Melanie’s practice is focused on family law. She maintained a civil and family litigation practice at prominent Bay Street and family law boutique firms prior to joining PooranLaw, and has acted for family, estate and real estate lawyers in professional negligence matters. Melanie’s family law practice encompasses all aspects of family law issues, including custody and access, corporate law issues in family law matters relating to shareholders’ remedies, tax and complex support, equalization and business valuation issues. She has represented clients at various levels of court, including as counsel in civil and family law trials, before administrative tribunals and in mediation and arbitration. Melanie has a particular interest in disability related issues in family law matters. She has represented children and youth with disabilities in family law matters, in addition to assisting her clients with disabilities and/or their children with disabilities access the appropriate supports, accommodations and professional and other legal services they require to successfully resolve their family law disputes.
In addition to her family law practice, Melanie represents children and youth with disabilities and identified exceptionalities in education law matters. She strives to ensure that the special needs of children and youth are accommodated and supported in our public schools so that they can meaningfully access their legal right to an education.
An avid runner and varsity athlete, including completing the Chicago and Boston marathons, Melanie has received awards for excellence in combining academic and athletic achievement. She is a member of The Advocates’ Society, the Canadian Bar Association and the Ontario Bar Association.
Community involvement and advocacy work
- President, Toronto Chapter of Autism Ontario
- Vice-President, Ontario Autism Coalition
- Member of the Special Education Advisory Committee
- Pro Bono Ontario’s Education Law Project
- Mentor to law students through the University of Windsor student mentoring program
- K. Harper et al., “Supporting Child Witnesses Through the Criminal Court Process: Experiences of Children and Their Caregivers” Ontario Victim Services Secretariat, Ministry of the Attorney General, January 2007.
- S. Pollack, M. Battaglia and A. Allspach, “Women Charged with Domestic Violence in Toronto: The Unintended Consequences of Mandatory Charge Policies” Woman Abuse Council of Toronto, March 2005.