New judges include sole practitioner Andrea Himel, Assistant Crown Attorney Ann-Marie Calsavara

Himel joins Superior Court of Justice, while Calsavara joins Ontario Court of Justice

New judges include sole practitioner Andrea Himel, Assistant Crown Attorney Ann-Marie Calsavara

Andrea Himel and Ann-Marie Calsavara have been appointed to the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario and to the Ontario Court of Justice, respectively.

Himel, who is joining the SCJ’s Family Court Branch, has worked at Smith Lyons LLP, which is now Gowling WLG, at Torkin Manes LLP and at the legal panel of the Office of the Children’s Lawyer. Most recently, she was a Toronto-based sole practitioner who focused on the areas of family law, children’s law, child protection and mediation.

Himel has served as a member of the Child and Family Services Review Board, as former president of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) and as co-chairperson of the AFCC’s conference and research/policy committees. Called to the Ontario bar in 2000, she holds a joint LLB and Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto, where she now mentors students via an externship program.

OCJ Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Calsavara to serve in Milton, effective July 8. Calsavara has served as an assistant Crown attorney in the Ministry of the Attorney General’s Peel and North York Crown Attorney’s offices. In this position, Calsavara acted in numerous criminal cases before the OCJ and the SCJ, such as home invasion robberies, kidnappings and sexual assaults, as well as created and presented many continuing legal education seminars. She was admitted to the Ontario bar in 2001.

David Lametti, federal justice minister and Canada’s attorney general, announced Himel’s appointment on June 23, while Doug Downey, Ontario’s attorney general, announced Calsavara’s appointment on June 26.

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