About Us


Gartner & Associates Animal Law is Canada’s leading animal law firm. Located in downtown Toronto, we deal exclusively with animal law matters and are dedicated to helping clients resolve animal disputes with our tailored mediation and litigation services.

With extensive and specialized knowledge and experience in animal law matters, our team understands your issues and concerns.

Our practice areas include pet custody disputes, dog breed discrimination/bite allegations, veterinary malpractice, condominium disputes involving pets, wills and estates matters for surviving pets, resolving pet insurance claims, and animal care related negligence claims.


Suzana Gartner

Suzana Gartner

B.A., J.D., LL.M (ADR), Firm Founder, Mediator

Suzana Gartner is an animal lawyer and mediator. She completed her Master of Laws degree in Alternative Dispute Resolution at Osgoode Hall Law School combining mediation methodology with the emerging field of animal law. Suzana launched the first law firm in Canada dedicated exclusively to animal law matters. She has successfully helped many clients settle their cases using a mediated approach in the following areas: alleged dog bite incidents, dog “breed” bans, dog and cat custody disputes between separating couples, condominium disputes involving pets, incidents of injury or death of a beloved pet as a result of negligence, breeder disputes, insurance claims, equine-related matters, and many other animal-related disputes.

David Samuels

David Samuels

B.A., LL.B., Associate Lawyer, Litigator

David Samuels is the litigator at Gartner & Associates Animal Law. He offers clients creative and effective solutions to their contentious legal challenges. He works with clients to plan out a cost-effective strategy to achieve a successful resolution of their animal dispute claims. David has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a broad range of matters, such as conflicts over pet ownership, defending dog bites, veterinary malpractice claims, pet condominium issues, and equine-related matters.
Throughout his time at Gartner and Associates Animal Law, David has continued to build upon his knowledge, experience, and expertise in the growing field of animal law.

Students At Law

Daniel Fin

Daniel Fin

Law Student

Daniel joined Gartner & Associates as a summer law student after completing his first year at the University of New Brunswick Faculty of Law. Daniel now continues as a fall/winter law student. Before starting law school, Daniel graduated from York University completing a BCom in Accounting with honours. During his time at York University, Daniel was heavily involved with the community where he volunteered in numerous wildlife rehabilitation projects.

His love for animals started at a young age. Being raised around dogs, he knew that animals would always be a major part of his life. Having experienced injustice with his own canine companion in a veterinarian malpractice incident, Daniel’s passion for animals naturally led him to a career in animal law.

In his spare time, Daniel loves being outdoors, weightlifting, and spending time with his dog.

Firm Staff

Olena Stevenson

Olena Stevenson


Olena graduated from the University of Ottawa with a major in Accounting and earned her professional accounting designation as a Chartered Accountant. Olena is the firm accountant for Gartner & Associates and proud to be part of a team committed to giving a voice to animals in our society.

Olena also has her own bookkeeping and accounting firm OM Bookkeeper. Her firm focuses on providing bookkeeping to companies and non-profits working for good causes, specifically on animal welfare issues and vegan lifestyle.

Olena is very active with environmental and animal welfare causes. Olena dedicates her time volunteering for numerous organizations, such as: Toronto Bruce Trail Club, The Literacy Group, etc. She is founding a new charitable organization the Grand River Veg Association and working on Vegan Theatre project together with other animal lovers.


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