Effective December 31, 2016 Peter J. Lingard has retired from the practice of law.
The lawyers of Martens Lingard LLP are happy to continue to serve his clients.
Ron, a life-long resident of Vineland, received his early education locally in public and private schools. After high school graduation he spent a year at Columbia Bible College in B. C. before attending universities in Hamilton and Toronto. Summer employment entailed working in the retail business and the construction industry. Delivering building materials for many years was a welcome change from the classroom setting.
Ron did his undergraduate studies at McMaster University, receiving a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1971. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1976 after receiving his Bachelor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in 1974.
Ron has practiced law in St. Catharines since 1976. His early years were focused primarily on real estate law, providing exclusive legal services to a local credit union. His practice has expanded to the area of business and corporate law, including organizational planning, sales and purchases. Ron also enjoys writing wills, powers of attorney and assisting with the legal aspects of estate administration. These are challenging areas of practice, as laws change in response to the growth of technology, the increase of fraud and identity theft, and the aging population.
Ron advises clients to obtain legal advice prior to signing contracts to avoid surprises. Trying to get out of a deal after it is signed will be much more costly than obtaining advice prior to signing. The law is not always logical.
Currently, Ron is a director with the Education Foundation of Niagara and an active member of Southridge Community Church. He has been involved in education for many years as a past Chair of the Eden Advisory Board, a past board member of Camp Crossroads, a former Trustee with the District School Board of Niagara and former chair of the Board of Eden Christian College. Ron also coached his children in co-ed baseball and house league hockey in Jordan.
After office hours Ron’s recreational highlights include reading, time spent with his family on vacation, golfing with his sons and friends, boating and swimming with his nine grandchildren, and driving his convertible.
John Lefurgey received his undergraduate education in Nova Scotia at Acadia University, and in Scotland at the University of Aberdeen. After working and travelling for several years in Canada, the Middle East, and India, he attended Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto where he received his LL.B.
Prior to becoming a lawyer John’s work exposed him to a wide variety of people and situations. Jobs as varied as irrigation supervisor on a kibbutz in Israel, physical education teacher at an orphanage in India, tree planter in northern Ontario, and bartender in various cities around Canada feature among the life experiences that give context to his work as a lawyer.
John was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1989. The first decade of his practice was devoted almost exclusively to criminal law. Since that time, his practice has expanded to include civil litigation and construction lien work.
John has conducted dozens of jury trials and appeals and has been counsel in several hundred judge-alone trials. He has also acted as counsel in hundreds of other cases that settled before trial. John has led seminars at the Ontario Bar Admission Course and lectured at continuing education conferences on topics including evidence, criminal and civil procedure, and mental health law.
John believes that every person is entitled to the services of a great lawyer, one who will work hard and care about his client’s case and the result.
John is a past President of the Lincoln County Law Association and of the Niagara Criminal Lawyers’ Association. He has been, and continues to be, involved with committee work for various law-related organizations including Judicial Liaison Committees and Court Process Committees. Presently, he works with a Mental Health Committee dealing with the interaction of the criminal justice system and individuals with some form of mental impairment.
Outside of the practice of law, John spent over a decade on the Board of Youth Resources Niagara, which operates an open custody youth facility and a group home in Fonthill, Ontario. John has been on the Board of Directors of the St. Catharines Concord Soccer Club for a number of years, currently holding the position of President, and he still plays and coaches soccer. John has also coached basketball with the CYO Basketball organization. After earning his black belt, he taught jiu jitsu for a number of years at the St. Catharines YMCA.
Kiran was born in Toronto and raised in the GTA. Although not from the Niagara region, she considers it to be her second home.
Kiran completed her undergraduate studies at Trent University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She received her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Windsor in 2002. In 2003 Kiran was the recipient of a publication grant awarded by The Centre for Innovation Law and Policy at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law for her paper “The Necessity and Viability of Patent Protection for Software and Business Methods.”
After initially starting her career as a lawyer in the field of intellectual property, she found that she was drawn towards litigation. In 2004 she began working at Martens Lingard LLP. Kiran’s current practice is exclusively civil litigation, including insurance defence and family law. She is an experienced negotiator and litigator, committed to efficiently and fairly resolving matters. When a settlement seems unattainable, Kiran’s attention to detail and thorough preparation achieves successful results through litigation, mediation or arbitration.
Kiran successfully completed the Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop offered through Osgoode Hall Law School in 2004. In 2007, she was appointed as a member of the St. Catharines Community Liaison and Resources Committee for the Family Court. She continues to sit on this committee. She is Vice-President of the Lincoln County Law Association, the Chair of the Continuing Legal Education Committee and Co-Chair of the Association’s annual Mentoring Dinner. Kiran is an active participant in the Canadian Defence Lawyers Association.
Kiran recognizes that all clients are unique. She believes applying a practical and individualized approach nets the best results.
Kiran is very family-oriented and loves spending time at home with her husband and young children. Her other priorities in life include staying active and working out.
Paula received her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Ottawa, namely from its French-Language Common Law Program, and a Masters in Public Administration from Carleton University. She has a B.A. in Translation, and worked as a Translator (English to French) for several years. She is pleased to serve clients in either French or English.
As a former federal public servant, she has experience in various departments such as Transport Canada, Fisheries and Oceans, and Public Safety.
Paula joined Martens Lingard LLP in 2008 after working as in-house counsel at two child protection agencies. Paula practises exclusively family law, including custody and access, divorce and separation, equalization of complex property issues, Family Responsibility Office matters, and child protection.
Possessing a keen interest in her family law practice, Paula is careful to ensure her files receive the attention and expertise required to conclude them in a satisfactory manner, whether through negotiation and agreement, or by thorough preparation and very accomplished representation before the court.
Paula enjoys her participation in the Family Law Group. Her interests include a passion for fine cuisine, cycling and travel.
Andrew Burton is a criminal defence lawyer. While Andrew grew up in Wolfville, Nova Scotia he has become a permanent fixture in the St. Catharines community and has a close connection to the area.
Andrew received his undergraduate education from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec and at Acadia University in Nova Scotia. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree and went on to study law at the University of Toronto from whom he holds a Juris Doctor degree in law.
While studying law at the University of Toronto, Andrew spent three years at the faculty’s legal clinic, Downtown Legal Services, where he worked as a caseworker and an instructor to incoming law students. He also coordinated a satellite clinic at Street Outreach Services, a Toronto social services agency which focuses on harm-reduction and advocacy for street life involved youth.
Andrew was called to the Ontario Bar in 2009 and has been an Associate Lawyer with Martens Lingard LLP ever since. He is a member of the Board of Directors of both the Lincoln County Law Association and the Niagara North Community Legal Assistance clinic.
Andrew prides himself on providing a high level of client service and makes himself available to his clients by cell phone, especially when they need it the most. Although sometimes difficult to find in the law firm’s office, he is generally no further than 100 metres away at the St. Catharines Courthouse fighting for his clients by running trials, bail hearings, or making sentencing submissions.
Outside of the practice of law, Andrew enjoys playing soccer, dodgeball, and Ultimate Frisbee.
Terry works with Ron Martens as a solicitor at Martens Lingard, with an individual focus on corporate law (for-profit and not-for-profit/charitable corporations), commercial law (leases, licenses, buy/sell agreements, service agreements, etc.), residential and commercial real estate and all manners of property law issues, refinancing (mortgages, corporate), wills / power of attorneys / estate administration and individual and corporate taxes.
Terry has worked in the St. Catharines legal community for over five years, but has lived in St. Catharines for over fifteen years, spending seven years as a pharmaceutical representative in the Niagara Region prior to becoming a lawyer. Prior to Terry’s move to St. Catharines he was a teaching professional at Greystone golf club in Milton, Ontario.
Although Terry’s path to law might seem unusual, all his prior jobs required or taught him skills that enhance his performance as a lawyer. In particular, he has gained strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate complex concepts and information to different people along with a willingness to try different approaches to reach a desired destination. Golf professionals, sales representatives and lawyers all have to be good communicators.
Although Terry enjoyed his earlier jobs, he eventually decided he wanted to challenge himself in a different, more academic way, and went back to University and eventually to law school. The academic foundation supplied by his parents and the skills gained through a decade in the work force allowed Terry to graduate second in his undergraduate class and receive early admission into Osgoode Hall Law School.
Terry truly enjoys being a lawyer. The issues presented in his practice areas provide the intellectual challenge he desires in his career and the client interactions provide him with the direct human contact and impact he thrives on.
Terry uses his training to give back to the community by serving as a Director on several not-for-profit Boards and giving seminars and performing consulting work for other non-profits he is not otherwise involved with.
Terry lives by the philosophies, ‘any job worth doing is worth doing well’, and, ‘get a little bit better every single day’. He applies these philosophies to his personal and work life.
Finally, he still enjoys chasing a little white ball around a golf course and not only plays regularly but participates in numerous charity tournaments over the course of the year.
Maggie was born and raised in St. Catharines. After moving away for school and working as a lawyer in Oakville, Maggie has decided to move back home and take advantage of everything Niagara has to offer.
Maggie completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph, her Master’s degree at the University of Western Ontario and her J.D. at the University of Ottawa. She was called to the bar in 2015.
Maggie articled at O’Connor MacLeod Hanna LLP, Halton’s largest law firm, and practiced as a civil litigator.
Maggie has appeared before the Small Claims Court, the Superior Court of Justice, the Divisional Court and the Ontario Court of Appeal. Additionally she has appeared before various tribunals such as the Landlord and Tenant Board and the Employment Standards Office.
After gaining invaluable experience in a diverse civil litigation practice, Maggie has expanded into family law and is excited to take on this new challenge. Maggie`s skills, experience and fierce advocacy have transitioned well to appearances in the family courts.
While always ready to provide her opinion, Maggie believes that the litigation process should be driven by the wants and needs of the client. Maggie aims to provide the guidance and knowledge necessary to empower her clients to make well-informed decisions and achieve a positive outcome.
Maggie is taking on general civil litigation files and family law files. Maggie will be accepting legal aid for family law.
In her “down” time Maggie spends time with her family. Her two young children always find a way to keep her busy.
Alex joined Martens Lingard LLP as an articling student in September 2017. He is a Niagara native, being born and raised in St. Catharines.
Alex received a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Southampton. Before undertaking his studies in law, Alex received a Master of Arts degree from the University of Guelph, and prior to that a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree from Brock University.
After spending a year working at a civil litigation firm, Alex has decided to focus on business law, wills, estates, and real estate law, although his articling year will involve other areas of law as well.
Prior to joining Martens Lingard LLP, Alex volunteered at a community legal clinic in Niagara. During his undergraduate and graduate studies, Alex held Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant positions at Brock University and the University of Guelph. He is proficient in Italian.
Alex hopes to provide clients with efficient and reliable legal services. He believes that the key to providing excellent legal services is to maintain an open line of communication to ensure that client expectations are soundly met.
Alex spends his spare time with his family and close friends. He stays active by playing soccer, golf, and yoga. Alex is well-travelled and enjoys exploring the United States and Europe.