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About Our Firm

Patricia and Shilpa’s experience encompasses all areas of family law with a focus on complex financial matters involving self-employed clients (both sides), salaried clients, high net worth clients, disparate income earners (full-time homemakers financially dependent on the primary bread-winner), property division, support (spousal and child), varying court Orders and Agreements, paternity, and high conflict custody and access cases – to highlight the most common areas of conflict.

A multi-disciplinary approached is used to address the complexities of a family law matter as clients are guided towards resolution. This may involve business valuators, specialized accountants/finance professionals to conduct and advise on asset tracing, medical health practitioners if clinical issues are a concern and partnering with parenting experts. If it is appropriate Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR – also known as mediation and mediation/arbitration) may be engaged, but if that is inappropriate the matter may need to proceed to court – Patricia and Shilpa do that too. The most prudent resolution avenue is carefully examined and together with the client, his/her strategy is developed.

We invite you to contact Patricia* or Shilpa* by phone or by email below for a complimentary 30 minute initial consultation.

Phone

(905) 271-8700

Hours

Monday-Friday:
9am – 4pm

Office

1470 Hurontario St. #201
Mississauga, ON L5G 3H4

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Meet Our Team

We are experienced lawyers, here to provide solid legal advice and guidance to our respective clients.

Patricia R. Nelson

Lawyer

Bio

Patricia has studied at the University of Toronto, Queen’s University, Osgoode Hall Law School. She graduated with a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School (first-year law school was studied at Queen’s University) and she earned an Honours Joint Specialist Degree in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Toronto. Since her call to the Ontario Bar in 2004 Patricia has practised exclusively in the area of family law representing clients province-wide in the Ontario Court of Justice, the Superior Court of Justice and in numerous lawyer assisted mediation-arbitrations.

Patricia is a member of the Peel Law Association, the International Professional Women’s Association, she is recognized by “Marquis Who’s Who” as a notable professional and most recently as a professional woman of notoriety because of her contribution to the legal community and to professional women. In addition, she has won awards for professional excellence and her contribution to family law in general for the past four years. Together with running a busy practice, Patricia has lectured at the Ontario Bar Association on the complex legal issue of paternity and child support in short/non-existent parental relationships, she is a regular guest on a weekly radio talk show that discusses a number of relevant topics including the merits and pitfalls of alternative dispute resolution and managing difficult parties and lawyers, “Straight Talk Family Law Radio”, she also lectures high school and college students in career studies and over the past nine years has actively mentored college and university students as they pursue a career in the legal field.

Authored papers include:
– The Use of Forensics and DNA in Building and Dismantling Court Cases
– The Future Use of DNA Forensics in the Courtroom
– A personal research project includes investigating and writing an independent medicolegal paper creating a diagnostic and treatment model on the development and treatment of PTSD in child victims of severe parental alienation – In a more academic stream, various papers Patricia has explored and written on the impact to international security, economies of scale, and the possibility of civil insurrection stemming from geopolitical/global unrest and the interwoven relationship between unlikely partners in geopolitical struggles. This focus on international relations is a personal interest she focuses on when taking a break from the law.

Shilpa Mehta

Lawyer

Bio

Prior to embarking on her legal career, Shilpa studied at York University where she was enrolled in a concurrent program of study and she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science along with a Bachelor’s degree in Education. After completing her degrees at York, Shilpa worked with the Toronto District School Board assuming an active role in developing and reforming education-focused policies.

In 2009 Shilpa earned her LL.B. from the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law where she ranked within the top five percent of her class during her second year. While studying in law school, Shilpa dedicated time to the Legal Aid Office of Windsor Law School, working zealously to further her client’s claims for support and social assistance. Her social awareness and commitment to increasing access to justice continue to this day.

Following her graduation from law school, Shilpa articled at a boutique family law firm in York Region and since her call to the Bar has practised exclusively in the area of family law in Peel Region.

Shilpa practices in all areas of family law, including divorce, custody and access, the division of family property, and support (child and spousal). Shilpa’s ongoing consultation with her clients develops meaningful solutions that are consistent with their needs and expectations. Shilpa is committed to resolving disputes effectively which may include Alternative Dispute Resolution (mediation and mediation/arbitration), consulting financial or parenting professions and she appears in the Ontario Court of Justice, the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Appeal.

Shilpa belongs to the Law Society of Ontario (formerly the Law Society of Upper Canada) and the Peel Law Association.

When she is not working, Shilpa enjoys travelling, reading, watching movies, and most importantly spending time with her family and friends.

Vian Zulemian

Senior Law Clerk

Bio

Vian earned her Law Clerk Diploma from Humber College in 2003. Two years later in 2005, Vian and Patricia met and began working together in a family law firm in Mississauga until late in 2006 when Vian embraced an opportunity to work for two prominent Toronto family law firms until she rejoined Patricia when Nelson Family Law opened its doors to the community in 2008. Together they have developed the processes and procedures Nelson Family Law is known for to this very day.

Vian brings a wealth of unparalleled experience to her work. She is knowledgeable in preparing complex Financial Statements and analyzing the opposing side’s Financial Statements, she understands and navigates court procedures to ensure documents are prepared, served and filed in a timely manner, she is invaluable when called upon to assist in complex court appearances, she works closely with all clients as their matter proceeds along its process. Our clients will undoubtedly admit Vian is an ever-present pillar of strength and the sound of reason as they travel along their journey.

Vian’s accolades are far more prominent than on the job accomplishments. She is a member of the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario (ILCO) and is a Certified Expert in Family Law by the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario. She regularly participates in continuing education through formal course programs and independent study, and she is a Commissioner of Oaths for the firm.

Ani Vartanian

Senior Law Clerk

Bio

Ani began work as a paralegal in 1992 and later as a law clerk in 1996. Her interest in law was piqued during earlier work as a licensed private investigator.

Ani has extensive experience in a wide range of fields including civil litigation, commercial and corporate law and intellectual property; she has worked exclusively in family law for more than 20 years. Prior to joining Nelson Mehta Family Law, Ani worked at a prominent family law boutique in Toronto for more than ten years and has experience in cases involving complex financial issues.

Although not formally trained as a lawyer, Ani has significant experience in trial work including preparing for and attending Arbitrations, Mediations and Questioning, drafting pleadings, facts as well as domestic agreements.

Familiar with the devastating financial and emotional impact of separation and divorce, Ani strives to find solutions for clients outside of court in an effort to find a positive outcome for her clients and their families. When necessary, she will continue to regularly attend Court and all settlement meetings with senior counsel.

Patricia has studied at the University of Toronto, Queen’s University, Osgoode Hall Law School. She graduated with a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School (first-year law school was studied at Queen’s University) and she earned an Honours Joint Specialist Degree in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Toronto. Since her call to the Ontario Bar in 2004 Patricia has practised exclusively in the area of family law representing clients province-wide in the Ontario Court of Justice, the Superior Court of Justice and in numerous lawyer assisted mediation-arbitrations.

Patricia is a member of the Peel Law Association, the International Professional Women’s Association, she is recognized by “Marquis Who’s Who” as a notable professional and most recently as a professional woman of notoriety because of her contribution to the legal community and to professional women. In addition, she has won awards for professional excellence and her contribution to family law in general for the past four years. Together with running a busy practice, Patricia has lectured at the Ontario Bar Association on the complex legal issue of paternity and child support in short/non-existent parental relationships, she is a regular guest on a weekly radio talk show that discusses a number of relevant topics including the merits and pitfalls of alternative dispute resolution and managing difficult parties and lawyers, “Straight Talk Family Law Radio”, she also lectures high school and college students in career studies and over the past nine years has actively mentored college and university students as they pursue a career in the legal field.

Authored papers include:
– The Use of Forensics and DNA in Building and Dismantling Court Cases
– The Future Use of DNA Forensics in the Courtroom
– A personal research project includes investigating and writing an independent medicolegal paper creating a diagnostic and treatment model on the development and treatment of PTSD in child victims of severe parental alienation – In a more academic stream, various papers Patricia has explored and written on the impact to international security, economies of scale, and the possibility of civil insurrection stemming from geopolitical/global unrest and the interwoven relationship between unlikely partners in geopolitical struggles. This focus on international relations is a personal interest she focuses on when taking a break from the law.

Prior to embarking on her legal career, Shilpa studied at York University where she was enrolled in a concurrent program of study and she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science along with a Bachelor’s degree in Education. After completing her degrees at York, Shilpa worked with the Toronto District School Board assuming an active role in developing and reforming education-focused policies.

In 2009 Shilpa earned her LL.B. from the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law where she ranked within the top five percent of her class during her second year. While studying in law school, Shilpa dedicated time to the Legal Aid Office of Windsor Law School, working zealously to further her client’s claims for support and social assistance. Her social awareness and commitment to increasing access to justice continue to this day.

Following her graduation from law school, Shilpa articled at a boutique family law firm in York Region and since her call to the Bar has practised exclusively in the area of family law in Peel Region.

Shilpa practices in all areas of family law, including divorce, custody and access, the division of family property, and support (child and spousal). Shilpa’s ongoing consultation with her clients develops meaningful solutions that are consistent with their needs and expectations. Shilpa is committed to resolving disputes effectively which may include Alternative Dispute Resolution (mediation and mediation/arbitration), consulting financial or parenting professions and she appears in the Ontario Court of Justice, the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Appeal.

Shilpa belongs to the Law Society of Ontario (formerly the Law Society of Upper Canada) and the Peel Law Association.

When she is not working, Shilpa enjoys travelling, reading, watching movies, and most importantly spending time with her family and friends.

Vian earned her Law Clerk Diploma from Humber College in 2003. Two years later in 2005, Vian and Patricia met and began working together in a family law firm in Mississauga until late in 2006 when Vian embraced an opportunity to work for two prominent Toronto family law firms until she rejoined Patricia when Nelson Family Law opened its doors to the community in 2008. Together they have developed the processes and procedures Nelson Family Law is known for to this very day.

Vian brings a wealth of unparalleled experience to her work. She is knowledgeable in preparing complex Financial Statements and analyzing the opposing side’s Financial Statements, she understands and navigates court procedures to ensure documents are prepared, served and filed in a timely manner, she is invaluable when called upon to assist in complex court appearances, she works closely with all clients as their matter proceeds along its process. Our clients will undoubtedly admit Vian is an ever-present pillar of strength and the sound of reason as they travel along their journey.

Vian’s accolades are far more prominent than on the job accomplishments. She is a member of the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario (ILCO) and is a Certified Expert in Family Law by the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario. She regularly participates in continuing education through formal course programs and independent study, and she is a Commissioner of Oaths for the firm.

Ani began work as a paralegal in 1992 and later as a law clerk in 1996. Her interest in law was piqued during earlier work as a licensed private investigator.

Ani has extensive experience in a wide range of fields including civil litigation, commercial and corporate law and intellectual property; she has worked exclusively in family law for more than 20 years. Prior to joining Nelson Mehta Family Law, Ani worked at a prominent family law boutique in Toronto for more than ten years and has experience in cases involving complex financial issues.

Although not formally trained as a lawyer, Ani has significant experience in trial work including preparing for and attending Arbitrations, Mediations and Questioning, drafting pleadings, facts as well as domestic agreements.

Familiar with the devastating financial and emotional impact of separation and divorce, Ani strives to find solutions for clients outside of court in an effort to find a positive outcome for her clients and their families. When necessary, she will continue to regularly attend Court and all settlement meetings with senior counsel.