Newmarket Lawyers, Law Clerks, & Paralegals

  • Danette Edwards
  • Carol Shirtliff-Hinds
  • Matthew Capotosto
  • Rose Ghaly
  • Adib Nadi
  • Divya Khurana
  • Apiramy Suntharalingam
  • Jennifer DeWitt, Paralegal
  • Laura Magee, Law Clerk
  • Tracey Stickwood, Law Clerk
  • Gail Williams, Receptionist
  • Sarah Adamson, Paralegal

Danette attended Osgoode Hall Law School at York University and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2002.

Her prior legal experience includes working for a prominent boutique Labour & Employment firm and two Legal Aid Ontario Specialty Clinics.

Danette articled at the Family Responsibility Office and was hired as Regional Supervising Counsel after passing the Ontario Bar Admission Course.

After resigning from FRO, Danette has continued to represent FRO as a Panel Lawyer and can competently advise clients on support issues, relying on her special expertise in this area of law.  

Danette has appeared before all levels of Court across Ontario, including the Ontario Court of Justice, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Divisional Court and the Ontario Court of Appeal.

Danette has seventeen years of experience in Family Law and possesses the necessary Alternative Dispute Resolution skills to assist her clients in resolving any conflict.

She uses plain language to communicate with her clients and in drafting legal documents.

Danette loves the dynamic nature of family law and advocating on behalf of clients who may be experiencing one of the most stressful times in their lives.

Danette is a member in good standing with the Law Society of Upper Canada and volunteers at Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket.

Danette is also a member of the York Region Lawyer's Association and Legal Aid Ontario’s Family Law Advisory Committee.

As founder and principal of Shirtliff Hinds Law in Newmarket, York Region, Ontario, Carol manages a 16-person law firm comprised of lawyers, paralegals and support staff. Carol has both broad and deep legal knowledge; she specializes in the areas of Family Law, Criminal Defence Law. As a senior litigator, she leads counsel on complex files including jury trials, in addition to mentoring junior lawyers and paralegals. Carol enjoys assisting in granting justice to litigants who otherwise may not be able to represent themselves effectively.

Under the Public Prosecution Services of Canada (PPSC), Carol has conducted bail hearings, preliminary enquiries and trials for offences pursuant to the Criminal Code. Through these experiences, Carol has amassed crucial knowledge of the views of various legal stakeholders such as the accused, the Crown, the police and the judiciary.

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.

Carol enjoys giving back to the community by volunteering her time with youth. Carol volunteers with; Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN), a program focused on educating high school students on legal proceedings through mock trials and sample court cases; DECA Ontario, a Provincial association of high school students, university students, and advisers of business studies; “Law in Action Within Schools” (LAWS) partnership between the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and the Toronto District School Board with the goal of this extra-curricular program is to educate high school students about law and justice, to better position them to succeed in school; Canadian Harambee Education Society, an organization with the aim of this organization is to provide culturally sensitive services to the African-Canadian Community.

In the 1990s, Carol volunteered her time with the Black Coalition for Aids Prevention (BlackCAP). The organization's aim was to support and inform individuals in the Africa/Caribbean community on the problem of HIV/AIDS. Carol is also proud to be one of the original members of Black Female Lawyers Network. This association aims to provide support and mentoring to Black lawyers in Ontario.

As a member of the International Association of Prosecutors (IPA), Carol attended seminars and meetings regarding international issues which have a profound effect on the international community.

She is a 1993 graduate of the University of Ottawa Law School.

MEMBERSHIPS

York Region Law Association
Newmarket Chamber of Commerce

Matthew Capotosto combines expertise in the areas of Criminal Defence Law, Employment Law, Administrative Law. In addition to his criminal defense and civil practice, he has spent the last few years working as a Federal Crown, prosecuting offenses under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

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 at Osgoode Hall’s community legal clinic, CLASP, where he represented community members in a variety of administrative law matters, including in appeals of Ontario Disability Support Program claims before the Social Benefits Tribunal.

Before joining Shirtliff Hinds Law, Matthew served as Judicial Law Clerk at the Superior Court of Justice in Newmarket. As a Superior Court Clerk, he worked closely with the Superior Court Judges at 50 Eagle Street, Newmarket, and assisted them with criminal, family and civil matters which were before the Courts. There, he deepened his understanding of criminal law and procedure, the Rules of Evidence and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Matthew’s personal background demonstrates the breadth of diversity that he imparts to his legal career as well. He is fluent in Spanish. He met his spouse, a Colombian national, in the country of Honduras while he was interning with a non-governmental organization (NGO) in Nicaragua. He was married in Guadalajara, Mexico, and his son was born there.

Matthew has a strong sense of justice which he applies to his legal work, acting fair and just as a Federal Prosecutor, and zealously defending his clients’ interests in criminal and civil matters.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Criminal Defence Law
Employment Law

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 Real Estate Law, Wills and Estates Law, as well as Criminal Law.

Adib Nadi focuses on Criminal Defence Law, 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 from Iran, 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.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Criminal Defence Law

Divya Khurana received her honours Bachelor of Arts from York University before attending the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law where she completed her J.D.

Divya now practices in the area of criminal law as both a defence lawyer and standing agent for the Public Prosecution Service of Canada. Divya has experience handling a broad range of criminal matters in both the Ontario Court of Justice and Superior Court of Justice.

Divya is also highly involved in the community and is currently the Vice President of the South Asian Bar Association of Toronto.

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.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Employment Law
Family Law

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.

Jennifer Dewitt received a Bachelor of Arts in Law and Justice from Laurentian University and her Paralegal Diploma with honours from Sheridan College.

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.

Tracey Stickwood attended Humber College where she graduated with a Law Clerk Diploma.

One of her many interests is horseback riding. 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.

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.

Sarah Adamson attended Seneca College School of Legal and Public Administration where she graduated with a diploma in Paralegal and Legal studies.