• 18th Annual Advocacy Conference

    Thursday, December 6th 2018
    9:00 a.m. - 4:35 p.m.
    The Hamilton Convention Centre
    (1 Summers Lane, Hamilton)

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  • New Lawyers' Seminar

    Thursday, September 6th 2018
    10:00 a.m. - 4:25 p.m.
    HLA Library & 7th Floor Jurors' Lounge
    John Sopinka Courthouse
    (45 Main Street East, Hamilton)

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  • Corporate Commercial Law Seminar

    Thursday, October 11th 2018
    9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    Sheraton Hamilton Hotel - Centre/East Ballroom
    (116 King Street West, Hamilton)

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  • Real Estate Seminar

    Thursday, November 1 2018
    9:00 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
    Sheraton Hamilton Hotel - Grand Ballroom
    (116 King Street West, Hamilton)

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  • Employment Law Seminar

    Thursday, November 15th 2018
    2:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
    7th Floor Jurors' Lounge
    John Sopinka Courthouse
    (45 Main Street East, Hamilton)

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2018 Distinguished Solicitor Award Recipient

Jun 19, 2018
Congratulations to Michael J. McHugh of McHugh Whitmore LLP for being named the latest recipient of the Hamilton Law Association Distinguished Solicitor Award.

The purpose of this award is to honour a solicitor member of the Hamilton Law Association who has distinguished himself or herself throughout his or her career by exemplary service to our Association, to our profession and/or our community.

Michael has been practicing law since 1974 and was a founding Partner of the firm in 1975. Business Law and Estate Planning are the principal areas of Michael's practice and he has extensive experience providing legal advice and services to businesses, both new and established, and whether large or small. Client services include establishing new businesses, re-organizations, generational transfers, share and asset transfers, business financing, and all types of agreements, including shareholder agreements and franchise agreements. Michael has a number of clients with business operations in the United States and other foreign jurisdictions.

In the realm of Estate Planning Law, Michael has developed expertise in drafting Wills, including complex tax-planned Wills, Powers of Attorney, and Trusts, including family Trusts, and Alter Ego/Joint Spousal trusts. Michael also is experienced in advising parents of special needs children, including the use of Henson Trusts in estate planning.

Except for his time at law school, Michael has resided in the Hamilton community his entire life and during his career has been involved in many Hamilton community and charitable organizations, including Theatre Aquarius (Director and President); Hamilton and District Extend-A-Family (Founding Director and President); Community Living Hamilton (Director and President); Catholic Children’s' Aid Society of Hamilton (Director and President); and the Hamilton Law Association (Trustee). Michael resides in Stoney Creek with his wife Jane and they are enjoying their four adult children, and their grandchildren.

The Hamilton Law Association will present Michael with his award at the Corporate Commercial Law Seminar to be held at the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel – Centre/East Ballroom (116 King Street West, Hamilton) on Thursday, October 11th, 2018.  The presentation would take place at approximately 11:55 a.m. 

2018 Ed Orzel Award Nominations

Jun 18, 2018

You are invited to submit suggestions for the Ed Orzel Award. This award is named for the late Ed Orzel. Mr. Orzel was a great and fearless litigator. Throughout his career, he represented Plaintiffs and Defendants in a vast number of insurance claims around the Province of Ontario.

The purpose of this award is to honour a member of The Hamilton Law Association who has demonstrated excellence in trial advocacy for a single outstanding trial effort, or for a career in trial advocacy in any area of the law. The award will be presented at the 18th Annual Advocacy Conference on December 6th, 2018 at the Hamilton Convention Centre.

Please send your nominations to Marica Piedigrossi at mpiedigrossi@hamiltonlaw.on.ca along with any other material you wish to submit in support of the nomination, to The Hamilton Law Association no later than Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 at 12:00 noon.

Expansion of the civil claims online filing service

Jun 11, 2018

The civil claims online filing service has been expanded to enable the online filing of additional documents in a civil proceeding in the Superior Court of Justice. This expansion follows the successful province-wide launch of the service in November 2017.      

As of May 28, 2018, it will be possible to file the following documents online through the civil claims online portal (http://ontario.ca/civilclaims):

  • Statement of Defence (Form 18A)
  • Notice of Intent to Defend (Form 18B)
  • Statement of Claim filed following the issuance of a Notice of Action (Form 14D)
  • Proof of Service of documents that are filed online
  • Orders and Consents that are required in support of the filing of a document online

The online filing of these documents with the Superior Court of Justice has been authorized by subrule 4.05.1(2) of the Rules of Civil Procedure. The rules also clarify that it will not be necessary to provide the court with a paper copy of a document that was filed online unless the matter is proceeding to a hearing or conference and the party intends to rely on the document at the hearing (rule 4.05.1(6), in force May 28, 2018).

The civil claims online filing service will continue to:

  • allow the online filing of initiating documents:
    • Statement of Claim (Form 14A, 14B)
    • Notice of Action (Form 14C)
    • Affidavit of Litigation Guardian of a Plaintiff under a Disability
    • Request for Bilingual Proceedings
    • Consent to File Documents in French
  • email  court-issued Statements of Claim or Notices of Action;
  • allow online payment of court fees by credit card or Interac;
  • allow a user to track online filing fee payments, submissions and draft submissions; and
  • save work in progress and return to drafts in order to submit the request for filing at a later time.

If you are interested in arranging an online information session for your members about the expanded civil claims online filing service, please send an email to civilclaimsonline@ontario.ca.

Please share any comments about the service with Vaia Pappas, Director of the Operational Support Branch at vaia.pappas@ontario.ca.

W Patric Mackesy Acclaimed 76th President of HLA

Jun 04, 2018

Congratulations to W Patric Mackesy who was acclaimed the 76th President of The Hamilton Law Association at our Annual General Meeting held on May 31st, 2018!

W Patric Mackesy is a graduate of the University of Waterloo (St. Jerome's College) in 1965 and obtained his LLB (cum laude) from University of Ottawa in 1969. He articled for John White and after his call to the bar in 1971 joined the firm of White and Swaye. A partner in 1972, the firm evolved into Mackesy, Smye LLP, ...which specializes in personal injury work. W Patric Mackesy is a partner at Mackesy Smye LLP. His practice concentrates on real estate, real estate development, wills, powers of attorney, estates and corporate law. He also maintains a general litigation practice with particular emphasis on estate law. He had an extensive practice in family law and continues to act as a mediator relative to family law disputes.

Law has been very good to W Patric Mackesy allowing him to provide extensive volunteer hours in the community and both as a presenter at seminars and assisting in committee work (family, real estate & technology) through the Hamilton Law Association. Pat has served as Chair of the Real Estate, Collections & Library Excellence, and New Lawyers' Subcommittees of The Hamilton Law Association. Most recently, he has served as Vice-President, and before that as Secretary-Treasurer.

Upcoming Events

The Hamilton Law Association is pleased to present the following Upcoming Events:

September 06
2018

 

New Lawyers Seminar

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 4:25 p.m.
HLA Library & 7th Floor Juror’s Lounge
(45 Main Street East, Hamilton)

For more information, please contact Rebecca Lane at 905-522-1563 ext. 225

October 11
2018

Substantive: 3.0h
Professionalism: 1.0h

Corporate Commercial Law Seminar

THURSDAY OCTOBER 11, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Sheraton Hotel Hamilton - Centre/East Ballroom
(116 King Street West, Hamilton)

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For more information, please contact Kristjana Frani at 905-522-1563 ext. 233

November 01
2018

Substantive: 2.0h
Professionalism: 1.5h

Real Estate Seminar

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 1, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Sheraton Hotel Hamilton -  Grand Ballroom
(116 King Street West, Hamilton)

For more information, please contact Kristjana Frani at 905-522-1563 ext. 233

November 15
2018

Sub.:1.5h Prof.: 0.5h

The 15th Annual Employment Law Seminar

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15th, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
The John Sopinka Courthouse, 7th Floor Juror’s Lounge
(45 Main Street East, Hamilton)

For more information, please contact Kristjana Frani at 905-522-1563 ext. 233

February 06
2019

Sub.:2.0h Prof.: 1.0h

The 17th Annual Estates & Trusts Seminar

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6th, 2019
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sheraton Hotel Hamilton - Grand Ballroom
(116 King Street West, Hamilton)

For more information, please contact Kristjana Frani at 905-522-1563 ext. 233

For information on these events and others, please visit our Upcoming Events page.

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