About Us

 

Gartner & Associates Animal Law & Mediation is Canada’s leading animal law firm. Located in downtown Toronto, we deal exclusively with animal law matters and are dedicated to helping clients resolve animal disputes with our tailored mediation and litigation services.

With extensive and specialized knowledge and experience in animal law matters, our team understands your issues and concerns.

Our practice areas include pet custody disputes, dog breed discrimination/bite allegations, veterinary malpractice, condominium disputes involving pets, wills and estates matters for surviving pets, resolving pet insurance claims, and animal care related negligence claims.

Suzana Gartner

Suzana Gartner

B.A., J.D., LL.M (ADR), Firm Founder & Mediator

Suzana Gartner is the Firm’s Founder and a Mediator. She completed her Master of Laws degree in Alternative Dispute Resolution at Osgoode Hall Law School in 2013. Suzana launched the first animal law firm and mediation practice in Canada dedicated exclusively to animal-related disputes. She is currently not practicing as a lawyer and she is focusing on mediation cases. She has successfully resolved many client cases using an alternative approach to litigation in the following areas: alleged dog bite incidents, dog “breed” bans, custody disputes between separating couples, condominium disputes, incidents of injury or death/negligence, breeder disputes, insurance claims, equine-related matters, and many other animal-related disputes.
David Samuels

David Samuels

B.A., LL.B., Associate Litigation Lawyer

David Samuels is the litigator at Gartner & Associates Animal Law. He offers clients creative and effective solutions to their contentious legal challenges. He works with clients to plan out a cost-effective strategy to achieve a successful resolution of their animal dispute claims. David has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a broad range of matters, such as conflicts over pet ownership, defending dog bites, veterinary malpractice claims, pet condominium issues, and equine-related matters.
Throughout his time at Gartner and Associates Animal Law, David has continued to build upon his knowledge, experience, and expertise in the growing field of animal law.

Students At Law

Daniel Fin

Daniel Fin

Law Student

Daniel joined Gartner & Associates as a summer law student after completing his first year at the University of New Brunswick Faculty of Law. Daniel now continues as a fall/winter law student. Before starting law school, Daniel graduated from York University completing a BComm in Accounting with honours. During his time at York University, Daniel was heavily involved with the community where he volunteered in numerous wildlife rehabilitation projects.

His love for animals started at a young age. Being raised around dogs, he knew that animals would always be a major part of his life. Having experienced injustice with his own canine companion in a veterinarian malpractice incident, Daniel’s passion for animals naturally led him to a career in animal law.

In his spare time, Daniel loves being outdoors, weightlifting, and spending time with his dog.

Kira Berkeley

Kira Berkeley

Law Student

Kira is joining Gartner & Associates as a summer student after her second year of law at the University of Ottawa. She is focusing on animal law and environmental law in her studies and is an executive member of the school’s Animal Justice Association. Prior to law school, Kira completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts in music at York University.

Her interest in animal welfare started at the age of thirteen when she learned about factory farming and decided to pursue vegetarianism. She aspires to do as much as she can to protect animals and is excited to be working with like-minded people.

In her spare time, she enjoys playing piano, salsa dancing, practicing martial arts and trying new vegan recipes.


Firm Staff

Kristina Kilinskas

Kristina Kilinskas

Law Clerk Placement Student

Kristina is joining Gartner & Associates as a Law Clerk placement student for her final semester at Humber College. After she graduates this year from the Law Clerk program, she plans to work full-time within the field of animal law. Prior to her enrollment at Humber College, Kristina’s love for animals brought her to Brock University where she completed her Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Sociology and a Concentration in Critical Animal Studies. During her undergraduate studies, she joined Brock University’s club Brock Students for Animal Liberation and was an active member of the animal rights movement. Kristina came to our law firm because she has a like-minded interest in providing justice for animals and for your fellow companions. Having companion animals herself, she understands the special place they hold in your heart.

In her spare time, Kristina enjoys reading, drawing, painting, and going for hikes.

Olena Stevenson

Olena Stevenson

BComm, CPA, CMA

Olena graduated from the University of Ottawa with a major in Accounting and earned her professional accounting designation as a Chartered Accountant. Olena is the firm accountant for Gartner & Associates and proud to be part of a team committed to giving a voice to animals in our society.

Olena also has her own bookkeeping and accounting firm OM Bookkeeper. Her firm focuses on providing bookkeeping to companies and non-profits working for good causes, specifically on animal welfare issues and vegan lifestyle.

Olena is very active with environmental and animal welfare causes. Olena dedicates her time volunteering for numerous organizations, such as: Toronto Bruce Trail Club, The Literacy Group, etc. She is founding a new charitable organization the Grand River Veg Association and working on Vegan Theatre project together with other animal lovers.

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Animal Law has many aspects. The links below lead to discussions of common issues and of the expertise Gartner & Associates can offer you if you are facing such issues.

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