Ivana Vaccaro completed her Bachelor of Arts at York University, where she graduated a Member of the Dean’s Honour Roll. She obtained her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Ontario in 2003, where she was intricately involved with the staff and student body in moot competitions, its dispute resolution centre, and organizing charitable events. She spent the winter term of her final year at Western in Washington D.C. studying international human rights at the Washington College of Law, American University.
Ivana articled with a general practice firm in Ottawa where she gained invaluable exposure to the area of family law under the commendable mentorship of Ian Vallance. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2004. She has been practicing exclusively in the area of family law since her call to the Bar. Her practice has been particularly sensitive to issues of spousal abuse and its implications on the family.
Ivana is active in the community and regularly attends shelters to provide family law seminars. She is a member of the Family Lawyers Association and a presenter for the Mandatory Information Program at the Ontario Court of Justice and Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Brampton, Ontario. She appears regularly before both the Ontario Court of Justice and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on a wide range of family law issues ranging from custody/access and support issues to the division of property. Ivana is also a member of the Finance Council for a local parish.
She takes a practical, efficient and client-focused approach to all family law matters, whether she is negotiating a domestic contract, involved in litigation or advising client’s engaged in an alternative form of dispute resolution, such as mediation. At all times, she endeavors to ensure that her clients’ interests are served.