Valerie Pringle received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Queen's University in 1985 and her law degree from Queen's University in 1988. She was called to the Bar in 1990.
Family Law Practice:
On graduating from law school, Valerie accepted an articling position with a prestigious, multi-national law firm in Toronto. Following her call to the Bar, she accepted a position with that same firm as an associate.
However, Valerie quickly realized that she would prefer to live and practice law in a smaller centre. Valerie has now been living and practicing family law in Durham Region for more than 25 years and has never regretted her decision to leave Bay Street.
Valerie went into partnership with a former classmate from law school in 1997. Since her former law partner's appointment as a judge in 2010, Valerie has practiced as a sole practitioner.
Valerie takes great pride in her ability to guide her clients through what is often one of the most painful and difficult times in their lives. She receives many referrals from colleagues and former clients, and even from the ex-spouses of her clients. It is Valerie's hope that these referrals are an indication of the value of her advice and guidance.
Agent for Office of the Children's Lawyer:
Valerie has acted as an agent for the Office of the Children's Lawyer for many years. She represents children where the court has ordered that counsel be appointed either because the Children's Aid Society is involved with their family, or where their parents are involved in a significant custody and access dispute. Valerie considers it an honour and a privilege to meet these children and to act as their voice both in settlement negotiations and in court. Her experience in representing children has been invaluable in assisting Valerie when giving advice to her adult clients with respect to their parenting issues.
Dispute Resolution Officer - Superior Court of Justice:
Valerie was appointed by the Superior Court of Justice as a Dispute Resolution Officer in 2012. As a Dispute Resolution Officer, she deals with Case Conference Hearings where a party has started a court proceeding to vary a final order. Sitting as a Dispute Resolution Officer has been another valuable experience that assists Valerie when she acts for her own clients in the courts, and when Valerie acts as a mediator or arbitrator.