• Welcome to The Hamilton Law Association

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  • 34th Annual Joint Insurance Seminar

    Thursday, December 3rd, 2020
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Live Streamed

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  • Corporate Commercial Law Seminar

    Thursday, October 8th, 2020
    9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    Available Live Streamed

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  • Family Law Seminar

    Thursday, October 29th, 2020
    1:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
    Available Remotely

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  • Emerging Issues in Real Estate Seminar

    Wednesday, November 4th, 2020
    9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Live Zoom Webinar

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  • Employment Law Seminar

    Thursday, November 12th, 2020
    2:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
    Live Zoom Webinar

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  • Hamilton Law Association Operations re. COVID-19 and Related Notices to the Profession

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HLA Committees

Continuing Professional Development    

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The Continuing Professional Development Committee consists of a Chair and Vice-Chair appointed by the President and six to seven members, six of whom should practice primarily in the respective areas of Real Estate, Wills and Trusts, Corporate Law, Civil Litigation, Criminal Law and Family Law, and at least one of whom shall have practiced not more than five years.  It has as its duties:

  1. to develop Continuing Professional Development programs, conferences and events for the Association;
  2. to assess and interpret the needs and expectations of Association members regarding Continuing Professional Development;
  3. to assess, revise, add and/or delete, as necessary, existing Continuing Professional Development program; and
  4. to manage, develop and coordinate Continuing Professional Development activities with other groups offering same such as the Law Society of Upper Canada, and the Canadian Bar Association.

An Association staff person appointed by the Board shall sit, ex-officio, on the Continuing Professional Development Committee.  The Committee shall meet when required throughout the year, but not less than three times, with one such meeting to be in September and one such meeting to be in January during each fiscal year.

Chair: Andrew Confente, Confente, Garcea, aconfente@confentegarcea.com
Vice Chair: Andrew Keesmaat, Agro Zaffiro LLP, akeesmaat@agrozaffiro.com


The Executive Committee consists of the President, the Vice-President, the Secretary-Treasurer, the Chair of the Continuing Professional Development Committee and two other Board members the President may select.

The mandate of the Executive Committee is: 

  1. to manage on a day-to-day basis the affairs and operations of the Association; 
  2. to review and report on relevant Association issues to the Board; 
  3. to coordinate relations and activities between the Association and staff; 
  4. to perform all tasks as are delegated by the Board from time to time; 
  5. to receive and generate current communications of the Association with other bodies; 
  6. to deal with those issues not otherwise provided for, subject to Board approval; 
  7. to oversee, monitor and regulate all Library Services of the Association; 
  8. to manage and develop other services and benefits of the Association; 
  9. to oversee and manage all other services provided by the Association to members such as publications, binding and locker rentals; 
  10. and to perform the function of liaison between the Bench and Bar and shall consider such matters that the Board, the members and the Bench request.  

The Executive Committee shall meet at the call of the President, not less than eight times a year.  An Association staff person appointed by the Board shall sit as an ex-officio member of the Executive Committee. 

HLA Subcommittees

Collections & Library Excellence

The Collections Subcommittee advises on matters pertaining to the Library Collections at the Anthony Pepe Memorial Law Library that are relevant to the Board or its Committees.  

Chair: Colleen Yamashita, Scarfone Hawkins LLP, cyamashita@shlaw.ca
Vice-Chair: Laura Dickson, Michael Lamont Personal Injury Law, laura.dickson@lamontlaw.ca 

Corporate Commercial    Visit their webpage.

The Corporate Commercial Subcommittee advises on matters pertaining to Corporate/Commercial Law that are relevant to the Board or its Committees. 

Co-Chair: Hussein Hamdani, SimpsonWigle LAW LLP, hussein@simpsonwigle.com 

Estates & Trusts    Visit their webpage.

The Estates & Trusts Subcommittee is a pilot project that exists to advise on matters pertaining to Estate & Trusts Law that are relevant to the HLA Board or Committees, and Hamilton area Estates & Trusts lawyers.

Chair: David van der Woerd, Ross & McBride LLP, dvanderwoerd@rossmcbride.com
Vice Chair: Andrea Hill, ESB Lawyers LLP, ahill@esblawyers.com

Family Law Bench & Bar

The Family Law Bench & Bar Subcommittee advises on matters pertaining to Family Law that are relevant to the Board or its Committees. 

Chair: Kathleen Bingham, Bingham Law, kathleen@binghamlaw.ca 

Family Law    Visit their webpage.

The Family Law Subcommittee advises on matters pertaining to Family Law that are relevant to the Board or its Committees. 

Chair: Kathleen Bingham, Bingham Lawkathleen@binghamlaw.ca
Vice-Chair: Jennifer Cooper, Hughes & Bale LLP, jcooper@hughesbale.ca  

Memory Book Subcommittee   Visit their webpage.

The Hamilton Law Association's Memory Book Project and Subcommittee are committed to preserving the rich and unique legal history of Hamilton and its surrounding areas. The Hamilton Law Association, for instance, is one of the oldest in this country (est. 1879) and over the years has had many members — each of whom has contributed to the area’s legal history.

Chair: John Loukidelis, Loukidelis Professional Corporation, john@jltax.ca

New Lawyers    Visit their webpage.

The New Lawyers' Subcommittee is a subcommittee of the Executive Committee and comprises lawyers called five years and less.  Their mandate is to promote the active involvement of new lawyers within the Hamilton Law Association and the Hamilton Community at large, including facilitating participation of new lawyers in networking opportunities, practice management, volunteer opportunities, and the New Lawyers' Seminar and Welcome Dinner. 

Chair: Mark Giavedoni, ESB Lawyers LLPmgiavedoni@esblawyers.com 
Vice Chair: Erica Lamont, Michael Lamont Personal Injury Lawerica.lawmont@lamontlaw.ca

Real Estate    Visit their webpage.

The Real Estate Subcommittee advises on matters pertaining to Real Estate Law that are relevant to the Board or its Committees.  

Chair: Mark Giavedoni, ESB Lawyers LLPmgiavedoni@esblawyers.com


The Nominating Committee consists of the Immediate Past President as Chair, the President and Vice-President, and two additional members who are not Trustees but of whom one shall have been called to the Bar for not more than five years. The Committee shall meet to nominate a member of the Association for President, one member for Vice-President, one member for Secretary-Treasurer, and the number of members as required to replace those Trustees whose terms have expired, for the consideration of the members at the Annual Meeting of the Association.

Chair: Michael Bordin, ESB Lawyers LLP, mbordin@esblawyers.com