About Us & Professional Directory

Nussbaum Law is a legal practice dedicated exclusively to Family Law in Toronto.

Our legal staff understands that separation and divorce is an emotional time and we are committed to providing a personal approach to all our clients. Our team of divorce lawyers understands that each family situation is unique and we will take the time to listen to your situation so we can understand your family values. We advocate on your behalf to ensure you receive the best possible outcome in your family law case. The goal at our family law practice is to resolve disputes through mediation and negotiation to save you time so you can move forward with your life. If it is required, our lawyers and staff have extensive experience in litigating cases in both the Superior Court and Ontario Court of Justice.

BARRY NUSSBAUM

JD, MBA, Senior Lawyer


Barry is a respected member of both the Ontario and New York Bars. He completed the combined JD/MBA program at Osgoode Hall and the Schulich School of Business. Prior to practicing law, Barry was an associate at an international consulting firm, where he provided international tax consulting services to Canadian multinational companies. Barry represents clients in all areas of family law, including divorce, support, property division, and domestic contracts (prenuptial, cohabitation, separation, and parenting agreements). Barry also assists clients involved in child protection matters with the Children’s Aid Societies. With his broad and focused experience in family law, Barry provides effective and strategic solutions for his clients. Barry regularly appears in the Ontario and Superior Courts of Justice, including representing clients on appeal matters.

Some of Barry’s notable successes include the following:
  • Successfully defended Ontario as the appropriate jurisdiction, when the mother unilaterally attempted to change the jurisdiction to Alberta (Pearson v. Whittingham, 2012 ONCJ 187).
  • Defeated the Children’s Aid Society on a motion to temporarily place the child in the care of the mother, rather than in the care of the Children’s Aid Society (Children’s Aid Society of Toronto v. C.D., 2015 ONCJ 36).
  • Obtained an Order for sole custody for the Father after a 3-day trial (Alqudsi v. Dahnus, 2016 ONCJ 707).
In his personal time, Barry enjoys spending time with his family, especially his five wonderful children.

Our Team

ZAKIYA BHAYAT

Associate Lawyer

Zakiya earned her LL.B. at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, graduating with First Class Honours. While in law school, she worked as a student advisor with the university’s Pro Bono Group where she worked on cases relating to immigration, wills and estates and a variety of family law matters.During her summers she interned at a boutique family law firm in Toronto. Upon returning to Canada, she obtained her LL.M. at Osgoode Hall Law School. While doing so, she also worked at a global immigration law firm in downtown. Having the opportunity to experience both family and immigration law in practice, Zakiya realized her true passion lies in family law.

Outside of the office Zakiya enjoys spending her time outdoors, volunteering at community events and catching up on her favourite Netflix series.

Liza Bakhshi | B.A. (Hons.), J.D.

Associate Lawyer

Liza Bakhshi's practice encompasses all aspects of family law including divorce, property division, spousal support, child support, parenting, access and child protection issues. Liza frequently represents clients before the Ontario Court of Justice and Superior Court of Justice. Liza's goal is to assist her clients by minimizing disruption and trauma that often accompanies these difficult family law proceedings.
Liza Bakhshi obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Windsor in 2018 and her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Criminology and Justice from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, graduating on the Dean's List. Liza joined Nussbaum Law Professional Corporation in 2020. Prior to this, Liza worked as a Student-At-Law and an Associate Lawyer at a family law firm in Mississauga.
During law school, Liza worked as a Research Assistant at the University of Windsor and the Ministry of Attorney General Debwewin's Program earning the Access to Justice Reward from the University of Windsor Faculty of Law. In her second year of law school, Liza competed in the Aboriginal Law Moot in Calgary. Liza also volunteered at the Community Legal Aid in Windsor and continues to volunteer for Pro Bono Ontario Free Legal Advice Hotline. Outside of work, Liza enjoys biking, cooking, learning new languages and travelling.

KEETH RAVEENDRAN | LLB (HONS.), LLM

Associate Lawyer - Barrister & Solicitor

Prior to joining Nusbaum Family Law, Keeth was an associate at a family law and litigation firm in Alberta. In this position he acted for clients on many family law and civil matters appearing regularly at court.
Keeth employs a logical approach to advocacy and resolving disputes, garnering him the respect of colleagues and opponents while securing favourable results for his clients.
Keeth enjoys spending time with his wife Kajenthy and their daughter. In his free time, Keeth enjoys reading, exercising, cooking and binging sitcoms. He is also fluent in Tamil.
Keeth is a member of the Law Society of Alberta and the Law Society of Ontario.

Afras Khattak, B.A. (Hons.), J.D.

Associate Lawyer – Barrister & Solicitor

Afras Khattak joined Nussbaum Law as a lawyer in December 2020. He previously worked for law firms situated in the Durham Region and then Toronto before joining the Nussbaum Law team.
Afras completed his Bachelor of Arts in Criminology at York University and received his Juris Doctor from Thompson Rivers University, in British Columbia. He is also completing his MBA online through The Business School, Edinburgh Napier University, located in the United Kingdom.
Apart from his educational endeavors, Afras has a strong passion for family law and he consistently keeps up to date on emerging issues regarding the formation of families, the regulation of intact families, and the dissolution of family relationships.
Afras also understands that family matters can be very sensitive. His hands-on and compassionate approach is there to help you stay positive and remain level-headed when faced with these life-changing issues.
In his spare time, Afras enjoys keeping active and playing basketball. He is also a die-hard Toronto Raptors fan.

YSAMIN FRANÇOISE MCGANN

ASSOCIATE LAWYER | B.A., LL.B.

Ysamin was called to the Ontario Bar in 2014. She graduated top 3 in her class with magna cum laude from the University of Buckingham, UK. Prior to law school, Ysamin obtained her undergraduate degree with honours in Sociology, Theatre studies and French from York University.

Prior to joining the firm in 2020, Ysamin was practicing with a primary focus Family law and Wills & Estates. She has earned the reputation of being a cooperative and knowledgeable professional. Her core values are based on integrity and honesty as she is direct in her approach while advising clients.

When not in the office, Ysamin enjoys attending the theatre, board games and puzzles. Ysamin also loves travelling, having visited approximately 38 countries and over 120 cities.

KEVIN CHAO

Associate Lawyer | B.A. with Hons, J.D.

Kevin graduated from the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia in 2018. He was called to the Ontario bar the following year, and joined Nussbaum Law Professional Corporation in 2020.

Kevin has a broad background in family law, having worked at three different legal aid clinics prior to joining Nussbaum Law PC. He has experience across multiple jurisdictions handling divorces, child support, spousal support, custody, access, property division, wills, and other areas of family law. Kevin has worked extensively with clients who are in vulnerable situations or experiencing physical, emotional, and financial abuse, both domestically and abroad. Kevin is also a volunteer lawyer at Luke’s Place, a Support and Resource Centre for Women & Children in Oshawa; he volunteers for both the Pro Bono Summary Advice Clinic and Virtual Legal Clinic, and also facilitates Family Law Information Workshops.

Prior to attending law school, Kevin earned his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Western Ontario, graduating with distinction with an Honours Specialization in Media, Information and Technoculture and a Minor in Writing Studies. Outside of work, Kevin enjoys music, writing, and sports–he played rugby throughout law school and won a national championship for Ultimate Frisbee.

JOTTY GILL

Associate Lawyer

Jotty Gill earned her LL.B. at Leicester University in the United Kingdom where she specialized in international relations and social justice. Prior to this, she obtained a double major in Political Science and Sociology from McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario. She completed her articles at the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, where she vigorously defended victims of domestic violence in family law and immigration matters. It was during her time at the clinic she realized her passion for family law. Following her call to the bar in 2017, Jotty worked at a downtown Toronto law firm, focusing on family law and wills. Following that, she worked at a Mississauga law firm in the area of civil litigation.
Jotty is a strong advocate for her clients and prides herself on the exceptional service she provides. She will give you a genuine and realistic assessment of your case, and help you understand what to expect throughout the process. Jotty is fluent in Punjabi and Hindi.
When not in the office, Jotty enjoys spending time with her friends and family, watching Netflix and travelling.

CLIFTON LEUNG

Associate Lawyer | B.A., J.D.

Clifton Leung graduated from Windsor Law in 2017 after spending his final year at Osgoode Hall Law School. Prior to law school, Clifton graduated with a double major in Philosophy and Criminology & Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Toronto. Clifton realized his passion for family law while working with Jewish Family & Child Service of Greater Toronto. With this experience, he is able to bring the perspective of a children’s aid society to Nussbaum Law, particularly with regard to custody and access.

In his spare time, Clifton enjoys gastronomy and expanding his palate by learning about whiskey and regularly participating in wine tastings.

BRITTANY DOWNING

Law Clerk

Brittany earned her Law Clerk Diploma in 2014 from Centennial College with Honours.
Following graduation, Brittany was employed at a mid-sized litigation firm practicing in the area of Creditor’s Rights. In October 2017, Brittany began working at Nussbaum Law PC to pursue her career in Family Law.
In her spare time, Brittany enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching movies and traveling.

JULIA PASSERI

Law Clerk

Julia is a final year LL.B student at Queen Mary University of London and current LawClerk/Assistant with Nussbaum Law. During her time in Law School, Julia volunteered at the Legal Advice Centre, and is currently a Mentor in the IAMU Street Community Project. This community project aims at teaching primary school students about Equality and Human Rights issues through in-class interactive weekly lessons.

Prior to attending Law School, Julia obtained her Paralegal degree from Humber’s four-year program. In advance of joining Nussbaum Law, Julia practiced as a licensed Paralegal for an Employment Law firm and has the relative experience in dealing with Meditations, Small Claims Court matters, Ontario Human Rights Tribunal matters and Superior Court of Justice Matters.

Julia will (hopefully) be joining our firm as an Articling Student in 2021. In her spare time, Julia is an avid writer (having been published for Humber’s Paralegal of Access to Justice Journal twice), she also loves to play soccer and travel to various countries.

Jessica Lesti

Law Clerk

Jessica is a law and business major graduate from Ryerson University’s, Ted Rogers School of Business Management (TRSM). She has achieved her Bachelor of Commerce Degree, with specialization in the field of law and business.

During her years of study, Jessica participated in various case competitions hosted by Ryerson University where her passion for advocacy began. As an individual Jessica has a strong passion for the law and is always looking to further apply her academic skills into practical experience, helping clients along the way. 

ARI RUBIN

Articling Student

Originally from the UK, Ari graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2020. Prior to Law School, Ari obtained an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Reichman University in Israel as well as a Post Graduate degree in Accounting from York University.

Ari has a passion for Alternative Dispute Resolution, specifically in negotiation and mediation which he has extensive training in. Ari ranked top 5 in the 2020 Dentons Negotiation Cup and subsequently was asked to represent Osgoode internationally.

In his spare time, Ari enjoys travelling, spending time with family and playing soccer (or football as he’d rather call it).

Jonathan Korman

articling student

Jonathan graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2020. Prior to law school, Jonathan obtained an undergraduate degree in Political Science at York University with a focus on international politics and critical security. Jonathan discovered his passion for family law while providing legal assistance to low income clients with the Family Law Project.

Outside of work and school, Jonathan loves rock climbing, the outdoors and his dog Luna.