Jessica is passionate about the law and committed to providing excellent service to her clients. She believes in honest risk assessment, clear advice, and smart strategies.

Jessica Gagné is a family and child protection lawyer based in downtown Toronto. She represents clients at all levels of court in Ontario and before the Child and Family Services Review Board. She acts for:

  • individuals who are separating or divorcing from their spouses;
  • parents or caregivers who are involved in litigation against a Children’s Aid Society; and
  • students who have been suspended or expelled from school.

Following her clerkship at the Supreme Court of Canada and prior to launching her own firm, Jessica practiced at a leading child and family law boutique firm in downtown Toronto. She is an active member of the Toronto legal community and has won numerous legal prizes and awards.

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An opportunity to ask your questions and canvas your options.  Sometimes, a consultation is all you need. A consultation costs $325 + HST. Advance payment is required to secure the appointment.

Agreement drafting or independent legal advice

Jessica drafts cohabitation agreements, marriage contracts (“pre-nups”), separation agreements, and parenting plans.  Sometimes, clients already have a written agreement and one spouse just needs to get independent legal advice from Jessica to formalize it. These services are billed at Jessica’s regular hourly rate of $325 + HST.

Written opinions

For those who want an opinion on a discrete legal issue, such as the viability of a potential appeal. A flat fee is available for this service, or clients have the option to pay Jessica’s regular hourly rate of $325 + HST.

Full representation

The most common option, for clients who do not wish to be self-represented but rather seek a lawyer of record to handle all legal issues arising in their case. This service is billed at Jessica’s regular hourly rate of $325 + HST.

Assistance for self-represented litigants

For clients who want to significantly reduce their overall legal fees by representing themselves and attending most or all of their own court appearances without a lawyer, but who want some guidance from a lawyer along the way. This service is billed at Jessica’s regular hourly rate of $325 + HST.

Services for lawyers

Jessica occasionally assists other lawyers on a contract basis. She provides legal research and writing services, drafts court documents including appellate facta, provides litigation support, attends court appearances, and ghostwrites legal articles, blog posts, and conference papers. These services are billed at Jessica’s regular hourly rate of $325 + HST.

Retainers are required. The amount of the retainer varies depending on the service requested. Jessica’s standard retainer where court proceedings are involved is $5000.


Jessica is the creator of FamilyWatch, a monthly digest that reviews the Ontario Court of Appeal’s child and family law decisions. She also blogs about a variety of legal topics, including practice management and law reform.


Jessica helped me resolve my family law matter in a way that worked with my budget. She was flexible, non-judgmental and extremely knowledgeable about family law and court procedures. Jessica was always available to answer my questions and she explained the law in a way that was easy to understand. What I thought was going to be a stressful experience proved to be extremely manageable because of Jessica’s help and expertise.- Family law client, 2015
Jessica had great knowledge of the law and diplomatic negotiation skills. She recognized the problems, worked to achieve a resolution in a timely manner, and pushed back even when perhaps my patience for the process had been lost. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone needing family law services.- Family law client, 2015
My son got into some trouble at school. We were confused as to what our legal rights were and not sure what to do. Jessica put our worries at ease when she thoroughly explained the legal process. She kept us well informed, both verbally and in writing, during the entirety of the case. In the end, Jessica negotiated an excellent settlement with the board and saved us from having to proceed with a formal hearing. I'm sure that the outcome would have been nowhere near as good if we had not had Jessica in our corner and fighting for my son's rights.- Education law client, 2015
I needed legal advice regarding a child support matter. Jessica was very helpful! She was fast and efficient and before I knew it I had everything I needed to go to court. I went in organized and confident! Jessica was available when I needed her and she answered all my questions. I would absolutely recommend her.- Family law client, 2015
Jessica is honest, hardworking, and fair.- Family law client, 2015
Jessica exceeded my expectations. She has a clear, concise writing style and produced a very thoughtful analysis. She knew which questions to ask.- Family law client, 2015



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Office Location

111 Queen Street East
South Building, Suite 450
Toronto, Ontario M5C 1S2

Tel: 416-616-5088
Fax: 866-715-0029


There is a large surface parking lot
on the north side of Queen,
between Church and Jarvis.

Alternatively, it’s a 2-minute walk
from the Queen subway station.