Called to the Bar in 1993, Cynthia is highly respected, ethical and principled.Trained in Collaborative Practice, Cynthia is dedicated, wherever possible, to using the collaborative model to help her clients achieve a fair resolution in a timely manner. While focused on the big picture in order to reach a conclusion that allows her clients to move on with their lives, Cynthia pays careful attention to the law and to the details that are important to her clients, ensuring that their views are heard and respected. Cynthia believes that most families don’t need to go to Court and, using the Collaborative Practice Model, can successfully achieve fair and satisfactory results in a cost-effective manner that is faster and less stressful than going to court. When court proceedings cannot be avoided, Cynthia advocates for her clients in a manner that focuses on effectively working towards a resolution. Known in the Family Law Bar for being a strong advocate, Cynthia is efficient, knowledgeable and compassionate. She is competent in all issues that arise when spouses separate and is also able to advocate effectively when Marriage (“pre-nup”) Contracts or Co-habitation Agreements need to be prepared. With over 25 years of experience, Cynthia has also developed an expertise in complex family law jurisdictional issues, particularly in the area of child abduction by a parent and the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction. A component of Cynthia’s practice involves all matters relating to estate litigation, will contestation and power of attorney review and court challenges. In addition to her busy legal practice, Cynthia is the current Secretary of the Women’s Law Association of Ontario, was past Co-chair of the Family Lawyers Association of Ontario, mentors many young lawyers and supports continuing legal education, including presenting at various events.
Ayesha practices in civil litigation. She graduated from a joint a degree program in law from the University of Ottawa and in Master of Arts from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. She received her B.Sc. and B.A. from McMaster University.
Linsday practices Commercial Litigation at Lerners LLP in Toronto.
In the Media
- May 2014 Speaker and Presenting Paper "Adult Child Support: Oxymoron? Definitely, Maybe", Institute of Law Clerks, 24th Annual Conference, Deerhurst Resort.
- May 2014 "Sharing Success Strategies" Panelist in Windsor, ON, program jointly presented by OBA, WLAO, WLF, Networking breakfast and inspirational speakers.
- March 2014 "Lean In to Articles" Panelist, joint program between LSUC and WLAO
- January 2014 "The Case for Ladies Only" Jennifer Brown, Canadian Lawyer Magazine, quoting Kathryn Hendrikx
- Dec 4, 2013 "Female lawyers leaving firms for key corporate in-house roles" Janet McFarland and Jeff Gray, Globe and Mail, quoting Kathryn Hendrikx
- July 2013 "Creditors and Family Law, with a Focus on Bankruptcy - Part 2" Money and Family Law, Founding Editors, Barry Corbin and Lorne Wolfson, Carwell, Thomson Reuters, June 2013, issue 28 - 7
- June 2013 "Creditors and Family Law, with a Focus on Bankruptcy - Part 1" Money and Family Law, Founding Editors, Barry Corbin and Lorne Wolfson, Carwell, Thomson Reuters, June 2013, issue 28 - 6
- May 10, 2013 "Sage Advice for Women Lawyers" Law Society Gazette, quoting Kathryn Hendrikx
- June 18, 2012 Law Times, Michael McKiernan
- April 16, 2012 "New Coaching program really filling a gap" Law Times, Meredith Morrison, quoting Kathryn Hendrikx
- April 11, 2011 Law Times, Michael McKiernan
- May 3, 2010 Law Times, Michael McKiernan
Vagmi practices Civil Litigation with an emphasis on subrogated claims involving construction-related litigation and contractor’s negligence, environmental disputes, product liability, and property damage.
Prior to joining Mason Caplan Roti LLP, Vagmi articled and practiced at a prominent insurance defence firm in Toronto, assisting counsel in defence of personal injury, occupier’s liability, and contractor negligence. She has appeared in front of the Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Justice, the Small Claims Court, the Social Benefits Tribunal, and the Landlord Tenant Board.
Vagmi obtained her law degree from the University of Windsor. While at Windsor, she worked as a litigator at the community legal clinic in Windsor representing underprivileged clients in civil, criminal, and residential tenancy matters. Vagmi completed a semester at the University of Mannheim in Germany through an exchange program. Prior to attending law school, Vagmi completed her undergraduate degree in Life Sciences and worked as a research assistant in Molecular Biology and Pathology.
During articling, Vagmi was Co-Chair of the Articling Chapter of the Women’s Law Association of Ontario. She now sits on the Mentoring and Social Committee.
Honours Bachelor of Science, McMaster University, 2012
Juris Doctor, University of Windsor, 2016
Law Society of Ontario
Women’s Law Association of Ontario
Ontario Bar Association