Elizabeth C. Mourao

Co-Managing Partner

Elizabeth has spent many, many (did we say many?) hours practicing all aspects of family law, be it negotiating complex domestic contracts, dealing with contentious support and access issues, attending mediations and arbitrations, or appearing at all levels of family court in Ontario. Clients love Elizabeth because she speaks common sense (not to mention fluent Portuguese) and negotiates consistently brilliant results (skills perfected with two precocious daughters who constantly argue). Her clients also tell us that Elizabeth skillfully achieves the right outcome while being cognizant of the costs of litigation. For our part, we can certainly confirm that she is down to Earth, has a contagious laugh, and will admit to a mild (and manageable) addiction to social media. Elizabeth is also the definition of assertive: she fearlessly advocates on her clients’ behalf, yet knows how and when to find common ground. Elizabeth puts her clients’ needs first, and they know that they can rely on her for the most suitable and cost-effective results. When she’s not on the job, you will find Elizabeth at home, enjoying a glass of Merlot lovingly made by her parents, or kicking up her heels to live folk music at a Portuguese cultural festival.


  • Custody, access, and mobility cases
  • Child support and spousal support
  • Support enforcement issues
  • Property division and valuation issues between spouses
  • Negotiating and drafting domestic contracts (cohabitation, marriage and separation agreements)
  • Limited retainers and unbundled legal services
  • Member of Self-Rep Navigators
  • Best Lawyers International® (Family Law)

Community Involvement

  • Clinic Lawyer at Canadian Association for Equality Legal Clinic
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association & Ontario Bar Association
  • Member, Federation of Portuguese Canadian Business & Professionals
  • Member, Portuguese Canadian Lawyers Association
  • Past Editor, Matrimonial Affairs, Ontario Bar Association
  • Past Member, Family Law Executive, Ontario Bar Association
  • Past Chair and Editorial Board Member of JUST. magazine, Ontario Bar Association
  • Volunteer, Family Law Project


  • B.A. (Criminology & Portuguese)(Honours), University of Toronto (1999)
  • Advanced Portuguese Language Diploma, University of Coimbra, Portugal (1996)
  • LL.B., University of Windsor (2003)
  • Call to Bar: 2004 (Ontario)




Kathleen Matthews
416.364.6211 Ext. 251

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