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.