Deborah Pressman is a lawyer, mediator, adjudicator, and 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 and at the Master’s program at Osgoode. She is a lead instructor in Certificate in Adjudication, a joint initiative of the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators (SOAR) and Osgoode. She develops remote learning courses for Osgoode (the foreign lawyers NCA licensing exam prep course) and Emond Publishing (the paralegal licensing exam prep course). She trains tribunal members and speaks on topics such as mediation, ODR, active adjudication and clear decision writing.
Deborah completed her B.A. in political science at York University and her LL.B. at Osgoode Hall Law School. 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.