Testimonials for John P. Schuman C.S., Child and Family Law



What John’s Client’s Say About Him:

(Real Comments from Real Clients!)

Family Law

"I was very impressed with John's knowledge and his ability to explain things in a clear and concise manner.

He's a straight shooterthat actually answers your questions and concerns, a rarity with family law attorneys.

I would recommend him as a problem solver, an attorney that will get you from point A to point B, and lastly, who will be honest with you without trying to be vague, coy, or talk in circles.”

-  From H.R.

John has provided legal service for me in Family Matters in the past while an associate at another firm, with great success in my matter! John was thorough and current with Family Matters, always helpful and direct, keeping the matter on track. I strongly recommend John if you require legal advice and services in the area of Family Law!"

- From R.D.

“John Schuman is my family lawyer and has also represented many friends and colleagues. John consistently provides timely and excellent advice, manages, achieves top notch results and does so an a very cost-effective basis and with the highest integrity. John is universally respected by other lawyers and judges, which makes an enormous difference. One cannot underestimate the importance of his entire team. I highly recommend John to anyone seeking a family lawyer.”

- From L.O.

I have had the pleasure of working with John Schuman and others at DSF for a family matter over the last 8 months. They all worked very diligently on my case. All of the staff I interacted with were very professional, helpful and supportive - and most of all very informative in a situation that I didn't know anything about - guiding and helping me through a tough process. Many thanks to DSF.

- From C.S.Z.

It was very nice to meet with you this morning.  Your friendliness, thoughtfulness, especially your expertise in the field really impressed me and the consultation eased quite a bit of my worries as I still don't know what the result will be for my case.  I really appreciate your clear explanations of all the options to put an end to my broken marriage.

Thank you very much for your book and I am sure that it will be very informative and help me learn more about the basics of the Ontario Family Law.

- From P.C.

I thought the session yesterday with John was some of the best money I've spent in a long time!  His advice was excellent and very helpful.  I'd be more than willing to speak to this, if you ever have clients that might inquire as to his skills prior to retaining him.  If you could pass along my appreciation, that would be great.

Thanks so much for all your help.

- Dr. M.S.

Mr. Schuman’s conduct in this case is an example of what lawyers are supposed to do in difficult cases

- Justice Sherr

Dear John:

I thank you with all my heart, yes you got paid for all of your hard work and dedication but you just don’t know how much I appreciate what you have done for our son and M. and I.  

Sincerely S. S. 

Hi Mr. Schuman,

 I just wanted to thank you so much for your help today. You were so professional, so contained and calm, which made me feel very calm too. With my previous lawyers I was a wreck in court, their nervousness and negative views made me feel terrible. Thank you so much! God bless you and your loved ones! I thank God every day for sending you in my life. 

The lady I was talking to in the hallways, I was telling her what a good lawyer you are. She was interested in changing lawyers for her daughter and she is a lawyer herself. So I gave her the name of your firm (she actually knew about it) and your name. I would recommend you to everybody who comes in my life. I wish them to be as content as I am, with your representation.

Thank you so much,


Mr. John Schuman is absolutely the best Family Law Lawyer there is. I too had 2 previous lawyers from my divorce several years ago, and i only wish i had retained Mr. Schuman then. But....better late than never. I am so calm and happy knowing Mr. Schuman is representing me and my child! God bless you. Thank you for your heart of Gold, and your empathy and compassion to the human race! I too will recommend you to everyone and anyone I know!


Hi John.

I really appreciate your input and assistance, especially as I was in a difficult situation that I had never encountered before.

Please take this letter as my sincere heart-felt thank you for helping me, you are not only a fine lawyer but a kind man as well.

Thank you.


If I could offer one piece of advice for those contemplating separation...See John Schuman and Todd Slonim first!. If I would have used their services from the beginning of my separation the outcome would have been very different. I was self represented until the final stages of my court experience, what John, Todd, and the rest of the team did to finalize my long, stressful, upsetting separation was nothing short of miraculous. Myself and my two children can finally get on with our lives thanks to John and his team. They are the best in the business. 

If you have children and are separating you NEED John, Todd and the team's expertise. Please don't have to use the phrases "hindsight is 20/20" or "if only I would have known this earlier".  See John and the team today. I’m so very grateful for their services. 



Thank you . Ira, Brooke and yourself are definently the best of the best.  I couldn’t ask for a better team willing to deal with all my craziness.  I sing your praises eveywhere and let eveyone know if they need a team to win, and know the rules, what to do etc., the you are the only team around!!!!!!! As much as I drive you guys nuts and over the edge, thanks for not giving up . I will be in  position shortly to pay the bill. But even if it was twice as much you guys are definitely worth every penny!!!!!

Lorraine W.

I am currently going through a divorce. It became quite a bit complex as I have little to no experience with law in general and none with Family Law. John Schuman's book is an excellent guide to the layperson who is going through or planning to go through a divorce.

Further to reading the book I went on to hire John Schuman from Devry Smith Frank Llp Law as my Family Lawyer. John is a friendly guy who takes time to answer any questions you may have. I would not hesitate to recommend this book or John as a Family Lawyer. I would also like to note that he always put the interest of the children first and attempted to resolve things in a reduced conflict fashion. My ex-spouse selected a high conflict lawyer who was quite sloppy and difficult; however John maintained composure and always focused on logic and being reasonable.

Again, it is an excellent book that even a few of my friends have borrowed and wish they would have read it prior to their divorce.

Jonathan Mitrovich

I cannot thank you enough for all you have done for myself and my child, N. 

Your patience and empathy to my case will never be forgotten.  I cannot express how grateful I will always remain for all your kind generous EMS discounts which you applied to my fees. 

I wish you all the continued health, success and prosperity in your future.

Many thanks,

A. C. 

Dear Mr. Schuman, 

I just wanted to thank you so much for your ongoing help and support throughout my ordeal with my awful separation from a common-law relationship. You are so professional, so knowledgeable in both divorce and common-law relationships (which is so important to me, as not many lawyers really understand or know the legal ramifications and complications of a common-law relationship), always calm and patient with me and my never-ending issues, and most importantly so confident about the outcome of my case. I wish I had met you 3 years ago before my previous two counsels, who, unfortunately, just used my money in a very unproductive way and not caring about my feelings or personal issues. I was so stressed with my previous counsels that I ended up with medical problems. Since I met you, my health has improved, I am much calmer and I feel that I have some control over the events in my life. You brought me the soul peace I was so longing for! I could actually say that you were God-sent. Thank you so much for your help. I have been with your firm for less than a year and things have moved tenfold faster and better than in the previous 2 years with my previous counsels. I will recommend you to anybody and everybody who crosses paths with me in my life. You are one of the best lawyers in this world!

I wanted to say good bye and also to provide you with some feedback, which is well deserved. 

Firstly, thank you for taking my case.  For your information, I have interviewed 4 lawyers before I came for the orientation discussion with you.  When I met you, within the first few minutes I knew you were the one I was looking for and was very happy that you decided to help me.

Secondly, when we met, and even during the process, I have to admit I was not at my best.  I am sure you see this a lot, as the people who seek your help are usually going through some of the worst time in their life.  All those emotions were clouding my conduct.  I have since regained my usual composure and am glad to say, I am as good as I ever was.  Thank you for being patient with me, and for providing me with the much needed guidance.  

Thirdly, you provided me with the best possible outcome under the circumstances.  Despite not getting all that I wanted, I am very happy with the outcome.  My life is now  stable - I continue working for the city, they just extended my contract for another 6 months.  Chances are I will become a permanent employee in 2020, but time will tell.  In short – I am rebuilding my life and it is going well.

Dear John Schuman, in case you don’t know, you are a life saver and our hero!  You will always have a special place in our hearts and I hope only great things will happen to you.  May God bless you and your family and the all people you hold dear.  We would not be where we are today if it wasn’t for you!


Forever grateful,


I would highly recommend John Schuman to everyone. He is full of integrity, a big advocate for children and exudes competence and integrity. From the first time I spoke with him, I got positive vibes from him and knew that his heart was in the right place. He is competent, highly skilled and hard working. He is also extremely honest and forthcoming and you never have to second guess anything he says. The world of law can be difficult to navigate, especially if you don’t have a legal background. However, John makes everything easy to understand and works very hard for his clients. He is a real straight shooter and is a complete pleasure to deal with.

Greg B.

John Schuman and his team at Devry were all nothing short of amazing. They are a group of gems who are honest, ethical, competent, knowledgeable and genuinely work hard for their clients. I come from a legal background and have seen my share of unethical and slick lawyers and so coming across lawyers who are competent, exude integrity and genuinely do their absolute best for their client is always refreshing. It restores my faith in the legal profession. John formally worked as a paramedic and then was Counsel for the Children’s Aid. Accordingly,  I was drawn to him because I sensed that he had a moral compass and his values were similar to mine of genuinely wanting to do the right thing, and make the world a better place. My hunch was dead on. John demonstrated nothing but integrity and his professionalism, sincerity and commitment to genuinely wanting to help is something I will always remember and appreciate.


Education Law

Mr. Schuman is very knowledgeable about the Education Act (exclusions, suspensions, access, etc.), especially current regulations and case law. He successfully resolved a matter with the local school board. Though his legal arguments were strong, he also listened patiently to my concerns about safeguarding reputation and privacy. The matter was settled in a rush just a few hours before the school board hearing, and the fine print that Mr. Schuman inserted into the settlement were just perfect and totally satisfactory. If the matter hadn’t been settled, I would have been very confident to have Mr. Schuman present our case before a tribunal or judge. He is a true expert who really cares about his clients. Thank you very much, John!

- Leif B.

As a Senior Financial Advisor, with over 30 years experience in counselling clients and dealing with countless lawyers, I can directly speak to the fact that John Schuman, in my experience, is one of the very best lawyers that I have dealt with. The professionalism with which John treats each and every matter, is made obvious and highlighted by the fact that he has an extremely well-versed command of the laws that he provides advice on. John is extremely detailed and he; has a distinct ability to recall, site, and articulate complex areas of law, into plain, simple English, that is easily understood by all whom he councils. Tactically and strategically, John provides very well-reasoned advice. Further, John is sensitive to the fact that virtually all aspects of any legal matter can be extremely stressful to those thrust into situations that they are not prepared to handle, and he goes to painstaking lengths to show a great deal of care and empathy to each person he councils. John is also surrounded by a highly competent team, and their response times, attention to detail, and overall professionalism, is quite impressive. John Schuman has my full support and endorsement for anyone considering engaging the specialized services of any lawyer practicing these specific areas of law.

- Dan B.

Regarding The Guide to the Basics of Ontario Family Law (Order It Here):

I have been meaning to follow up with you for some time and to say thank you for the copies of your firm’s books – I showed one to my partner Linda Dranoff and she was very impressed (since Linda is an author herself that is important to share). 

If I could, I would give this book a 10 star rating. It's an absolute "must-have" for everybody considering a conjugal relationship at any stage of their life, not to mention going through a divorce.

You can use it as a reference or like a fiction read: both will me an enjoyable experience!!!


Truly excellent for anyone facing family law issues in Ontario

This book was so helpful and gave a reality check that was much needed. Whether or not you have representation this book will enable you to understand the process and be more effective within it.


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