Our Mission

We are lawyers and mediators who believe families are best served when they can resolve their differences respectfully with a supportive team of professionals. We provide legal services, dispute resolution services, planning services and coaching services to help minimize conflict now and in the future.

Our Team

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Marian Gage

Collaborative Family Lawyer & Mediator, Certified Specialist in Family Law

Marian started her career as a family lawyer in Toronto in 2003.  At that time she was in court almost every day with her clients.  She learned a lot about the impact the family court system has on people, both financially and emotionally.

She became focussed on working with clients to find solutions outside of court that would work better for their families.  In 2010 she stopped litigating family matters in court, having learned that there is almost always a more productive and satisfactory way to resolve the unique problems that arise on the breakdown of a family relationship.

Marian is an Accredited Family Mediator (AccFM) and an Accredited Intergenerational Mediator (AccIM).  Please click here to learn more about Marian’s mediation practice.

She is also a trained Collaborative family lawyer and an active member in the local Collaborative practice groups such as Collaborative Practice Hamilton Halton.

Working as a panel lawyer for the Office of the Children’s Lawyer, Marian has learned how children are affected by a breakdown in their parents’ relationship.  Whether she is working as the mediator or a lawyer as part of the Collaborative Process in a family matter she brings a child-focused perspective to the process.

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Bethany Anderson

Associate Lawyer- Estates

Bethany graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2000, and was called to the Ontario bar in 2002.  She began her career in Toronto with one of Canada’s largest law firms, first in commercial litigation and then in Wealth Management and Estate Planning.  Bethany left Bay Street to join BlackBerry as their first Knowledge Management lawyer, before returning to Estates Law in her hometown of Oakville.

Bethany’s practice focuses on estate planning and administration, as well as marriage contracts and cohabitation agreements.  Her experience in commercial law, wealth management, and knowledge management combine to give her valuable perspective when providing practical and efficient legal advice to her clients.  She provides comprehensive advice to her clients, taking the time to learn about their personal, financial and family situation as well as their wishes, and ensures that her clients fully understand the possible legal impact of their options and can make the choices that are right for them.  Whether you are preparing your Will and Powers of Attorney or negotiating a Marriage Contract or Cohabitation Agreement, Bethany believes in taking a holistic approach to create a plan that reflects your unique circumstances.

Bethany is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association and the Halton County Law Association.

Bethany volunteered for many years as an executive member of the Board of Directors at Skate Oakville.

To make an appointment with Bethany, please contact her estates law clerk, Laura Rosati.

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Suzanne Stolz

Collaborative Family Lawyer & Mediator

Suzanne graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2002. She started her career clerking for a US appellate judge before moving to New York where she practiced commercial litigation, family law, and human rights/civil rights law. She was called to the bar in Ontario in January 2018 and has practiced exclusively in the area of family law since that time.

Through her experience in family law in New York and Ontario and her background as a human rights advocate, Suzanne has developed a deep understanding of the emotional impact divorce and separation makes on all involved. Suzanne takes special care to develop a unique strategy to make sure that every client’s immediate and long-term needs are met. Her unique background and experience allow Suzanne to find dynamic solutions for even the most complicated of cases. Suzanne is a trained Collaborative Family Lawyer and member of the Collaborative Practice Hamilton-Halton and Peel-Halton Collaborative Practice groups.

Suzanne is also active in the community. She has volunteered for LEAF’s Education Committee, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, the Women of Halton Action Movement, and Community Development Halton. She is currently the chair of the Board of Directors for SAVIS of Halton.

Zeba Haider

Zeba Haider

Associate Lawyer – Family & Estates

Zeba obtained her LLB from the London School of Economics in 1997. She is a licenced legal practitioner in both the UK and Canada, having been called to the Bar in Ontario in 2001. Zeba began her career as a civil litigator with the Ministry of the Attorney General. She took a leave from the practice of law in 2003 to focus on her young family and she returned to full time practice in 2013.

Zeba has worked in prominent firms specializing exclusively in family law. She has appeared regularly before the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice on complex and very high conflict matters.

She is able to provide practical and effective legal advice in all areas of family law, estates and trusts.

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Susan Dryden

Law Clerk – Family

Susan Dryden is our Senior Law Clerk with more than 30 years of experience in family law.  She is involved in all aspects of file management, including the drafting and filing of pleadings.

Susan enjoys working with clients to prepare and finalize their financial statements and disclosure briefs.

She also offers her services as a Virtual Law Clerk, working with parties who are self-representing in finalizing, serving and filing their court documents.  She is very effective at assisting parties in navigating the often confusing court process without requiring them to incur the costs associated with retaining a lawyer.

Susan is a Commissioner for Taking Affidavits, appointed by the Province of Ontario.

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Laura Rosati

Law Clerk – Estates and Family

Laura obtained her Law Clerk Diploma from Humber College in June 2006 where she graduated with Honours. In 2006, Laura became a certified member of the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario (ILCO) and is now a Fellow Member of ILCO. In 2009, Laura completed the ILCO’s Family Law Fellowship Course. Laura enjoys attending Continuing Legal Education seminars offered through ILCO.

Prior to joining our firm, Laura worked at downtown boutique law firms specializing in family law and worked with a lawyer who has since become an Ontario Court of Justice Judge.

Laura has worked extensively in the field of family law. Along with drafting and assembling Court documents, Laura is actively engaged in client files and is often the first point of contact for clients. She works with clients to complete their Financial Statements, Disclosure Briefs and to assist the lawyers with gathering information and documentation required to prepare client material. Also, throughout each case, Laura will stay in touch with clients to keep them informed of ongoing status.

In June 2014, Laura was a Speaker at the Advanced Family Law Program chaired by ILCO.

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Fiona Bryan

Business Manager

Fiona manages our firm.  She works with our clients throughout their time with us to make sure that we continue to meet their needs.  When clients have questions about the firm, the process, their accounts, etc. Fiona is the person to ask.

When she’s not busy paying our bills and keeping us all in line Fiona is looking out for new and innovative ways for us to deliver our services.

If you have any questions about…anything, really…Fiona is the person to ask and you can reach her at fbryan@gagefamilylaw.ca

Our Network of Professionals

Family matters are complicated and our clients often benefit from our strong connections with other professionals in the community. We have the experience to know when it’s time to consult with the relevant professionals in any field and we have access to the most skilled and respected:

  • family counsellors
  • business valuators
  • accountants
  • real estate appraisers
  • mediators and arbitrators
  • corporate lawyers
  • estates lawyers
  • real estate lawyers
  • employment lawyers

and others who can help move your matter forward to resolution.

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Our Community

We value our community.  We live and work here in Halton.  We are always looking for partnership opportunities with people and organizations who work to make this a better place to live with our families.  Please check out some of the organizations we support:

Futuregirls Soccer 

Movies for Mommies Oakville

The Dinner Party – International Women’s Day (Oakville)

Lighthouse for Grieving Children & Families

Home Suite Hope

Food for Kids Halton


We are proud winners of the Oakville Beaver Readers’ Choice Diamond awards in the following categories in 2023:

“Best Legal Services”

“Best Family Lawyer” – Marian Gage

“Best Lawyer” – Marian Gage

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