A Successful Legal Team

Superior client care and service begins with a team of highly qualified and experienced lawyers able to provide valuable legal advice and strong representation. At Waterous, we have the legal experience, expertise and resources and work hard to obtain the solutions that you need, as well as the personal attention you deserve.

We work together sharing a long-standing common culture of shared values and with a dedication toward professional excellence in the work that we do. Most importantly, we like and respect each other and we believe that this is reflected in the quality of our work and in the lasting relationships that we maintain with our clients.

We invest in our lawyers and our staff by encouraging them to continue learning and developing their knowledge base. As we see it, combining talent with a supportive environment and first class resources ensures that our clients have access to the best legal representation available.

Lawyers

Name Contact Details Areas of Focus Office(s)

Pat Corless
(Partner)

Pat Corless

Pat has many years of experience assisting numerous business clients with various aspects of corporate commercial law including incorporations, reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions, construction liens, intellectual property and other business related agreements and transactions. Pat also assists clients with commercial and residential real estate and wills and estates.

p: 519.759.6220 ext. 325
e: pcorless@waterousholden.com

Wills & Estates / Real Estate / Business & Corporate Law

Brantford Office

Jay Hitchon
(Partner)

Jay Hitchon

Jay offers expertise in the organization of business structures including corporations, partnerships, amalgamations, reorganizations and shareholder agreements. He has more than 25 years of experience in diverse business transactions, including the purchase, sale, and financing of businesses, franchising, manufacturing, joint venture agreements, and other specialized agreements based upon the particular needs of our clients.

p: 519.759.6220 ext. 343
e: jhitchon@waterousholden.com

Real Estate / Wills & Estates / Business & Corporate Law

Brantford Office

Peter Quinlan
(Partner)

Peter Quinlan

Peter grew up in Brantford and has over 30 years experience assisting clients in the resolution of disputes. Peter’s practice involves advising clients on most aspects of litigation with an emphasis on employment law and personal injury claims. He uses a client-centred approach, working to achieve a resolution that is of the greatest benefit to his clients.

 

p: 519.759.6220 ext. 345
e: pquinlan@waterousholden.com

Litigation / Employment Law / Personal Injury

Brantford Office (King St.)

D. Kevin Davis
(Partner)

D. Kevin Davis

Kevin Davis knows what his clients want. A lawyer that listens to them, understands their needs, guides them through the legal process and gets results for them, whether that be through effective representation in court or productive negotiation outside the court process.

 In the 30 years that Kevin has practiced law with the Firm he has represented thousands of clients needing his services when:

p: 519.759.6220 ext. 347
e: dkdavis@waterousholden.com

Personal Injury / Litigation / Employment Law / Family Law

Brantford Office

Deborah Ditchfield
(Partner)

Deborah Ditchfield

Specializing in family law, Deborah L. Ditchfield has for over 26 years successfully assisted her clients to get the best outcome possible for themselves and for their children. Separation and divorce are difficult emotional times, but using her education, training and experience, Deborah will guide you through those challenging times.

p: 519.759.6220 ext. 308
e: dditchfield@waterousholden.com

Family Law

Brantford Office (King St.)

Brian Finnigan
(Partner)

Brian Finnigan

Brian’s practice focuses on business and organization law, as well as estate planning and administration and real estate. Incorporating for profit and not-for-profit corporations and charities, dealing with business purchases and sales, establishing partnerships, and dealing with the day to day issues that affect businesses and organizations, such as employment issues, contracts, and records maintenance are all part of his practice.

 

p: 519.759.6220 ext. 348
e: bfinnigan@waterousholden.com

Wills & Estates / Real Estate / Aboriginal Law / Business & Corporate Law

Paris Office
Brantford Office

David Clement
(Partner)

David Clement

David offers his clients comprehensive assistance in the areas of corporate-commercial law, wills and estates, and all facets of real estate, including condominium development and land development. David has extensive experience in profit and not-for-profit incorporations, amalgamations, reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions as well as a wealth of experience with business related agreements and transactions.

p: 519.759.6220 ext. 329
e: dclement@waterousholden.com

Wills & Estates / Real Estate / Business & Corporate Law

Brantford Office
Paris Office

Sharon Binning
(Partner)

Sharon Binning

Sharon practices exclusively family law and has in depth experience in custody, access, child and spousal support, divorce, property issues and domestic contracts. She regularly appears in both the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice. Sharon has effectively represented clients in high conflict disputes, guiding them through one of the most difficult and emotional times of their life. Sharon is an aggressive advocate on behalf of her clients who prides herself in always advocating obtaining the best possible results for her clients through the court system.

p: 519.759.6220 ext. 317
e: sbinning@waterousholden.com

Family Law

Brantford Office (King St.)

Sondra Gibbons
(Partner)

Sondra Gibbons

Sondra Gibbons is a passionate, thoughtful, and sympathetic lawyer who cares about people and their families.

Not all families can stay together, so when they come apart, Sondra is a strong advocate for her clients. Her first choice is always to negotiate a settlement, but when that is not possible, she fights for your family as if it is her own family. A fierce advocate in the courtroom, Sondra ensures her clients get all they deserve in terms of division of property, support, and access to their children.

p: 519.759.6220 ext. 369
e: sgibbons@waterousholden.com

Family Law

Brantford Office (King St.)

Steven Portelli
(Partner)

Steven Portelli

Steven Portelli was born and raised in Brantford. After leaving Brantford to pursue his education and early career, he was drawn back to his hometown in 2004 to practice at Waterous Holden as an associate, becoming a partner in 2008. He is deeply committed to the success of Brantford and has demonstrated this through his involvement in the community of Brantford and Brant, serving on a number of boards, providing pro bono legal services to several non profits, and participating in curling and golf leagues.

p: 519.759.6220 ext. 372
e: sportelli@waterousholden.com

Real Estate / Wills & Estates / Business & Corporate Law

Brantford Office

Heather Hall
(Partner)

Heather Hall

Heather Hall is a litigation lawyer with a broad range of experience in civil litigation. Heather regularly acts for plaintiffs in personal injury matters (such as motor vehicle accidents and slip and falls), as well as professional negligence cases. Heather also has extensive experience in employment matters, both from the employer and employee perspective, as well as estate and commercial litigation experience. Clients need guidance and support through what is often a very stressful process, and Heather’s client-centered and practical approach leads to great results.

p: 519.759.6220 ext. 371
e: hhall@waterousholden.com

Personal Injury / Employment Law / Litigation

Brantford Office

Dennis Touesnard
(Partner)

Dennis Touesnard

Dennis’ practice encompasses all areas of civil and commercial litigation, including employment law, personal injury law, estate litigation and construction law.

In the area of employment law Dennis assists employees in obtaining fair compensation when terminated and assists employers in identifying sound, practical business solutions with a results-oriented approach.

p: 519.759.6220 ext. 306
e: dtouesnard@waterousholden.com

Litigation / Employment Law / Personal Injury

Paris Office
Brantford Office

Andrew Nicholls
(Partner)

Andrew Nicholls

Andrew’s legal practice focuses on family law and civil litigation. Andrew’s expertise lies in representing individuals who find themselves involved in legal disputes involving custody and access, support and property.

Following a relationship breakdown, it is paramount that you receive timely and meaningful advice in order to protect your legal rights. Andrew can prepare and negotiate pre-nuptial, separation and custody agreements to protect your interests and keep you out of the courtroom.

p: 519.751.6419
e: anicholls@waterousholden.com

Family Law / Litigation

Brantford Office

Allan Lovett
(Partner)

Allan Lovett

Allan specializes in Corporate and Commercial law including the development of various business structures, incorporations, preparing and reviewing partnership and shareholder agreements, the purchase, sale, reorganization and financing of businesses and reviewing commercial leases and franchise agreements. Allan also practices in commercial and residential real estate, wills and estate planning and estate administration.

p: 519.759.6220 ext. 336
e: alovett@waterousholden.com

Business & Corporate Law / Wills & Estates / Real Estate

Brantford Office

Stephanie Hermans
(Associate)

Stephanie Hermans

Stephanie joined WHAH as an associate in 2011 after summering and articling with the Firm. Stephanie obtained her law degree from Queen’s University in 2010 and her Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science degree (with distinction) from the University of Guelph in 2007. Stephanie is also a graduate of Assumption College School in Brantford.

Stephanie is an avid traveller, and she is always looking for new places to visit and explore. During her university education, Stephanie took advantage of a number of international study opportunities in order to expand her horizons and experiences.

p: 519.759.6220 ext. 379
e: shermans@waterousholden.com

Wills & Estates / Real Estate / Business & Corporate Law

Paris Office
Brantford Office

Heather Alexander
(Associate)

Heather Alexander

Heather practices Civil Litigation including employment issues, unpaid accounts, contract disputes, professional negligence and human rights claims. Heather also practices Family Law and focuses on child support, custody and access issues.

p: 519.759.6220 ext. 376
e: halexander@waterousholden.com

Litigation / Family Law

Brantford Office

Eddy Vance
(Associate)

p: 519.759.6220 ext. 386
e: evance@waterousholden.com

Real Estate / Wills & Estates / Business & Corporate Law

Brantford Office

Jamie Hitchon
(Associate)

Jamie Hitchon

p: 519.759.6220 ext. 344
e: jlhitchon@waterousholden.com

Business & Corporate Law / Real Estate / Wills & Estates

Brantford Office

John Morrissey
(Associate)

John Morrissey

p: 519.759.6220 ext.365
e: jmorrissey@waterousholden.com

Derek Sinko
(Associate)

p: 519.759.6220 ext. 365
e: dsinko@waterousholden.com

Scott DeGroot
(Associate)

Scott DeGroot

p: 519.759.6220 ext. 363
e: sdegroot@waterousholden.com

Counsel

Name Contact Details Areas of Focus Office(s)

H. Clark Holden
(Counsel)

H. Clark Holden

Clark is a founding member of our firm and for 50 years has practiced corporate commercial law, real estate law, wills and estate planning. Clark has been very active in community affairs in Brant County throughout his professional life and views public service as an important component of his profession.

 

p: 519.759.6220 ext. 326
e: cholden@waterousholden.com

Business & Corporate Law

Brantford Office

Retired

Name Contact Details Areas of Focus Office(s)

Timothy Sheldon
(Retired)

Timothy Sheldon

p: 519.759.6220
e: law@waterousholden.com

Business & Corporate Law / Wills & Estates / Real Estate

Peter Forbes
(Retired)

Peter Forbes

Peter has assisted his clients with their varied needs in the legal fields of residential and commercial real estate, wills and estate planning, estate administration, and the defense of provincial offenses. Peter is committed to ensuring that his clients’ legal needs are satisfied in a cost-effective and comprehensive manner.

Peter occasionally acts as a part-time Assistant Crown Attorney for the Province of Ontario prosecuting in Brant and Norfolk Counties when called upon.

p: 519.759.6220
e: pforbes@waterousholden.com

Real Estate / Wills & Estates

Lorne Parkhill
(Retired)

Lorne Parkhill

p: 519.759.6220
e: law@waterousholden.com

Wills & Estates / Real Estate

In Memory

Brantford Office

20 Wellington St., P.O. Box 1510
Brantford, ON N3T 5V6
t 519.759.6220
f 519.759.8360
law@waterousholden.com

Paris Office

7 William St.
Paris, ON N3L 1K6
t 519.442.5571
f 519.442.5567

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