Epstein Cole LLP

Family/Matrimonial Department

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Epstein Cole has an excellent reputation as a leading family law firm in Canada. The team provides a number of services, including litigation, arbitration, mediation and alternative dispute resolution, for a range of matters. "I think top to bottom their family team is the best in the city, maybe the country," notes one source in Toronto, explaining: "They have an extremely deep bench who are all incredibly knowledgeable. They cover a range, from young juniors to very senior and experienced people. You can rely on them, they're trustworthy and all skilled and accomplished lawyers."

"They are the leading Toronto firm for family law," says another interviewee, adding: "They have been for a long time the pre-eminent firm, they are the largest boutique firm totally committed to family law. They have a good team, they are really, really great. They are well known for high net worth cases and they have a lovely commitment to pro bono. The firm gives hours of time to advancing education of family law."

Notable practitioners

"I have an excellent opinion of Aaron Franks , he is a very good lawyer," a source remarks, explaining: "He is very intelligent, extremely studied and he has an encyclopaedic knowledge of case law. He has a good level head, he knows how to get a deal done and when to compromise. He has had very good exposure on big files, so he isn't intimidated by a big case. He treats everybody well." Another source praises Franks, saying: "I like him very much. He is as smart as a whip, he is pleasant to work with and I appreciate his sense of humour."

Roslyn Tsao "is excellent," says one commentator; "she is very smart and tough, very well prepared and she knows her issues and her law." A source notes that "she is a reasonable lawyer to deal with," and continues:"She is solid, she knows what she is doing and she tries to resolve matters for her clients. She is a pleasure to deal with."