Paul C. Buttigieg
Paul graduated from the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law in 1999. He received the gold medal in the final year of law school for finishing first in his class. Prior to entering law school, Paul spent four years at the University of Toronto where he earned his B.A. (Hons.) in history and political science (1996). Throughout his undergraduate and law school learning years, Paul worked part-time as a mail sorter for Canada Post, a job which enabled him to help pay for the cost of his education but more importantly, he got to work with some of the most loyal, hard-working and fun-loving people around.
In 2000, Paul articled with the Law Society of Upper Canada where he worked with senior counsel in their efforts to prosecute lawyers facing professional misconduct. Paul also spent time articling at a mid-size Bay Street corporate law firm.
Since his call to the Bar in 2001, Paul has practiced exclusively in the area of family law. He has appeared at all court levels in Ontario, and has a reputation for strong ethics, and fierce advocacy. Paul’s approach to every family law client is to treat you like a member of his extended family: searching for creative solutions that are timely and cost-effective. Paul will tell you: “If you were my brother, sister, mother, or father, this is what I suggest…” Paul’s belief is that every family law problem has a solution and ideally, this solution is crafted in a collegial and negotiated framework. However, Paul wastes no time in getting to the bottom line and his approach to every client’s needs is to say: “Court if necessary, but not necessarily Court.” Paul thrives on the challenge of solving difficult, high-conflict cases using direct negotiation, as well as mediation, arbitration, and court litigation.
When Paul is not drafting documents, or else talking, he enjoys binge-watching the latest and greatest Netflix series du jour, and hoping that this will be the year (finally!) for the Toronto Maple Leafs. However, TV and down time are limited in Paul’s household, as his two teenaged children and one tween child, keep him and his wife actively outsourced as taxi drivers, running from one activity to another, usually no less than 4 out of 7 nights of the week.