I have been practicing in the field of law exclusively for over 28 years. For 20 of those years, my practice has been limited exclusively to the practice of family law. I act as both counsel and, more recently, as a family mediator.
Family law is about people. My philosophy is that people going through divorce need knowledge about their rights and obligations, certainty as to where the process will leave them and guidance to get them to the end of the process with dignity and fairness. My practice focus is on client education. Educated clients have reasonable expectations, are more closely involved in the management of their case and are more invested in the resolution of their affairs. I will always guide clients towards settlement and towards a cost effective and child focused resolution of their issues.
I have extensive litigation experience representing clients in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Family Division and in Ontario Appellate Courts. I am a member of the Ottawa Collaborative Law Panel and a former lecturer for the Law Society of Upper Canada Bar Admission Course.
I received my law degree at Queens University to which I was accepted after two years of undergraduate studies at Carleton University in Commerce. I am admitted to practice law by the Law Society of Upper Canada in all Ontario Provincial Courts and have offered services as far afield as Red Lake, Ontario.
I have been (and still am) an avid soccer player for my entire adult life. I live in Ottawa’s West end with my wife, Michele Hamilton (a parenting mediator) and am blessed with four adult children and a wonderful grandchild.
The following quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson proudly hangs on my wall (a gift from my wife) which guides my professional and personal life):
“The definition of success? To laugh much; to win respect of intelligent persons and the affections of children; to earn the approbation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a little better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm, and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived- this is to have succeeded!”
Gil handled a difficult case and made it much more manageable. He explained at every stage what the choices and possible outcomes would be. He responded quickly and thoroughly whenever I asked. Gil was assertive but also sensible when negotiating my case. Gil unlike most lawyers deals strictly with family law which makes him an expert in this area. Highly recommend!
Gil is very approachable and easy to talk to. He listens and fully understand the situation, issues, concerns and provides amazing legal advice and guidance as it pertains to the family law. He is very professional and is focused on providing me with the right representation and ensuring that i understand my options and what they really mean. I only wish I had found and had Gil represent me a few years sooner. I would highly recommend Gil to anyone looking for a lawyer in family law..
Gil & Theresa are amazing at what they do! They are both sympathetic to the situation and extremely knowledgeable. They were there for me when I needed them, they were efficient, polite, affordable and cost effective! I refer all of my clients to Gil now and no one else!
I highly recommend Gil Rumstein. Gil makes me feel that he has taken care of everything. He is empathetic and values my priorities. I feel so much better about the process knowing he is representing me, and I feel I cannot lose.
High quality of service, professional and friendly from both Mr. Rumstien and his Assistant. I have recommended his Law Firm to friends and family.
High quality service
I was extremely happy with the law service Gil provided me. He is very knowledgeable in his field and explained everything in a manner I understood. He was very patient with me and always showed a high level of professionalism. He was recommended to me and I would definitely recommend him to anyone. His assistant,Teresa, was very friendly and was very helpful though the whole experience. I can not say enough good words to say about them. Thanks Gil and Teresa for going well above any of me expectations. You two are a credit to your professions.
Professional and proficiency
Mr. Gil Rumstein’s knowledge and professionalism are beyond reproach. After being referred to Mr. Rumstein by a colleague of his, I was immediately impressed with his handling of my court proceedings while going through an extremely difficult custody battle. The time and effort he expended on my file while I lived in another city was tremendous. He was forthright with the options available to me, a clear and concise game plan moving forward and set realistic expectations. As my case was complex, and with an unpredictable and often confusing opposing party to deal with, Mr. Rumstein’s experience and incredible composure shone through. All the while, he and his staff were ever vigilant in keeping me informed at all times of progress, options and potential issues that required my attention. His proficiency was impressive to say the least, and his skill was expertly applied at key moments which overwhelmed me as a decision came about that was better than I hoped for. This was due in no small part to Mr. Rumstein’s astuteness in applying and handling the litigation, his poise with dealing with a volatile and erratic other party, and his genuine regard for my wishes in obtaining a just decision for my file. I cannot thank Mr. Rumstein and his staff enough for their dedication during what was an extremely stressful litigation, they gave me hope and I am ever grateful for their efforts.
Mr. Rumstein went above a beyond my expectation. He was straight to the point. Would tell me if I was asking to much and would be very realistic. I went through three different lawyers,(all of which were just out to get paid)before finding Mr. Rumstein. I have a new respect for family law, thanks to Gil. He is a credit to his profession. I would recommend him to anyone that needed a lawyer to fight for their rights. Thanks Gil for helping me.
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