Selim James Levy's Background and Experience
Selim James Levy was raised in a multicultural and multilingual family, which values humanitarian and human rights work, to which he was exposed as a child. He earned his pre- and post-secondary education in Canada in both official languages, as well as in South-East Asia, where he learned Mandarin.
After completing his Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Mathematics, he worked for several years as a science researcher in both the public and private sectors, and then as an independent consultant.
Returning to his roots and passion of helping others, he attended law school and started his mediation and conciliation practice in 2004, which revolved around family and business disputes. He had the opportunity to work in Geneva, Switzerland, for an international organization aiming to eradicate child labour, in particular the worst forms of child labour.
Upon returning to Ottawa, the law firm he founded contributes to individuals and the community by offering services almost exclusively in family law and related fields.
Sangita Gandhi's Background and Experience
Sangita Gandhi practices primarily in family law and child protection. She also prepares Wills and Powers of Attorney. Before completing her Law Degree at City University, Sangita earned an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree with a minor in Marketing at McMaster University in Hamilton.
Sangita prides herself in keeping her clients fully informed as she progresses a file from start to finish. Whether she is discussing matters with opposing counsel, presenting in the courtroom or updating a client, Sangita is always thinking about how best to approach communicating with her audience.
Along with her role as a lawyer, Sangita is also a presenter for the Mandatory Information Program (MIP), where she provides information to individuals about their family court matters and alternatives to resolving their matters.
When not at work, Sangita can be found partaking in outdoors activities such as hiking, running or winter activities. She can also be found spending time with family and friends trying out new restaurants in the Ottawa area.
Sara Carruthers's Background and Experience
Sara Carruthers practices family law and child protection. Prior to joining the firm, she worked at another boutique family law and child protection firm in Ottawa. Before completing her Juris Doctor (J.D.) law degree, Sara earned an Honours Bachelor of Journalism, both at the University of Ottawa.
During law school, Sara worked for two consecutive years at the University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic in the Community Legal Education department, and assisted individuals in making applications to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board.
Along with her role as a lawyer, Sara is a presenter for the Court’s Mandatory Information Program (MIP), where she provides valuable information about the legal process and alternatives to litigation, in the family law context.
Sara is passionate about people and about helping. For a number of years, Sara was a member of Toastmaster’s International, a public speaking group, which is aimed at refining communication skills and oral advocacy. Many of the skills she developed, she uses in her daily life, whether in court pursuing litigation or outside of court, pursuing negotiation or mediation.
In her spare time, Sara enjoys spending time with friends and family. She also enjoys staying active and you can often find her jogging by the Canal in downtown Ottawa or at her local spin studio.
Allison Lalonde's Background and Experience
Allison Lalonde is a family law and child protection law clerk and as such assists the lawyers in their practice. She graduated from the University of Ottawa with an Honours Bachelor of Social Sciences with Specialization in Criminology and a Minor in Law.
Allison grew up on a hobby farm in a small town in Eastern Ontario. She was involved in many extra curricular activities in the community including horseback riding, soccer, highland dancing and playing the fiddle. She went on to compete horses in dressage at the national and international level where she obtained championships in both Ontario and Quebec, and represented Canada at competitions in the United States.
Her passion to help people is what led her interest to family law. In the future, Allison wishes to further her education and continue working in family law and related fields.
You can frequently find Allison’s furry canine sidekick, Mika, at the office begging anyone for a pat.