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Abram prides himself on providing practical, cost-effective legal advice that detracts from unnecessary conflict and strives towards ultimate resolution. He regularly works with clients and other parties to reach negotiated resolutions or, where not possible, outcomes through the use of other non-judicial avenues like arbitration. Abram frequently acts as a mediator and an arbitrator, assisting parties in reaching resolution of division of property, parenting, and support matters.

With nearly a decade of civil and commercial litigation experience, he also brings a strong litigation background with significant courtroom experience, having appeared before all levels of Alberta Courts, the Ontario Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada. Abram’s commercial litigation experience lends itself very well to the business complexities that often accompany family law.

Prior to starting his family law practice, Abram practiced first with a prominent national law firm, Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP, and then with a major Western Canadian regional firm, MLT Aikins LLP. He has experience working with all ranges of business structures, from sole proprietorships to complex multinational corporations, advising on a wide range of corporate/commercial matters, including shareholder disputes, employment issues, construction disputes and oil and gas litigation.

Phone: 403.231.3453

Paralegal: Nadine MacDonald
Phone: 403.231.8223

[Janet] thanks for letting me know of your retirement… I’m sad to see you go but hope for your rest and enjoyment for all you’ve done for my family and others… With all my thanks I want to express all my appreciation for all you’ve done for us and all the grief it was to deal with! You were the right fit.
A.W., Client
I write this review based on my experience when working with Stacey Lee as my legal representative. Simply put, Stacey is attentive (or vigilant if you prefer), knowledgeable, professional, fair, and personable. It was important for me to have someone that was responsive and competent. I never waited more than 24 hours for a reply and am very happy with the resulting agreement that was created, as it represented a solution that was best for all parties involved – which was important to me. Stacey likes to say I was the ideal client, but the reality is that she was the ideal representative, providing legal advice, while keeping me abreast of the big picture. Based on my experience with Stacey, I highly recommend her.
S.N., Client
From the moment we met, Janet had not only a business approach to my situation but also a level of compassion and friendliness. I’ve worked now with Janet for years and not one time did she fail to meet my expectations. I have always felt at ease just hearing her voice. If she didn’t have the answer immediately, she has always provided one promptly. She has been my Rock and Sounding Board. I’ve referred her to others. If anyone is in need of a GREAT family lawyer, Janet Russell in my view is the lady to contact.
N.M., Client
Stacey, Thank you once again for all your help with my file. I can’t express how much I appreciated you having my back yesterday and you do it so calmly. Your perspective and guidance helped me a lot – thank you. It felt like a whirlwind of numbers but you helped me keep perspective as we went along…Thank you again for helping us bring things to closure.
B.F., Client
Very satisfied with the services provided by the lawyers at SVR Lawyers! It was a long and convoluted divorce process, but Abram Averbach, Cindy Lee and their assistants have helped me to navigate through it and finalize it. I highly recommend them!
J.B., Client
Stacey Lee handled the sale of my business and separation from a spouse attending to both my corporate and family law matters. Stacey provided a calm and realistic voice when tensions and emotions were high. Stacey approached the resolution of my files with opposing counsel in a collaborative way, seeking to reduce court appearances and conflict between all parties involved. I would work with Stacey again and recommend her to anyone requiring assistance in family or corporate matters.
H.S., Client

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