MARY JANE BINKS, Q.C.
Ottawa Family Law Lawyer
Mary Jane is the Senior Group Counsel in the Family Law Group. She is also an Estate Litigation Practitioner. Mary Jane is a former Partner of Augustine Bater Binks LLP, and a former Partner in the Ottawa office of Gowlings WLG.
Mary Jane was a former Assistant Crown Attorney and Vice Chairman of the Commercial Registration Appeal Tribunal (Ontario). An advocate in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Trial Division) and the Ontario Court of Appeal, she also serves as an Arbitrator in Family Law disputes.
Mary Jane has served as a Family Law instructor for the Law Society of Ontario and as a sessional lecturer for the Carleton University Law Department. She is a frequent presenter at and organizer of continuing legal education conferences in Ottawa and throughout Ontario.
Mary Jane received her law degree from Queen’s University after receiving her bachelor’s degree at Carleton University. Mary Jane was called to the bar in the province of Ontario. In 1982 she was appointed a Queen’s Counsel.
Mary Jane was the prestigious Advocates’ Society of Ontario’s 2016 Ottawa Honouree and she was the first Ontario Family Law Lawyer to receive this accolade. She was awarded the Carleton Medal, the highest honour granted by the Ottawa Carleton County Law Association in 2018 in recognition of her legal career to date.
A passionate advocate for her client, Mary Jane gets clients results. She assists spouses to obtain the support and equalization of property to which they are entitled. She helps clients settle Estate issues.
As a very engaged member of the Ottawa legal community, Mary Jane is a member of the County of Carleton Law Association, the Advocates’ Society of Ontario, and the Canadian Bar Association. Mary Jane is a past president of the Carleton County Law Association.
As a vibrant member of the Ottawa community, Mary Jane has been involved with and served on the Boards of Trustees of several organizations, including the Ottawa Civic Hospital, the Elizabeth Fry Society, the Mental Health Association for Ontario, Opera Lyra Ottawa, as well as the Carleton University Board of Governors. At present, she is on the Board of Directors and the National Management Team for the Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind.