about us

We have been offering family legal services since 1997. Our office is based in Almonte, Ontario and our clients come from across Lanark County and West Ottawa. Our mission is to provide an effective, efficient, and respectful resolution to our clients’ family legal challenges.

Elizabeth Swarbrick


Elizabeth became a member of the Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society in 1993 and the (Ontario) Law Society of Upper Canada in 1995 after graduating from Dalhousie University School of Law in 1992. She is currently licensed to practise in Ontario only. She is a member of the County of Lanark Law Association and is currently the President of the Association. She is a founding member of Collaborative Practice Ottawa and is a collaborative law trainer through the Ontario Collaborative Law Federation, now the Ontario Association of Collaborative Professionals . She has trained collaborative professionals throughout Ontario. When not lawyering, she is chasing after her two daughters, kayaking, hiking and reading.

Emily Murray


Emily obtained her law degree from Ottawa University in 2016 and became a member of the Law Society of Ontario in 2018. She joined the firm in January, 2020. She is licensed to practise in Ontario only. Emily enjoys connecting with clients to understand and meet their needs. The law can be daunting so she works hard to minimize that burden. In her spare time she enjoys running, reading and watching Jeopardy.

Karen Trepanier


Karen is usually the first person you will meet when you come through the door at Swarbrick Law. She graduated from St. Lawrence College in Kingston in 1989, with a Diploma in Office Administration (Legal). Karen joined the firm in 2014 with over 20 years experience working in the legal field.

Cheryl Devereux


Cheryl has been a legal secretary for many years in southern and eastern Ontario. Cheryl proudly achieved her Bachelor of Arts designation in Law and Economics in 2002 from Carleton University. When not busy assisting clients, Cheryl keeps busy with her grandchildren.

John Murray


John has a B.A. in Economics and a B.Comm. in Finance from St. Mary’s University. He joined the firm in 2000, and has been keeping things running smoothly ever since.

our firm’s professional affiliations

Members, Law Society of Ontario
Former member, Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society (Elizabeth Swarbrick)
Members, County of Lanark Law Association
Members, Carleton Place + District Chamber of Commerce
Founding member, Collaborative Practice Ottawa (Elizabeth Swarbrick)
Member, American Bar Association, Family Law Section

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