawyers and provides free seminars to the general public on family law issues. She has written for the bar admission course section on divorce law and has contributed to family law publications.
She has also written and presented for the Law Society of Ontario, the Ontario Bar Association, the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers, the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario, as well as community organizations.
Ms. Williams is a member of the family law executive of the Ontario Bar Association and is a member of the York Collaborative Law Practice and Collaborative Practice Toronto, as well as the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers, the Black Female Lawyers Network, and the York and Durham Law Associations.