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  • called to the bar in 1993

    dani@frodislaw.ca

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    Since being admitted to the Bar of Ontario in 1993, Dani has concentrated his professional practice on all aspects of family law and the defence of negligence claims against lawyers. Before forming his own boutique family law firm in 1998, Dani was an associate at Epstein Cole.

    An instructor of the Law Society of Upper Canada's Bar Admission Course, Dani taught family law, legal writing and drafting, and professional responsibility. He has written several papers published by the Canadian Bar Association and the Law Society of Upper Canada, and is a frequently invited guest speaker at continuing legal education conferences and seminars.

    Dani has appeared at all levels of court in Ontario. More than 37 cases have been reported in which he has appeared as counsel, including several Court of Appeal decisions. Dani received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Toronto in 1988 and his law degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1991.

  • called to the bar in 2000

    kori@frodislaw.ca

    Kori’s legal practice has always been focussed exclusively in the area of family law. Before joining Dani Z Frodis Barristers in the summer of 2003, she articled at the boutique family law firm of Epstein Cole, and subsequently spent three years as an associate in the family law group at McCarthy Tetrault.

    Kori has worked on family law cases at all levels of court in Ontario, including the Court of Appeal. She regularly attends court conferences and private mediations, and has argued motions at both provincial and superior court. Through the years, Kori has also written and co-authored several articles and papers on family law issues, including papers that were subsequently presented at the annual Family Law Institute.

    Kori graduated with Distinction from McGill University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree. She holds an LLB from the University of Toronto Law School. As a law student, Kori gained litigation experience working pro bono for both Downtown Legal Services and the Barbra Schlifer Clinic. She was also involved with the implementation of a provincial court initiative where law students provided family law advice to unrepresented litigants.

  • called to the bar in 2006

    melissa@frodislaw.ca

    In September 2006, immediately following her articling year, Melissa joined Dani Z Frodis Barristers as an associate. Melissa's practice has focussed on all aspects of family law and she has appeared in court to represent clients on conferences, motions and trials. Melissa is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and regularly participates in continuing legal education programs.

    Melissa graduated with distinction from the University of Western Ontario in 2002, receiving her Honours Bachelor of Science degree in the areas of Genetics and Psychology. She was awarded the Harley D. Hallett Renewable Entrance Scholarship from Osgoode Hall Law School and began studying law there in 2002. While attending law school, Melissa worked for and was an active member of the Innocence Project, a program dedicated to assisting individuals who claim to have been wrongfully convicted of serious crimes.

    Melissa graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2005. Along with her law degree, Melissa was awarded the Albert Weisbrot Q.C. prize for Advanced Family Law; the STEP prize for Trusts and Estates; the Koskie Minsky LLP prize in Insurance Law; the Fogler, Rubinoff LLP prize in Property Law; and the Clifton Lane Memorial Prize in Property Law. Melissa spent her articling year at Epstein Cole and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2006.

  • called to the bar in 2009

    samantha@frodislaw.ca

    Since being admitted to the Bar of Ontario in 2009, Samantha's practice has concentrated on all aspects of family law and estates law. Before joining Dani Z Frodis Barristers in 2011, Samantha was an associate at a full service law firm in downtown Toronto. She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association and the Ontario Bar Association.

    As a law student, Samantha gained litigation experience working with the New York City Law Department, Office of the Corporation Counsel, in the Tort Law department. She later volunteered with the Pro Bono Student Canada Family Law Project, where she developed a keen interest in family law.

    Samantha received her Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Criminology from the University of Toronto in 2003. She completed her law degree at Osgoode Hall Law School in 2008.

  • called to the bar in 2010

    robyn@frodislaw.ca

    Since being called to the Bar of Ontario in 2010, Robyn has concentrated on all aspects of family law and child protection law. Robyn is a member of the Association of Family and Conciliatory Courts, Ontario, and is a regular participant in continuing legal education programs hosted by the Ontario and Canadian Bar Associations, the Law Society of Upper Canada, and the Family Lawyers Association.

    Robyn received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Simon Fraser University. She then enrolled at the University of Toronto where she completed a joint Juris Doctor/Collaborative Masters of International Relations degree. As a summer student, Robyn worked with the Ministry of the Attorney General's Ontario Victim Services Secretariat, Program and Policy Development Branch; as well as with Legal Aid Ontario's Clinic Resource Office. Upon graduation, Robyn articled as a judicial law clerk for the judges of the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto.

  • called to the bar in 2011

    bernstein@frodislaw.ca

    Daniel’s legal practice has always been focussed exclusively in the area of family law. Before joining Dani Z Frodis Barristers, he articled and was an associate at a leading family law firm in Toronto. Daniel has worked on family law cases at all levels of court in Ontario, including the Court of Appeal.

    In addition to writing and co-authoring several papers on family law issues, Daniel provides legal research for the Annotated Ontario Children's Law Reform Act text. Daniel is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and regularly participates in continuing legal education programs.

    Daniel studied sociology and anthropology at the University of Toronto before completing his law degree at Osgoode Hall Law School. During his time at Osgoode, Daniel was involved in the Family Law Project and the Mediation Intensive Program.


  • called to the bar in 2009

    ildiko@frodislaw.ca

    Since being called to the Bar of Ontario in 2009, Ildiko has practiced at a large multi-service law firm on Bay Street focusing on tort litigation and estates law. Since joining Dani Z Frodis Barristers in 2014, Ildiko has concentrated on all aspects of family law. Ildiko is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association and the Association of Family and Conciliatory Courts, Ontario, and is a regular participant in continuing legal education programs. Ildiko is currently pursuing a Master of Law degree in Family Law and Certification in Collaborative Law.

    Ildiko received her Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Toronto in 2004. She completed her law degree at the University of Toronto in 2008. As a law student, Ildiko gained relevant experience by volunteering at the Family Law Clinic where she developed a genuine interest in family law. As an associate, Ildiko continued her commitment to the community by volunteering as counsel for the Pro Bono Law Ontario Law Help Project.

  • called to the bar in 2011

    shelly@frodislaw.ca

    Prior to joining Dani Z Frodis Barristers in 2016, Shelly clerked, articled and subsequently practiced family law exclusively at a prominent boutique firm in York Region. Shelly graduated from York University with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. She then obtained her J.D. at Bond University in Australia and was called to the bar of Ontario in January, 2011.

    Shelly's practice includes all areas of family law including custody, access, support and property issues. She advocates for her clients both in and out of the Courtroom. She has a strong and growing interest in alternate dispute resolution and recently completed her training in Collaborative Law.

    Shelly speaks Farsi and welcomes Farsi speaking clients.

  • called to the bar in 2016

    ilana@frodislaw.ca

    Ilana joined Dani Z Frodis Barristers as an associate in 2016. Ilana was called to the Bar in 2016 after completing her clerkship for the judges of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Toronto. Ilana is a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Ontario, and of the Ontario and Canadian Bar Associations, family law sections.

    In 2010, Ilana graduated from Barnard College in New York with a Bachelors of Arts, summa cum laude, majoring in political science and education. She holds a J.D. from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law. During law school, Ilana was very involved as a caseworker and summer student in the family law division of Downtown Legal Services, providing pro bono family law services to low income clients. As a second year summer student, Ilana worked at a prominent family law firm in downtown Toronto.

    Ilana was the 2015 winner of the John E. VanDuzer Scholarship Award for a paper in family law, and the 2013 winner of the Laskin Prize in constitutional law.

  • Assistant to Dani Z. Frodis

  • Assistant to Kori J. Levitt and Daniel Bernstein

  • Assistant to Samantha Dineno and Melissa Grimshaw

  • Assistant to Robyn Switzer and Ildiko Moktassi