Family Law

Our Approach

After 65 years, we’ve learned that all of our cases, like the people we represent, are unique.
Our philosophy is simple; we’ve never treated our clients as case-files or docket numbers – and we never will.

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Eight Decades of Experience. Explore Our History.

1947 Firm Founded

Birenbaum, Steinberg, Landau, Savin & Colraine, LLP is a well established partnership founded in 1947 by the late Senator David A. Croll and the late Norman Borins, Q.C. The firm maintains a solid reputation for integrity in providing high quality legal services.

1950s New Ground

Toronto got its first subway line and David A. Croll went on to become Canada’s first Jewish Senator. These two ‘groundbreaking’ events helped strengthen the reputation of our city and our firm. Continuing to advocate for education, Norman Borins served as the chairman of the Forest Hill Board of Education.

The firm changed names to Croll, Borins & Shiff with the addition of J. Richard Shiff, but soon after he left the firm, and the practice of law, to become the President and CEO of
Bramalea Limited.

1960s Making a Mark

In the 60s, Toronto saw the Leafs win the Stanley Cup and Nathan Phillips was our mayor, not just the name of a familiar landmark. We know, it’s hard to wrap your head around either of those statements.

In the final year of the decade construction wrapped on The TD Centre, Toronto’s first skyscraper. Coincidentally, that same year Jerry Birenbaum joined the firm, a skyscraper on the legal landscape in his own right. With the addition of Jerry came another name change, this time to Borins, Goldberg & Birenbaum. Jerry is still with the firm today and has an active Civil Litigation and Criminal Law practice.

1970s Refinement

While Toronto was humming along as North America’s fastest growing city, Borins, Goldberg & Birenbaum were humming along to the music of Bernard Koffman, an accomplished Jazz musician and legal mind, who joined the firm in the early 70s.

With the completion of The CN tower, The Science Centre, Ontario Place, and the Harbourfront, Toronto was quickly becoming a well-rounded city. Not to be outpaced, our law firm, as we know it today, began to take shape with the appointment of Howard Steinberg as Partner.

1980s A New Era

During the 80s Sir Tim Berners Lee, not Al Gore, invented the thing that this website sits on — only then it was known as the World Wide Web, rather than the now familiar, Internet. Closer to home, Toronto got the Skydome and our firm got Nicola Savin. One of these formidable structures holds 1.56 billion litres of beer. During this time Nicola developed a significant and thriving Family Law Practice and helped advance the field of Collaborative Family Law.

1990s Stepping Up to the plate

In the 90s, The Blue Jays made some moves and developed a dream team to help them win back-to-back World Series titles. During this time we too developed our own dream team when Nicola Savin, Craig Colraine, and Stan Landau all became partners. Nicola, after joining the firm in ’89, became the first female partner in the firm’s history while Stan and Craig lasted a short while as associates before being called up to the majors in 1991 and 1994 respectively. Birenbaum, Steinberg, Landau, Savin & Colraine would never win the World Series.

2000s Growth

In 2004, the Dalai Lama paid a visit to our fair city and the enlightenment must have been contagious. Luminaries, Jacqueline Peeters and Mario Merocchi joined us in 2005 with bright stars, Debbie Jorgensen, Eva Melamed, and Natalie Derbyshire following suit in 2006, 2008, and 2009 respectively.

Current Vision

Toronto’s growth has outpaced nearly every city in North America. In 2012 we surpassed Chicago as the fourth largest city on the continent. Unlike ‘T.O’ we’ve always grown at an organic pace and only when it made sense. In late 2012 and early 2013, it made sense to promote Jacqueline Peeters to partner and add our newest associate, Sally Lee, who brings with her significant complex class action experience.

We continue to strengthen our firm with long-lasting client relationships and through new service offerings—most notably, we are champions of the growing Collaborative Negotiation movement.


Behind each custom strategy that we develop is an underlying method of practice.
Explore your options to find out which approach seems best for you and your family.

We think about law a lot.
Sometimes we even write it down.

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