Lianna Sanelli

Family Law Lawyer

Lianna is a family law lawyer. She obtained her LLB from the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom and her LLM from Osgoode Hall Law School. She completed her articling at a family law firm in Hamilton, and was called to the bar in January 2019.

Lianna has ample experience advocating for individuals both in private practice and in the not-for-profit sector. In private practice, Lianna worked in family law and fertility and surrogacy law. She assisted clients with all aspects of their family law matters, including divorce, parenting time, decision making, property division, child protection, child support and spousal support.

She also assisted clients who relied on assisted reproductive technologies to build their families. She often assisted clients with drafting and providing legal advice on surrogacy agreements, egg donor agreements, sperm donor agreements and embryo donor agreements. She also wrote for the Hamilton Law Journal and gave presentations on case law and legislative developments in fertility and surrogacy law.

In the not-for-profit sector, Lianna worked for a prominent 2SLGBTQI organization. She led several legal projects to improve access to justice for 2SLGBTQI people. She would also advocate directly to Members of Parliament on ways to improve legal protections for 2SLGBTQI individuals across Canada.

Given her experience in both private practice and in the not-for-profit sector, Lianna has experience utilizing all avenues to justice. This means she has a unique understanding of how the legal system works, and how best to navigate it for her client.

In her free time, Lianna serves on the Board of Directors for SHORE Centre in Kitchener, Ontario. Lianna also has a great sense of humor, and writes comedy for one of Canada’s largest satire websites. When she is not working for her clients, writing comedy or volunteering, Lianna enjoys hiking, baking, traveling all over Europe and binge-watching her favourite shows and movies