Cheryl Suann Williams
LL.B., LL.M. (ADR) (CAND.)
Cheryl has gained a reputation as a skilled, tough, but resolution-based family lawyer whether she is negotiating marriage and cohabitation agreements or resolving divorce and separation cases through collaborative law, mediation, arbitration or when necessary, lengthy court trials. To her clients, she is known as calming, and compassionate, yet straightforward and efficient. Cheryl takes great pride in having closely worked with and mirroring the principles and work ethics of three family law lawyers who were subsequently appointed as judges of the Superior Court of Justice, Family Court Branch, including her former business partner, The Honourable Laura E. Fryer. With these skills, she successfully protects clients’ rights.
During her over 19 years of working exclusively in family law, Cheryl has developed extensive experience dealing with complex family law disputes involving child custody and access, child and spousal support, financial, and division of property issues. She uses her advanced education and experience in Alternative Dispute Resolution to resolve high-conflict cases. Cheryl’s particular areas of strength are her experience in the family law needs of high-net-worth clients (where her legal team is often combined with experts to conduct forensic asset tracing and income analysis to arrive at accurate financial calculations) and in cases involving contentious custody and access issues (where her team often involves qualified professionals to determine the best interest of the child, a key principle of family law in Canada.)
Cheryl is an avid academic writer, speaker, and television show guest. She is committed to volunteering her time to improving the legal professional, mentoring students and lawyers and providing complimentary seminars to the general public on family law issues. She has written for the Bar Admission Course section on Divorce Law and contributed to family law publications. She is often invited to write and present for the Law Society of Upper Canada, Ontario Bar Association (OBA), Canadian Association of Black Lawyers and Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario as well as various community organizations.
Cheryl strives for a positive outlook on life and looking “upwards and onward” no matter how challenging the situation. This philosophy is reflected in her practice, academic papers, and in her personal life. Since 2004, Cheryl has appeared in an educational film on separation and divorce produced for the public by the Superior Court of Justice for the Mandatory Information Program entitled "Moving Forward" and narrated by Lloyd Robertson. She was selected to present at the Mandatory Information Program at Newmarket Court. She is one of five lawyers selected by the Ontario Bar Association in its award-winning 2013 advertising campaign, titled “Why I Went to Law School,” promoting the legal profession in Ontario.
Cheryl Suann Williams started her career in law in 1992 and through her involvement with the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic assisting victims of physical and sexual violence; an intensive study in family law during law school; articles at the Ministry of the Attorney General, Office of the Children's Lawyer involving custody, access and child protection disputes; and joining reputable family law boutique firms in downtown Toronto and Markham, she quickly learned that her true passion lies in the personal satisfaction she gains by helping a family in crisis.
When not working, she enjoys time with family, cooking, entertaining, and interior decorating. She is also passionate about Latin and ballroom dancing as music can make the worst day that much better.
Certification, Collaborative Law Practice
Extensive Mediation Training, Riverdale Mediation
York Collaborative Law Practice
Collaborative Practice Toronto
Ontario Bar Association, Member
Canadian Association of Black Lawyers
Black Female Lawyers Network
York Law Association
Durham Law Association
Ontario Bar Association, Council Member
Ontario Bar Association, Family Law Executive
Masters of Law (ADR) (Cand.)
Osgoode Hall Law School, expected October 2017.
Riverdale Advanced Mediation Course - 2014
Bar Admission, Ontario, 2000
Bachelor of Laws, Osgoode Hall Law School, 1998