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    May 31st, 2018
    4:00 p.m. Meeting; 4:30 p.m. Reception
    The Hamilton Club
    (6 Main Street East, Hamilton)

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    June 15th, 2018
    12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Lawyers' Lounge | Suite 500
    John Sopinka Courthouse
    (45 Main Street East, Hamilton)

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    Thank you to Erica Lamont, HLA New Lawyers’ Subcommittee member, for securing the most individual donations for the 2018 Lawyers Who Care charity initiative! 

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Board of the Trustees


Robert J. Hooper (President)

Rob Hooper obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Political Science from St. Thomas University in 1988. He obtained his LL.B Degree from the University of Ottawa in 1991. After articling at Blake, Cassels & Graydon, he was called to the Bar in 1993 and commenced employment with Sullivan, Festeryga, practising insurance defence litigation and criminal law. Rob moved to The Morris Law Group to practice personal injury litigation with Bill Morris.

On March 1, 2001, Rob Hooper opened Hooper Law Offices on Hughson Street North in Hamilton. His practice is exclusively in the area of civil litigation, including personal injury, medical malpractice, and disability litigation. Rob was certified as a specialist in civil litigation by the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2007. 

He has served as the Chair of the Collections & Library Excellence Subcommittee, the Continuing Professional Development Committee, and most recently the New Lawyers' Subcommittee of the Hamilton Law Association. He has also served as the Secretary-Treasurer and Vice-President.

He is the past-chair of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, the vice-chair of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation of Hamilton and Burlington, and chair of Walk With Me. Robert is a regular speaker on personal injury matters with the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, the Canadian Institute and the Hamilton Law Association. He is also the head coach of the Redeemer University women’s basketball team.


Kathleen Bingham

Kathleen Bingham is a bilingual, sole practitioner practicing family and child welfare law. She is also a volunteer lawyer with the Child Advocacy Project. Kathleen obtained her Juris Doctor from Queen’s University in 2008. Prior to becoming a sole practitioner, Kathleen articled and practiced civil and commercial litigation with Gowlings. In her practice, she focuses on creative and positive solutions for clients and uses a wide variety of dispute resolution options to assist clients. She is also a member of several committees within the Hamilton legal community and sits on the Board of Directors of Wesley Urban Ministries.

Chair of the Collections & Library Excellence Subcommittee


 Bordin, Michael 2016 Fall

Michael Bordin (Past President)

Michael Bordin is a partner at Evans Sweeny Bordin LLP and is a Certified Specialist in Civil Litigation. He has practised civil litigation since his call to the Bar in 1998. His practice encompasses disputes arising out of all manner of business dealings and also focuses on professional negligence. He acts for institutional clients as well as closely held corporations and individuals. Michael has appeared as an advocate on motions, applications, trials and appeals in the Superior Court of Justice, the Divisional Court, the Court of Appeal, and before a number of boards and tribunals. Michael is included in Best Lawyers in Canada in the area of Professional Negligence and Corporate and Commercial Litigation.

Michael graduated with an Honours B.A. in English from McMaster University in 1993 and from the University of Western Ontario Law School in 1996. Originally from Niagara Falls, Ontario, he has embraced Hamilton as his home and is committed to the Hamilton community. 

Michael has served for many years as a director on a number of not-for-profit organizations, for two years on the Continuing Professional Development Committee and Chair of the New Lawyers' Subcommittee of the Hamilton Law Association. He has also served as Secretary-Treasurer, Vice-President and as the 74th President of the Association. He is also a member of the Ontario Bar Association and The Advocates’ Society.

Michael is the current Chair of the Nominating Committee


Andrew Confente

Andrew has been practicing law since 1994 with Sam Garcea. He obtained a B.A.(Honours) from McGill University and his law degree from the University of Windsor. His practice is focused on criminal law which include the following offences: criminal code, drug & federal, youth, & provincial In addition, Andrew has also obtained experience in the fields of immigration and family law, though he presently restricts his practice to criminal law. He has previously served as part time prosecutor in criminal and federal matters.

Andrew is active in the community volunteering his time with both legal and non-legal organizations. He is a Past President of the Hamilton Criminal Lawyers Association and was a Director with the Ontario Criminal Lawyers Association.

Andrew is also fluent in French and Italian.

Chair of the Continuing Professional Development Committee

 COOPER, Jennifer - 2015

Jennifer Cooper 

Jennifer was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. After obtaining an Hons. B.A. (University of Calgary), an M.A. (Queen‘s University) and an LL.B (Osgoode Hall), Jennifer articled with the Family Responsibility Office and was called to the Bar in 2005. After 8 years of private practice in the Hamilton/Halton Region, Jennifer joined forces with Hughes & Bale LLP in 2013, becoming a partner of the firm the following year.

Jennifer is a passionate advocate. With extensive experience in custody and access proceedings, Jennifer is deeply committed to the overall well being of the families she represents; particularly the children. Her common-sense approach to litigation and strong working relationships with mediators, therapists, parenting coordinators and custody and access assessors contribute to her impressive record of success.

Jennifer is a present member of the Office of the Children‘s Lawyer legal panel. 

Member of the Family Law Subcommittee

Kanata Cowan

Kanata Cowan attended McMaster University where she earned her combined honours Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. She then attended Lakehead University where she received her Bachelor of Education degree. After teaching high school science for a brief period of time, Kanata attended the University of New Brunswick to obtain her Law Degree.

Kanata articled and began her career as an associate at a prominent law firm in Hamilton. In 2012, she became a sole practitioner and opened up a boutique law office in Waterdown, Ontario that focuses on family law. Kanata focuses her practice on matrimonial disputes. She is interested in peace keeping and now mediation.

She has sat on the HLA Family Law Subcommittee since 2010, and was a member of the HLA Services and Benefits Committee prior to that.

Chair of Family Law Subcommittee and Family Law Bench & Bar Subcommittee

 DICKSON, Laura - 2015

Laura Dickson 

Laura earned her L.L.B in Scots Law from the University of Glasgow, Scotland in 2007. After coming to Canada in 2008, she completed her NCA qualifications at the University of Toronto. Laura joined Hughes Amys LLP after being called to the Bar in June 2012. Laura has recently joined Michael Lamont Personal Injury Law.

Laura practice focuses on Life and Disability insurance claims, accident benefit claims as well as claims in auto accidents, slip and fall, product liability, occupiers’ liability, and wrongful dismissal.  She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Hamilton Lawyers' Club, the Hamilton Medical-Legal Society, The Advocates' Society, the Ontario Bar Association, and the Canadian Bar Association. Laura served on the New Lawyers' Subcommittee of the Hamilton Law Association for 5 years from 2012 to 2017. 

Member of the Collections & Library Excellence Subcommittee 

Mark R. Giavedoni (Secretary-Treasurer)

Mark Giavedoni graduated with Honours from McMaster University in English and History. He attended the University of Windsor’s Faculty of Law and received his LL.B. in 2004 and was called to the Bar in 2005.

Mark’s solicitor practice focuses on all facets of real estate, development, construction, condominium, planning, municipal and education law. He is routinely consulted for advice and his opinions to resolve real property disputes. He is a partner at ESB Lawyers LLP in Hamilton.

Mark has been actively involved with The Hamilton Law Association since 2006, when he joined the Real Estate Subcommittee and has spoken at a number of annual seminars. He is also a member of the Hamilton Lawyers’ Club, Ontario Bar Association, Canadian Association of University Solicitors, the Ontario Expropriation Association and has been on a number of boards of directors for local not-for-profit organizations.

Chair of Real Estate Subcommittee


Hussein A. Hamdani 

Hussein is engaged in a general corporate, commercial practice that includes commercial and residential real estate law.

Prior to entering the practice of law, Hussein had significant hands-on involvement in the management of family businesses and is able to converse easily at any level with owners and managers of all manner of business enterprises. Throughout transactions he explains complex legal issues in clear business terms to his clients.

Hussein assists clients at all stages of business growth. His services include incorporating and organizing companies, preparing partnership and shareholders’ agreements, preparing and reviewing commercial leases and franchise agreements, providing advice in matters dealing with intellectual property and technology related issues, commercial and residential real estate and the purchase, sale and financing of businesses. In addition, Hussein represents a number of not-for-profit organizations in the Golden Horseshoe.

In 2012, Hussein was awarded the first ever “40 Under 40 Entrepreneur Award” for Hamilton/Burlington. This award is in recognition of Hussein’s achievement in growing a large clientele list of individuals and business owners.

Hussein is very active in the community and sits or recently sat on many local, provincial and national boards of directors and executive committees.

Chair of the Corporate Commercial Subcommittee

Andrew Keesmaat

Andrew is a partner at Agro Zaffiro LLP.  He was called to the bar in 2009.  He practices civil litigation with a particular focus on estate litigation and insurance defence. 

He obtained his LL.B. at Ottawa University after completing an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Carleton University.  Andrew is a member of the Hamilton Law Association, Hamilton Medical-Legal Society and Ontario and Canadian Bar Associations.  He is an elected member of the General Council of the Ontario Bar Association and sits on the executive of the Hamilton Lawyers’ Club.

Vice-Chair of the Continuing Professional Development Committee.

W Patric Mackesy (Vice-President)

W Patric Mackesy is a graduate of the University of Waterloo (St. Jerome's College) in 1965 and obtained his LLB (cum laude) from University of Ottawa in 1969. He articled for John White and after his call to the bar in 1971 joined the firm of White and Swaye. A partner in 1972, the firm evolved into Mackesy, Smye LLP, which specializes in personal injury work. Pat does the solicitor’s work in the firm and has extensive experience in Family Law mediation. For 30 years he focused on Family Law as well.

Law has been very good to Pat allowing him to provide extensive volunteer hours in the community and both as a presenter at seminars and assisting in committee work (family, real estate & technology) through the Hamilton Law Association. Pat has served as Chair of the Real Estate and Collections & Library Excellence Subcommittees of the Hamilton Law Association. Most recently, he has served as Secretary-Treasurer. 

Chair of the New Lawyers' Subcommittee


David A. van der Woerd

David is a partner at Ross & McBride LLP, practicing in the Business Law, Charity and Non-Profit and Estates Group. David acts for many individuals, businesses and organizations in the business and charitable sectors. David received his Bachelor of Arts degree in history with a minor in sociology, along with a Michigan Provisional Secondary School Teacher’s Certificate from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan and his bachelor of laws degree at the University of Western Ontario.

David is a member of the Hamilton Law Association and an active member of the Ontario Bar Association Charity and Not for Profit Law section. He is a Trademark Agent and has served for many years as a Deputy Judge of the Superior Court of Justice, Small Claims Court. David has taught law at various levels and is a frequent writer and contributor to publications and seminars for legal education.

David serves on various community boards, currently with Hamilton Children’s Aid Society, Mission Services of Hamilton, Immanuel Christian Reformed Church of Hamilton, among others.

Chair of the Estates & Trusts Subcommittee

 YAMASHITA Colleen 2017

Colleen Yamashita

Colleen is an associate with the law firm Scarfone Hawkins. Her practice is focused on commercial litigation matters as well as all aspects of banking, insolvency, receivership and bankruptcy litigation.  Colleen also has experience acting for major lending institutions, corporate debtors, receivers and trustees on matters pertaining to debt collection, debt restructuring, security enforcement, receivership, CCAA and BIA reorganizations as well as for individuals, businesses and institutions on a variety of matters, including shareholder disputes, lease disputes, debt litigation and employment and wrongful dismissal matters.

Vice-Chair of the Collections & Library Excellence Subcommittee