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Areas of law include:
- Employment, Labour and Human Rights
- Civil Litigation
Administrative and Environmental
Wills & Estates
We use the latest technology and try to minimize paper usage where possible to make our practice more cost effective (and greener!). We also ensure all of our staff and significant contractors are paid a living wage. We are the first private law practice to become a Champion Level Living Wage Employer in Niagara, in accordance with the Ontario Living Wage Network.
Legal services have unfortunately become unaffordable and out of reach for the majority. This often leads to self-representation. Although going to court alone is not recommended or ideal, it is the reality that the legal profession is facing. Lawyers make a significant investment in their education and bring a special set of skills to approaching complex problems which can take a lot of time and effort to solve. That stated, it may be possible to provide alternatives such as unbundling (limited scope services) and legal coaching to help make legal services more affordable.
Chantal McCollum grew up in the Niagara Region, where she attended Brock University and obtained a B.Sc. Later, she attended the University of Toronto, where she completed a M.Eng. in environmental engineering. Following this, she spent over five years working as an environmental consultant in large engineering firms in the GTA and Kitchener/Waterloo areas.
Chantal was a self-represented litigant on more than one occasion. While a self-represented person with respect to a human rights and employment law matter, she was inspired by her legal coach (a lawyer) to pursue a Juris Doctor, which she obtained from the University of Ottawa. During her first summer in law school, she volunteered at a legal clinic. She spent her next summer working at a large local firm and articled there after law school. Then, she thought it would be wise to start-up a law practice during a pandemic.
Chantal is a member of the Lincoln County Law Association and sits on the Board of Directors, as Treasurer and as part of the Library Committee.
Chantal's practice is focused on general civil litigation including employment and human rights matters, but she also can help with simple wills and estate matters, and real estate. Chantal has an interest in environmental law also.
In her spare time, Chantal likes to travel, takes care of her two cats and makes poor attempts to speak French. She is actively involved in politics and may be seen knocking on doors around election time. She was "voluntold" to be a CFO/Official Agent for a federal political campaign in 2019 and has survived long enough to talk about it.
Samantha Addario was born and raised in the Niagara Region and obtained her bachelor’s degree from Brock University. After graduating from Brock, she spent several years working as a Rehabilitation Counsellor for individuals living with acquired brain injuries. Despite loving this work, Samantha later went back to school and obtained her Juris Doctor from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. After law school, she returned to the Niagara Region to practice predominantly in Family Law.
In her spare time, Samantha enjoys reflecting on how she does not have any spare time. When she is not lawyering, she most enjoys volunteering and advocating for others in an activist capacity. Since her very first volunteer job as a child, Samantha has been passionate about community involvement and helping others. She is an activist for human and animal rights, and she has volunteered with a wide range of organizations helping a variety of individuals and groups. She has also served as a member of various boards, groups, and committees.
Samantha enjoys socializing with her close friends and family, but her favourite person is unequivocally her dog, who is a rescue from Mexico. She wishes she could apologize to the humans in her life for this last bit, but she’s just not sorry about it.
Jacqueline brings 34 years of clerk experience to our team and keeps current on new practices and protocols in both the Family and Civil divisions or our court systems. She keeps up with 21st century technology in a firm belief that as systems are not static, neither should we be. She continues to adapt to the changing landscape of the legal field.
Jacqueline understands that at the point of hiring a lawyer, people are not necessarily at the best points of their life journey. As such, she takes a common sense approach with our clients and effectively assists in narrowing down the issues in any particular matter. She takes delight in empowering people.
Jacqueline is the youngest of 10 and a first generation Canadian. Her parents and 8 siblings immigrated to Canada from the Netherlands in 1953. She keeps busy with her nieces and nephews and their children.
Flor specialized in family law during her studies at the National University of the Amazonia in Colombia, where she subsequently practiced law before coming to Canada.
Flor is the youngest of four siblings. She immigrated to Canada with her husband six years ago with the goals of learning English and becoming a professional. Now, she is the mother of a 5-year-old girl and a graduate of the Law Clerk program at Niagara College. She is very proud of her achievements and is glad to be working within a law practice in a completely different country from where she was born.
In her spare time, Flor enjoys the warmth of her family, skating, working out as well as being an active member of the Hispanic Catholic community at Saint Alfred Church.