Austin Brigden

Austin Brigden
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Austin Brigden received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from Dalhousie University in 2011. Following his graduation, Austin joined Epstein Cole LLP as an Office Clerk. This role gave Austin opportunities to work with some of the most well-respected family law practitioners in Canada. Austin’s interest in family law grew considerably as a result. While at Epstein Cole Austin improved the efficiency of the firm’s file-retrieval process, assisted the accounting department with record-keeping, and improved the workflow of the firm by organizing file storage and aiding the document services department.

Austin obtained his Juris Doctor from Queen’s University in 2016. In his first year of law school Austin was elected President of his class. In this role he organized the Queen’s Law Cover - the Crest charity event to raise money for the Kingston Youth Shelter and attended bi-weekly meetings of the Law Students’ Society to vote on motions which affected Queen’s Law. Austin took numerous courses specific to family law during law school and gained practical experience as an intern at the Queen’s Family Law Clinic by helping self-represented litigants prepare court documents. Austin also conducted research for Dr. Rachel Birnbaum and Professor Nicholas Bala in the pilot project of the Pro Bono Students Canada Family Litigant Study. Austin interviewed litigants about their experience with the family justice system and reported responses and statistics back to Dr. Birnbaum.

During his articles, Austin worked with Christopher Robertson, a well-respected employment law practitioner in downtown Toronto. In this role, Austin further honed his legal research and written advocacy skills. Austin also had numerous opportunities to analyze contracts, financial documents, and benefit plan documents. He also attended and participated in settlement meetings and hearings.

Austin is a dedicated, cordial, and solution-focused lawyer. He joined the Gene C. Colman Family Law Centre following his call to the Ontario Bar in 2017.

Austin enjoys listening to and playing music, finding new restaurants in the city, and spending time at the cottage.