Counsel

Alison Southern

Practicing Family Law

Community-driven

Alison Southern, Associate
Tel:(613)366-7026 | Fax:(613)366-7560
asouthern@richardsonhall.com

Resolving Disputes

Alison practices family law – including adoptions, domestic contracts (cohabitation/marriage contracts and separation agreements), and litigation – as well as fertility law.
While assisting people through some of the most difficult times in their lives, Alison strives to help her clients in resolving their disputes amicably but is prepared to pursue the court process when this is not possible. Throughout her practice, she has frequently appeared in court, representing clients at both the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Justice.

Alison is also honoured to assist people with their legal needs during some of the happiest occasions in their lives, such as adding to their family through assisted reproduction or adoption, moving in with a partner, and getting married.

In 2012, Alison earned her BA (Hons) in Political Science from Carleton University. After a stint working in the Cultural Affairs Section at the US Embassy in Ottawa, she moved to Thunder Bay for law school, graduating in the first class at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law in 2016 and was called to the bar in September of the same year.

Alison is very involved in the legal community. She enjoys mentoring new lawyers and has had the privilege of being invited to speak at both law schools and at professional development programs by both the Advocates’ Society and the Ontario Bar Association. Notably, Alison spoke on a panel in early April 2020 about the rapidly evolving state of family law litigation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since 2013, Alison has been actively involved in the Ontario Bar Association, becoming the Chair of the Young Lawyers Division – East in her second year of practice. She has also represented Eastern Ontario lawyers on the OBA Council, the Family Law Executive, and the Women Lawyers Forum. In 2020, Alison was appointed to the National Steering Committee of the National Association of Women in the Law.

Outside of the practice of law, Alison is a reservist in the Canadian Armed Forces working with the cadet program – a no-cost program that aims to develop such attributes as good citizenship and leadership among youth ages 12-18. In her spare time, Alison enjoys reading, running, baking, traveling, paddle boarding, and spending time with her husband, Scott, and their daughter and dog.