Alison Pengelley, Family & Divorce Lawyer
Alison Pengelley brings a wealth of work, academic, volunteer and life experience to the practice of family law.
Education and Experience
Prior to pursuing her Doctorate of Jurisprudence at Osgoode Hall Law School, Alison worked as a paralegal for several large law firms in Toronto while pursuing extramurally a Business Management Bachelor of Commerce (Finance and Accounting).
Alison entered law school with a strong family law focus, and has specialized in family law both as a law student and practicing lawyer. Having herself experienced a separation and divorce, Alison is poignantly aware that a lawyer’s skillful use of the law can provide the necessary power and protection for her/his client.
Alison is also well aware that the needs/interests of clients dealing with the separation process are multi-dimensional and complex thus requiring from the outset a careful analysis in order to help clients choose the right dispute resolution tool. Alison is a passionate advocate who is committed to helping her clients through the difficult process of resolving family disputes.
A Member of Our Community
Alison has displayed an active interest in furthering access to justice. Alison served on the Board of Directors for a non-profit organization which has as its mission the reduction of domestic violence through education, as well as enabling victims of abuse to access justice by means of education, empowerment and support. In addition, Alison has a passion for writing and has volunteered her time to write several legal articles which have been published by the Ontario Women’s Justice Network as a source of legal education for the public.
While in law school, Alison was chosen by Pro Bono Students Canada to act in a leadership role requiring the recruiting, training and leading of about fifty law students for the Family Law Project (a Project wherein law student volunteers assist unrepresented litigants at the Family Courts with the drafting of their court documents and navigating the legal system). This leadership position allowed Alison the opportunity to work in teams with judges, lawyers, and students, and subsequently led to a Joint Articles of Clerkship, a secondment with Mr. Thomas Bastedo, and a temporary teaching engagement at Osgoode Hall Law School.
Alison is a member in good standing of the Law Society of Upper Canada, as well as the Canadian and Ontario Bar Associations, Women’s Law Association of Ontario, and Simcoe County Family Law Association.
You can reach Alison at apengelley@GalbraithFamilyLaw.com or 705-727-4242.