Deborah Pressman

Deborah Pressman is a lawyer, mediator, and adjudicator. She’s also an innovative legal educator

Deborah is currently counsel with the Ministry of the Attorney General, providing legal, policy and strategic support to SLASTO's Executive Chairs, adjudicators, senior managers and staff. Previously, she was the Director’s Delegate in the Appeals Unit at the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO). She first joined FSCO as a mediator in 2004. In 2008 she worked as a senior policy analyst and in 2011 she became an arbitrator, adjudicating disputes arising from Ontario’s no fault accident benefits scheme.

Deborah leads various training and teaching initiatives.
• She teaches at the paralegal program at George Brown College.
• She teaches administrative law at the master’s program at Osgoode.
• She is a lead instructor in the Certificate in Adjudication for administrative agencies, boards and tribunals (and the Advanced Certificate), a joint initiative of the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators and Osgoode.
• She develops and delivers remote learning courses for Osgoode (the foreign lawyers NCA licensing exam prep course) and Emond Publishing (the paralegal licensing exam prep course).
• She trains members of the new Condominium Authority Tribunal, Ontario’s new online tribunal.

Deborah completed her B.A. in political science at York University and her LL.B. at Osgoode. She was called to the Bar in 2002 and acquired her LL.M. degree in Alternative Dispute Resolution in 2005. When she’s not working, she spends time with family and friends, and a terrier named Gilly.



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