Lenkinski, Carr & Richard LLP, 94 Scollard St, Toronto
Shawn Richard, Partner


srichard@lenkinskilaw.com Direct: 416-924-2081


In January 2014, Shawn joined Lenkinski Law as an associate. In January 2019, Shawn became a partner. He is building a family, estates and civil litigation practice.

Shawn has successfully represented clients in the Ontario Superior Court and the Ontario Court of Justice on various commercial and family law matters. Shawn also has recent publications in family law, including The Value of Date of Marriage Debt: Zavarella v. Zavarella, 2013 ONCA 720 and 34 Days, Two Experts and an Overnight: a Critique of M v F, 2013 ONSC 6089 and M. v. F., 2015 ONCA 277. His areas of practice include family, estates and civil litigation.

Shawn is a graduate of the University of Toronto, where he teaches Trial Advocacy at the Faculty of Law.

In 2013, Shawn acted as co-counsel for the Elliot Lake Mall Action Committee (ELMAC) at the Elliot Lake Inquiry.

Before the Inquiry, Shawn practiced for several years at a civil litigation boutique in the areas of tort litigation (including medical malpractice, professional negligence and personal injury), employment litigation and commercial litigation. He articled and practiced at a different civil litigation boutique, where he worked on medical malpractice actions, professional disciplinary matters, and complex commercial disputes.


Ontario, 2009


J.D. 2008, University of Toronto

M.A. 2002, University of Toronto

Hon. B.Sc. 2001, University of Toronto


Shawn is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Advocates Society. He is a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers and is the Past President of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers.


Ryerson G. Raymond Chang Volunteer Award, 2019

Co-Chair, EDI E-Course, Law Society of Ontario, 2018 to Present

Program Advisory Committee, Ryerson Law, 2017 to Present

Member, Legal Aid Ontario Test Case Committee, Present

Presenter, Legal Practice and Equity: A Conversation with the Bar, the Bench and Faculties of Law, November 2, 2019

Presenter, 13th Annual Family Law Summit, Hot Topics in Child Support, March 19, 2019

Presenter, Marriage Contracts, Conflicts in Blended Families, Sibling Struggles, Predatory Marriages and Family Meetings, Elder Law Certificate Planning, February 26, 2019

Presenter, 12th Annual Family Law Summit, Disclosure, April 10, 2018

Presenter, 20th Annual Estates and Trusts Summit on October 16, 2017 on Professionalism Issues in Estates Litigation

Presenter, 11th Annual Family Law Summit, How to Challenge an Income Report: Cross-examination of an Expert

Before attending law school, Shawn was a qualitative researcher and bioethicist. He has published papers and given several presentations on different issues, including priority setting in health care, informed decision-making, reproductive technologies, pharmacogenomics, end-of-life care, and culture and brain death.

While in law school, Shawn volunteered at a legal clinic, Downtown Legal Services, and in the Human Rights Litigation Working Group. He participated in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition and the Arnup Cup.

Shawn received the Gowlings Prize in Trial Advocacy and was the teaching assistant for the Trial Advocacy course during his final year of law school. He previously instructed Trial Advocacy at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.

Shawn is a former Big Brother for the Big Brothers and Sisters of Metropolitan Toronto.


34 Days, Two Experts and an Overnight: a Critique of M v F, 2013 ONSC 6089 and M v F, 2015 ONCA 277
Shawn Richard and Esther Lenkinski. 5th Annual Recent Developments and Complex Issues in Child and Spousal Support, October 5, 2015.

Tactics and Strategy on Examinations and Motions in Matrimonial Cases 
Esther L. Lenkinski and Shawn Richard. Ontario Family Law Practice, Related Materials, 2015 and 2016

The Value of Date of Marriage Debt: Zavarella v. Zavarella, 2013 ONCA 720
Shawn Richard and Esther Lenkinski. 3rd Annual Recent Developments and Complex Issues in Property and Equalization, April 14, 2014

Patients’ Views on Cardiac Report Cards 
Richard SA, Rawal S, Martin DK. Canadian Journal of Cardiology. Sept. 2005, Volume 21, Number 11: 943-947

An Ethical Framework for Cardiac Report Cards
Richard SA, Rawal S, Martin DK. BMC Medical Ethics 2005, 6:3(28) Mar. 2005

Ethical Issues Related to Cardiac Report Cards
Nast S, Richard SA, Martin DK. Canadian Journal of Cardiology. Mar. 2004, Volume 20, Number 3 325-328

Cultural Considerations for Canadians in the Diagnosis of Brain Death
Bowman KW, Richard SA. Canadian Journal of Anesthesia. 2004 Mar.; 51(3):273-5

Culture, Brain Death and Transplantation
Bowman KW, Richard SA. Progress in Transplantation. Sept. 2003, Volume 13, Number 3

Chinese Seniors’ Perspectives on Truth Telling
Bowman KW, Singer PA, Richard SA. International Journal Ethics. 2003 Dec.; 3(4):405(11)

Lenkinski, Carr & Richard LLP, 94 Scollard St, Toronto

94 Scollard Street, Toronto, Ontario M5R 1G2
Tel: 416-924-1970 - Fax: 416-924-2356