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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".

Work History
Current  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 December 1996 Sole practitioner, practising in association with Nancy M. Mossip (now Her Honour Justice Mossip)
January 1992 to November 1993 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
Summer 1990 Ontario Legal Aid/Legal Clinic System: Research Study on the training of community legal workers in Ontario Legal Clinic System
Summer 1989 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.
Memberships

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).

Education
2012 Comprehensive Family Mediation Accreditation Status granted by OAFM
2011 Powerful Non Defensive Communication; Trainer's Training
2008, 2009 Train the Trainers: Ontario Association of Collaborative Law
2006, 2007
2008, 2009
Powerful Non-Defensive Communication
2007  Family Law Arbitration: ADR Institute of Ontario Inc.
2007 Assessing for Domestic Violence and Power Imbalances in Family Arbitration
2002 Collaborative Family Law Training Level Two
July 2000  Collaborative Family Law Training Level One
April 1996 Advanced Mediation for the Family Practitioner
April 1995 Mediation for the Family Practitioner
February 1992 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 criminology
Volunteer Work
August 2009 to December 2010 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 2006 Board of Directors of Mississauga Community Legal Services, and member of Personnel Committee
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 representative
1977 to 1979 Volunteer Court Worker: Elizabeth Fry Society
1975 to 1977 Volunteer Probation Officer for Young Offenders

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Karen Thompson-Harry
1 Wellington Rd. 124
Erin, Ontario

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