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Sandra Monardo

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Two words describe Sandra’s approach to law: resourceful, always, and when necessary, forceful.

Both qualities stem from her background as the child of Italian immigrants. Sandra saw people in her community who were vulnerable and being taken advantage of, and decided from a young age she would stand up for them.

One of the life lessons Sandra brings to her legal practice is that there is more than one way to achieve an end. With many years experience as a litigator, she knows it can take a huge toll - both emotional and monetary - on clients who get enmeshed in legal battles. As a result, she prides herself on being flexible.  She likens law to a card game, one where you look at the cards you are dealt, consider the rules, and then come up with the best possible strategy to achieve the best possible results for your clients.

Not that law was the obvious path. After earning an undergraduate degree in international relations and languages at the University of Toronto, Sandra spent a year in Rome, working at the Canadian Embassy. Speaking Italian and French, as well as English, she considered a career in the foreign service. Law, however, captured her. She graduated from University of Windsor Law School in 2004, and completed a clerkship at the Superior Court of Justice for her articles. She worked in civil litigation, finding herself increasingly drawn to estates work. She joined Goddard Gamage in 2017 because, she says, when it comes to wills and estates, she wanted to practice law with the best.

Never one to shy away from a challenge, Sandra is an accomplished athlete. She has competed in triathlons, duathlons and run a half-marathon. She summited Mount Kilimanjaro, scuba-dived in Zanzibar and trekked to the top of Machu Picchu.

She is a board member of the Canadian Italian Advocates Organization, a member of the Toronto Lawyers’ Association and JTEP (estates practitioners group). Sandra also is a volunteer supervisor with Pro Bono Students Canada. All this while being a wife, a mother, and an avid baker.

Education

  • Admitted to the Ontario Bar 2005
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Windsor, Faculty of Law 2004
  • Honours Bachelor of Arts, University of Toronto 2000 

Affiliations

  • Board Member, Canadian Italian Advocates Organization
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Toronto Lawyers' Association
  • Junior Trusts and Estates Practitioners Group
  • Volunteer Lawyer for Pro Bono Students Canada – estate planning section

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