Practice Highlights

Melanie Larock articled at Thomson Rogers and was called to the Ontario bar in 2011. Melanie joined the Family Law Department of Thomson Rogers as an associate in 2012 after practicing personal injury litigation at a personal injury law firm in Toronto.

Melanie graduated with a Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2010. While at Osgoode, Melanie volunteered with the Medico-Legal Society of Toronto Advocacy Project, the Ontario Justice Education Network, and Osgoode’s Community Legal Aid Services Program. Melanie gained advocacy experience as a finalist in the 2010 Harold G. Fox Intellectual Property Moot, appearing before the Honourable Mr. Justice Louis LeBel of the Supreme Court of Canada.

Prior to law school, Melanie graduated summa cum laude from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours Degree and was the double recipient of the Provost Honour Medal. While at McMaster, Melanie worked as a research assistant in the field of neuroscience and volunteered at St. Peter’s Hospital with palliative care and brain injured patients.

Professional Accreditations and Affiliations

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • The Advocates’ Society
  • Toronto Lawyers Association
  • Women Lawyer’s Association of Ontario

Additional Information

In her spare time, Melanie sings with the Toronto Choral Society and enjoys salsa dancing.

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  • Thomson Rogers at the WLAO 100th Anniversary Gala

    Thomson Rogers at the WLAO 100th Anniversary Gala sponsoring 100 years of being an active voice for women in the profession.
  • New Partners – Melanie Larock, Carr Hatch and Kate Cahill

    New Partners Announcement Melanie Larock, Carr Hatch and Kate Cahill 2017
    Thomson Rogers is pleased to announce the appointment of three new partners: Melanie A. Larock, Carr Hatch and Kate Cahill.


  • Proud Supporter of 2016 Youth Summer Program (YSP)

    Thomson Rogers is a proud supporter of the 2016 Youth Summer Program (“YSP”). Law in Action Within Schools Programs (LAWS) is an innovative program supported by the University of Toronto Faculty of Law School in partnership with the Toronto District School Boards designed to deliver an education program aimed at supporting, guiding and motivating high school … Continued
  • TR Lawyers Feed the Hungry

    Posted September 25, 2014

    Thomson Rogers lawyers served breakfast this morning as part of the Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry program operated through the Law Society.

    If you would like more information about the program or would like to donate, please visit: Lawyers Feed the Hungry Toronto.

  • Admission Of Participant Expert Evidence On Motions: Rule 20.2 Of The Family Law Rules

    Presented at The Canadian Bar Association | October 1, 2021

    On October 1, 2021, Thomson Rogers’ Melanie Larock discussed “Admission Of Participant Expert Evidence On Motions: Rule 20.2 Of The Family Law Rules” at the Twelfth Annual Bread And Butter Issues In Family Law (Webcast Only) event. If you have any questions, please contact Melanie at 416-868-3231 or by EMAIL. Melanie Larock is a partner and family lawyer at Thomson … Continued
  • Practice Tips for Drafting Motions

    Presented at the Ontario Bar Association | October 30, 2018

    There is a certain art to preparing and bringing motions. In this paper, “Practice Tips for Drafting Motions“, Thomson Rogers’ Melanie Larock provides tips on how to draft motion materials for family law motions, common evidentiary principles applicable to motions and how to avoid common drafting pitfalls. If you have any questions, please contact Melanie at 416-868-3231 … Continued
  • Quantum and Duration of Child Support

    Support Rights and Obligations Under Ontario Family Law (2018) | Published by Thomson Reuters Canada Limited

  • Imputing Income: An art or a science?

    Law Society of Ontario | Advanced Issues in Spousal Support | September 30, 2016

    “Imputed income matters. The reason why income had to be imputed matters.”1 The imputation of income is a determination of fact, not a guess or a provisional amount while waiting for better disclosure or further review.2 While the goal of the Federal Child Support Guidelines is to maximize objectivity, predictability and consistency, Section 19(1) is one … Continued
  • Issues of Privilege in Evidence for Family Proceedings

    Recent Developments and Complex Issues in Evidence in Family Proceedings | Osgoode Professional Development | May 9, 2016

    As our Court of Appeal stated in National Post v. Canada, “privilege” is an exception to the fundamental proposition that everyone has a general duty to give evidence relevant to a matter before the Courts. A privilege is recognized only where required by an overriding societal interest.[1] Claims of privilege are concerned with different types … Continued
  • Family Law Pleadings

    10th Annual Family Law Summit | April 12, 2016

    Proper pleadings are essential in all litigation, including family law litigation. Pleadings define the matters in issue and the scope of disclosure and questioning under the Family Law Rules.  The pleading is one of the most important documents that will be prepared yet the art of a carefully and properly drafted pleading is becoming a … Continued
  • Expert Reports: Recent Issues

    4th Annual Recent Developments and Complex Issues in Child and Spousal Support Seminar | November 13, 2014

    A great deal has been written about expert reports as a result of the implementation of Rule 53.03 of the Rules of Civil Procedure and subsequently Rule 20.1 of the Family Law Rules. The amendments to the rules in relation to experts was a codification of the existing common law and a reminder to the … Continued
  • Property Issues in Family Law

    The Law Society of Ontario | March 20, 2013

    Many claim that Kerr v. Baranow invented a new claim and established the “joint family venture” as a way of proving unjust enrichment. There is nothing new about the notion of a joint family venture in which both parties contribute to their overall accumulation of wealth. View PDF of presentation.