Verlyn Francis

Director of Professional Development

Verlyn Francis received her LL.B.  and LL.M. (ADR) from Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1997.  She is a Certified Mediator and Certified Adjudicator. 

Areas of Practice

After practicing law as a sole practitioner for almost 20 years, Verlyn now focuses on mediation, arbitration and adjudication of civil disputes including Family, Estates, and Trusts.  Her specialty is the inter-relationship between culture and conflict. She presents, teaches, and trains in the area of dispute resolution, culture and diversity.


Verlyn is a member of ADR Institute of Canada, the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators (SOAR).  She is also a member of the Ontario Bar Association and Toronto Lawyers Association, Women’s Law Association of Ontario, and Canadian Association of Black Lawyers.

Verlyn believes it is important to give back to the community and she has served on the Boards of Toronto Board of Trade, Toronto Community Foundation.  She is past Chair of the Harry Jerome Scholarship Fund, and founding Chair of the Gold Key Awards of Osgoode Hall Law School Alumni Association.  She served on the Board of the Ontario Arts Council and was Chair of their Governance Committee.