I have dealt with another lawyer from a different firm, but The Ross Firm is very professional and keeps communication flowing and always know things are going to come out in your favour! [read more...]

My review with The Ross Firm and my experience with Jenn McMillan was nothing but expertise. I would recommend Jenn McMillan very highly! She is somebody you can trust to get what you need with family court done, to the finest! I have dealt with another lawyer from a different firm, but The Ross Firm is very professional and keeps communication flowing and you always know things are going to come out in your favour! When I have Jenn McMillan as a lawyer, I feel confident that my issues come out shining! [read less...]

Kim P.

Areas of Law

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Business Law

We know business is a dynamic, competition-based reality.  We know you have to make decisions to grow, consolidate, or reposition.

All lawyers will tell you that they know the law, communicate persuasively, bill fairly and report regularly.

We do that.

Here’s what else you can expect:

We operate at the speed of business.

We know business doesn’t always happen during business hours. We know business happens all over the globe.

Today, geography gives way to technology. Different time zones speak of opportunities, not barriers.

A smarter law firm means a more accessible lawyer.

We help local go global.

We employ communication, data collaboration & transfer technology that makes the world smaller, faster and easier for our business clients; whether they are in Southwestern Ontario or Southeast Asia. We can meet, negotiate, sign and close locally or globally.

A smarter law firm means a more productive lawyer.

We don’t reinvent the wheel.

Sometimes all that’s needed is a form, document or tip that can solve problems or issues that repeat in your business.  We create customizable smart forms that you can use as often as you need; flexible enough to allow for changes without leaving you exposed. We track versions, use and currency to make sure you have what you need to operate without having to reinvent the wheel each time you need it.

A smarter law firm means a smarter lawyer.

 

At The Ross Firm, Business Law stands for:

Planning new companies, or succession planning

• Advocating on behalf of our clients and resolving disputes through negotiation or litigation

• Negotiating and drafting contracts for businesses, partners, shareholders, employees, and others

Buying, selling, restructuring or refinancing a business

Advising and providing guidance on laws and regulations impacting your business

Someday everyone will be doing it our way,

We're doing it now.

Practicing Business Law

Michelle Hol

Associate
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Quinn Ross

Managing Partner
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Their skilled team of experienced legal professionals are ready and willing to assist your every need. I can attest that they are an integral part of our success and will be for many more years to come [read more...]

I would have to say Quinn Ross and his team at The Ross Firm is by far one of the finest law firms I have had the privilege of working with. Quinn’s firm is knowledgeable, professional and their work ethic is second to none. Our organizations have worked closely together since they have moved to Kincardine a few years ago and I would recommend their services to anyone who values trust, integrity and character above all else. Their skilled team of experienced legal professionals are ready and willing to assist your every need. I can attest that they are an integral part of our success and will be for many more years to come [read less...]

Dimitrios Roufos Owner - Iron Gate Enterprises

Civil Litigation

"I’ll see you in court!"  You’ve heard it said, maybe you’ve even said it yourself.  Often saying it is enough.  Sometimes it isn’t.  We’re here for when it isn’t.

All lawyers will tell you that they know the law, communicate persuasively, bill fairly and report regularly.

We do that.

Here’s what else you can expect:

We use a modern communication platform.

We interface with our clients in a manner that suits them.  In person, yes. Phone, sure. Email, of course.  Skype, FaceTime, Text – absolutely.

We offer a dedicated client portal.

A space where lawyer and client can collaborate.  Clients can see their documents and communication, calendar, and litigation budget.

A smarter law firm means a more accessible lawyer.

We engage Automated Document Assembly.

Automation allows us to assemble court documents at least 20 times faster than manually, saving time and money to be spent on your case, not clerical. Court forms and agreements are completed with improved accuracy, avoiding errors and reducing risk.

A smarter law firm means a more productive lawyer.

We offer a Digital Litigation Court Document Database.

Using leading edge technology, we have access to Canada's largest collection of litigation court documents.  This combines litigation-focused research with practice specific tools to support your strategic decisions and automate the most tedious tasks.

A smarter law firm means a smarter lawyer.

 

At The Ross Firm, Civil Litigation stands for:

Breach of Contract

Negligence

Nuisance

Defamation

Shareholder Disputes

Construction Lien

Employment Law

Landlord / Tenant Disputes

Someday everyone will be doing it our way,

We're doing it now.

Practicing Civil Litigation

Laura Book

Associate
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Matthew Chapman

Associate
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Litigation advice was bang on the money! They gave us a clear picture of what we were up against, how to deal with it and what to expect. [read more...]

Litigation advice as well as Real Estate advice was bang on the money! The staff of this Firm were there to help from the start of every case. They gave us a clear picture of what we were up against, how to deal with it and what to expect. My experience with the lawyers of this Firm have been very positive, professional and helpful. [read less...]

Joe Donath

Employment Law

Employment Law is contracts.  It’s terminations, illnesses, leaves.  It’s dynamic and often happens suddenly.

Employment lawyers will tell you that they know the law, communicate persuasively, bill fairly and report regularly.

We do that.

Here’s what else you can expect:

Modern Litigation Support.

Sometimes things end badly. We’re here for that. We interface with our clients in a manner that suits them. In person, yes. Phone, sure. Email, of course. Skype, FaceTime, Text – absolutely.

Dedicated Client Portal.

A space where lawyer and client can collaborate. Clients can see their documents and communication, calendar and litigation budget.

A smarter law firm means a more accessible lawyer.

Smart Documents.

Contracts, Non-Compete Agreements, and Non-Disclosure Agreements are often used and reused by our clients.  We make it easier with documents designed for use with current and future hires.  Key terms can be easily updated by the client without reinventing the wheel or incurring large legal fees.

A smarter law firm means a more productive lawyer.

Automated Document Assembly.

Automation allows us to assemble court documents at least 20 times faster than manually, saving time and money to be spent on your case, not clerical. Court forms and agreements are completed with improved accuracy, avoiding errors and reducing risk.

Digital Litigation Court Document Database.

Using leading edge technology we have access to Canada's largest collection of employment litigation court documents.  This combines employment litigation-focused research with practice specific tools to support your strategic decisions and automate the most tedious tasks.

A smarter law firm means a smarter lawyer.

 

At The Ross Firm, Employment Law stands for:

Employment Contracts

Wrongful Dismissal

Discrimination Claims

Constructive Dismissal

Non-Compete Agreements

Non-Solicitation Agreements

Non-Disclosure Agreements

Commission Agreements

Subcontractor Agreements

Independent Contractor Agreements

Workplace Violence and Sexual Harassment Claims

Someday everyone will be doing it our way,

We're doing it now.

Practicing Employment Law

Matthew Chapman

Associate
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Quinn Ross

Managing Partner
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Provided encouragement & support through a challenging time. Enabled us to make good sound decisions for our future. We would most definitely recommend the Ross Firm to anyone looking for Employment Law assistance. [read more...]

In all our dealings, Matt and his amazing team provided encouragement & support through a challenging time. Matt was very thorough, providing a complete overview of our situation, he enabled us to make good sound decisions for our future. We would most definitely recommend Matt Chapman of The Ross Firm to anyone looking for Employment Law or Wills & Estate assistance." [read less...]

Sherry & Mark Rowe

Family Law

The problem isn’t knowing when you need a family lawyer, it’s knowing which one to choose.

All lawyers will tell you that they know the law, communicate persuasively, bill fairly and report regularly.

We do that.

Here’s what else you can expect:

We communicate across platforms that suit you.

The binary choice of in person or by phone is dead everywhere else, why not in law?  Skype, FaceTime, Text, Email…no problem.  Don’t worry, we still have offices and make a great cup of coffee so you can feel free to visit us any time.

A smarter law firm means a more accessible lawyer.

We turn paper into data. 

No more reams of forms, documents and evidence.  Just smart digital documents that you can access, comment on and store.

A smarter law firm means a more productive lawyer.

We turn data into results.

Having a paperless office means faster retrieval of key materials.  It means instant access to thousands of hours of research and thousands of past cases we can use to save valuable time and accurately assess your chances of success.

A smarter law firm means a smarter lawyer.

 

At The Ross Firm, Family Law stands for:

Child Support

Custody

Spousal Support

Asset Division

Guardianship

Private Adoption

Settlements

Separation Agreements

Divorce

Pension Valuation

Appeals

Someday everyone will be doing it our way,

We're doing it now.

Practicing Family Law

Elli Cohen

Partner
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Jenn McMillan

Partner
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It was beautiful on my soul learning what my rights were as a father to my children. Really lifted a huge weight off my chest and gave me my confidence to maneuver life to my fullest again. [read more...]

I am more than satisfied with Jenn McMillan and The Ross Firm for their services throughout my split with my ex and the creation of my Will. All questions that I had were answered quickly, and very helpful. It was beautiful to my soul learning what my rights are as a father to my children. Really lifted a huge weight off my chest and gave me my confidence to maneuver life to my fullest again. I asked Jenn to write up the fairest settlement for me and my ex, and fair it was. My ex came to her senses and signed. It's been a year and we do the best parenting now for my kids. It was long overdue. I wish everyone could co-parent together, so good for the kids. I do suggest Jenn McMillan very often to people as she is very easy to talk to and makes you feel comfortable, and does her job well also giving you peace of mind. [read less...]

Will Z.

Real Estate Law

People want 3 things from their real estate lawyer:

  1.  If they are buyers…they want the key to their new house.
  2.  If they are sellers…they want the cheque.
  3.  Both want to know it's being done right.

All lawyers will tell you that they know the law, communicate persuasively, bill fairly and report regularly.

We do that.

Here’s what else you can expect:

We communicate across platforms that suit you.

The binary choice of in person or by phone is dead everywhere else, why not in law?  Skype, FaceTime, Text, Email…no problem.  Don’t worry, we still have welcoming offices and make a great cup of coffee so you can feel free to visit any time.

A smarter law firm means a more accessible lawyer.

We digitized our documents to save trees and time.

Behind the scenes, we keep doing the sophisticated searches and due diligence then digitize the documents, you review them on a huge TV monitor and sign them electronically.

A smarter law firm means a more productive lawyer.

We use proprietary processes to complete your deal.

In many cases, we can have you in and out of the office in 20 minutes without ever having touched a single piece of paper.  Your signed documents will be waiting in your email when you leave.

We can of course do it the old-fashioned way if you prefer, but it's much more fun doing it electronically.

A smarter law firm means a smarter lawyer.

 

At The Ross Firm, Real Estate Law stands for:

Residential Purchases and Sales

Commercial Purchases and Sales

Residential & Commercial Leasing

Mortgages and Refinancing

Subdivision Development

Easements, Rights-of-Way, or Boundary Disputes

Severances

• Expropriation

Someday everyone will be doing it our way,

We're doing it now.

Practicing Real Estate Law

Michelle Hol

Associate
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Quinn Ross

Managing Partner
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Real Estate advice was bang on the money! They gave us a clear picture of what we were up against, how to deal with it and what to expect. [read more...]

Litigation advice as well as Real Estate advice was bang on the money! The staff of this Firm were there to help from the start of every case. They gave us a clear picture of what we were up against, how to deal with it and what to expect. My experience with the Lawyers of this Firm have been very positive, professional and helpful. [read less...]

Joe Donath

Wills & Estate Law

We’ve got some good news and some bad news.

The bad news is that we all have a “best before” date. The good news is that with some planning, those left behind won’t have a legal mess to clean up.

All lawyers will tell you that they know the law, communicate persuasively, bill fairly and report regularly.

We do that.

Here’s what else you can expect:

We understand that the process can be hard.

Contemplating one’s death isn’t fun.  Administering an estate only happens after someone close has passed away.   The last thing you need are barriers in communicating with your lawyer.  We are accessible across all communication platforms that suit you.

A smarter law firm means a more accessible lawyer.

We get to know you before we meet you.

Our electronic Estate Planning Intake process starts before we even meet, and ensures that our first meeting is a productive one.

A smarter law firm means a more productive lawyer.

We use very new tools to deal with a very old need.

Whether we are drafting your Will or assisting executors administering an estate, we make it as seamless and cost-effective as the law will permit. We use up-to-the-minute software and hardware to make the ancient act of succession timely, efficient and effective.

A smarter law firm means a smarter lawyer.

 

At The Ross Firm, Wills & Estate Law means:

Estate Planning

Drafting of Wills and Power of Attorneys

Estate Litigation

Henson Trusts for Disabled Beneficiaries

Foreign Jurisdiction Estate Assets

Spendthrift Trusts

Living Trusts and Estate Freezes

Someday everyone will be doing it our way,

We're doing it now.

Practicing Wills & Estate Law

Elli Cohen

Partner
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Laura Book

Associate
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Matthew Chapman

Associate
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Michelle Hol

Associate
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My wife and I worked with Matt Chapman on our wills and estate planning. It was complicated as we have a few businesses. In the end we were confident that our affairs were in good order and would have no hesitation recommending Matt to anyone looking for a solicitor. [read more...]

My wife and I worked with Matt Chapman on our wills and estate planning. It was complicated as we have a few businesses and are working with a trust company that would act as executor for the personal and corporate holdings of our estate and in the event of our deaths. We also have young children so we were anxious that everything was completed properly. We found Matt to be informed, patient and thorough throughout the entire process. He was meticulous in reviewing the trust information and pointed out a number of items of concern. Matt liaised directly with the various companies involved to determine that everything was reflective of our best interests and those of our children. In the end we were confident that our affairs were in good order and would have no hesitation recommending Matt to anyone looking for a solicitor. [read less...]

Jeremy Wreford Owner - Bradshaws Stratford

The Team

Quinn Ross

Managing Partner
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Jenn McMillan

Partner
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Elli Cohen

Partner
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Michelle Hol

Associate
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Matthew Chapman

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Laura Book

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Paul Ross

Founding Partner
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Heather Joy Ross

Founding Partner & General Counsel
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David Cahill

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Quinn Ross

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Quinn Ross does not tolerate bullies and he’s got the scars to prove it. After a few “viscerally satisfying” schoolyard encounters, it occurred to Quinn that there had to be a better way to deal with conflict. Law, it seems, was inevitable. Out of the gate, Quinn was a successful litigator at The Ross Firm, with a focus on property, expropriation and employment cases. Over time, as the firm grew, Quinn has shifted his legal focus to business law: corporate commercial transactions, real estate and wills and estates. He has guided Ontario clients in transactions with parties worldwide, including China, Africa, Europe, South America and the United States, to mention a few. Quinn regularly incorporates, reorganizes, structures financing, merges, and purchases and sells federal and provincial corporations. His knowledge of secured transactions helps limit exposure for vendors in a sale, and restrict overreaching lenders during purchases. Quinn heads up the real estate team and treats each real property transaction with the same care and interest whether it is the purchase or sale of a residential home, or a multi-unit, multi-million dollar commercial property. Quinn appreciates the added experience of having litigated real estate matters when they go wrong, so he is keenly aware of potential pitfalls before they occur. Professionally, Quinn currently sits as President of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Bar Association. Quinn is a regular speaker at the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Ontario Bar Association. In his community, Quinn serves as the immediate Past President of the Alzheimer Society of Huron County, and counsel to numerous not-for-profit organizations.

Education

University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Law, London, Ontario, Canada

• Juris Doctor – 2004

Memberships & Activities

2017 – Present: Ontario Bar Association – President of the Board of Directors

 

2016 – 2017: Ontario Bar Association – 1st Vice President of the Board of Directors

• Chair – Strategic Planning • Chair – Governance Committee

2015 – Present: Ontario Bar Association – 2nd Vice President of the Board of Directors

• Chair – Governance Committee • Chair – Technology & Practice Innovation Committee

2015 – Present: Founder Goderich & Area Syrian Refugee Initiative

 

2012 - 2015: Ontario Bar Association – Secretary of the Board of Directors

• Chair – Working Group on Alternative Business Structures • Vice Chair – Finance Committee • Member – Taskforce on Non-Professional Shareholders in Professional Corporations

2012 – 2015: Alzheimer Society of Huron County – President of the Board of Directors

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Practice Areas of Law

Business Law

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Employment Law

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Jenn McMillan

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Jenn McMillan has been arguing cases since she was very young. She says that as a child, she enjoyed the challenge of bringing someone to her way of thinking. When she realized there was a job where she could do that “all day, every day,” she thought that practicing law was a perfect fit. As a family lawyer, Jenn believes in educating her clients. During what can be a particularly challenging time, she restores their confidence and re-establishes an element of control. This empowers and enables her clients to determine their own future. Whether she is acting for a father to obtain custody of his young son, arguing for supervised access, acting for a wife to secure support after a long-term relationship, or a parent seeking to restrict or terminate the other parent’s access, each day is a new opportunity to successfully advocate on behalf of her clients to achieve their goals. Jenn also acts for grandparents, family members, or foster parents who are seeking custody of children in their care; these cases often result in adoptions, which are bright spots in what can often be challenging processes. Jenn’s practice also includes the successful resolution of significant property cases dealing with large farming operations and other businesses, as well as income determination cases where expert evidence is employed to prove income. In her community, Jenn is the immediate Past President and current Treasurer of the Huron Law Association (as well as the Perth, Bruce, & Grey Law Associations), and our representative at the Federation of Law Associations of Ontario. She is the immediate Past Co-President of the South West Region Women’s Law Association. Jenn is also a Past President of the Board of Directors of Victim Services of Huron County, and a Past President of the Huron Perth Community Legal Clinic.

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University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Law, London, Ontario, Canada

• LL.B. – 2004

University of Western Ontario – Huron University College, London, Ontario, Canada

• B.A. – 2001 • Honours

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Practice Areas of Law

Family Law

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Elli Cohen

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Elli Cohen is not afraid to take on difficult cases. He is relentless in the pursuit of his client’s rights. Elli has found that much of the work he’s taken on in the last few years has been referral work from other lawyers, including appeals and particularly complex financial cases. Elli has had great success in large, complicated property cases including matters that dealt with international property, corporate interests, family businesses, farm valuations, quota, and crops, stocks and bonds as well as other financial equities. His experience working at CIBC and Merrill Lynch in Toronto before heading off to law school has stood Elli and his clients in good stead. And while he’s no longer close to the bright lights of Toronto, Elli is doing what he can to shine a light on the arts in Blyth, Ontario as the President of Board of Directors for both the Blyth Centre for the Arts and Blyth’s Campaign 14/19.

Education

University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Law, London, Ontario, Canada

• LL.B. – 2004 • Law Journal: Canadian Journal of Law & Jurisprudence, Student Editor, 2003 – 2004

Huron University College, London, Ontario, Canada

• Honours B.A. – 2001 • Major: Economics & History

Representative Cases

• Cassidy v. Cassidy, O.J.No. 1053 (SCJ 2011) • Cassidy v. Cassidy, O.J.No 1927 (SCJ 2010) • Viclu v. Kozicki, O.J.No 1146 (SCJ 2010) • Clements v. Clements, O.J.No 5768 (SCJ 2008) • Huron-Perth Children’s Aid Society v. J.J., O.J.No 5372 (OCJ 2006) • Huron-Perth Children’s Aid Society v. J.J., O.J.No 5340 (OCJ 2006) • Lohse v. Fleming, O.J.No 5580 (SCJ 2006) • Whitfield v. Whitfield, CarswellOnt 8791 (SCJ 2006) • Wine v. Spivey, CarswellOnt 2942 (SCJ 2007) • Gollaw v. Miller, CarswellOnt 6455 (SCJ 2008

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Practice Areas of Law

Family Law

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Wills & Estate Law

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Michelle Hol

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Growing up and working on the family farm just outside of Clinton, Ontario taught Michelle Hol many important lessons: the value of hard work, the importance of seeing the big picture while paying attention to detail, and working until the job is done. After completing her Psychology undergraduate degree through the Scholar’s Electives Program at the University of Western Ontario, Michelle was eager to return to her family’s farm and a job as a law clerk with The Ross Firm. Practicing in real estate and corporate commercial, Michelle quickly realized that working in the legal field was something she enjoyed doing and returned to London to attend Western Law School. Upon graduating law school, Michelle obtained a position at a large Hamilton law firm where she gained considerable experience in corporate-commercial law, including purchase and sale of businesses, corporate reorganizations, corporate financing, real estate and wills and estates. While Michelle enjoyed the people and the work in Hamilton, she determined it was time to return to her roots and moved back to Huron County. Michelle rejoined The Ross Firm upon her return, this time as an Associate lawyer. Michelle is engaged in a general business law practice, and assists clients with all their corporate/commercial, real estate, and wills/estate needs. Michelle’s practice has a special emphasis on advising farmers and agri-businesses as well as entrepreneurs and new start-ups. Michelle is a member of the Canadian Association of Farm Advisors, the Ontario Bar Association and the Christian Legal Fellowship.

EDUCATION

University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Law, London, Ontario, Canada

• Juris Doctor – 2012

University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

• B.Sc. (Scholar’s Electives Program) – 2007 • Major: Honours Specialization in Psychology

MEMBERSHIPS & ACTIVITIES

• Canadian Association of Farm Advisors, Member

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Practice Areas of Law

Business Law

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Real Estate Law

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Wills & Estate Law

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Matthew Chapman

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Matt grew up in Bayfield, Ontario, having attended both elementary school and high school locally. Matt knows first-hand what makes the region, and the people living in it, so special. Matt completed his undergraduate education at the University of Western Ontario in London, and after a few years working with a burgeoning tech and education startup, he found himself seeking more of a challenge. Matt was fortunate to attend the University of Liverpool’s law program in the sunny Cayman Islands. While at law school, Matt won multiple awards for his academic performance. Matt articled with The Ross Firm and became an Associate lawyer in 2016. Matt practices in the areas of civil litigation and administrative law. He has successfully acted for both plaintiffs and defendants in civil matters (which commonly include commercial, employment, land, and contract disputes, among others). Matt has also successfully acted for clients at the Landlord and Tenant Board, the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board, and the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.

EDUCATION

University of Liverpool, Georgetown, Cayman Island

• LL.B. – 2015 • With Honours

University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

• B.A. – 2009

HONOURS & AWARDS

• Sweet & Maxwell Law Prize, 2012 – 2013 • University of Liverpool Law Association Prize AND Lexis/Nexis & Butterworth Law Prize, 2013 – 2014

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Practice Areas of Law

Civil Litigation

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Employment Law

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Wills & Estate Law

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Laura Book

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Laura Book has always combined determination with her inquisitive mind. These qualities enable her to be a tenacious advocate in the pursuit of justice for her clients. Laura has successfully acted for both plaintiffs and defendants in civil matters including commercial litigation, construction lien litigation, contract disputes, defamation, and employment cases, among others. In addition, Laura has effectively represented members of the College of Veterinarians of Ontario throughout their complaint process, as well as representing clients at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.  Laura believes being a lawyer is a privilege and carries with it a special responsibility to contribute to the growth of her community to ensure its members have proper access to justice. Laura, who grew up in the village of Elora, Ontario, has longstanding family ties to Huron County spanning over 100 years. She is now truly a part of the Huron County community, and is contributing to the area as her family once did. After completing her undergraduate degree from University of Western Ontario, Laura completed her Juris Doctor degree at Bond University in Australia. While at Bond, in addition to attaining high marks in her law school courses, Laura was Captain of the Women’s Volleyball team. Laura competed across Australia where she led her team to a Gold medal in the 2013 Australian University Games and a Bronze medal in the 2014 games. Laura is a competitive spirit with unfaltering energy to provide her clients with excellence, set as her standard of service.

EDUCATION

Bond University School of Law, Queensland, Australia

• J.D. – 2015

University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada – 2012

• Major: Sociology - Specialization in Law, Crime & Deviance

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Practice Areas of Law

Civil Litigation

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Wills & Estate Law

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Paul Ross

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Paul’s route to practice was far less direct than that of many of the other lawyers at The Ross Firm. After graduating from Osgoode Hall Law School (when it was still located at Osgoode Hall), he worked at the Toronto Telegram as a news reporter, as a Queen’s Park speechwriter for several of Bill Davis’ Conservative cabinet ministers, as the editor-in-chief of a travel magazine, and he also authored a published novel. Paul Ross has been practicing law for more than 50 years. That’s a whole lot of water over the dam. He shakes his head in wonder over the changes that have taken place in the law and with technology in a half-century. Paul prides himself on being there when the “young lions” pop their head into his office to get the old man’s take on a complex issue. The patriarch of The Ross Firm founded it first as a sole practitioner in 1980. He was joined by his wife, Heather Joy Ross, in 1984. It was this addition that created the foundation for the current iteration of the firm. Paul is passionate about excellence, technology, creativity and personal growth. He’s excited by where the firm is going and sees the younger lawyers “taking The Ross Firm to a whole new level.” Paul muses that when he came to Huron County from Toronto some 37 years ago, to work for the late E. Beecher Menzies, Q.C., in Clinton, Ontario, he could never have imagined the growth of his own law firm, first in Goderich and expanding into the City of Stratford, and now in The Town of Kincardine.

Education

Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

• LL.B. – 1963

McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

• B.A.

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Heather Joy Ross

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If you ask any lawyer at The Ross Firm “who’s the best lawyer in the shop,” the answer is Heather Joy Ross. Disciplined, ethically rigorous and highly intelligent, she is the definition of the consummate advocate. Throughout her career Heather has been prepared, knowledgeable and determined. This approach earned her the reputation as a “go to” lawyer in the region for men and women alike. Spouses often raced to retain Heather after their relationship broke down. Whether this was because they wanted her on their side or to avoid having her against them, is a matter of some debate. It is this reputation and approach that forms the foundation of The Ross Firm today. Heather has been a leader in her profession virtually from her first day at law school: she was a mentor to fellow students, and the recipient of three academic awards. As a practicing lawyer, Heather tackled issues of domestic abuse and gender inequality and broke new ground when both subjects were not in the forefront of legal and judicial thinking. Heather describes herself as a warrior, and says that being a lawyer gave her the tools to help make change, particularly for women and girls in our society. However, her passion and big-picture thinking are larger than her legal practice. The original work she did to help establish safe houses for women in Huron County led to the creation of the Huron Women’s Shelter in Goderich. She’s a founder of South West Region Women’s Law Association. Throughout her career and to the present she is a mentor to women lawyers, helping them realize their professional and personal aspirations. As an academic, Heather was an adjunct professor of law, designing and teaching courses in ethics and family law practice and procedure at her alma mater, the Faculty of Law at The University of Western Ontario. Heather was elected as a Bencher (a governor) of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1999. She has contributed significantly to the regulation of the legal profession in Ontario, particularly in her work at the Law Society on the redrafting of the Rules of Professional Conduct, the creation of the standing committee on Equity and Aboriginal Issues, and her service on the Human Rights Monitoring Group. Three subsequent elections resulted in her being granted the honour of “Life Bencher”, a position she holds today, taking on an adjudicative role in lawyer and paralegal disciplinary hearings. An engaged and insightful jurist, Heather shares her skill sitting as a Superior Court of Justice Deputy Judge of the Small Claims Court. Her most recent role at The Ross Firm is that of General Counsel. She provides sage and cogent advice to the firm and its lawyers on matters of ethics, professional responsibility and practice management. There is no one better for the task. When she’s not working, mentoring or leading, Heather finds satisfaction in creative outlets like interior design, painting and gardening. In many ways, both personally and professionally, Heather has made the whole world her canvas.

Education

University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Law, London, Ontario, Canada

• LL.B. – 1984 • Honours: Highest standing in Torts • Honours: Highest standing in Civil Liberties and Human Rights.

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David Cahill

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David Cahill understands that family law is more than a system of rules. David sees family law at its best, used as an intuitive, moral, and accessible tool for empowering people to manage their relationships. David is a fierce advocate for his client’s rights and is proud to work exclusively in family law. David brings his strong belief in justice, empathy, and ethics, to all his client matters. A London-boy by birth, David is a three-time graduate of Western University. After completing his law degree, David decided that Huron-Bruce was where he wanted to work and live. Whether it’s river-tubing, swimming at a beach, or hiking a great trail, David loves everything that the Huron-Bruce outdoors has to offer. As a proud guardian to four wonderful dogs, David is a fervent supporter of responsible Shiloh Shepherd breeders and breed developers.

EDUCATION

University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

• B.A. (Honours History) with Distinction – 2013 • M.A. (History) – 2014 • J.D. – 2017

HONOURS & AWARDS

• Gold Medalist (Honours History) – 2013 • Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program – 2014

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