ADMITTED TO THE BAR Year 2007 in Quebec
McGill University (B.C.L., LL.B),
University of Hawaii (M.A.) with full Scholarship,
University of Florida (B.A.) with Honours, Phi Beta Kappa.
University of Florida (A.A.) with High Honours.
English, French, Japanese
AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Family Law (Litigation)
Divorce, Separation, Dissolution, Child Custody, Access Rights, Child Support, Spousal Support, Parental Authority, Conjugal Violence, Permission to travel, Recognition of Paternity, Family Patrimony and Matrimonial Regime, Protection of Sensitive Information.
Family Law (Non-Contentious)
Joint Divorce, Uncontested Divorce, Drafting Consent Agreements for Uncontested Divorce or Separation, Drafting Common Law Spousal Agreements, Private Negotiations or Conciliation, Providing Advice during Mediation, Settlement Conference at the Superior Court.
International Family Law
Recognition of foreign judgments, Execution of foreign judgments, Permission to move with the child (children), Execution of Quebec judgments abroad, Recognition of jurisdiction, Contestation of jurisdiction, Application of foreign marital regimes; Applications for emergency measures on an international level;
Requesting return orders in Quebec, Contesting return orders in Quebec, Assistance and co-ordination with foreign attorneys for same, right to travel;
Personal Rights and Dignity of the Elderly, Elder Abuse, Financial abuse, Captation, Mandates in case of Inaptitude (Enduring power of attorney), Mandates (Power of attorney), Tutorship, Curatorship, Representation of Estates
Cross Border Litigation, Catastrophic Injuries, Partial Permanent Injuries, Total Temporary Injuries, Assistance for minor injuries, Career Change, Victims of Violence, Sports Accidents, Professional Athletes, CNESST (Worker’s Compensation), Motor Vehicle Accident, Inter-jurisdictional Attorney collaboration, Medical Malpractice;
Personal Rights and Dignity
Defamation, Libel, Privacy, Internet Privacy, Blackmail, Harassment, Internet Harassment, Right to personal image, Reputation;
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS:
- Barreau du Québec
- Montreal Bar Association
- International Commission of Jurists
- L4SP – Lawyers For Shared Parenting
- TCAS – Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society
- LEAP – Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
- Lord Reading Society
- Canadian Prison Lawyer’s Association
- Animal Legal Defense Fund
- Phi Beta Kappa
After successfully completing the New York Bar Exam in 1995, Daniel Romano was drawn into the entrepreneurial world where he gained invaluable experience in business and political interests as well as in social activism. He founded and co-founded companies such as H2O Adventures, Teambuilding Montreal, C.A.G.E. Canada, and Spa Mana. His diverse projects have taken him from Japan to Germany, across the U.S., to the Middle East and to South-East Asia. Fortified by this international experience, Me Romano has returned to law where he can exercise his true passion of representing his clients in the courtroom where he can have their voices heard before the tribunals, in negotiations, and especially, where he can fight for their rights.
Daniel Romano was attracted to the firm of Kalman Samuels, Attorneys due to its reputation as one of the best law firms in Quebec and its well-recognized prominence in the domain of family law and international private law. After the unfortunate passing of Attorney Kalman Samuels, Q.C. in 2011, Daniel Romano was selected to assume leadership of the firm. He continues in this role to this day, carefully balancing the old-school dedication to each client with leading edge management policies designed to help to reduce day-to-day expenses and to maximize office efficiency, thereby allowing the Kalman Samuels legal team to deliver a high end service at a more reasonable cost.
As part of his practice, Daniel Romano is frequently invited to present lectures to other attorneys as part of their Continuing Legal Education requirements as well as in law schools, to non-profit federations, to academics, to social workers, to politicians and to leaders of NGO’s. He has also travelled abroad to serve in foreign court as an expert witness on matters of Canadian Law and International Family Law. Daniel Romano takes active part in mentoring programs for law students at McGill University, and provides an annual seminar for the incoming directors of the Legal Information Clinic at McGill. He is pleased to continue to serve as mentor to a number of junior attorneys practicing on their own in a variety of different domains.
Daniel Romano sits on and has sat on many Boards for both private and non-profit organizations and is frequently elected and re-elected to preside over assemblies. He has a particular affinity for protecting those who cannot speak for themselves. He has been an active member and financial supporter for the past thirty-five years of many environmental protection groups such as Nature Conservancy, National Geographic, Sea Shepherd, Cousteau Society, Wildlife Defense Fund and PETA. In the same vein, he is also a supporter of the Canadian Constitution Foundation.
He currently serves on the boards or acts as President of the following non-profit organizations: C.A.G.E – Citizens Against Government Encroachment; La Mandragore – Medieval and World Music Conservatory; Pointe Claire Canoe Club; Imperial House Co-Owners Association.
Daniel Romano is an accomplished athlete who has competed around the world in sports as diverse as kayaking, skiing, judo, tae kwon do, and karate.
Daniel Romano is highly motivated by issues of fundamental justice and how they affect individuals. He is also a vigorous advocate for parental rights. This devotion has helped him obtain noteworthy results in the following areas:
Both in pleadings on his own and in supervising attorneys on the Team of Kalman Samuels, Daniel Romano had made and helped solidify jurisprudence stipulating that children must be sent back to the ordinary jurisdiction, even subsequent to successful campaigns of parental alienation. He has obtained provision for costs for such cases, which is exceptional in Quebec courts.
Daniel Romano has created jurisprudence and set records in awards for personal injuries, particularly in cases where the injury affects a person’s dignity and psychological well-being.
In a highly mediatized victory, Daniel Romano and the Kalman Samuels Team have obtained significant Moral and Punitive damages, breaking records in Quebec and in Canada, in a case of conjugal violence. The media reported several activists rejoicing that a ‘door to justice has been opened’ in cases of spousal abuse.
On the other side of the coin, Attorney Romano has no tolerance for false allegations. In one case where a party was making manifestly false allegations of physical and sexual abuse so as to try to gain an advantage in a custody battle, Attorney Romano was able to obtain a stay away order against the spouse making the allegations.
(Superior Court of Quebec, Jugement, Hon. Karen Kear Jodoin, 2018-04-18)
Right to Privacy:
Daniel Romano has obtained numerous injunctions and Court Orders for the removal of personal or defamatory material from the internet, often followed by damage awards or settlements.
Daniel Romano has served as an expert witness in foreign jurisdictions on topics of International Family Law as it is applied in Canada and in Quebec.
Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida, case No. : 2016-003842 FC 39, et al
Daniel Romano (2020), Alone in a law office, The Senior Times, Vol. XXXV No 1 October 2020.
Daniel Romano and Leila Sadeg (2020), By what right can ‘The Government’ do that?, The Senior Times, Vol. XXXIV No 7 June 2020.
Daniel Romano and Antonio Ostrica (2020), Can Individuals be held liable for spreading COVID-19?, The Senior Times, Vol. XXXIV No 6 May 2020.
Daniel Romano and Antonio Ostica (2020), Could Sovereign Immunity shield China from COVID-19 law suit? The Senior Times, Vol. XXXIV No 5 April 2020.
Daniel Romano and Sarah Robidas Afshari (2020), Defamation: How much is my reputation worth? The Senior Times, Vol. XXXIV No 4 March 2020.
Daniel Romano, (2005); Les priorités, les bonnes… Une lettre ouverte au ministre de la santé, Barricades – Le journal de l’Institut des affaires publiques de Montréal, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2005.
CONFERENCES AND PRESENTATIONS DELIVERED BY DANIEL ROMANO
Montreal – Law and Legal Information; Presentation for incoming directors and volunteers of the Legal Information Clinic at McGill University, 2019-07-08.
Montreal – Presentation to the Minister of Justice re Family Law Reform in Quebec, in favour of a Rebuttable Presumption for Equal Shared Parenting and a maintenance of the Civil Law standard of not recognizing Common Law Marriages without an explicit contract (Opt-in as opposed to Opt-out) 2019-05-08
Paris – Presentation : La Violence conjugale et les inégalités entre les femmes et les hommes : une étude récente des approches judiciaires et législatives au Québec et au Canada. 8ème Congrès International des Recherches Féministes dans la Francophonie, Université Paris Nanterre, 2018-08-27.
Paris – Presentation : La Convention sur l’élimination de toutes les formes de discrimination à l’égard des femmes – Réalités actuelles, 8ème Congrés International des Recherches Féministes dans la Francophonie, Université Paris Nanterre, 2018-08-27.
Montréal — Le processus juridique en droit de la famille et l’implication des travailleurs sociaux; Présentation commandité pour le CIUSSS Centre-Sud-de-l’Ile-de Montréal, CLSC des Faubourgs et le Centre intégré et universitaire de santé et de services sociaux du Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal (CCSMTL), 2018-10-11.
Montreal – Law and Legal Information, and the Community Legal Information Press; Presentation for incoming directors of the Legal Information Clinic at McGill University, 2018-07-31
Westmount – Injury and Liability in the Alpine Ski Industry; Chabad Westmount Summer J-Law Symposium, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) presentation for legal professionals, Chabad Westmount, 2018-06-07.
Sainte-Adèle – Ethical Dilemmas : Comparative Studies – Law and the Politics of Ski Instructing; Chabad Westmount J-Law Symposium, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) presentation for legal professionals and law persons, Mont Gabrièl Resort & Spa, 2018-02-03.
Montreal – Law and Legal Information; Presentation for incoming directors of the Legal Information Clinic at McGill University, 2017-06-06.
Montreal – Three Questions about Law (Panelist); McGill Pre-Law Society, McGill University, 2017-02-23.
Montreal – International Judgments – A Business and Family Law Perspective, McGill Business Law Association, McGill Family & Youth Law Student’s Association, McGill University Faculty of Law, 2016-11-22.
Montreal – Law and Legal Information; Presentation for incoming directors of the Legal Information Clinic at McGill University, 2016-07-28.
Montreal – Les différences entre le divorce, la séparation et l’annulation de mariage, Présentation pour les employés de Financière First National SEC., Montreal, 2017-12-06.
Montréal – Droit de la Famille et droit international privé; Présentation d’activité de formation reconnue en vertu du Règlement sur la formation continue obligation des avocats, Centre de Justice de Proximité, Grand Montréal, 2015-04-19.
Westmount – The Law and Self-Defense; Chabad Westmount JLaw Symposium, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) presentation for legal professionals and law persons, Chabad Westmount, 2014-05-22.
Montréal – Déjeuner des hommes pour l’élimination des violences envers les
Femmes (Panéliste); Fédération des maisons d’hébergement pour femmes, 2015-11-27.
Montreal – Using Plain Language to Present Legal Information; Workshop Presentation for Students of McGill University Faculty of Law, Legal Information Clinic at McGill University, 2015-10-13.
Montreal – Law and Legal Information; Presentation for incoming directors of the Legal Information Clinic at McGill University, 2015-06-29.
MEDIA – Daniel Romano
2015-04-30 Éditions Yvon Blais, “Un collège est condamné à verser une indemnité totale d’un peu plus de 80 000 $ à une élève, qui s’est blessée au doigt en utilisant une scie dans le cadre d’un cours, et à la mère de celle-ci”.