Richard W. Shields is a lawyer, mediator, arbitrator, and trainer. Admitted to the practice of law in Ontario, Canada in 1976, he now restricts his professional practice to family mediation, family arbitration, and training in both disciplines. Rick has an M.A. in Conflict Resolution, an LL.M. in ADR, and a Ph.D. in Adult Education. He is a Certified Specialist in Family Law (Law Society of Upper Canada), a Certified Comprehensive Family Mediator (Family Mediation Canada), a Chartered Mediator and Chartered Arbitrator (ADR Institute of Canada), a Certified Family Mediator and Certified Family Arbitrator (ADR Institute of Ontario), an Accredited Family Mediator (Ontario Association for Family Mediation) and a Certified Specialist in Family Mediation and Certified Specialist in Family Arbitration (Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario). He is a past certifying administrator for Family Mediation Canada, a past president of the ADR Institute of Ontario, a past president of the Ontario Association for Family Mediation, and a past director of the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario. Rick was an adjunct professor in the Certificate in Dispute Resolution and Certificate in Family Mediation programs at York University. He is a co-author of Collaborative Family Law: Another Way to Resolve Family Disputes published by Thomson Carswell in 2003 and the author of Family Mediation for the Self-Represented: Perspectives of a Practitioner and Trainer and Family Arbitration for the
Self-Represented: Perspectives of a Practitioner and Trainer both of which to be published by Thomson Reuters in 2-19. In 2012 Rick received the James C. McDonald Award from the Ontario Collaborative Law Federation at their biennial conference and, in 2017, the Long Term Achievement Award from Family Mediation Canada at their annual conference.
Family Business, Family Separation: Financial, Family Separation: Parenting