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Chaiton-Murray named Fogelman Law partner

Toronto family lawyer Erin Chaiton-Murray has been named a partner at Fogelman Law.

She tells AdvocateDaily.com she’s thrilled with the development which offered a chance to reflect on almost a decade in practice resolving conflicts for families in turmoil.

“When you’re starting out, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the facts of a case,” she says. “But you learn over time to be more efficient, focused and directed in the advice and recommendations you give to people, without promising too much.”

Chaiton-Murray says she felt destined for family law from the very beginning of her legal education when she enrolled in the University of Toronto’s joint juris doctor and master of social work program. During that time, she served as an executive board member of the student-run community legal clinic Downtown Legal Services, and also completed social work practicums at The Hospital for Sick Children and the Office of the Children's Lawyer.

“I loved the idea of an area of practice where you have constant interaction with clients, and direct involvement in the issues that affect their lives,” Chaiton-Murray says, “Family law fit the bill because it gives you the opportunity to address real problems for the clients you work with.”

And Chaiton-Murray says her work has lived up to those early expectations after graduating from law school in 2008. After summering and articling with a well-known Toronto family law boutique, she was called to the bar in 2009 and later joined Fogelman as a senior associate.  

“What is interesting about the work we do is that you never encounter the same facts, person or family,” she says. “There is always something new; a different dynamic at play, rather than the same case over and over.”

The married mother of three daughters, who spends her free time running and travelling, offers a range of services to clients, including the drafting of domestic contracts, and representation in support, property, and custody and access matters. She has also done a significant amount of legal writing, co-authoring numerous papers and articles, as well as a chapter in Evidence in Family Law

Chaiton-Murray says she’s looking forward to making new legal memories in her new position.

“The cases that stick with you are the ones where you feel like a good outcome was particularly deserved,” she says. “Working with clients is what makes this work both interesting and challenging, and it’s rewarding to be able to assist people in achieving a resolution, regardless of the process for getting there.”

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