Business Law, Contracts, Employment
Like many entrepreneurs, the path that brought me to sole practice was anything but direct. I learned very early in my legal career that Bay St. wasn't the life for me. After parting ways with one of the country’s largest firms, I set out to figure out what I wanted to be when I grow up. In the meantime, my friends kept coming to me for legal advice for their businesses. While helping these entrepreneurs start and run their companies, I realized that I was actually enjoying the work.
A light went on.
My practice grew organically from there. I'm focused on helping socially, environmentally, and ethically responsible small businesses to grow and thrive. I believe in doing business the right way, with old-fashioned business values. Personal service, being on-time and under budget, making the law understandable, and taking a genuine interest in my clients’ growth are my hallmarks. After all, your success is my success. I genuinely enjoy bringing good people together, and I’ve helped several clients to grow their networks, and build off of each other's strengths.
I’m not your typical lawyer. I’m an entrepreneur myself – both in my law practice, and as an owner of the Last Straw Distillery - a startup whisky distiller - so I understand and empathize with the challenges that small businesses face. My job is to help you to manage your business and personal risks so that you can focus on what you do best – creating, building, and selling.
I studied law at the University of Ottawa, and am a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. Before that, I graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Sociology from Laurentian University. I spent seventeen years as an infantry soldier and officer in the Canadian Army reserves, including a tour of duty in Bosnia-Hercegovina in 2003. I served with the Grey & Simcoe Foresters, the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa, and was the third generation of my family to serve with the 48th Highlanders of Canada.
In my “spare” time I volunteer with Global Medic and GlobalFire, providing front-line relief in disaster areas all over the world. I teach law to business students at Humber College, and business to law students at the University of Ottawa. I collect wine & whisky, play hockey and baseball, dive in warm tropical waters, volunteer as a mentor with the HumberLaunch incubator, as well as the Small Business Advisory Group, and sometimes sleep.
Trusts, Estates, Wills
My first job was in my family’s restaurant as a teenager. Through the years I learned the business and helped to develop many more ventures in the hospitality industry. Having been involved with the start-up of several restaurants, I understand the needs and concerns of entrepreneurs and have practical knowledge of issues facing small businesses including, finances, employment, operations, and estate planning.
I share the vision of Intrepid Law, which focuses on helping small businesses grow and thrive in a socially and ethically responsible manner. An important component of helping small businesses is aiding the people behind the business plan their estates and transfer growth to future generations. At Intrepid Law I look forward to working with clients to achieve their planning goals.
I received my law degree from Osgoode Hall in 2014 and was called to the Bar in Ontario in 2015. Prior to studying law, I attended the University Toronto where I obtained a M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Biological Anthropology. During undergraduate and graduate schools, I was involved in many research studies. I was able to obtain funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and I published in the principal peer-reviewed journal in my field.
In my spare time I have many hobbies and interests that keep me busy including, baseball, hockey, biking, sketching and cooking. I am also an avid fisherman and love to travel to remote locations in search of the next catch.