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Our Legal Team Of Specialists

Mark R. Youngman

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

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.

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

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.

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

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


Vic Rampersad

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

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.

Founding Director of In Karma Community Assocation.


Carla Manias

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

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

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

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.


Derek Ketelaars

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
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.


Patrick Bernard

2018 Called to the Bar, Ontario
2016 Juris Doctor, University of Ottawa (Faculty of Law, Common Law Section)
2015 Licentiate of Laws, University of Ottawa (Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section)
Patrick is a bright, young legal mind who is fluent in French and English. He was trained in both Common Law and Civil Law at the University of Ottawa, having received both diplomas magna cum laude. Patrick joined the firm as an articling student in 2017, and then joined our litigation department as an associate upon his Call to the Bar in Ontario.
Patrick passionately brings a pragmatic and business-minded approach to dispute resolution. While Patrick's practice has an emphasis on commercial and civil litigation, he has a keen interest in alternative dispute resolution methods such as arbitration and mediation. Patrick's experience includes contractual disputes, negligence and torts, bankruptcy and insolvency, debt collection, and general litigation matters.
Toronto Lawyers Association
The Advocate Society
Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society
Association des juristes d'expression française de l'Ontario


Nina Naval

2017 Called to the Bar
2016 NCA Certificate of Qualification
2015 J.D., University of the District of Columbia School of Law
2012 B.A. (Honours), University of Toronto
Nina is an associate in our firm developing a broad civil and commercial litigation practice, with particular focus in the areas of debtor/creditor and bankruptcy/insolvency litigation. Nina also acts for clients on other matters, including contracts disputes, construction litigation, property disputes, and wills and estates.