Separation and Divorce can be a very difficult and uncertain time.  Our team of lawyers and staff take the time to listen to each client’s unique needs and expectations.  This is necessary to be able to meet and exceed them.  We have dedicated our entire practice to Family Law.  We know it and we know it well.  We also know that at this difficult crossroad in your life you require a team that is compassionate and not looking to escalate conflict.  In fact, our approach is to negotiate first, litigate if necessary.

Whether we are negotiating a resolution or litigating to get you your desired result, you can be sure we will leave no stone unturned.  We are relentless in our pursuit to protect your legal rights and achieve extraordinary results.

You can rely on our team to provide you with timely, strategic and cost-effective representation.  We regularly assist clients in the negotiation and drafting of Separation Agreements, represent them during all stages of the court process, and the Alternative Dispute Resolution process (ADR), such as negotiations, mediations and arbitrations.

We also assist clients who are entering relationships and seek to protect their assets.  Whether you are a young person seeking to protect a gift from a generous parent, or a mature person who has accumulated wealth throughout your life, we can assist in the negotiation and drafting of Cohabitation Agreements and Marriage Contracts.

Whether you are ending a relationship or entering one, our lawyers and staff are committed to protecting your legal rights and getting you the most just and fair outcome possible.  Whatever your needs are, we at the Masellis Family Law Group encourage you to contact us for a free, no obligation, confidential, 30 minute in person consultation to discuss your matter.  We are here to help.

Raffaele Masellis

Founder

Raffaele graduated from York University in 1996 with a Specialized Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Policy Administration.  He represented York at the 1994 Harvard University National Model United Nations Conference in Cambridge, Mass., U.S.A.

Raffaele went on to study law at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Mich., U.S.A. While at Cooley, Raffaele was an active member in the Moot Court and Trial Advocacy Programs.  He represented Cooley at the 2000 U.S. National Mock-Trial Competition at Michigan State University and was a Teaching Assistant in the Trial Advocacy Program.  He graduated in 2001 and was awarded the degree of Juris Doctor.

During the summer of 2001, Raffaele clerked at the Crown Attorney’s Office in downtown Toronto.  He worked closely with several Crown Attorneys researching criminal law, writing memoranda and factums, and assisting in the preparation and running of pre-trials, judicial pre-trials, preliminary hearings and trials.  He went on to article with a small general practice in Toronto.  During his articles he was exposed to various areas of law but quickly realized Family Law was his passion.  The day after his call to the bar he hung out his shingle and has never looked back.

Since then, Raffaele has successfully represented hundreds of clients in the negotiation, mediation, arbitration and court process.  He appears regularly in the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice as counsel for his clients.  Raffaele also appears as Duty Counsel and Advice Counsel in these courts on a per diem basis several times a month assisting unrepresented litigants.  He finds it professionally and personally rewarding helping people who otherwise would not have legal representation.  It also affords him the opportunity to hone his advocacy and court room skills as he often only has a few minutes to meet with a client, review their court documents, interview them and then argue their case in open court.

Raffaele gives back to the community by volunteering his time discussing Family Law issues at various community events across the GTA. Raffaele’s focus, attention to detail, knowledge of the law and procedure, persuasiveness, and tenacity translates to achieving extraordinary results for his clients.

Raffaele offers his services to both English and Italian speaking clients.

A. Sam Zaslavsky

Barrister & Solicitor

A. Sam Zaslavsky practices in association with the Masellis Family Law Group.

Sam studied law at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Ontario, where he was a member of the Family Law Project under Pro Bono Student Canada. Sam volunteered at the Ontario Court of Justice to help low-income people draft their court documents and navigate the court system. Sam graduated in 2013 and was awarded the degree of Juris Doctor. Prior to law school, Sam attended McMaster University where he earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.

Sam completed his articles with the Masellis Family Law Group and after being called to the bar, began practicing in association with the firm.  Since then, Sam has represented clients at the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice. Sam specializes in high-conflict/complex litigation, with a special focus on advocacy at trials and motions. With the knowledge and willingness to see a case through to the very end, Sam is a tenacious advocate, fighting to achieve the best possible outcome for his clients.

Sam is fluent in both English and Russian.