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About Mediator and Lawyer Barbara Cohen

In 1984 I graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa with a Bachelor of Arts degree with Distinction. Since my call to the Bar in 1991, I have practiced exclusively in the area of Family Law.

While my practice was initially litigation oriented, in 2001 I began focusing my attention on alternative dispute resolution approaches to Family Law. After completing my Certification as a Third Party Neutral from the Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution in 2001 and subsequent training in Family Mediation, I began my Family Mediation Practice in 2004. I have been an Accredited Family Law Mediator since 2007.

In 2003 I received my training in Collaborative Family Law and continue to practice as a panelist for the Ottawa Collaborative Law Network.

Volunteer Experience

  • President – Ontario Association of Family Mediators (OAFM) - Ottawa Chapter
  • Vice President/Treasurer/Membership - Ontario Association of Family Mediators - (OAFM) - Ottawa Chapter
  • Ontario Superior Court of Justice - Presenter of "Experiencing Separation" course
  • CHIN Radio - chaired production of 12 part radio series on Family Law Dispute Resolution
  • CHIN Radio - Numerous guest appearances on CHIN Radio as Family Law/ADR expert
  • Participated in provincial panel of family law experts on Family Law Justice Reform Project
  • Carleton University – guest lecturer for Women and the Law course