Fishman Beley is a boutique family law firm. While we do some related files, our practice is primarily in the area of family law.
Len Fishman has been practicing Family Law in Manitoba for over 41 years and Terry Beley for over 39 years. Noah Fishman joined the firm as an associate in September 2012.
Family Law covers many different areas, some more complex than others. The Family Law Primer on this site deals with the major areas and tries to provide basic information about various areas of the law and terms that we use.
Called to the Bar in 1975, after graduating from the University of Manitoba, Len Fishman has focussed his practice on family law. He and Terry Beley have been practising together since 1992 under the name Fishman Beley Family Law Associates. Len’s son, Noah Fishman, joined the firm in 2012.
Len has argued cases in the courts of Manitoba and has taken two important cases to the Supreme Court of Canada.
Len lectured and mentored law students in the Clinical Family Law course for over ten years and was co-course head of the Family Law section of the Law Society's Bar Admissions Program for over 10 years. He currently lectures in the Intermediate Family Law course for Community Legal Education Association (CLEA) and is counsel to Jewish Child and Family Service in child welfare proceedings.
He has contributed to the education of students and peers for the Law Society of Manitoba in numerous Continuing Legal Education programs.
Len maintains an active role in the reform of the law, the legal process, and is committed to the efficient and professional delivery of legal services.
He is frequently appointed as an arbitrator by lawyers or clients or is the Law Society's appointed Chair on Fee Arbitrations in Family Law (a free program of binding arbitration in family law fee disputes sponsored by the Law Society of Manitoba).
Over the years, Len has been on various Manitoba Bar Association and court committees, currently as an originating member of the Auto-Orders committee, which is working on the clauses for the preparation of court orders.
Len was Chair of the Manitoba Bar Association, Family Law Section, for 2 years and made submissions on its behalf to the federal government respecting the federal Divorce Act, and the provincial government respecting The Marital Property Act (now called The Family Property Act).
Terry graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1976 and has been practicing Family Law since being called to the Bar in 1977. He has been practicing family law with Len Fishman since 1992. He appears in the Manitoba Courts regularly and has been counsel in a number of important reported decisions.
From 1988 to 2009 he lectured in the Intensive Family Law Program at the University of Manitoba and was a lecturer and seminar leader for over 10 years in the Bar Admission Program. He has presented papers on family law issues at Continuing Legal Education forums through the Family Law Subsection of the Manitoba Bar Association and the Law Society of Manitoba.
Noah Fishman is a graduate of McGill University and the University of Leicester. He was called to the Bar in 2012 and has practised with Fishman Beley, Family Law Associates since then. He practices primarily in the area of Family Law, but also does conveyancing, wills and estates and related matters. Noah firmly believes in helping his clients achieve their goals at a cost-effective price.