Michael Maddalena  B.A., M.A. (JA), LL.B., LL.M (ADR)


Imagine you and your separating spouse disagree over how to share an orange. Both of you, sure of your rights, hire lawyers who argue in court. The judge awards each of you half the orange, which is the best outcome litigation allows.

No one asks why you want the orange. If they had, they would have learned that you want to eat it, and your spouse needs the peel to bake a cake.

In Collaborative Practice, we ask why you want the orange, so we can craft better outcomes for both of you.

I have been a husband since 1985, a laywer since 1989, and a father since 1991. I am trained as a mediator, collaborative lawyer, and collaborative trainer. My professional focus was family law from 1991 until 2014. Since 2014, it has been Wills and Estates, though I still provide family law advice.

I have been employed since 1991 with the St. Catharines office of the Unifor Legal Plan. I was appointed manager in 2014. I can provide legal advice only to Unifor members.


Unifor (formerly CAW) Legal Services Plan

Contact Information

Suite 206 - 55 King Street
St. Catharines, ON
L2R 3H5

Tel: 905-641-1313, ext. 4233
Fax: 905-641-0967