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Ivan J. Steele is a renowned family and immigration lawyer in Toronto. Ivan’s also offers his immigration, family law and estate planning services in Peterborough, Cobourg and Port Hope. He is recognized as a Barrister-at-Law by the Province of Ontario, a Solicitor of Ontario Superior Court and Court of Appeal of Ontario, Commissioner for Taking Affidavits, and Notary Public with the Province of Ontario. Ivan has appeared before Ontario Court of Justice and Superior Court of Justice in Toronto, and occasionally in Brampton and Ottawa. Since 2016, with the exception of uncontested, administrative and consent matters, Ivan has limited the scope of his family law practice to alternative dispute mechanism and out of court settlements.
Ivan obtained Bachelor Degrees in English and Sociology and a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology summa cum laude from the University of San Francisco and graduated with honours from the University of Ottawa law school. He received additional training in immigration and comparative refugee law at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles.
Before starting his own practice as a Toronto immigration and family lawyer, Ivan worked for the Office of the Children’s Lawyer, articled at Davies Ward Phillips and Vineberg LLP, a premier corporate law firm, and worked for Jordan Battista LLP. In addition to his background in business and law, Ivan is conversant in theories and effective practices for working with children, adults and their families in a variety of mental health settings. He received extensive training in alternative dispute resolution strategies and collaborative family law.
Ivan’s experience as a psychotherapist sets his brand of “lawyering” apart from a traditional litigation paradigm. While appropriate in some cases, the litigation model is woefully inadequate and ill-suited to most family law matters. We want our clients to experience law as a caring profession. We are here to provide much more than legal advice – an emotional refuge and a path for our clients to live their lives the way they want. Ivan is passionate about human rights, nationally and internationally and has served on the executive of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Conference (SOGIC) section of the Ontario Bar Association.