It is our mission at JMS Law to understand and assist, inspire and empower our clients when they are in transition; and collaborate with solutions-focused clients to help them achieve their goals. We offer efficient and stress-free real estate, wills and estates, family law and mediation services.
We support the changes that our clients make to help them establish new lives, new neighbourhoods or new beginnings.
Our caring, authentic and highly competent legal and support team treat each client with respect, compassion and empathy, educating them on how to achieve their goals through peaceful resolution and healing.
We are evolving a forward-looking standard for family law and mediation that is resolution-focused and based on individual needs.
Serving Cottage Country, Simcoe County and the GTA, including; Barrie, Orillia, Huntsville, Gravenhurst, Bracebridge, Innisfil, Bradford, Newmarket, Aurora, and Toronto.
Joanna M. Shaw Hons., BA, LLB, MES, LLM, ACC. MEDIATOR, NOTARY
As the principle lawyer of JMS Law it is my goal to encourage and foster a practice of law that is compassionate and mindful, not only of clients but of the JMS Law team.
I consistently remind my team that everyone has a story, and every story is valid and deserving of attention and non-judgement. I challenge my team and clients to become more self-aware and reflective in efforts to find solutions that allow for inner-growth and success not just for themselves but for those around them. It is my belief that a better world, lived from non-judgment, compassion, mindful practice and kindness is possible.
Whether I am working on real estate files or family files, I engage in this approach. When working with all Clients in conflict, I will tell you what you need to hear—which isn’t always what you want to hear—because my goal is to get you to resolution, not deeper into conflict. It is to help you see your conflict as a catalyst for personal change and self-mastery and to live authentically from that place.
This approach often shortens the amount of time people spend in conflict which then lessens the financial, emotional and often times, the physical cost of conflict. My own life experience has equipped me with tools for personal transformation which I readily share with anyone who is open and ready for change. I do everything I can to live authentically from a place of compassion, mindfulness and humility and I encourage my team to do the same, in all areas of our lives, personally and professionally.
My approach to law, and indeed my life as a whole, is greatly influenced by Yoga and Meditation philosophies and other practices that engender compassion and mindfulness. I have been a member of several boards, including Legal Clinics, Women shelters, with participation on the Panel of the Mediation Centre in Barrie, the Simcoe Family Law Lawyers Association and Barrie Real Estate Law Association. As a Member of a Barrie Rotary club, I adhere strongly to the principals upheld by Rotarians. I have advocated on behalf on many marginalized men, women and children for better living environments. My deep commitment to a healthier community causes me to currently teach several Yoga classes weekly to individuals of all ages including elderly individuals seeking a healthier mind and body, with a very deep drive for both physical and inner growth.
My first love is teaching and working with people in a way that will allow them to transform their lives in a truly great way. I have taught several courses in the Social Science department at York University for 13 years and over the years have facilitated several children’s programs that focused on healthy families and personal growth. Out of this love has grown the work I do as an agent of the Office of the Children’s Lawyer where I represent children in family law disputes. Both as a mediator and a Children’s lawyer I encourage clients and lawyers on the opposing side to foster compassion for themselves and to see possibilities where there might not otherwise be any.
At JMS Law, we encourage people to negotiate from a place of mindfulness and compassion with their future, and that of their children, at the fore. The well-being of both our clients and their families are of the utmost importance. I believe that healthier families lead to healthier communities, which, in turn, lead to a healthier world. I work hard to help clients get to a place where they can see their future independent of their current conflicts. I empower my clients and those around me to participate in a collaborative process that focuses on understanding and healing, and results in long lasting, cost-effective resolutions that benefit the whole family, in particular children whose parents are involved in the conflict.
Meet The JMS Law Team
Jillian C. Bowman
Jillian joined JMS Law as an associate in 2016. She obtained her BA from York University and her LLB from the University of Sussex law school.
Prior to law school, Jillian worked as a certified Law Clerk in family law, which inspired her to further her legal education. Jillian’s areas of practice include family law, child protection as well as wills and estate administration. Jillian assists her clients with matters such as separation, divorce, custody and access, child support, spousal support and child protection matters. Jillian can also assist you with your estate planning and drafting of your wills and/or powers of attorney.
Jillian is passionate about family law and committed to playing an active role in the Simcoe County community as well as the legal community. Jillian is the Vice President of the Simcoe County Family Law Lawyer’s Association and a volunteer with Barrie Lawyers feed the Hungry and is a member of BNI. Her enthusiasm for the Law, helping others, personal and inner growth is second to none.
Erika V. Chan
Erika joined JMS Law as an Associate in 2017 after being called to the bar. Erika’s commitment for social justice, an awakened approach to conflict resolution and personal growth caused her to seek out a firm that strongly looks to the future and encourages an approach to law that values such principals, hence she joined JMS Law.
Her legal experience includes family law, wills & estates and real estate law. Erika aims to provide high quality, professional service to her clients in an efficient, resolution-focused manner.
Erika has assisted clients with their family law issues, including separation, divorce, division of family property, custody and access, child support, spousal support, parenting plans, child protection, cohabitation/marriage agreements and separation agreements.
Erika has experience helping clients with the purchase and sale of residential real estate, refinancing mortgages, drafting Wills, Powers of Attorney for Personal Care and Property, and estate planning.
Erika attained her BA English from the University of Alberta and her LLB at Cardiff University law school. She is a member of the Simcoe County Family Law Lawyer’s Association, Family Lawyer’s Association of Ontario, Lawyer’s Union of Ontario, the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers, an avid participant of an award winning Toastmasters club and served as VP membership and BNI Business Elite.
Erika enjoys being involved in the community by volunteering at the Redwood women’s shelter and the All Saints Kingsway Out of the Cold program. She spends her free time reading, trying out new cuisines and doing outdoor activities.
JMS Law welcomed Angela as an Associate in 2018. Angela completed her Bachelor of Arts (Hons) at York University, and her LL.B at the University of Leicester, School of Law, in the United Kingdom.
Angela’s areas of practice include Family Law, Wills and Estates, along with Estate Litigation and Real Estate. Angela assists her clients with matters such as separation, divorce, custody and access, parenting plans, child support and spousal support. Angela also assists her clients in the formation of domestic contracts such as: cohabitation agreements, separation agreements and marriage contracts. Angela can also assist you with your estate planning and drafting of your will and/or powers of attorney and any litigation relating to these matters.
A resolution-focused result is at the forefront of Angela’s style of practice, however, if necessary, Angela is qualified and ready to litigate on her clients behalf.
Angela is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, Ontario Bar Association (in good standing), Toronto Lawyers Association, Family Law Association of Ontario, Canadian Italian Advocates of Ontario, Young Women in Law and is also a founding member of the BNI Business Elite for the King area. Angela also has an extensive business and social media background and has won two consumer awards for her area of expertise in the world of business. Angela is an active volunteer with the Ontario Justice Education Network, specifically lending her time as a Judge at the Peel High School Mock Trials. Angela practices in Vaughan, King, Toronto & Simcoe County.
My name is Yvette Frohlich. I was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary, moved to Toronto, Canada with my parents and sister in 1987 and then to Barrie in 1990. I graduated, with Honours, from the Law Clerk program at The Toronto School of Business in 1995. I landed a job (initially on a volunteer basis to gain “hands on” experience) in a sole practitioner’s office in downtown Barrie, where I worked for the first 22 years of my career handling mostly real estate files (residential and commercial), along with some corporate and estate planning matters.
I am thrilled to have joined Joanna Shaw and her team at JMS Law, where I continue to demonstrate my strong commitment to providing exceptional service to all existing and new real estate clients of JMS Law. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my amazing family, traveling around the World and interior decorating. I also strive to live a healthy, well balanced lifestyle.
My name is Sarah Hull. I was born and raised in Barrie, Ontario. I started my career in Office Management in 2008 when I began managing an Executive Office building, this is where I first met Joanna Shaw and the amazing team at JMS Law. I have a very strong commitment to working with disadvantaged members of our community and chose to join JMS Law because my values in making the community a better place to live was extremely congruent with those very same values held by Joanna and her team, hence JMS Law as a practice. I have a very strong commitment to personal growth and care deeply for others and their own personal growth. I am a member of the “Business Matters” chapter of Business Networking International (BNI). I have an amazing family all guided by my compassionate, mindful and caring mindset in all that they do as a family and within the community. I am absolutely thrilled to now work at JMS Law in the role of Office Manager. I come to work daily with a desire to help people and hopefully make a difference in their lives, and I love that I work at an office that wholeheartedly supports this attitude.