Melissa Salfi’s practice is devoted to Family Law and Fertility Law. Melissa is passionate about helping clients navigate through a diverse range of family law matters with compassion and skill. She has a strategic mindset and is proficient at reaching meaningful resolutions through alternative dispute resolution processes including negotiation, mediation and arbitration. Melissa has also completed training in Collaborative Law and International Dispute Resolution. In cases where court intervention is necessary, Melissa has significant litigation experience and is prepared to effectively advocate for you.
Melissa received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Toronto and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2011. Before practicing Family Law, Melissa articled at a leading national law firm in Toronto. Melissa practiced Family Law in Ontario, where she regularly represented clients at the Superior Court of Justice and served as Duty Counsel. In 2017, she also qualified as a lawyer in Australia and worked in the media industry on high profile negotiations between major newspaper publications and complainants. Melissa joined Crossroads Law in July 2019, after relocating to Vancouver and being called to the BC Bar.
With a background in Psychology, Melissa is committed to helping clients through the difficult emotional process with a sense of warmth and a strong desire to empower her clients during significant life transitions. She has successfully represented clients in high-conflict parenting and child protection cases, as well as complex property and financial matters. From start to finish, Melissa ensures her family law clients understand the process and options available to them, and are involved at every stage of their case. Her priority is to zealously protect her clients’ rights and advance their interests.
In addition to Family Law services, Melissa offers the following Fertility Law services:
- Independent legal advice on fertility contracts to surrogates, donors, and intended parents
- Donor agreements: sperm, egg, and embryo
- Surrogacy agreements for intended parents and surrogates
- Declaration of parentage court applications
- Disputes over frozen embryos
When away from the office, Melissa enjoys baking, yoga, and travelling. She has lived in five countries and enjoys learning new languages and about other cultures.