Deborah Herriot-Howes

Ms. Herriot-Howes is an active member of the Rotary Club of Markham-Unionville and was president from 2010-2011. She continues to serve the community through Rotary. In all that she says and does, she tries to apply the Rotarian Four-Way test:

1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Ms. Herriot-Howes’ education includes a number of University degrees and diplomas. She earned her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from York University in 1980, followed by a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) from York University in 1983. She became an associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto earning her A.R.C.T. degree in November 1986. An accomplished pianist and teacher, she owned and operated a successful music school for a number of years prior to attending law school at the University of British Columbia, earning her Bachelor of Laws degree. Upon completion of the Bar Admission course, she embarked on her career as a lawyer in 1996, and has been practicing family law exclusively ever since.

Her early experience included work as Family Law Duty Counsel at the Newmarket Courthouse for Legal Aid Ontario for a number of years. Appointed by the Office of the Children’s Lawyer for the Province of Ontario in 2004, Ms. Herriot-Howes has represented and currently represents many children in Court, both in child protection proceedings involving the Children’s Aid Society and in custody and access disputes.

In August 2007, she earned a diploma as a family law arbitrator through the University of Waterloo, and in March 2010 she earned her diploma as a family law mediator. She has since been accredited by the Ontario Association for Family Mediation (AccFM) in August of 2011, and received her Qualified Arbitrator designation (Q.Arb) in December of 2014 through the ADR Institute of Canada. In addition, in 2011 Ms. Herriot-Howes completed the Collaborative Practice Level I Training course with Marion Korn.

Ms. Herriot-Howes has been a presenter at the Mandatory Information Program (MIP) in Newmarket Court and is currently a Dispute Resolution Officer (DRO) in Newmarket Court, since being appointed in January 2012.

She continues to offer her legal services in her private practice in Family Law including Collaborative Family Law, Mediation, Arbitration, and Litigation.

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