Blaney McMurtry LLP

Family/Matrimonial Department

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Blaney McMurtry is a "best of class firm," says one source, with another adding: "Blaney is a large firm with significant resources and depth of expertise but still operates like a small firm that can appreciate, understand and anticipate the needs of their clients."

The family group assists with a wide variety of matters involving marriage, separation, divorce and cohabitation. One client comments on the breadth of the firm's offering, saying: "The thing about Blaney is that they've got it all there. They've got everything for wealthy clients under one roof. Every legal problem can be dealt with by someone at that firm. They check all boxes." Sources add that it is an "excellent firm" offering "superior value on all of their files."

Notable practitioners

James Edney is widely praised in the market by both peers and clients, with one client commenting: "Jim is a tremendous lawyer but more importantly he understands the critical role he plays in a client's affairs and how to manage that role to perfection." One market source says: "He is a seasoned, very experienced lawyer. He is able to handle high net worth clients and complex matrimonial litigation. He is strategic on how to achieve the best possible outcome for his clients." Another describes him as an "intelligent, thoughtful, reasoned and reasonable lawyer" who is "direct and easy to deal with."

Judy Piafsky has "a reputation for being both tough and reasonable. She has a very high integrity and an excellent reputation among clients." One source comments that her "legal and people skills are exceptional," particularly praising her "diligence, hard work, intelligence, and results." The source continues: "Judy has always taken the time to explain things with a level of meticulous attention to detail that is unparalleled." Another source adds: "She is extremely diligent, hard-working, and has an excellent work ethic and commitment to her clients."