Susan E. Galarneau, B.Soc., LL.B.
Fluently bilingual, hardworking and service-oriented, Susan has worked as a lawyer for over 25 years and as a mediator for close to 25 years. She obtained a Bachelor of Social Science from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall - York University.
Certified as a collaborative lawyer, Susan works in all areas of family law. She deals with complex family matters, including divorces, custody and access disputes, child support, spousal support, and division of property. She also has extensive experience as a children’s counsel. Susan also does child protection work and has done extensive work in the field of adoption.
Furthermore, Susan acts as arbitrator for all family related matters. Her practice is rounded out with her work in residential real estate (purchase, sale and mortgage) and in wills and estates.
Deborah E. Bennett, B.A. (Hons), LL.B.
Deborah was called to the bar in 1999 and has 19 years of applied legal experience. She provides advice and representation in all family law matters, including separation, custody, access, support, and property division. She also provides services in relation to adoptions and child protection matters. Deborah has a very practical approach to her work and a strong desire to ensure her clients’ interests are clearly articulated and understood.
After graduating from the University of Ottawa School of Law, Deborah spent a significant portion of her practice working for Ontario Child Protection Agencies in Toronto and Ottawa. She has considerable litigation experience. Deborah's focus is on providing strong advocacy for her clients, while keeping their children’s needs first and foremost. She also advocates as children’s counsel on behalf of the Office of the Children’s Lawyer.
Deborah understands that families are seeking practical and cost effective solutions. She also understands that different clients have different budgets but that each case is equally important. She accepts Legal Aid certificates and provides un-bundled legal services to clients, such as explaining the court process and drafting court documents for people who wish to represent themselves.
Deborah also offers mediation services for those who wish to use alternate dispute resolution.
Michael Wonham, B.Sc., J.D.
Michael articled with Susan Galarneau from 2011 to 2012 and has been a lawyer with Galarneau & Associates since his call to the bar in 2012. He obtained both a Bachelor of Science and Juris Doctor from the University of Windsor.
Michael’s primary area of practice is family law, which includes all aspects of custody, property division and support as part of a separation or divorce. Michael also offers services for wills, powers of attorney, and estate matters.
Bruno Sharpe, B.A., J.D.
Bruno attended Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts in 2015. Bruno then graduated from the University of Ottawa’s French Common Law Program where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 2018. He completed his articling at a small firm practicing in military law and was subsequently called to the Ontario Bar in 2019.
During his law school studies, Bruno studied family law and was a member of the Family Division at the University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic. Since his Call to the Bar, Bruno practices mostly in the areas of Family Law and Child Protection. In addition, Bruno offers services for wills and powers of attorney. Bruno works hard to resolve disputes as amicably and efficiently as possible. He is currently accepting clients with Legal Aid Ontario certificates.
In addition to being a member of the Law Society of Ontario (LSO), Bruno is a member of the Carleton County Law Association (CCLA), as well as the Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario (AJEFO).
Bruno is perfectly bilingual and is happy to offer his services in both official languages.