A boutique law firm that provides client-centered and efficient resolutions to complex family law issues.

About Us

Murray Lawson LLP is a boutique law firm in Toronto practising exclusively in the area of family law. Partners Erin Chaiton-Murray and Meghan Lawson are experienced in dealing with all aspects of complex and challenging family law matters. Mindful of the uniqueness of each client’s situation, Murray Lawson LLP adopts a team approach to achieving a fair, expeditious, and creative resolution to each client’s family law issues, ensuring that all of our clients’ needs are met.

Murray Lawson LLP represents clients in all areas of divorce and family law including parenting issues, child and spousal support, division of property, and drafting and negotiating domestic contracts. Our team takes a client-centered approach to achieving an efficient resolution to family law disputes in various forums including litigation, negotiation, mediation and arbitration – all executed with the highest level of professionalism. We have significant experience with multifaceted matters that intersect with other areas of law.

Murray Lawson LLP is centrally located near Yonge and St. Clair in Toronto, providing service to clients throughout the GTA and surrounding areas.

Team

Erin Chaiton-Murray

Partner

Erin has practised exclusively in the area of family law since her call to the Ontario bar in 2009. She has extensive experience in all aspects of family law, including advocating for clients before all levels of court in Ontario, and negotiating and drafting cohabitation agreements, marriage contracts and separation agreements. Erin frequently represents clients at both mediations and arbitrations. Prior to establishing Murray Lawson LLP, Erin gained valuable experience practicing with several of Toronto’s leading family law advocates.

Erin holds a B.A. (Hons.) in Health Studies and Gerontology from McMaster University and graduated from the joint J.D./M.S.W. program at the University of Toronto. Her Masters of Social Work and significant family law experience give her valuable insight and a specialized skill set in navigating human dynamics. Erin adopts a practical and results-focused approach to individual clients in assisting to resolve their family law disputes.

Erin is listed in Best Lawyers International. She has written numerous papers, articles and a book chapter on evidence in family law, and she presents frequently at family law programs. Erin has completed a parenting coordination course and is a member of the Ontario Bar Association, the Advocates’ Society, and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. During law school, Erin was actively involved in the student legal clinic, Downtown Legal Services, and also completed Social Work practicums at The Hospital for Sick Children and the Office of the Children’s Lawyer.

Erin enjoys running and travelling when she’s not in an arena watching her three daughters play hockey.


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Erin Chaiton-Murray

Meghan Lawson

Partner

Meghan has practised exclusively in the area of family law since her call to the bar in 2012. Prior to establishing Murray Lawson LLP, Meghan had the benefit of practising with several of Toronto’s leading family law advocates where she gained valuable litigation and negotiation experience resolving complex property and financial issues. Meghan represents clients effectively at all levels of court in Ontario and in mediations and arbitrations.

Meghan attended Saint Mary’s University in Nova Scotia where she earned her B.A. in Criminology and History. Meghan received her J.D. from the University of Windsor, where she gained significant insight into the judicial perspective while clerking at the Ontario Court of Justice, Family Court.

Meghan is a member of the Ontario Bar Association and the Advocates’ Society.

Outside of the office, Meghan spends time exploring Toronto with her family and is always ready to find the next up and coming craft brewery.

Meghan Lawson

Direct 416.847.5056
mlawson@murraylawsonllp.com

Vanessa Sidwell

Associate

Vanessa was called to the bar in 2019. Prior to joining Murray Lawson LLP, Vanessa summered, articled and practiced with a prominent family law boutique in Toronto.

Vanessa graduated from Western University with B.A. (Hons.) and obtained her J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School. While at Osgoode Hall, Vanessa was involved with the Family Law Project with Pro Bono Students Canada, assisting low-income clients with matters in the Ontario Court of Justice. Vanessa also participated in the Family Division of the Osgoode Mediation Clinic, where she facilitated workshops in the community, and conducted mediations in Small Claims Court. Through her work with the Clinic, Vanessa obtained her Level 2 Collaborative Practice Training with Collaborative Practice Toronto. She also participated in the Advanced Children & the Law Workshop, assisting counsel for the Office of the Children’s Lawyer and the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto. Vanessa received the prize for the highest standing in Business Associations while at Osgoode Hall.

Vanessa is a member of the Ontario Bar Association and the Advocates’ Society.When not in the office, Vanessa enjoys trying new workout classes and spending time with family and friends.

Vanessa Sidwell

Direct 647.547.0386
vsidwell@murraylawsonllp.com

Stefanie Hill

Associate

Stefanie was called to the bar in 2022. Prior to joining Murray Lawson LLP, she articled at the Office of the Children’s Lawyer, Ministry of the Attorney General.

Stefanie graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Social Science (Hons.) and received her J.D. from University of Windsor Law. While at Windsor Law, she participated in the Pro Bono Family Law Project, assisting the family legal aid clinic with matters before the Ontario Court of Justice. Stefanie participated in both the Walsh Family Law Moot, and Winkler Class Actions moot and received the Justice Nolan Award, recognizing her dedication to the field of family law.

Stefanie is a member of the Ontario Bar Association and the Advocates’ Society. Outside of work, she enjoys trying new craft breweries, exploring Toronto parks with her husband and their dog Leroy, and playing volleyball.

Stephanie Hill

Stefanie Hill

Direct 416.479.4385
shill@murraylawsonllp.com

Sydney Franzmann

Articling Student

Sydney is an articling student at Murray Lawson LLP, returning after completing her 2L summer student position with the firm.

Sydney graduated from Western University with an Honours Specialization in Criminology and obtained her J.D. from Queen’s Law. While at Queen’s Law, Sydney was involved with the Family Law Clinic, assisting self-represented family litigants in navigating the family court system. Sydney worked as a research assistant, analyzing over a decade of family court decisions on parental alienation, and has published a co-authored paper on family cost decisions and litigation abuse. During law school, Sydney was active in the Queen’s Law community, serving as the Queen’s Women & Law and the Human Rights Law Club president and participating in the Walsh Family Moot. Sydney received the Feminist Jurisprudence Award for outstanding achievement and participation in feminist jurisprudence.

Sydney enjoys attending workout classes with friends and exploring Toronto’s many restaurants in her free time.

Stephanie Hill
Sydney Franzmann

Direct:  647.547.0347
sfranzmann@murraylawsonllp.com

Stephanie Sroka

Senior Law Clerk

Stephanie brings 20 years of experience working exclusively in Family Law, both on Bay Street and with prominent boutique Family Law Firms. Stephanie is a former Trial Coordinator for the Superior Court of Justice, who worked closely with the Judiciary and helped implement the Family Law Rules to the Bar in 2004.

Stephanie works closely with clients in preparing financial statements, gathering disclosure, and preparing net family property statements. Stephanie analyzes complex and comprehensive financial disclosure and assists the lawyers with preparing material for settlement meetings, mediation and arbitration, as well as material for all levels of court.

Stephanie Hill
Stephanie Sroka

Direct: 416.479.4269
ssroka@murraylawsonllp.com

Leigh-Anne Yawlak

Senior Law Clerk / Client Coordinator

Leigh-Anne is a Senior Law Clerk and Client Coordinator at Murray Lawson LLP.

Following her B.A. in Classical Studies at the University of Toronto, Leigh-Anne completed the Ontario Institute of Law Clerks Honors Program at Humber College, earning special recognition in family law, and has worked exclusively in this field.

Over her career as a law clerk, Leigh-Anne has worked for some of Toronto’s leading family law litigation boutiques, gaining experience with complex family law matters. At Murray Lawson LLP, Leigh-Anne enjoys working with clients directly, overseeing all aspects of client management, including preparing financial statements, net family property statements, drafting court material and agreements.

Leigh-Anne understands the complex emotions that result from separation. As the first point of contact for clients at Murray Lawson LLP, Leigh-Anne strives to remove any intimidation clients may feel as she guides them through the family law intake process.

Leigh-Anne is an avid painter and plays multiple musical instruments. When not working, she enjoys swimming, reading and traveling with her daughter.

Leigh-Anne Yawlak

Amelia Asrula

Law Clerk / Legal Assistant

Amelia is a Law Clerk/Legal Assistant at Murray Lawson LLP.

Amelia graduated from the Law Clerk program at Humber College in 2008 and has exclusively worked in the area of family law. Prior to joining Murray Lawson LLP, Amelia worked for several highly reputable family law firms. Amelia diligently oversees all aspects of client management, including drafting and preparing court documents for various levels of court, domestic contracts, as well as assisting clients through the day-to-day process of their family law matter.

Amelia Asrula
Direct: 416.613.8342 ex. 800
aasrula@murraylawsonllp.com

Contact Us

Murray Lawson LLP
12 Lawton Blvd., 2nd Floor
Toronto, Ontario
M4V 1Z4

Tel: 416.613.8342
Fax: 647.547.0456

info@murraylawsonllp.com

12 Lawton Blvd Toronto Ontario

Murray Lawson LLP
12 Lawton Blvd., 2nd Floor
Toronto, Ontario
M4V 1Z4

Tel: 416.613.8342
Fax: 647.547.0456

info@murraylawsonllp.com

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