Robert Shawyer, Principal

Robert Shawyer is the founder of Shawyer Family Law & Mediation. His practice focuses on collaborative law, mediation and litigation in the area of family law.

Robert finished his training in Collaborative Law Practice on May 2, 2014 and he is a member of Collaborative Practice Toronto (CPT) and International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. In addition to his training as a Collaborative Law lawyer Robert was accredited as a Family Law Mediator by the Ontario Association for Family Mediation (OAFM) on July 26, 2016. To receive his accreditation Robert took courses accredited by the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) in Basic Family Negotiation & Mediation, Advanced Family Mediation & Negotiation and Screening for Family Violence, Abuse and Power Imbalances in domestic relationships and interned with Riverdale Mediation in Toronto

In addition to his work as a collaborative family law lawyer and accredited mediator Robert is recognized as a well regarded senior member of the Family Law bar. Robert has acted as counsel on two occasions for litigants who have challenged the constitutionality of section 31 of Ontario’s Family Law Act regarding child support for adult children of unmarried parents. Robert is also one of only 2 lawyers to ever challenge the provisions of Ontario’s adoption law that prevent biological parents from appealing an adoption in Ontario. Robert also acts as counsel in adoption proceedings, child protection proceedings, parental alienation cases and common family law litigation involving issues such as custody, access, and child support.

For more information on Robert, visit his personal website.


Robert Shawyer


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Robert is the father of 2 children. Robert when he is not working spends his time working out and playing golf. When he has time Robert also tries to read and travel.


  • University of Windsor Faculty of Law Criminal Advocacy Award


  • Chair, CBA Solo, Small, General Practice Forum
  • Past Chair, OBA Solo and Small Firm Conference
  • Past Chair, OBA Pro Bono Committee
  • Past Chair, OBA Professional Development Committee
  • Member, Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC)
  • Member, Collaborative Practice Toronto (CPT)
  • Member, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP)
  • Member, Association of Family & Conciliation Courts (AFCC)
  • Member, Family Lawyer’s Associations
  • Member, Alternative Business Solutions Working Group
  • Member, OBA Awards Committee
  • Member, OBA Board of Directors
  • Member, OBA Council
  • Member, OBA Family Law Section
  • Member, OBA Finance Committee
  • Member, OBA Institute Committee
  • Member, OBA Justice Effectiveness Taskforce
  • Member, OBA Law Reform Initiative, Predatory Marriages
  • Member, OBA LSUC Rules of Professional Conduct Committee
  • Member, OBA Strategic Planning Committee

Pro Bono

  • Member, CBA Pro Bono Committee
  • Member, OBA Pro Bono Taskforce