Mediation. Arbitration. Advocacy.

At Fogelman Law we understand that your family law matter is the most important thing in your life. We strive to find the best resolution for each client, recognizing the uniqueness of each client's circumstances. Our discreet and experienced team of family law professionals are able to assist you in all aspects of your family law matter.

In addition to our counsel practice, Herschel Fogelman, the principal of Fogelman Law, has a dynamic mediation and arbitration practice. He is one of the province's most respected family mediators and has mediated hundreds of family law disputes. When called on, he is a highly respected arbitrator.

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About us

The professionals at Fogelman Law PC advise clients on all aspects of family law. Our preference is to negotiate a resolution of the issues in dispute out of court, but when necessary, Herschel and Erin have effectively litigated at all levels of court in Ontario, including the Court of Appeal. We have expertise in complex parenting disputes as well the nuances of drafting and negotiating marriage and cohabitation agreements.

Effective Dispute Resolution

Herschel's experience as a mediator and arbitrator has honed his advocacy skills. Having the perspective of an adjudicator, gives Herschel the ability to quickly and efficiently highlight the critical issues in dispute and communicate them in the most persuasive way possible. As an arbitrator, Herschel has learned the importance of honing in on the key issues in dispute and how to frame those in the most persuasive manner possible.

Navigating Human Dynamics

Erin comes to family law having first achieved a Masters in Social Work. This foundation has given her a broad insight and skill set in navigating the human dynamics within conflict resolution and a keen sensitivity in parenting issues. Both Herschel and Erin adopt a practical and results focused approach to cases that is tailored to the needs and instructions of the client they work with.

Customized Case Management

Herschel also offers customized case management to better meet the needs of family law clients. Customized Case Management provides tailor-made time and issue management, to streamline dispute resolution, and better accommodate clients’ schedules and preferences.

Herschel Fogelman, family lawyer and mediator, Toronto

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Herschel Fogelman

Herschel Fogelman is the principal of Fogelman Law. After almost two decades with a prestigious Bay Street firm, Herschel started his own practice focusing solely on family law. His approach is to find a negotiated settlement to his clients' problems, but he recognizes that not all problems can be solved through negotiation. When necessary, Herschel is an experienced litigator with success at all levels of court including the Ontario Court of Appeal.

Herschel’s thoughtful, discreet and creative approach to solving family law disputes has earned him the respect of his peers as demonstrated by the fact that he is one of Ontario’s most relied upon family law mediators and arbitrators. He successfully mediates hundreds of disputes every year and is frequently called upon by other members of the Family Law Bar to assist in solving difficult problems. Herschel recently developed a model for customized case management allowing counsel and their clients’ speedy and efficient management and dispute resolution.

Herschel has been named one of Canada’s Best Lawyers every year since the ranking was established in 1996 and is consistently ranked by Lexpert as a leading practitioner in Family Law. He is a frequent author and lecturer for such groups as Osgoode Hall Law School, the Advocates’ Society, the Ontario Bar Association and various universities in Ontario.

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James Porter, family lawyer, Toronto

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James Porter

James is an associate at Fogelman Law. He has practiced exclusively family law since his call to the Ontario bar in 2016.

James graduated from the University of King’s College in 2010 with a degree in Political Science and History. He obtained his law degree from Queen’s University in 2015. While studying at Queen’s Law, James served as a Caseworker at the Queen’s Business Law Clinic and earned a certificate in International Business Law. He completed the Osgoode Certificate in Family Law Skills and Practice in 2020.

James has experience representing clients from all walks of life. He started his career representing legal aid clients in one of the GTA’s most underserved communities. A few years later, he relocated to Toronto where he worked for a leading family law boutique specializing in representing high-net-worth clients.

James is a passionate and effective advocate who appears frequently before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. While he is a strong litigator, he also appreciates the value of negotiations, and aims to settle cases out of court where possible.

When he is not at work, James is an avid chess player, runner, and Toronto Raptors fan.

Lauren Daneman, family lawyer Toronto

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Lauren Daneman

Lauren is an associate at Fogelman Law. Prior to her call, she articled with a leading full-service firm in Ottawa. She was called to the Ontario bar in 2017 and relocated her practice to Toronto shortly thereafter.

Lauren graduated from the University of Waterloo in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English Rhetoric and Professional Writing & Legal Studies. She obtained her law degree from the University of Ottawa in 2016, completing specialization in Dispute Resolution and Professionalism.

Lauren previously practiced family law in a full-service environment, which has given her a valuable understanding over a variety of legal issues that impact the resolution of family law matters, including real estate, corporate law, tax and estates. Lauren has completed the Osgoode Certificate in Family Law Skills and Practice as well as various professional development programs.

Lauren actively strives to settle disputes outside of litigation where it suits her client’s best interests. She also appreciates that some matters require court intervention and has experience advocating for clients in the Ontario Court of Justice, the Superior Court of Justice, and the Court of Appeal for Ontario.

Outside of her legal life, Lauren has a passion for good food, travel, and classic literature.


February 01, 2021

Arbitration is an effective alternative to litigation in family law.

The fundamental difference between litigation and arbitration is that, in arbitration, the parties pay someone to adjudicate their dispute. Despite this added expense, a properly conducted arbitration should work out to be less expensive than litigation. Where arbitration follows mediation, many issues …

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January 05, 2021

Why 95% of divorces settle without litigation.

Fortunately for the parties involved, most divorces settle without litigation. When the financial and emotional costs are tallied, going to court is just too expensive. Not to mention the months and months that court litigation requires. If a lawyer charges …

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December 01, 2020

Mediation is a popular alternative to litigation in family law.

Mediation has become a very popular alternative to litigation in family law matters. More Ontario lawyers use mediation than B.C., Alberta, or Nova Scotia lawyers to resolve disputes, according to Canadian Forum on Civil Justice research. Mediation’s key benefits include the potential to save time and money, and the potential to …

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November 15, 2020

Retirement is a factor for support payments in separation agreements.

A working spouse needs to consider the impact of retirement on spousal support in their separation agreement. Many support providers assume they’ll be able to reduce or eliminate their support obligations at retirement, based on reduced earning potential. Unfortunately, it’s often not that simple. This is a conversation to be had upfront and, ideally, the separation agreement would specify that retirement is a change that will affect support. …

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November 01, 2020

Identifying an unsuitable case for mediation.

It’s important to be able to recognize when a case is unsuitable for mediation Despite the cost and time-saving potential, mediation isn’t the best option for every case. In some cases, mediation can actually waste time. This is one reason why mandatory mediation isn’t ideal. Mediation is well-suited to people who want it, but …

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Fogelman Family Lawyers, Toronto

Our discreet and experienced team of family law professionals are able to assist you in all aspects of your family law matter.

Fogelman Law PC
481 Bloor Street West, Third Floor
Toronto, ON M5S 1X9

Tel (416) 944 0038
Fax (416) 800 8794

Walking distance from Spadina and Bathurst (Line 2 – Bloor and Danforth)
Exit Bathurst station and walk east
Exit Spadina station and walk west
Located above the Rexall.

Green Ps nearby:
292 Brunswick Avenue (preferable if staying less than 1 hour)
365 Lippincott Street (preferable if staying over 1 hour)

The Fogelman Law entrance is on Brunswick Ave, just south of Bloor.