Our Team

Our team of trusted legal professionals are always ready to find a collaborative and effective solution to your situation. Contact our family law firm in Toronto for the expert advice you deserve.

KRISTEN NORMANDIN

PARTNER

Kristen Normandin was called to the bar in 2004. After articling for a downtown Toronto civil litigation firm, Kristen started her practice in the area of family law at Niman Zemans Gelgoot and then continued at Goldhart & Associates. After 12 years in practice, Kristen started her own practice. Kristen frequently appears before all levels of court including the Ontario Court of Justice, the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Appeal.

Kristen’s practice also includes representing clients in mediations and arbitrations. Kristen is actively involved in the legal community. She is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, the Advocates’ Society and she is a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. Kristen is a volunteer for the Family Law Amicus Duty Counsel program for the Court of Appeal for Ontario.

Kristen participates in continuing legal education and speaks at programs of various associations, including the Law Society of Ontario, Law Society of Manitoba, Osgoode Professional Development and the Advocates Society. Kristen has also written articles for Lawyers Weekly and the Law Times.


ANDREW CHRIS

PARTNER

Andrew Chris is devoted to all aspects of family law, including divorce, custody and access, child and spousal support, property division, separation agreements, marriage contracts and cohabitation agreements.

Andrew was called to the Bar in 2007. He commenced his legal career practicing corporate and securities law at Heenan Blaikie LLP, following which, he spent several years practicing family law at Epstein Cole LLP.

Andrew prides himself on his dedication to his clients, ensuring that their needs are met in a practical, professional and timely manner. In addition to representing clients in litigation, Andrew frequently uses alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation and arbitration.

Andrew holds an H.B.A. from the Richard Ivey School of Business and an L.L.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School, where he was the recipient of the Dominic Carinci Memorial Prize for high standing in the subjects of Business Associations and Real Estate, and the Kenneth Gibson Morden Memorial Prize for standing highest in the subject of Evidence.

Andrew has served as a contributing author of the Income Tax and Family Law Handbook, published by LexisNexis Canada, and as an adjunct professor of the “Lawyer as Negotiator” course at Osgoode Hall Law School. Andrew is also a regular presenter at programs put on by associations including the Law Society of Ontario and Osgoode Professional Development.


JOANNA HUNT-JONES

ASSOCIATE

Joanna Hunt-Jones practices all aspects of family law, including divorce, child custody and access, child and spousal support, property division, separation agreements, marriage contracts and cohabitation agreements. She represents family law clients engaged in all forms of family law dispute resolution, including negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation

Joanna was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2015. She completed her articles Epstein Cole LLP, where she then practiced as an associate from 2015 to 2017 before joining Normandin Chris.

Joanna holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts (Economics and Global Development Studies), a Masters of Public Administration and a Juris Doctor degree from Queen’s University. She was the winner of the 2014 Nicholas Bala Award for Excellence in Children and Family Law from the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Ontario and the 2015 John E. VanDuzer Scholarship Award for Family Law. She has published articles on family law issues in the Canadian Family Law Quarterly.

Joanna is a member of the Advocate’s Society and also serves on the Board of Directors of Young Women in Law.


JARED TEITEL

ASSOCIATE

Jared Teitel was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2014. He completed his articles with a prominent Toronto law firm in the area of commercial litigation. He has since practiced exclusively family law. He advocates for clients both in and out of court, and frequently engages in various forms of alternative dispute resolution.

Jared attended Western Law School where he was the recipient of the J.G. McLeod Scholarship in Family Law, and the CCH Canadian Limited Prize in Family Law, awarded to the student with the highest standing in a family law course. Before law school, he obtained his international bachelors of business administration from the Schulich School of Business.


CARA SENESE

ASSOCIATE

Cara’s practice encompasses all areas of family law, from complex property division and income disputes to support issues and custody matters. Her client-first approach has led to success at all levels of Court in Ontario including the Superior Court of Justice and the Court of Appeal. Cara also regularly resolves cases through alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration.

Following her Call to the Ontario Bar in 2017, Cara practised as an associate at a leading family law firm. She holds a Master of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Kent. Prior to law school, she attended Queen’s University where she studied psychology and history.

Cara is a member of the Ontario Bar Association and the Canadian Italian Advocates Organization.


CAROLINE ELIAS

ASSOCIATE

Caroline’s practice encompasses all areas of family law, from property division and income disputes, to support and custody and the negotiation of domestic contracts. Before transitioning to family law, Caroline spent two years practicing as a tax lawyer at a leading firm in Toronto. She holds a bilingual law degree from the University of Ottawa, allowing her to provide legal services in both official languages. Prior to law school, Caroline received her Masters in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh.

Caroline adopts a client-first approach to her practice. She strongly believes in the alternative dispute resolution, and finding a creative solution to complex problems.


HELENA RIMANDO

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Helena attended York University in 2013 to obtain her Biomedical Science degree before obtaining her honours degree in International Business at Humber College in 2019. During her studies, Helena managed various pediatric clinics while also assisting patients with their care. Helena’s compassion for helping others led to her interest in family law. She has worked with family law lawyers since 2017 and joined the team at Normandin Chris in 2019.

As Normandin Chris’ operation’s manager, Helena is involved in all aspects of the firm’s management and works with all members of the team. Helena’s hands-on approach to the firm’s management is integral to optimizing clients’ needs and the firm’s successes in and out of court.