Suzanne Desrosiers is a talented lawyer born and raised in Timmins. Her passion for northern Ontario, her dedication to her clients, and her passion to share her knowledge to prevent costly mistakes sets her apart from other lawyers in the region.
After graduating and obtaining a B.A. in Political Science from University of Ottawa, Suzanne proceeded to law school in Moncton, New Brunswick where she became the first Ontario resident to complete a common law degree (LLB) completely in the French language. Completed her articling in Barrie Ontario, the Bar Admission course in Ottawa and admitted to the Ontario Bar in April 1984.
With over 36 years of experience and founder of Suzanne Desrosiers Professional Corporation, she leads an outstanding team of legal advisors and excels in the area of Real Estate Law, Estates, Employment Law, including Human Resources (H.R.) training for Upper Management.
Suzanne represents many First Nations including their umbrella organization such as their Health Authorities, Education Authorities, and their Power Corporations in all types of Employment Law related matters. Her practice also includes Real Estate Law, Business Law, Wills and Estate and conducts Workplace Investigations. Her track record for success speaks for her. Suzanne believes in a unique approach to client representation that focuses on the client's goals. At an initial consultation, she meets with clients to discuss their situation, explains the law, and then works with them to determine what their goals and priorities really are to develop a tailored legal strategy to the client's unique situations and interests.
Suzanne is dedicated to her community, having served on many volunteer boards including the Timmins Family Counselling Centre, Richelieu, Timmins District Hospital. She has assisted Fay Brunning a litigation lawyer that has had the courage to fight the Federal Government to advance the rights of the Residential Schools Survivors, particularly those of St Anne's Residential School in Fort Albany and much more. Her free time is mostly spent with her son Hisham and enjoys travelling, camping, boating, walking and spending time with friends.
Elizabeth (Liz) is a seasoned law clerk and has been with our firm 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 assist our clients and experience new and interesting challenges.
Robert has recently joined our firm. Robert is originally from the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). He completed his undergraduate studies in political science at the University of Toronto and obtained a Juris Doctor degree from the University of British Columbia. During law school, Robert received the David Roberts Prize in Legal Writing and served as a note taker for the Access and Diversity Office. Robert articled with a litigation firm in Toronto.
Robert values honesty, integrity and professional development. He works hard to obtain the best possible results for his clients. On a more personal note Robert enjoys barbequing, fishing and playing chess.
Robert is eager to build lasting relationships in the City of Timmins, which is known as the City with a heart of Gold and give back to the community.
Lisa is fully bilingual, born and raised in a small northern Ontario community. Lisa has over 10 years of experience in the legal field. Lisa graduated from the College Boreal Paralegal program in 2009. Following her graduation, Lisa commenced her career as a legal assistant in Ottawa. For the past years, Lisa’s background is mainly focused in the area of Employment Law and Family Law. In 2014, Lisa moved to Timmins to be closer to friends and family. Lisa recently joined our SDLaw firm and is eager about expanding her knowledge and experience with our firm.
Marlene Starratt has recently joined our firm’s support team, having nine years of clerical experience in the field of law. A member of Wikwemikong First Nation, she was born and raised in Timmins, ON. After spending several years in Southern Ontario completing her post-secondary education and gaining valuable work experience, all while raising her four children, Marlene returned to Northern Ontario to be with family. Although Marlene devotes most of her spare time to family, she also enjoys working out, playing guitar, as well as learning French. She also continues to pursue her hobby of writing and is hoping to eventually complete a chronicle of her family’s history.
Having grown up in Timmins, Alana is pleased to return home to provide legal services to her community. She obtained an undergraduate degree in Political Science at the University of Guelph followed by a Juris Doctor degree from the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University. During this time, she was Vice-President External of the Law Students’ Society and the co-president of the Environmental Law Students’ Association.
Alana is passionate about employment law and seeks to provide strategic and practical advice to clients within northern Ontario. Alana is dedicated to high quality service and fostering strong working relationships.
Alana believes that volunteer work is an integral part of a lawyer’s commitment to serving their community. She has volunteered for several years with Northland Bible Camp, and various departments at the University of Guelph and Lakehead University.
In her spare time Alana enjoys international backpacking trips, canoeing and backcountry camping.
Courtney is a graduate of the University of Ottawa with a degree in Communications and Business Administration, with additional education in social media coupled with experience in digital media.
Currently pursuing a Law Clerk program through Canadore College, Courtney enjoys taking on new opportunities, and is motivated by her desire to assist others. As a recent addition to our SDLaw firm, Courtney is eager to grow her knowledge within the industry and be a part of our firm’s commitment to serving the needs of our clients and community.