Our lawyers reflect the cultural diversity of Canadian society. They can communicate fluently in English, French, Italian, Arabic, Tamil, Hindi and Dari (Persian).
Carol Shirtliff-Hinds is principal lawyer at Shirtliff Hinds Law. A 1993 graduate of the University of Ottawa Law School, she practises in the areas of criminal, family, and administrative and regulatory law.
Carol started her legal career as a prosecutor with the Department of Justice and later with the Public Prosecutions Services of Canada, where she gained expertise in taxation and criminal law. She has extensive knowledge of the inner workings of the criminal justice system, having argued many cases, both on behalf of the crown and on behalf of defendants. As a family lawyer, she has drafted numerous prenuptial, separation and divorce agreements, and has won spousal and child support, as well as parental access, following acrimonious separations.
A highly experienced litigator, Carol has appeared in all levels of court in Ontario, as well as in the Tax Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Federal Court Trial Division. For a number of years, she chaired the Toronto Licensing Tribunal, where she championed increased transparency. More recently, Carol has successfully represented clients before that same tribunal.
York Region Law Association Newmarket Chamber of Commerce
"Stand Tall, reach as high as you can. Now reach a little higher" – Marc Johns
Adib Nadi focuses on criminal defence, and represents clients at bail hearings and in negotiations with prosecutors. He also conducts pre-trial research and witness examination, litigates at trial and files for and pursues necessary appeals.
After immigrating to Canada in 1988, Adib attended the University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall Law School, where he received the R. Samuel McLaughlin Foundation Scholars Award. Following law school, Adib articled at a large criminal defence firm in downtown Toronto. There he obtained a deep understanding of the criminal justice system, and worked on cases heard at the Ontario Court of Justice, the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Appeal.
Adib has conducted numerous bail hearings and trials, and has negotiated the withdrawal of charges in advance of trial. He holds himself to a high standard of legal excellence, and strives to protect the rights of clients through hard work and a commitment to social justice.
“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man’s determination” – Tommy Lasorda
Matthew Capotosto combines expertise in the areas of criminal, employment and administrative law with exceptional interpersonal and public speaking skills, which he developed as a middle school and high school teacher.
After a distinguished academic career at the University of Toronto, Matthew attended Osgoode Hall Law School. While pursuing his degree, he worked with the Ontario Ministry of Labour’s Legal Services Branch, where he assisted the Crown in prosecuting cases under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. He also gained invaluable experience working with the university’s Community & Legal Aid Services Programme and as a research assistant for the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History.
Before joining Shirtliff Hinds, Matthew served as Judicial Law Clerk at the Superior Court of Justice in Newmarket. There he deepened his understanding of criminal law and procedure, the rules of evidence and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Matthew is currently a member of the York Region Law Association.
“It always seems impossible until it’s done” – Nelson Mandela
After earning a political science degree at York University and an LLB at the University of Birmingham, in England, Abi Suntharalingam practised family law at a boutique firm that also specialized in civil and criminal law. Now at Shirtliff Hinds, she continues to advocate for clients in matters of family law, including custody and access cases and the division of property. Abi is fluent in English and Tamil.
"Only when you do not know yourself, the opinion of other people becomes important." – Sadhguru
Jennifer Dewitt received a Bachelor of Arts in Law and Justice from Laurentian University and her Paralegal Diploma with honours from Sheridan College.
A licensed paralegal, Jennifer DeWitt can represent clients in small claims court and before administrative tribunals, including the Financial Services Commission of Ontario. Under the Provincial Offences Act, she can also represent individuals at the Ontario Court of Justice, for summary conviction cases where the maximum penalty does not exceed six months’ imprisonment.
Jennifer can offer legal advice, draft legal documents and negotiate on behalf of Shirtliff Hinds’ clients. She is highly skilled in legal research and writing, as well as pleadings.
“If you live with intention and you live with purpose, then you can never go wrong” – Usher
Born in Hong Kong and raised in Toronto, Jerry is fluent in English and Cantonese. While completing his double major in Criminology and Sociology at the University of Toronto (HON BA), he was working part time as a Martial Arts instructor.
Immediately after his undergraduate studies, Jerry pursued his passion in law and attended law school at the University of Windsor (JD). While at Windsor Law, he volunteered at the Community legal Aid, a non-profit legal clinic, and worked part-time as the assistant to the Chair of the Research Ethics Board. He also partook in summer studies at the University of Hong Kong for international law.
Jerry articled, and later became an associate under the wings of the late Ed Hung. Mr. Hung was a high profile lawyer and the first Chinese prosecutor in Ontario. Jerry gratefully attributes much of his knowledge and style to Mr. Hung’s guidance. In addition to criminal law, Jerry practiced family, civil, and immigration law and has had many successes at all stages of a case; from negotiations to motions and from trials to enforcement proceedings.
Jerry got to know Kathryn Wells when he co-counseled with her in the highly publicized 1st degree murder-dismemberment trial in 2014 that stemmed from investigations in both Toronto and Peel Region. Jerry has since become an associate at Wells Criminal Law and enjoyed the scope of cases they have worked on. While at Wells Criminal Law, Jerry has given multiple interviews on television and radio on topics such as physician-assisted suicide, fraud, and murder.
Law Society of Upper Canada, Criminal Lawyers' Association, Toronto Lawyers Association
“Law is Like a mirror. What it reflects depends on where we stand”
Rose Ghaly received her LLB (Honours) from the University of Gloucestershire in the United Kingdom. She also completed her National Committee of Accreditation Qualifications prior to writing the bar in 2016. Rose has a background in practical Real Estate Law, Wills and Estates as well as Criminal Law.
“If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re too small” – Sir Richard Branson
Kerry Lynne Thomason
Kerry Lynne graduated from Osgoode Law School and was called to the bar in 1992. She is formerly a Barristers instructor for the Bar Admissions course at the Law Society of Upper Canada. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Women’s Center in York region, York Region Law Association, Aurora Public Library and a member of the Accessibility committee in the Town of Aurora.
“Life is either a great adventure or nothing” – Helen Keller
Simmy Dhamrait graduated with an Honours degree in Criminology from York University in 2011. She then pursued a legal education at the University of Ottawa, graduating with distinction in the English Common Program. During law school, Ms. Dhamrait worked with Pro Bono Students Canada and the University’s Community Legal Clinic, where she worked to advance the interests of disadvantaged communities.
Following law school, Ms. Dhamrait articled with a reputable criminal defence firm in Toronto where she worked on complex criminal cases at all levels of court., She also worked closely with counsel at the Association in Defence of the Wrongfully Convicted (AIDWYC), and assisted on high-profile criminal appeal files. After her call to the bar, she pursued her criminal defence career at Edward Royle and Associates until joining Shirtliff-Hinds Law in 2017.
Ms. Dhamrait is a zealous advocate who strongly believes in protecting the rights of her clients. She pays particular attention to issues of racial profiling and improper police practices. She strives to provide accessible legal services to all members of the public, and can offer services in Punjabi and Hindi.
Alyssa Tavasi received her legal education from Fleming College. Apart from law her interests include visiting art museums, travelling and camping.
“It’s Chaos, be kind” – Michelle McNamara
Laura Magee graduated from University of Guelph with a degree in Criminal Justice and Public Policy with a minor in Political Science. She also attended Seneca College where she received her Law Clerk diploma.
“Take one step at a time”
Office Manager and Law Clerk
Tracey Stickwood attended Humber College where she graduated with a Law Clerk Diploma. In the past, Tracey was a member of the Lindsay Ex Hunter Jumper Committee for several years. She also coached house league soccer and often volunteered if needed in various team projects, coaching and horse shows. One of her many interests is horseback riding.
“Fake it until you make it”
Front Desk Reception
Gail Williams went to Everest College in Barrie where she received her Dental Assistant Level II diploma. She currently works at Shirtliff Hinds as the front desk receptionist.
"Those who don’t hear, will feel"