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For over thirty years, Deborah Ditchfield has worked tirelessly to give her clients back their lives, their families and, in many cases, their voice.

Deborah’s unwavering belief in the power of family law to enhance lives along with her unyielding support of one’s right to the very best legal representation have earned her a stellar reputation as an exceptional advocate as well as a compassionate, forward-thinking person.

Deborah’s expansive knowledge of family law, along with a strategic, focused approach, instill confidence in her clients and ensure exceptional results.

Deborah excels at trial advocacy, as all who know her will agree. However, before proceeding to this step she will do everything possible to bring about a peaceful and fair resolution using her experience and skill in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Deborah has the knowledge base and capability to handle complex family law matters which involve corporate law and tax law and where necessary she will partner with business valuators, tax experts and accountants to achieve the best possible outcome.

Deborah has extensive experience in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) including negotiation, Collaborative Family Law, mediation and arbitration. She is a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Institutes of both Canada and Ontario and is a trained Family Law Arbitrator providing mediation, med/arb and arbitration services.

Deborah has represented clients at all levels of Appellate and Trial Courts and she serves as a Small Claims Court Judge.


  • ADR Institutes of both Canada and Ontario
  • Brant Haldimand-Norfolk and Hamilton Collaborative Practice Groups
  • Brant Law Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals


  • York University, Osgoode Hall Law School, Masters in Law, 1999
  • Admitted to the Ontario Bar, 1985
  • University of Western Ontario, Bachelor of Law Degree, 1983
  • University of Western Ontario, graduated Magna Cum Laude, Bachelor of Arts, 1980


p: 519.759.6220 ext. 308 e: dditchfield@waterousholden.com


Nicole Wolfe – p: 519.759.6220 ext. 370 e: nwolfe@waterousholden.com


Rosanna Valletta – p: 519.759.6220 ext. 353 e: rvalletta@waterousholden.com

Julie Junge – p: 519.759.6220 ext. 312 e: jjunge@waterousholden.com

Client Reviews

Source: LawyerRatingz.com

“Deborah is everything you want an excellent lawyer to be; knowledgeable, communicative, prepared, experienced and thorough. Deborah is the finest family practice lawyer I’ve found.” July 2014

“Deborah helped me navigate through a very tough time in my life. I was an emotional wreck and she was compassionate, but represented my interests firmly and fairly. She was honest with me from the outset and got the best possible outcome.” Client Review June’14

“Ms. Ditchfield…is very professional and very compassionate….the only lawyer who actually listened to our needs and did an outstanding job in the courtroom. We are forever grateful…” September 2018

“Ms. Ditchfield is the embodiment of professionalism and poise….[her] reputation of ‘the best’ is most definitely accurate..” February 2019

Brantford Office
20 Wellington St., P.O.Box 1510
Brantford, ON N3T 5V6

50 King Street., P.O. Box 1510
Brantford, ON N3T 5V6
T: 519-759-6220
F: 519-759-8360
E: law@waterousholden.com

Paris Office
7 William St.
Paris, ON N3L 1K6
T: 519-442-5571
F: 519-442-5567