REBECCA DERVAITIS LOCH
Lawyer and Mediator
B.A., M.A., LL.B.
Growing up, Rebecca was often told she would make a good lawyer. Not because she liked to argue, but because she spoke up for her ideas and what she believed in, and spoke up for others - in class, on the playground or school bus, and in the community. Law was her calling and Rebecca has been a passionate advocate and representative for her clients since her call to the Ontario Bar in 2007.
Before opening Dervaitis Loch Law, Rebecca enjoyed working with and learning from many talented and experienced lawyers at both full service and boutique law firms. Prior to having her own practice, she was a partner at a downtown insurance defence litigation firm until December 2018. Rebecca opened Dervaitis Loch Law in January 2019 and began mediating shortly thereafter.
With the start of her own practice, a former client requested that Rebecca offer mediation services, given her experience with the process, ability to communicate effectively and see both sides, and her demonstrated reasonableness as a litigator.
"Mediation has always been my favourite part of the litigation process: A chance to spend time with and advocate on behalf of my client; to directly speak to and hear from the other parties; to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the case in a face to face setting; and to hear how the other side might overcome what I perceived to be their case's weaknesses.
Working with my client, the other parties, and the mediator to achieve settlement was always something I enjoyed doing, even in the most challenging circumstances.
When it was suggested that I start mediating for others, I realized that conducting mediations was something I would very much enjoy doing, and could be very good at."
Rebecca is pleased to help parties resolve conflict through a cost-efficient mediation process. She is relatable, approachable, understanding, and able to deliver "the straight goods" when necessary. She can also see beyond the day of mediation: If a case is not "settleable" at the time of mediation, she will help the parties advance their cases such that they will be in a better position to discuss settlement in the near future.
Rebecca currently mediates half days for both non-roster and the roster rates set by the Rules of Civil Procedure and also offers reasonable full day rates. She will mediate on a pro-bono basis for legal aid claims.
Rebecca is the very proud spouse of Tim and mother to three beautiful young (and exhausting) children. She is a former hockey goalie who intends to one day hit the ice again (see previous comment about exhausting young children). She loves being with her family and friends, watching and playing sports, going on roller coasters, attending live shows (music, comedy, theatre) - which is why it is so great to be living in Toronto!
Rebecca grew up in and is proud to call herself a Fonthill/Niagara Region native, which explains her love of fruit, and wine tasting. Rebecca and her 3 older siblings are first generation Canadians, the proud products of hardworking immigrant families from Italy and Lithuania. Her parents, Ed and Lucy, were both high school teachers. A debt of thanks for where she is today is owed to all of them, parents and grandparents, for working hard to give their family the best life they could.
Rebecca is very grateful for the support she has received while building her mediation practice (who is kidding who, you know I am the one writing this... So thank you from me!) and hopes to continue mediating as long as you'll have her!