It is little wonder that Irina is such a gifted lawyer. She comes from a long line of successful professionals, and that encompasses her siblings too. Her sister is a dentist and her brother just happens to be a surgeon. Clearly, the word underachieve is not in their vocabulary.
Irina caught the travel bug a lot sooner than most, but she comes by it honestly. Her journey began in Romania, where she was born and in due course split her formative years between Canada and Finland. Although she moved away at an early age, Irina is still fluent in Romanian.
Now, as an adult, Irina has cemented her status as a talented globe-trotter. She has visited some of the most interesting and exotic places on the planet, from Indonesia and Alaska, to New Orleans and China. You would think that nothing could top those profound experiences, but you’d be wrong. Still, meeting Jake Gyllenhaal (twice no less!!) in New York City probably ranks a very close second (and third?).
Irina received her B.Sc. in Biology & Psychology from York University, but soon discovered that she simply couldn’t stay away from the campus for very long. Accordingly, she graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School with her Juris Doctor degree in 2006 and was called to the bar in 2007. Irina is also trained and certified to practice Collaborative Family Law.
Helping others and encouraging them to succeed is one of Irina’s passions. Though her course load during her years at law school was quite demanding, she still managed to find time to work as both a court reporter and assist deaf students at Seneca and George Brown Colleges as an in-class note taker.
As you may have gleaned, there is no such thing as down time for Irina. Although her thirst for travel has been well documented, she can also be found adding her own personal flare to an interior design project or demonstrating her creativity through photography. In addition, with a Grade 9 certificate in piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music, it would not be out of the ordinary to see her front row centre at a performance of classical music.
Not only does she have a good ear for music, but as a result of her varied life experiences, she has developed a real knack for listening and getting to know others and empathetically assisting them with compassion and understanding – just what you’d expect from a dedicated family law lawyer.
Chowzun v. Lee, 2016 ONCJ 99 – Matter dealt with the court’s decision regarding costs of a trial and for prior steps for which costs could not be recovered until the final adjudication of the case.
Bianchi v. Bianchi, 2018 ONCJ 985 – A decision on costs relating to a husband’s motion to change the spousal support provisions of a separation agreement, which he abandoned after the wife responded. The decision also addresses claims made by the wife in her response.
Mascarenhas v. Budhai, 2020 ONSC 3025 – A father’s motion to expand and change terms regarding access to his child.
L.D. v. A.E., 2020 ONCJ 417 – Representing the father in a mother’s motion to suspend access to their child.
L.D. v. A.E., 2021 ONCJ 115 – Costs awarded to father after mother attempted to suspend his access to their child.