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Suzanne Desrosiers

Suzanne was born and raised in the City of Timmins. She attended The University of Ottawa to complete her undergraduate studies in Political Science and went on to pursue a common law degree completely in French at The University of Moncton. In fact, Suzanne is the first from the Province of Ontario to have obtained a common law degree completely in French. Suzanne articled in Barrie, Ontario, prior to deciding to return to her hometown where she opened her own legal practice.

Suzanne has been practicing in Timmins for over 34 years, covering diverse areas of law that range from: Real Estate purchase and sale transactions of both residential and commercial properties, buying and selling a business in both an asset and a share purchase, helping clients with the drafting of their Wills and Powers of Attorney to the probate of their will after the death of the testator, and other estate related matters.

Suzanne has also been guiding employers in establishing policies and procedures to meet the minimum requirements of both the Employment Standards Act 2000 and the Canada Labour Code depending which jurisdiction applies to them, drafting employment contracts, drafting discipline letters and termination letters, or if necessary, guiding the employer in conducting a workplace investigation. Suzanne also processed individual human rights claims particularly in Employment Law related matters, helped in processing IAP (Independent Assessment Process) claims for the Victims of the Residential Schools, and much more.

Suzanne has been representing several First Nation organizations for the past 18 years in all types of Employment Law Related matters. Suzanne Desrosiers is fluent in French and English and offers legal services in both languages.

Katherine Armstrong

Katherine Armstrong is a new call to the bar of Ontario. She completed her Juris Doctor degree at the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law at Carleton University. Katherine understands her clients’ needs and is dedicated to achieving the best possible result for them.

Originally from the Ottawa area, Katherine is looking forward to contributing to, and making connections within the city of Timmins. In her spare time, Katherine enjoys volunteering with her local church, spending time with family, camping, hiking, and traveling across Canada.

Oana Cristea

Born in Romania and raised in Montreal, Oana is fluent in English, French and Romanian. A graduate from Osgoode Hall Law School, Oana obtained her Juris Doctor in 2016 and her Bachelor of Laws in 2015 from Université de Montréal. Oana has also had the tremendous pleasure of studying in France, China and Germany where she focused on transnational commercial law and international law.

An avid traveller, Oana has visited over 25 countries before settling down in Timmins, ON over two years ago and making this wonderful community her home. Oana enjoys spending time with friends, fishing, going to the gym and discovering new foods.

Oana is looking forward to offering you legal services in both English and French.

Ivan Lazarov

Ivan is a graduate from the Dual J.D. Program at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. During his time in law school, he placed as a finalist in both the 2017 Zuber Moot Competition and the 2017 Hicks Morley Moot Competition at Windsor Law. In the summer of 2018, Ivan worked as a Student Attorney at the United Community Housing Coalition in Detroit, Michigan, where he represented tenants in need facing eviction proceedings.

Prior to law school, he worked at a downtown Toronto law firm as a Legal Intern. Ivan holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts, with a Major in Ethics, Society, and Law and a Double Minor in English and Russian Literature from the University of Toronto.

Ivan is a volunteer at Lawyers Feed the Hungry in Timmins. In his spare time, Ivan writes poetry and fiction. He won the second-place prize in the OSSTF Marion Drysdale Poetry Contest. He is also an avid mountain biker and is terribly attached to his Samoyed Zelda. Ivan is fluent in Bulgarian.

Hailey Gomercich

Hailey was born and raised in Timmins. In 2012. Hailey commenced her high school CO-OP placement with us and was thereafter hired as our summer student until late fall 2012. Five years later and a graduate of Northern College's Law Clerk program, Hailey has rejoined our team in 2017. Hailey has a passion for the field of law and is enthusiastic about expanding her knowledge and experience with our firm.

Elizabeth Burwell

Elizabeth (Liz) has been a law clerk with our office for close to 34 years. Elizabeth is a graduate of both General and Legal Secretarial Studies at Northern College (Porcupine Campus). In 2001, Elizabeth was hired as an instructor of the Legal Administrative Assistant Program with the Toronto School of Business. Though her experience in this area was short lived, due to the closing of the campus, the experience gave her a much deeper understanding of her career.

Liz provides a wide range of support for clients, as well as staff, and keeps the office running smoothly. She takes her role very seriously and each day Liz is motivated by the opportunity to help people and experience new and interesting challenges.