A natural entrepreneur, Lisa took a few detours after law school before settling in family law, where she has happily been in private practice for the last 20 years. Nothing if not a well-rounded person, Lisa owned an ice cream store and owned a travel company that once led a singles trip to Nepal for a major Internet dating site. While an undergraduate, she and Gelman & Associates’ COO Karen Kotansky even owned a company that employed other students to sell paper products in bulk door to door. In fact, her talent and drive to grow successful businesses was recognized by PROFIT and Canadian Business in 2016 where she was included in the W100 list of Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs.
Lisa has been firmly dedicated to her family law practice since 1995, and in 2001, she began the law firm of Gelman & Associates. Her stats are impressive. She has a B.A. from the University of Western in political science and an LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1995.
In her spare time, Lisa is a sports aficionado. She also loves to run, bicycle, roller blade, and water ski (she can even barefoot ski.) Sports aren’t the only place where Lisa’s adventurous spirit comes out, however. She has a serious case of wanderlust and loves to travel. Some of her favorite places are Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Peru and Israel. And above all, Lisa is the proud mother of a wonderful little boy and two, equally wonderful, little girls.
As a lawyer, Lisa is a type A personality, but everyone will tell you that she’s also very warm-hearted. Case in point: She founded a volunteer legal clinic that her firm runs at New Circles, a volunteer organization in Toronto that offers members of the community new and gently used clothing, employment and life skills training, and other assistance.
Lisa is both passionate and compassionate in her representation of her clients. She gives them the best of both worlds: someone who is tough when she needs to be but who believes in negotiating and settling whenever possible.