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Feds appoint judge to Ontario Superior Court of Justice

Thursday, June 25, 2020 @ 12:23 PM | By John Chunn

The federal Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Andrea Himel, a sole practitioner in Toronto, is appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario, family court branch. Justice Himel fills the Family Division patent position vacated by the transfer of Justice Heather A. McGee.

According to the DOJ’s press release, Justice Himel received her BA from McGill University (1993) and her joint LL.B./M.S.W degree from the University of Toronto (1998). She was a student and associate at Smith Lyons LLP (now Gowling WLG) and subsequently moved to Torkin Manes LLP. She joined the legal panel of the Office of the Children’s Lawyer following her call to the bar in 2000.

Prior to her appointment, Justice Himel was a sole practitioner with a focus on family law, mediation, child protection and children’s law. As a member of the Child and Family Services Review Board, she adjudicated and mediated cases involving school expulsions, adoptions, secure treatment and other Children’s Aid Society matters.

Justice Himel is a past-president of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and was co-chair of the Conference and Research/Policy Committees. Since 2012, Justice Himel has mentored students through the externship program at the University of Toronto, providing opportunities to learn about the family justice and child protection systems. Throughout her career, Justice Himel has been a frequent presenter at educational programs and has published articles on a variety of topics.