A. Shawn Richard


416-924-1970 ext 59





Shawn takes a creative, forward-thinking approach to finding solutions for clients’ family and estate litigation issues. He successfully argued Yenovkian v. Gulian, the first case in Canada to recognize the invasion of privacy tort of publicity placing a person in a false light, to achieve compensation for his client for online abuse from her ex-spouse. By paying attention to his clients’ goals and providing smart, practical advice, he has built a reputation for being a resolute but reasonable lawyer. Shawn’s practice has been built on resolving complicated financial and international family and estate litigation issues.

Shawn taught trial advocacy at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, and is a published author and frequent presenter.


Ontario, 2009

  • J.D. 2008, University of Toronto
  • M.A. 2002, University of Toronto
  • Hon. B.Sc. 2001, University of Toronto
  • Shawn is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Advocates' Society. He is a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers and is the Past President of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers

  • Appointed by the Ontario Government as a Reviewer to address concerns about equity, anti-Black racism and serious issues related to governance, leadership and human resources practices in the Peel District School Board

  • Ryerson G. Raymond Chang Volunteer Award, 2019

  • Co-Chair, LSO E-Course on Advancing Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Legal Professions, 2018 to Present

  • Program Advisory Committee, Ryerson University Law School, 2017 to Present

  • Member, Legal Aid Ontario Test Case Committee, 2017 to 2018

  • Co-creator, Advocacy Skills Training Program for Members of RODA Organizations, a partnership between the Court of Appeal for Ontario and the Advocates’ Society

  • Co-founder, Working Group of the Court of Appeal for Ontario and Equity Seeking Groups

  • Co-creator, Legal Practice and Equity: A Conversation with the Bar, the Bench and Faculties of Law, Ryerson University Faculty of Law

  • Presenter, Panel: The Diversity of Family Law in Practice, BLSA Canada Conference, May 7, 2021

  • Presenter, Panel Discussion: Family Disputes,  Day 3: Common Elder Law Issues,  The Osgoode Certificate in Elder Law, April 14, 2021

  • Moderator and Presenter, How Do I Practice in a Culturally Competent Way? 15th Family Law Summit, Law Society of Ontario, April 13, 2021

  • Moderator and Presenter, Update on Tech in Family Law, 15th Family Law Summit, Law Society of Ontario, April 12, 2021

  • Presenter, Drafting and Executing Enforceable Agreements, The Art of Settlement, Advocates’ Society, February 22, 2021

  • Presenter, The Ins and Outs of Family Trusts, Ontario Bar Association's Institute Series, February 3, 2021

  • Presenter, Tools for Addressing Internet Abuse in Parenting Cases, AFCC-Ontario Annual Conference, October 16, 2020

  • Presenter, It Can Happen to you: Technology and Family Law- the Good the Bad and the Ugly, 14th Annual Family Law Summit, October 1, 2020

  • Presenter, Beyond Allyship: Coalition Toward Anti-Racism, Korean Canadian Scolarship Foundation, August 19, 2020

  • Black Lives Matter. State Power and the Breaking of the Social Contract, Lincoln Alexander School of Law, June 18, 2020

  • Presenter, Legal Practice and Equity: A Conversation with the Bar, the Bench and Faculties of Law, November 2, 2019

  • Presenter, Marriage Contracts, Conflicts in Blended Families, Sibling Struggles, Predatory Marriages and Family Meetings, Elder Law Certificate Planning, February 26, 2019

  • Presenter, 13th Annual Family Law Summit, Hot Topics in Child Support, March 19, 2019

  • Presenter, 12th Annual Family Law Summit, Disclosure, April 10, 2018

  • Presenter, 11th Annual Family Law Summit, How to Challenge an Income Report: Cross-examination of an Expert, March 6, 2017

  • Presenter, 20th Annual Estates and Trusts Summit, Professionalism Issues in Estates Litigation, October 16, 2017

  • Review of the Peel District School Board – Final Report Suzanne Herbert, Ena Chadha and Shawn Richard, February 28, 2020

  • Disclosure: The Principle of Proportionality, Shawn Richard, 12th Annual Family Law Summit, April 10, 2018

  • 34 Days, Two Experts and an Overnight: a Critique of M v F, 2013 ONSC 6089 and M v F, 2015 ONCA 277, Shawn Richard and Esther Lenkinski, 5th Annual Recent Developments and Complex Issues in Child and Spousal Support, October 5, 2015.

  • Tactics and Strategy on Examinations and Motions in Matrimonial Cases, Esther Lenkinski and Shawn Richard. Ontario Family Law Practice, Related Materials, 2015 to the present

  • The Value of Date of Marriage Debt: Zavarella v. Zavarella, 2013 ONCA 720, Shawn Richard and Esther Lenkinski. 3rd Annual Recent Developments and Complex Issues in Property and Equalization, April 14, 2014