Mathura Santhirasegaram is an associate of Wood Gold LLP and practices Family Law, Child Protection Law and Wills.
Mathura obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a Master of Arts from York University and her law degree from the University of Windsor. During her time at law school, Mathura was a member of the Pro Bono Students of Canada and participated in a project aimed at making the banking industry more accessible for marginalized communities. Mathura also participated as a classroom facilitator in the Windsor High School Outreach Program, encouraging young students to pursue careers in the legal field. Mathura has a passion for advocacy and was awarded a distinction for her first year Legal Research and Writing Moot.
Prior to joining Wood Gold LLP, Mathura was a student-at-law with the Ministry of the Attorney General. During her time as a student, she worked at the Legal Services Branch of the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services to assist with the drafting and implementation of legislation relating to the fundamental transformation of Ontario’s child welfare system with the goal of more accountable, responsive and accessible child, youth and family services. Upon being called to the bar of Ontario in 2017, Mathura was hired back as Crown Counsel, where she continued to contribute to the modernization of family law legislation and developed an interest and expertise in the area of child welfare and child protection. During her time with the branch, she also represented the interests of Ontario Disability Support Program recipients in their pursuit of child and spousal support, in conjunction with the Family Responsibility Office.
Mathura continued her commitment to public service as Crown Counsel at the Legal Services Branch of the Ministries of Education and Training, Colleges and Universities where she routinely provided strategic advice and litigation support in various complex matters relating to human rights, labour and employment.
Mathura’s practice is built on hard work, patience, and a solid understanding of the challenges faced by families. She has strived to ensure that her clients receive the highest quality of services to achieve the best possible outcome by recognizing that legal issues are often compounded by non-legal concerns. Mathura can also offer legal services in Tamil.
In her spare time, Mathura has been a volunteer with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of York in various capacities. She also enjoys spending time with her family and eating her way through all of the different cuisines the GTA has to offer.