Karen has been practising family law for over 20 years, and she prides herself on her ability to focus on the individual client's needs and interests. In 2000 Karen added equine law to her practice.
Karen was appointed as a Dispute Resolution Officer for the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in the Region of Peel in 2008/09. Karen was appointed a Deputy Small Claims Court Judge in 2010, and sits as a Deputy Judge in the Small Claims Courts in Milton, Burlington, Guelph and Orangeville.
Karen has had many prior years' experience on the panel for the Office of the Children's Lawyer, representing children. Karen has two children herself, and this parenting experience adds an extra dimension to her ability to support her clients through a separation process.
In addition, Karen is trained in communication, mediation, collaborative law, and arbitration. Through this experience and training, Karen can tailor her services to the client's individual needs. Karen supports her clients in identifying their needs and goals, and she works with them to create a strategy to achieve them.
Karen is an active executive member of the Peel-Halton Collaborative Practice Group and she is qualified to train new collaborative professionals in both level one and two.
Karen continues with her volunteer work in the community, and continues to serve as a member of Dressage Canada's "Officials Committee". She is a past Chair of the Dressage Canada Board. Karen is a proud sponsor of Tom Dvorak on her horse, "Corrigan", who qualified in 2011 to represent Canada at the Pan American Games and is currently competing at the Grand Prix level in dressage, and she is also an active dressage rider and competitor on her second horse "Whisper Champion".
||I practise equine law and family law in Erin, concentrating on mediation,
mediation/arbitration and collaborative family law. In addition, I train other
professionals in the collaborative practice model, including powerful non defensive
communication. I am a Dispute Resolution Officer with the Peel Region Superior Court of
Justice, and a Deputy Small Claims Court Judge.
|January 1997 to 2006
||Practised in association with three other lawyers in Streetsville. Member
of panel for the Office of the Children's Lawyer. Contributed articles on Equine Law
for GaitPost magazine.
|November 1993 to
||Sole practitioner, practising in association with Nancy M. Mossip
(now Her Honour Justice Mossip)
|January 1992 to
||MOSSIP, TELLIER: Associate Lawyer
|1989 to 1991
||Research student at Osgoode Hall Law School part-time, for
Professor Carol Smart, visiting professor, and Professor Mary Jane Mossman
||Ontario Legal Aid/Legal Clinic System: Research Study on the
training of community legal workers in Ontario Legal Clinic System
||Community Legal Worker, Mississauga Community Legal Services
|1987 to 1990
||Part time instructor Humber College, Lakeshore
|1980 to 1988
||Community Legal Worker
Halton Hills Community Legal Clinic
Representing clients mainly in the area of social assistance; community development, law
reform, community legal education. Six-month secondment representing clinics before Social
Assistance Review Committee Task Force in Ontario, chaired by George Thomson.
Peel Law Association, Wellington Law Association, Canadian Bar Association, Rotary – Mississauga (Past member), East Wellington Advisory Group for Family Services (Past member), Ontario Association for Family Mediation (OAFM), Family Mediation Canada, Peel/Halton Collaborative Family Law Group (executive), Collaborative Law Association of Waterloo-Wellington, International Association of Collaborative Practitioners (IACP), Canadian Equestrian Federation, Ontario Equestrian Federation, Dressage Canada, United States Equestrian Federation, Caledon CADORA (past).
||Comprehensive Family Mediation Accreditation Status granted by OAFM
||Powerful Non Defensive Communication; Trainer's Training
||Train the Trainers: Ontario Association of Collaborative Law
|Powerful Non-Defensive Communication
||Family Law Arbitration: ADR Institute of Ontario Inc.
||Assessing for Domestic Violence and Power Imbalances in Family
||Collaborative Family Law Training Level Two
||Collaborative Family Law Training Level One
||Advanced Mediation for the Family Practitioner
||Mediation for the Family Practitioner
||Called to the Bar of Ontario
|1991 to 1992
||Bar Admission Course - Toronto (articling year waived by the Law Society
of Upper Canada in recognition of my work in legal clinics, upon recommendation of Phil
Epstein and George Thomson)
|1988 to 1991
||Osgoode Hall Law School, J.D., including intensive program in Immigration
and Refugee Law
|1975 to 1979
||University of Toronto, B.A. (Hons.), major in sociology, minor in
|August 2009 to
||Dressage Canada Board member, Chair 2010
|2009 to present
||Member of East Wellington Chamber of Commerce
|September 2001 to 2008
||Board of Governors of St. John's Kilmarnock School, Chair from
September 2006 to September 2008
|September 2001 to
||Board of Directors of Mississauga Community Legal Services, and member of
|January 2003 to present
||Officials Committee, Dressage Canada
|1994 to 1997
||Member of Mississauga Rotary
|1988 to 1993
||Board of Directors, East Wellington Advisory Group for Family Services,
held positions of President and Vice-President
|1990 to 1991
||CBAO: Paralegal Committee
|1986 to 1989
||Action For Change: Committee on Domestic Violence in Halton Region, held
position of Chair
|1979 to 1981
||Ontario Association of Corrections and Criminology: Elizabeth Fry
|1977 to 1979
||Volunteer Court Worker: Elizabeth Fry Society
|1975 to 1977
||Volunteer Probation Officer for Young Offenders