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Our Legal Team Of Specialists

Mark R. Youngman

 Education:
1993 Called to Bar, Ontario
1991 LL.B., University of New Brunswick
1987 B.A., University of Western

Practice:
Mark practices in the area of civil litigation with an emphasis on debtor/creditor and bankruptcy/insolvency litigation. Mark also acts for purchasers, vendors and mortgagees for residential and commercial real estate transactions. He became senior counsel in 2008.

Associations:
Mark is a member of the Canadian Bar Association. He is also a member of NARCA (National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys), an international organization for collection lawyers and is a real estate law representative on the non-builder industry expert group for Tarion Consumer Advisory Council. He is also the past director and treasurer of Shaarei Beth-el Synagogue in Oakville.

 

Bernard Gasee

Education:
1968 LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School
1970 Called to the Bar

Bernie, a founding lawyer and the head of our collection department, has over 30 years of experience. Bernie has written and lectured professionally on collection and litigation matters and is recognized by his peers for his expertise and specialist qualifications. He is also our resident entertainer with his humorous pranks and owl collection, Bernie knows how to make people laugh and has entertained many a staff member and courtroom audience with his lively anecdotes.

Practice:
Heís a true expert in collection and commercial litigation and the firm has developed precedents and case law in this area of the law.

Associations:
He is also a member of the Civil Litigation section of the Canadian Bar Association.

 

Vic Rampersad

Education:
2006 Called to Bar
2005 LL.B., University of Windsor
B.Sc., University of Toronto
M.B.A., University of Windsor

Practice:
Vic is currently an associate on the GCY litigation team in the area of civil litigation with an emphasis on creditor/debtor commercial litigation. His expertise also includes personal injury, construction litigation and other general litigation matters.

Associations:
Founding Director of In Karma Community Assocation.

 

Carla Manias

Education:
2012 Called to the Bar
2010 NCA Certificate of Qualification
2010 J.D., Thomas M. Cooley Law School
2006 B.M.O.S., University of Western Ontario

Practice:
Carla practices in the area of civil litigation with an emphasis on debtor/creditor commercial litigation.  Her experience also includes estates, construction litigation and other general litigation matters.

 

Brian Diamond

Education:
2008 Called to Bar
2007 L.L.B., University of Western Ontario
2004 B.A., York University

Practice:
Brian is an associate in our litigation department and specializes in the areas of debtor/creditor and bankruptcy/insolvency litigation. Brian also acts for a wide variety of individuals and businesses in Small Claims Court actions and has experience in estate matters and wills.

 

Americo Fernandes

Education:
B. Comm., University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario
M.B.A., University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario
J.D., Cum Laude, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Practice:
Americo is dedicated to meeting and exceeding client expectations. His practice is in the area of civil litigation dealing with matters involving personal injury, family law and commercial matters. He has also worked in the world of finance and is experienced in international business dealings in Europe and Canada; He is a citizen of a European Union Country which allows him to travel freely to Europe to assist clients, and he is fluent in Portuguese. It is his belief that all clients deserve representation that is ethical, aggressive and efficient.

Associations:
Americo is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, Law Society of Upper Canada, Canadian Bar Association, Essex County Bar Association and Michigan Association of Justice.

 

Derek Ketelaars

Education:
2015 Called to the Bar, Ontario
2014 NCA Certificate of Qualification
2013 LL.B. University of Leicester, United Kingdom
2011 B.Comm. Queen's University School of Business
Practice:
Derek is a dynamic litigator who joined the firm as a law student in 2012. His practice covers a broad range of legal disputes, including debtor/creditor litigation, secured creditor remedies, insolvency, corporate/commercial disputes, contract litigation, negligence, construction, and real estate disputes. In addition to litigation, Derek also helps small corporations with their corporate law needs and acts for financial institutions on complex commercial secured lending transactions.