Ms. Robins received her LL.B. from the University of Ottawa in 2008. She also achieved a Bachelor of Social Sciences Degree, with Honours in Criminology in 2005. She is a member of the Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa, the Criminal Lawyers Association, and the County of Carleton Law Association. Ms. Robins is a former president of the Ottawa Child Protection Defence Bar Association (2014 to 2017).
Ms. Robins appears regularly before the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice, and has also appeared before the Divisional Court. Ms. Robins is an experienced advocate in Child Protection Court, and Criminal Court, including Youth Court, Mental Health Court, Indigenous Peoples’ Court, and Drug Treatment Court.
Ms. Robins has successfully argued for the return of children to the care of their parents and has also secured alternative placements for children, when a return to their parents is not possible. When children are adopted through child protection proceedings, Ms. Robins assists biological family members in securing contact, known as Openness, with those children following adoption.
Ms. Robins also routinely represents adults and youth charged with a broad range of criminal offences. She has successfully defended clients charged with impaired driving, dangerous driving causing death, domestic assaults, robbery, sexual assault, and many others.
In addition to having attended hundreds of court appearances on behalf of her clients, Ms. Robins has considerable experience assisting clients in achieving favourable outcomes via mediation and various other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
Ms. Robins is a frequent lecturer to other lawyers on criminal and child protection law and related procedure. Ms. Robins also conducts speaking engagements in the community with a view to assisting individuals who are most affected by encounters with police and child welfare agencies.
In addition to maintaining her own practice, Ms. Robins regularly mentors junior lawyers and law students with a demonstrated interest in criminal or child protection law.
In 2017, Ms. Robins was awarded the inaugural Justice Heidi Levenson Polowin Award for excellence in child protection advocacy.
Prior to joining Robins Naik LLP, Ms. Chettiar practiced family law with a leading law firm in Ottawa. Ms. Chettiar has significant experience providing support and guidance to her clients on a wide variety of matters, including divorce and separation, child and spousal support, child relocation, property division, and cohabitation or marriage contracts.
Ms. Chettiar appears regularly before the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Justice, and also regularly assists clients with out-of-court dispute resolution, such as mediation and arbitration. She is keenly aware of the stress and costs faced by clients in any kind of legal matter, and her guiding principle in every matter is to problem solve as thoughtfully and efficiently as possible. Ms. Chettiar prides herself in being thorough, hard-working, and compassionate.
Ms. Chettiar obtained her law degree from the University of Ottawa in 2016, where she graduated Cum Laude and on the Dean’s Honour List. While in law school, Ms. Chettiar was the recipient of a competitive human rights grant and honed her ability to synthesize and simplify legal concepts through her work as a Constitutional Law teaching assistant.
Ms. Chettiar is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, the County of Carleton Law Association, and the Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa. She is able to assist clients in both English and French.
Ms. Costain handles all kinds of family law matters, both in and outside of court. Since her call to the bar, Ms. Costain has devoted the majority of her practice to family law, including custody and access, child and spousal support, and property issues.
Ms. Costain understands that disputes arising from separation and divorce, and issues relating to cohabitation and marriage, can be stressful. She is committed to helping her clients navigate each step of the legal process, striving to make them feel well-informed and supported along the way. Her goal is to give straightforward advice, knowing that clients must fully understand their options before moving forward.
In her practice, Ms. Costain aims to approach each task in a diligent and efficient manner, drawing on her analytical abilities and attention to detail. She regularly advocates for her clients before the Superior Court of Justice and in out-of-court negotiations and proceedings.
Ms. Costain is a member of the Law Society of Ontario and the County of Carleton Law Association. She received her law degree from the University of Ottawa in 2017, graduating with highest honour.
Ms. Costain is currently a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa, where she teaches an upper-year legal writing seminar.
Prior to founding Robins Naik LLP, Ms. Naik’s legal career, spanning two decades, has included serving as legal counsel with a child welfare agency, running a successful private practice, human rights litigation and many years of intellectual property rights litigation in various international jurisdictions.
Ms. Naik appears regularly before the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Justice in child protection and family law matters, where she enjoys a reputation for meticulous attention to detail and commitment to excellence. Ms. Naik has successfully represented parents, extended family members, and children (on behalf of the Office of the Children’s Lawyer). In family law matters she assists clients in cases involving custody, access, restraining orders, separation agreements, and other related matters. Ms. Naik’s experience extends to advising and representing clients in appeal proceedings.
Ms. Naik is a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa, where she teaches the Trial Advocacy course. She is also a regular presenter on child protection law within the Ottawa legal community and often speaks to groups that are impacted by or could benefit from an understanding of child welfare law.
Ms. Naik serves on the board for the Community Legal Services Ottawa Clinic. She has done work for community-based Indigenous organizations, women’s shelters and grass root organizations serving marginalized communities in Ottawa. She has frequently provided pro-bono advice to particularly vulnerable clients, including those facing language barriers or seeking legal assistance through outreach programs.
Ms. Naik received her B.A LL.B. (Hons.) in 1998 from the National Law School of India University, where she was selected for the Madhu Bhasin Nobel Student University Award for Legal Services. She received her LL.M. in Human Rights and Intellectual Property Law in 2003, from Lund University, Sweden. She was called to Bar in Ontario in 2010.
Ms. Naik is a member of the Law Society of Ontario and the County of Carleton Law Association. She is the current president of the Ottawa Child Protection Defence Bar Association
Ms. Naik is able to assist clients in several South Asian languages including Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Tamil, Bengali, and Kannada. She also has a working knowledge of American Sign Language.
In 2015, Ms. Naik received the Carleton County Law Association Regional Senior Justice Award for making an outstanding contribution to the community and the legal profession.