PRINCIPAL LAWYER

STEPHANIE OKOLA
Lawyer, Notary Public and Mediator

Stephanie Okola is a passionate litigator and advocate practising in the areas of Family Law, Child Protection and Wills and Estates.  She appears frequently before the Ontario Court of Justice, the Superior Court of Justice (Ontario), the Divisional Court (Appeals and Judicial Reviews), and the Court of Appeal. Stephanie is also an experienced mediator, focusing her mediation practice on community-based mediations and contested custody and access matters.  

In her spare time, Stephanie is a staunch advocate for access to justice and community legal education.  She is active in several community outreach organizations, and is current Chair of the National Board of the Women's Legal Mentorship Program, which is an incorporated not-for-profit that works in partnership with Canadian universities to provide a comprehensive feminist legal mentorship program through its university chapters and WLMP Alumna Network.  .  Stephanie is currently working alongside Legal Aid Ontario and members of the Black community to establish a new, community-based organization to deliver legal services to Black Ontarians who experience anti-Black racism.  She is a member of the Black Female Lawyers Network, The Family Lawyers Association of Ontario and The ADR Institute of Ontario.

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Associates & Staff

 

SHALA MCDONALD
Legal Assistant/Office Manager

Shala is a Licensed Paralegal, legal educator and office manager at the Mississauga location of Okola Law. In addition to her running her own legal services firm (Black Star) and Process Serving corporation, she is also the front-line contact and Legal assistant for Okola Law.  Shala brings with her several years of both customer service and legal administration experience.  Shala is also a staunch community advocate, and runs several charitable endeavors in her spare time.

THE LAW OFFICE OF MARA CLARKE

The Law Office of Mara Clarke practices in association with Okola Law.  Mara is an experienced legal educator and lawyer who practices exclusively in the area of Family Law and Child Protection. Mara's practice is centered around providing family focused, accessible services, including unbundled retainers and legal "coaching" to self represented parties trying to navigate the complex family law system.  Mara believes in giving her clients honest, practical, solution-oriented advice that makes sense for their families.