Our Lawyers

Galyna is the managing partner of Pribytkova & Bruggeman.

Galyna is an experienced lawyer practicing in the areas of family law, commercial and civil litigation.

Galyna pursued her law degree at Osgoode Hall Law School, from which she graduated in 2010. Galyna was called to the Bar in 2011.

Galyna worked as an associate lawyer at Kostyniuk & Bruggeman for four years, practicing in the fields of family law, civil and commercial litigation.

In 2015 Galyna opened her own law practice providing services in the following areas:

  • Family law, including cohabitation and separation agreements, divorce and division of property, custody and access, child and spousal support, legal opinion letters;
  • Civil litigation, including contract and commercial disputes;
  • Wills, powers of attorney; estate litigation; and
  • Disputes with insurance companies.

Galyna speaks English, Russian and Ukrainian.


Galyna’s reported cases:


2014 ONCA 543 (CanLII) | O’Byrne v. Farmers’ Mutual Insurance Company (Lindsay) | CanLII

2021 ONSC 3637 (CanLII) | Ostapchuk v. Benyk | CanLII

2020 ONSC 7803 (CanLII) | Grass v. Hropak | CanLII

2015 ONSC 6267 (CanLII) | Nikolaev v Fakhredinov | CanLII

2016 ONSC 1990 (CanLII) | Volyansky v.Volyansku | CanLII

2018 ONSC 7327 (CanLII) | Charles v. Junior and Estate | CanLII

2016 CanLII 695 (ON SC) | Liguori Investments Inc. v Gershwin Gabriel | CanLII

2019 ONSC 4334 (CanLII) | Makeeva v. Makeev | CanLII






For more than 23 years, John Bruggeman has practiced law as a respected trial lawyer in the Greater Toronto Area. Getting his start on Bay Street, John has worked for boutique litigation firms for his entire career, including being a founding partner of Pribytkova & Bruggeman.

John has successfully represented numerous individuals and businesses before all levels of court in Ontario, including the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Divisional Court, the Superior Court of Justice and Ontario Court of Justice. In addition, John has represented clients with matters before the Federal Court of Canada and the Supreme Court of Canada. John also represents professionals facing professional complaints before their professional bodies and various individuals before tribunals such as the Consent and Capacity Board.

John specializes in representing clients in lawsuits that concern the complex interaction of different areas of the law, such as: family, business, estate, trust, negligence, professional negligence, and fraud law. Other lawyers frequently refer their clients to John when facing high-conflict cases involving complex legal disputes. To such matters, John brings a calm, analytical, client-focused approach, to ensure his clients the best possible prospect for success.

Family Law matters:

John is a very experienced divorce trial and appeal lawyer. John often represents clients on complex family law matters involving highly contentious property disputes that may include the valuation of multiple businesses, international assets, the deeming of income, and constructive trust issues. John is one of the very few lawyers who have had success against the F.R.O. in the Ontario Court of Appeal. John further assists clients in the preparation of complex separation agreements, as well as both prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.

Estate matters:

John is well-versed in estate litigation, including issuing claims or defending claims on behalf of estates. John regularly assists estate trustees, executors and beneficiaries in meeting their fiduciary obligations and/or maximizing their entitlements. John frequently deals with capacity issues, both in the context of estate matters and before the Consent and Capacity Board, when necessary.

Civil and Commercial Litigation:

John has a wealth of experience arguing a wide-variety of contract, negligence, tort, and professional negligence matters before all levels of court in Ontario.




John is a 1998 call to the bar. John obtained his law degree from Queens University and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, with the Business Administration Option, from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Some Recent and Notable Decisions:







Idada v. Canada – Federal Court (fct-cf.gc.ca)