Family Law Mission
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.
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.
Danielle Gendron grew up in a small town just south of Barrie and graduated from the University of Guelph in 2006 where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts Honours degree. The following year, she obtained her certification in Alternative Dispute Resolution from Seneca College where she went on to work in the litigation practice group with a corporate Bay Street firm before attending law school.
In 2010, Danielle obtained her law degree from the University of Kent in Canterbury, United Kingdom. She completed her articles with a criminal defence firm in Toronto and thereafter practiced criminal defence with Caramanna Friedberg LLP in Toronto. For several years Danielle conducted trials in the Ontario Court of Justice and Superior Court of Justice throughout various courts in the province. She also argued summary conviction appeals in Superior Court and has worked on cases at the Court of Appeal.
In 2019, Danielle decided to pursue her passion for family law and began assisting clients in the following areas: separation, divorce, custody and access, spousal support, child support and division of property. In early 2020, Danielle joined JMS Law to exclusively practice family law and is ecstatic about this new transition!
Danielle is dedicated to obtaining the best results for her clients. Her superior advocacy experience and negotiation ability has led to many successful acquittals, resolutions and settlements.
In addition to exclusively practicing family law, Danielle is also studying the Family Law Skills and Practice Certificate with Osgoode Law School and will be obtaining her certificate in May 2020.
Danielle is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, the Family Lawyer’s Association, the Simcoe County Law Association as well as the Simcoe County Family Law Lawyer’s Association.
Danielle is passionate about helping clients through these sensitive transitions. To book a consultation with Danielle, please call the office.
Nicole joined JMS Law in 2020 following her call to the Ontario Bar. Nicole completed her Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree at York University and obtained her law degree from the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law.
During law school, Nicole was an active and engaged volunteer at the Community Legal Aid office in Windsor, Ontario. Nicole worked in the Family Law Practice portion of the clinic as a full-time case worker and student litigator, where she advocated on behalf of her clients in the Ontario Court of Justice on matters involving custody, access and child support claims. Nicole also successfully negotiated and drafted separation agreements and parenting agreements for her clients.
Nicole is passionate about family law and strongly believes in a resolution-focused approach. In August 2020, Nicole obtained her Certificate in Family Mediation at York University where she gained the skills and experience needed to confidently mediate conflict and assess for family violence.
Nicole’s areas of practice include Family Law, Wills and Estates, along with Estate Litigation.
Nicole is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, Toronto Lawyers Association, Family Law Association of Ontario, Young Women in Law and the Canadian Italian Business and Professional Association.
When Nicole is not advocating on behalf of her clients or reading the latest family law case law, she is enjoying a glass of red wine at home in the company of her beloved mini-schnauzer, Nina.
My name is Yvette Frohlich-Claro. 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.
Kristie began her journey as a Law Clerk in August of 2015 and received her diploma from the Law Clerk program at Georgian College in October of 2017. She has been a Law Clerk at JMS Law since June of 2017.
Since Kristie joined the JMS Law team, she has been assisting with Family Law, Mediation, and Wills and Estates, she has also been coordinating with students at Georgian College to assist them with complete their field placements here at JMS Law.
Kristie is glad to be a part of JMS Law, where the highest priority is helping people during difficult transitioning periods in their lives.
Heather was brought on to the JMS Law team in February of 2018. Heather started her journey with us as a co-op student and was formally brought on to the team in June of 2018. Heather obtained her diploma from the Law Clerk program at Georgian Collage, graduation with Honors. Upon graduating, Heather received a Bursary Award from The Simcoe County Law Association. Prior to attending the Law Clerk program, Heather obtained her diploma in Law Enforcement Foundations at CTS Canadian Career Collages, where she had also graduated with Honors.
With a passion for the law, Heather is devoted to helping people in need. As a Law Clerk assisting in Family Law, Heather is often responsible for assisting the clients in maintaining their file to ensure their counsel has all the relevant information pertaining to the matter. Currently, Heather is the Law Clerk for our Associate Angela I. Marchese with her family files but is looking to expand her knowledge within Wills and Estates law.
A message from Heather: I am very excited to be apart of a dedicated team that continues to be present within our community. Being a part of such a great team allows me to show my commitment to our clients and my family, while continuing my passion for the law