Gary Gottlieb has practiced law since his call to the Ontario Bar in 1987. His practice is restricted to Family, Divorce, Child Protection litigation, as well as Family Mediation and Arbitration. As a well known and respected experienced family law trial lawyer, Gary's cases take him to the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice. He has acted as legal counsel in many mediations and arbitrations, and takes many cases where he is the mediator himself. Gary has an excellent reputation in handling high conflict cases and he is well known as an effective cross-examiner. Gary also argues matters before Review Boards.
When in court, Gary is known to be well prepared. He excels at thinking on his feet and is seen to be always "on his game". He is often called upon to quickly analyze and resolve difficult issues quickly where possible.
As a Mediator and Arbitrator, Gary is well respected as fair, reasonable in his approach, creative in thought, as well as decisive. His vast experience before the courts has allowed Gary to serve clients from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. He has worked with legal counsel and child protection workers affiliated with many Children's Aid Societies.
As a long standing Panel Member of the Office of the Children's Lawyer, Gary is well versed in children's law and the social science literature supporting children's well being outlining children's emotional needs in the family law and child protection contexts.
Gary Gottlieb has honed his interpersonal skills, learned the value of professionalism, and the necessity of being sensitive to his clients' needs and desires. He will always tell his clients what they need to hear when they seek his advice. His peers also respect what he has to say.
Gary has been called upon to lecture other members of the profession in many Continuing Legal Education programmes.