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Hilary Linton

J.D., LL.M., FDRP. Med- Certified Specialist in Family Mediation, Acc. FM., Cert. F. Med.

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Hilary Linton is a Toronto lawyer, mediator, arbitrator and teacher. After litigating family and civil disputes for 14 years, she started Riverdale Mediation which is internationally recognized for high quality dispute resolution services and innovative ADR training.

Teaching hundreds of adults every year, Hilary and her team at Riverdale have designed a wide range of courses, including:

  • A family mediation certificate program,
  • Courses in family arbitration and parenting coordination
  • Family law for FDR professionals
  • Identifying, assessing and managing risk and power imbalance in family dispute resolution
  • Mediation for civic leaders, social workers and police officers
  • restorative justice processes for at risk youths

Hilary has been honoured with the inaugural James G. McLeod Professorship in Family Law at Western University Law School, and the Ontario Bar Association Award of Excellence in ADR in 2014. She has taught many ADR courses as an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, Western Law and Toronto Advanced Professional Education.


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It was a pleasure to have Hilary facilitate a mediation between my ex and myself. I was made to feel comfortable throughout the process. Hilary made sure I understood everything throughout the mediation. I felt supported by Hilary throughout and am so grateful for having gone through the mediation process with her and her team.

I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank-you Hilary for your help and guidance. You were a very calming presence in the room, in a situation that could have been even more heated than it was at times.

Hilary's perspective about people has a way that makes everyone comfortable. the trust leads to her solving even the most intractable problems.

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