Joel Skapinker B.A., LL.B., LL.M, Acc.F.M.

PO Box 54027, Lawrence Plaza Post Office
Toronto, Ontario M6A1A0
Tel. (416) 783-1379; Fax (416) 352-0191
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Educational Background

Certificate of Participation, Family Law Arbitration, ADR Institute of Ontario, April 26, 2008, Toronto, Ontario

Certificate of Participation, Family Mediation Skills: Theory & Practice, Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo, March 29, 2008

Bar Admission Course, Law Society of Upper Canada, 1980 - 1981

McGill University, Faculty of Law - LL.B, June, 1979

McGill University, Institute of Comparative Law - LL.M (International Commercial Transactions), June, 1979

University of London (England), University College, - LL.M, September, 1976

University of the Witwatersrand, School of Law (Johannesburg, South Africa) - LL.B, December, 1974

University of the Witwatersrand - B.A., December, 1972 major - psychology

Work Experience

Skapinker & Associates (now Skapinker & Shapiro LLP), Barristers & Solicitors, Toronto, February 1993 to present. Civil litigation, family law, professional liability and estates.

Skapinker, Blom Barristers & Solicitors, Toronto, November, 1991 - 1993 Family law and civil litigation.

Rodica David, Q.C., Barristers & Solicitors, Toronto, April, 1990 - November, 1991. Family law.

McMillan Binch, Barristers & Solicitors, Toronto, March, 1988 - April, 1990. Family law.

Joel Skapinker, Barrister & Solicitor, Sole Practitioner, March, 1985 - March, 1988. Family law, landlord and tenant and civil litigation, including numerous attendances before the Ontario Court of Appeal.

Goodman & Goodman (now Goodmans LLP), Barristers & Solicitors, Toronto, April, 1983 - March, 1985. Commercial, real estate, insurance litigation and family law.

Lang, Michener, Barristers & Solicitors, Toronto, July, 1982 - April, 1983. Experience included acting as junior counsel to Mr. Burke Doran mainly in the field of family law.

Caskie, Beck, Barristers & Solicitors, Toronto, May, 1981 - June, 1982. Experience included real estate and mortgage litigation, family law and civil litigation.

Articling clerk, MacDonald & Ferrier, Barristers & Solicitors, Toronto, 1979 - 1980. Experience included learning to draft pleadings, formulate a strategy of the case, attend at and argue motions, legal research, draft agreements, how to relate to clients and other lawyers and included attending at hearings with two of the leading family law lawyers in the country.

Reported Decisions

Professional Associations and Memberships

Advocate (Barrister) of the Supreme Court of South Africa (called 1975)

Member, Ontario Bar (called 1983)

Member, Canadian Bar Association

Accredited Family Mediator (OAFM) 2011

Former Member of Executive, Canadian Bar Association (Ont.) Family Law Section

A Founding Member, Supreme Court of Canada Historical Society


Skapinker, J and Barling, N, The South African Law of Persons through the Cases, Juta & Co., 1978 - Casebook on family law in South Africa

Specialized Research Experience

LL.M thesis, McGill University, 1978 - "Legal Aspects of Foreign Investment in Canadian Real Estate"

Research assistant to James C. MacDonald, Q.C. on paper: "Property Applications Under the Family Law Reform Act, 1978" for the Continuing Education Programme of the Law Society of Upper Canada, June, 1980

Research assistant for the Family Law Materials of the Bar Admission Course, 1980 - 1981

Teaching Experience

Judicial Experience

Dispute Resolution Officer, Ontario Court General Division (Family Law Section) 1995-1996

Dispute Resolution Officer, Ontario Court General Division (Family Law Section) 1997-1999


Licenced Amateur radio operator and member of Canadian Amateur Radio League, Private Pilot - Buttonville Airport

Tango, International politics, photography, computers, East - West relations and politics


Upon request