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Quinn Ross

Managing Partner
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Jenn McMillan

Partner
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Elli Cohen

Partner
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Tammy Grove-McClement

Partner
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Danielle Landry

Partner
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Michelle Hol

Associate
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Laura Book

Associate
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Jenna Murphy

Associate
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David Cahill

Associate
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Graeme Luck

Associate
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Mikayla Greig

Associate
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Kelsey Ubdegrove

Associate Lawyer
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Alex Bondarenko

Associate Lawyer
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Kara Muzzell

Paralegal
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Melissa DiRubbo

Paralegal
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Emely Melendez Rodriguez

Corporate/Commercial Associate Lawyer
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Nadine Otten

Articling Student
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Paul Ross

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Heather Joy Ross LSM

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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 is a past 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

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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.

Education

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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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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Tammy Grove-McClement

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Tammy Grove-McClement is a Partner at the firm. Tammy grew up in the Grey Bruce area.
Tammy completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts at Wilfrid Laurier University in 1996.
She obtained her law degree from the University of Western Ontario in 2000.
Tammywas called to the Bar in Ontario in 2002. Tammy articled with Harrison Pensa LLP, a general practice law firm in London, Ontario before joining McCall Dawson Osterberg and
Wallace as an Associate Lawyer practicing insurance defence litigation with an emphasis on municipal defence work. Tammy has experience in all areas of litigation practice.
Tammy returned to the Grey Bruce area in 2005 and practiced law with a local law firm situated in Walkerton, Ontario. Tammy primarily practices in the areas of Municipal Law,
Real Estate, Wills and Estates, Litigation and Corporate/Commercial Law.
In addition to other volunteer work that Tammy does, Tammy is the Secretary of Hanover Minor Hockey Association and sits on the Board of the Hanover Family Health
Team. Tammy is actively involved in her children’s competitive sports.
Tammy enjoys running, biking and competing in obstacle races.

Education

Wilfrid Laurier University

• Honours Bachelor of Arts - 1996

University of Western Ontario

• Juris Doctor - 2000

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Practice Areas of Law

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Danielle Landry

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Since her call to the Bar, Danielle has practiced civil litigation, handling primarily personal injury cases. She has extensive experience with complex catastrophic personal injury cases.

In addition, Danielle has a large criminal law practice. She has successfully conducted criminal law trials before Judge alone and Judge with Jury. Her cases include some of the most serious charges such as attempt to commit murder.
Danielle was born and raised in Moncton, New Brunswick. In her early years, Danielle remembers family members commenting on her intensity and unbounded intellectual curiosity. They referred to her as the “old soul”.
It is no wonder, at the age of three, this “old soul” found a passion in ballet and by middle school was dancing six days a week after school. At high school, she joined the Pre-Professional Division of dance and became a member of The DanceEast Young Company. This experience, Danielle says taught her discipline, commitment and the importance of hard work to achieve her goals.
Danielle is passionate about helping people. While at Dalhousie University, she worked with students selected from refugee camps to receive sponsorship and complete university studies; spent a summer in Bagamoyo, Tanzania teaching English to elementary school aged children; and, volunteered for three years at the Ronald McDonald House as a weekend and overnight volunteer, where she assisted children and their families with finding a home away from home while the children were receiving lifesaving medical care. These experiences greatly expanded her world view, taught her true empathy, and gave Danielle the perspective on what really matters in life.
Danielle had planned to become a doctor, (hence her neuroscience degree) but lawyers at the law firm where she worked as a summer student, convinced her that law was her intended future.
Danielle earned her Bachelor of Science (Bsc), Honours in Neuroscience from Dalhousie University (2009), followed by her Juris Doctor (J.D.) from The University of New Brunswick (2012). She was called to the bar in Ontario in September 2013.
Danielle has successfully represented clients at all levels of court including the Ontario Court of Justice, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and the Court of Appeal for Ontario.

Danielle has been a Director on the Board of Directors at the YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce, since 2014 and is currently an acting Vice President.

<h2>Education</h2> <h2>University of New Brunswick</h2> • Juris Doctor (J.D.) . – 2012 <h2>Dalhousie University</h2> • Bachelor of Science • Honours in Neuroscience

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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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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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Jenna Murphy

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As a child Jenna was frequently told “you should be a lawyer when you grow up”. That thought always stuck with her and led to ultimately being called to the Ontario Bar in 2017. Before her call to the Bar, Jenna completed her Undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph and then earned her Bachelors of Law from the University of Kent, England.

Having grown up in Port Elgin, Jenna always knew she wanted to come back to the area to start her legal career and build her practice. Her knowledge of the area brings with it a strong understanding of the community in which she works as well as history that lends itself to better serving her clients.

Before joining the Ross Firm, Jenna worked at an established Port Elgin practice and then as a sole practitioner in her own office. At the Ross Firm Jenna continues to build upon her knowledge and experience in real estate and estates law with a view to expanding her practice in these areas. Aside from residential purchase and sale transactions, Jenna has experience with land lease transactions, matrimonial property transfers, private mortgages, severances and more. Jenna further offers a kind understanding, patience and care to her estates clients and knows the challenges executors face during the estate administration process.

Jenna is dedicated to delivering prompt and quality service while making the process smooth and uncomplicated for clients. She looks forward to continuing to serve the community in which she grew up.

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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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Graeme Luck

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Graeme takes a no-nonsense approach to the practice of law and understands his clients want rapid resolution of their issues at a reasonable cost.

At The Ross Firm, Graeme practices exclusively in the area of Family Law.

Graeme’s other legal interests include a plethora of niche areas including equine law, tree law, and heritage law.

Graeme, who grew up in London Ontario, has deep roots in Huron County and particularly in Goderich through family ties and much time spent in the Prettiest Town in Canada.

. Graeme completed his education at numerous respected institutions including Western University, Waterloo University, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, and Université du Quebec a Chicoutimi. Graeme earned his law degree in the United Kingdom, at Leicester University, and completed the Law Practice Program at Ryerson University.

On top of his academic achievements at Leicester University, Graeme served as Director of the university’s Immigration and Asylum Law pro-bono clinic, where he worked to assist asylum seekers.

To round out his time in Leicester, Graeme was elected vice-captain of the university’s Equestrian and Polo club, and spent as much time as he could in the saddle. His passion is equine sports, and he is excited to become involved in the rich equestrian cultures of Huron, Bruce and Perth counties.

Graeme joins The Ross Firm, believing that making his own luck is won through hard work and careful preparation.

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Mikayla Greig

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Mikayla is a family law lawyer, with The Ross Firm. She has successfully handled cases from complex Domestic Contracts to contentious but negotiated Separation Agreements. Her portfolio of cases includes child and spousal support, contested custody and access, obtaining sole custody (decision making) of children, as well as orders for supervised access against an opposing parent. She has also dealt with complex property files involving everything from farm equipment and land to stocks, bonds, the matrimonial home and complex pension plans.

Mikayla was born to become a lawyer. She remembers growing up in the country outside of Owen Sound along with a menagerie of pets. In order to persuade her parents for each additional pet, Mikayla, as a child, created a contract, complete with signature line, outlining her “ask” and agreeing to feed, clean and care for her mixed brood. Faced with a signed legal document, how could her parents say no?

Until taking law courses in high school, Mikayla had actually planned on becoming a police officer like her brother; but after being exposed to those high school law classes, her career path changed.

Mikayla received a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in Criminology and Sociology from the University of Western Ontario in 2015.
During her undergraduate years at Western, Mikayla returned home in the summer months to play women’s rugby for the Bruce County Banshees out of Tiverton. She also played varsity rugby for Western University and was a member of the triathlon club.
As an undergrad, Mikayla acted as a co-facilitator for a program called Changing Ways, a primarily court-mandated program whose mission statement is to assist men in ending their violent behaviour towards the women and children in their lives.
She received a Juris Doctor from Lakehead University in 2018, with a first-class standing. During law school Mikayla acted as a VP for the Women in Law committee. She also took part, as a research assistant, in the development of the first comparative human rights research database in Canada, designed to helps both the public and legal practitioners navigate human rights law in Canada.
After attending law school in Thunder Bay, Mikayla happily returned to her home town of Owen Sound, where she completed her articles and now practices family law with The Ross Firm.
Mikayla considers her emotional intelligence – or “people skills” – to be one of her strengths as a lawyer. She listens intently to each client, showing them empathy, patience and understanding when they are going through a very tough and emotionally charged life-altering event. She knows that sometimes her clients – mothers, fathers, children, grandparents, foster parents, family members – are scared, and she works to make them feel a little less intimidated by the process.
Mikayla believes in educating clients, and restoring their confidence. She works to help them re-establish control over their lives and in the end, enables them to determine their own futures.
Outside of work, Mikayla enjoys reading, cycling and travelling.

Education

University of Western Ontario - 2015

• Honours in Criminology and Sociology • Bachelor of Arts

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Kelsey Ubdegrove

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Kelsey Ubdegrove grew up in Hanover, Ontario and attended John Diefenbaker Secondary School. She is a graduate of Brock University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology, with a first class standing. Kelsey attended law school at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom and received her LL.B. (Hons.).

Since her call to the bar in 2019, Kelsey has found her passion for real estate law. prior to joining the Ross Firm, Kelsey gained invaluable experience in multiple areas of law, and is able to apply her knowledge of the legal system to her Real Estate files when the deal does not go as planned.

Except for post-secondary education, Kelsey has always called Grey/Bruce home. By being a part of the Ross Firm’s Real Estate Team, Kelsey is thrilled to be able to serve a community that has given her so much.

Aside from law, Kelsey enjoys baking and discovering new and challenging recipes for her friends, family and co-workers to enjoy.

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Alex Bondarenko

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Alex is an associate lawyer who joins our Municipal Law team headed up by Tammy Grove-McClement and our Corporate Team headed by Quinn Ross.   

Alex earned his B.A. in criminology from King’s College at the University of Western Ontario in 2014 and his LL.B./JD from the University of Southampton in 2017. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 2019. 

Since Alex call to the bar his practice has included a wide range of real estate transactions, including private mortgage enforcement, landlord and tenant matters and commercial and small business transactions.

He has appeared before the Immigration Refugee Board, Immigration Appeal Division, the Federal Court of Canada, and the Landlord and Tenant Board.  

Alex understands that clients seek out the lawyer who is an advocate, an expert advisor, and a negotiator providing the best advice in a timely and cost-efficient manner. He is that incisive and determined counsel. 

During his undergraduate studies Alex was involved in various sports and social clubs, including the Ukrainian student association, the tennis club and intramural hockey.

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Kara Muzzell

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Born and raised in Owen Sound, Kara is proud to call Grey-Bruce home with her three wonderful children and her husband, Wayne. Her passion for law was ignited in 2004 when
she became employed at a local law firm, which allowed her to work alongside Hon. Justice Clayton Conlan, Federal Prosecutor Elizabeth Barefoot, Federal Prosecutor and Hon.
Justice Hugh O’Connell and Justice of the Peace Terry Steenson.
In 2012, studying at a private college in Brampton, Kara completed the Paralegal Diploma program with Honours and was licensed by the Law Society of Ontario in 2013. Without hesitation, Kara opened her own practice as a paralegal and business owner in her hometown of Owen Sound, which she successfully operated for nearly 8 years.
Kara’s practice grew to a point where she knew, in order to give her clients the best of her, she needed to make a shift. That shift led her to The Ross Firm, where Kara looks forward to continuing to provide unmatched representation in Small Claims Court, Landlord and Tenant Board and Provincial Offences. Kara most recently was sworn in as a Municipal Prosecutor and looks forward to serving various municipalities throughout our region.
In addition to advocating for her clients and raising a family, Kara began teaching in the Law Clerk program at the Owen Sound Campus of Georgian College in 2018. As a Paralegal and a previous Landlord herself, Kara loves sharing her knowledge and passion of Landlord and Tenant law with her students.
When Kara isn’t hard at work, you may find her at the ball diamond with her slow-pitch team, camping with her family, out exploring on her kayak or travelling with friends and family.

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Melissa DiRubbo

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Melissa has always had an interest in the legal field, mainly because she has always been driven by the need to advocate for others. Melissa attended York University where I graduated with a Bachelors of Art in Italian Studies and Political Science. She then went on to study to International Business at George Brown College. Her final and most rewarding program was the Paralegal Program at Georgian College, from which she graduated in 2019 with honours. Melissa was licensed by the LSO in 2021. Following completion of her Paralegal Program, Melissa interned with York Region’s Provincial Offenses’ Prosecution team.

Melissa’s areas of experience consist of Personal Injury Law, Provincial Offenses, Landlord and Tenant Law and Criminal Law.

Melissa enjoys travelling with friends and family. Her Bachelors degree in Italian Studies has provided her with numerous opportunities to teach abroad and the opportunity to teach young kids Italian.

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Emely Melendez Rodriguez

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Emely Melendez is an associate in The Ross Firm’s Corporate Team. Since her call to the bar in 2018, Emely has practiced in several areas, including corporate/commercial law, immigration and refugee protection law, employment law, military law, and healthcare law. 

Emely’s practice focuses on complex corporate and commercial issues, with emphasis on risk and contract management. 

Much of Emely’s experience has been working in in-house roles, which Emely says has allowed her to see the bigger picture, the interconnectedness of the law, when working with clients in high-stakes negotiations with practical and
results-oriented strategic advice. Emely believes in educating her clients to fully understand the work that is being completed so they may confidently go forward and reach their goals.

Emely graduated from the University of Western Ontario (UWO) in 2011 with an Honours Specialization in International Relations and a Major in French Language and Literature. During her time at UWO, Emely also attended the Université de Tours in Tours, France as part of an international exchange and was regularly part of the honour roll. 

Emely graduated from the University of Ottawa’s Programme de droit canadien in 2015, a bi-jural program in common law and civil law. She was a President of the Latin American Law Student’s Association in 2013 and was a student-collaborator to the University of Ottawa’s Human Rights Research and Education Centre, where she contributed to the submission of two amicus curiae on indigenous land protection rights in Latin America that were put before the Inter-American Court for Human Rights. 

Emely has also been a member of the Royal Canadian Navy since 2007. Serving the military has allowed Emely to visit many parts of Canada and has made her well-versed in matters touching on federal level human resources, financial management, grievance management, fairness investigation, and public affairs. In 2020, she was awarded her Canadian Decoration for Meritorious service. She is currently the departmental chief for the Navy’s Reserve division in London, Ontario.

When not working, Emely enjoys long-distance cycling, fitness, and outdoor sports. She also loves exploring her creating side and enjoys spending time trying new recipes in the kitchen.

Education

University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

• Juris Doctor – 2011

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Nadine Otten

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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 LSM

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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 LSM.

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

  • Law Society Medal - December 8, 2020
  • LL.B. – 1984
  • Honours: Highest standing in Torts
  • Honours: Highest standing in Civil Liberties and Human Rights.

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Allied Professionals

Becky Meriam

Office Manager & CAO
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Jarmo Paakkunainen

Accountant - RETIRED
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Jacqueline Langlois

Front-of-House & Special Projects
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Bonnie Voisin

Accounting
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Laura Morris

Client Development
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Dunya Baroudi-Ginn

Corporate Law Clerk
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Rochelle Doherty

Corporate Law Clerk
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Sarah Van Driel

Family Law Clerk
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Rebecca Ferguson

Family Law Clerk
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Dan Horn

Research Clerk
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Kristen Soucy

Family Law Clerk
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Sandra Waytowich

Family Law Clerk
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Nikki Howson

Family Law Clerk
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Maren Mackenzie

Wills & Estates Clerk
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Jessica Beattie

Real Estate Clerk
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Jennie Gethke

Real Estate Clerk
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Julie Kers

Civil Litigation Clerk
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Anne Emke

Municipal Law Clerk
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Charlene McNaughton

Municipal & Real Estate Law Clerk
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Charlene Schaefer

Corporate Law Clerk
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Elizabeth Lentz

Civil Litigation Clerk
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Rebecca Kloosterman

Family Law Clerk
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Candy Lin

Corporate Law Clerk
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Karen Masse

Exec/HR Administrative Assistant
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Sarah Neill

Family Law Clerk
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Audrey Shepherd

Personal Injury/Criminal Law Clerk
ashepherd@rossfirm.com
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Andrew Rau

Administrative Real Estate Clerk
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Becky Beal

Municipal/Real Estate Law Clerk
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Tyner Murphy

Real Estate Administrative Clerk
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Vanessa Chessell

Civil Litigation Clerk
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Emma Dubinsky

Real Estate Law Clerk
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Nancy Fritsch

Owen Sound Reception/Law Clerk
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Renee Leduc

Family Law Clerk
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Ainsley Culbert

Student Assistant
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Holly Major

Student Assistant
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Gray Potter

Law Student
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