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Cindy Scharff

Cindy Scharff


About Cindy Scharff

Cindy won her first academic award in Grade 7 (for having the highest average in school), and she hasn’t stopped excelling since. In high school, she received a scholarship for having the highest English mark in Elgin County and went on to get her undergraduate degree from Huron College at the University of Western Ontario, where she continued on to law school.

Cindy articled at a large firm in London, Ontario and then spent eight years in family law at a medium-sized firm in London, mentored by a lawyer who is now a judge. She even taught in the business law and law clerks programs at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario and the law clerk and paralegal programs at Georgian College in Barrie and served on the board of directors for the Women’s Community House in London for several years. She’s a classic example of a “small town girl makes good” story.

As gifted as Cindy is, she readily admits that she has no musical talent. All of the family’s musical ability went to her younger brother, who sings and plays the guitar, so she lives vicariously through him. This doesn’t prevent her from loving music, though (especially Motown). In fact, her cat and her Labrador Retriever are both named after famous musicians.

Luckily, despite her lack of aptitude in music, Cindy is very creative in other ways. She paints and loves to write, but she says that her biggest creative accomplishments are her two amazing children.

After practicing family law for over a decade, Cindy has just about seen it all, handling the gamut of cases from negotiation to litigation to collaborative divorce. So, she not only has a wealth of experience, but her clients say she has an exceptional ability to listen and become a calming and reassuring presence for them during a difficult time. In fact, Cindy’s legal expertise and her deep compassion are just two of the valued traits she brings to the important work she does on the board of Victim Services of York Region. In addition to all of the above, Cindy is also trained and certified to practice Collaborative Family Law and is appointed by the Ministry of the Attorney General as a Dispute Resolution Officer in the Superior Court of Justice.

As a resident and active member of the community herself, she is pleased to be able to provide legal services to the people of Barrie.


Community Votes Simcoe County 2022 Gold Award

Category: Best Lawyers

Gelman & Associates is happy to announce that our very own Cindy Scharff won gold for the Community Votes Simcoe County 2022 Awards under the category of Best Lawyers! We’re so proud of Cindy’s accomplishment and to have her as a member of our team. This award speaks to her wealth of experience and exceptional ability to provide a calming and reassuring presence for her clients during their time of need. Congratulations, Cindy!


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Cindy Scharff



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