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Litigation & Family Lawyers in Kitchener-Waterloo

Glenda D. McLeod

Glenda D. McLeod

Lawyer:

Glenda D. McLeod - mcleod@mgdlawyers.ca

Assistants:

Kelly Bolduc - kelly@mgdlawyers.ca
Katie Cook - katie@mgdlawyers.ca

Glenda McLeod is a partner at McLeod Green Dewar LLP & Associates in Kitchener, Ontario. She is a matrimonial law lawyer. She attended Saint Mary’s University, the University of Windsor, and Western University for Law School. Ms. McLeod was called to the bar in 2003, worked with Youth in Crises and successfully brings this experience to the table when negotiating difficult custody disputes. Ms. McLeod has tried cases in Ontario Court of Justice, Superior Court of Justice, and the Court of Appeal for Ontario. Glenda McLeod also has a certificate in mediation and is a co-author of McLeod’s Ontario Family Law Rules Annotated 2012 and 2013.

Glenda McLeod is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association, and the Waterloo Law Association.

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Amy A. Green

Amy A. Green

Lawyer:

Amy A. Greengreen@mgdlawyers.ca

Assistant:

Sam Barnhart - sam@mgdlawyers.ca

Amy A. Green (formerly Priestley) is a partner at McLeod Green Dewar LLP & Associates in Kitchener, Ontario.

Amy is often retained to deal with high conflict family law cases, and advises her clients with respect to divorce, custody and access, child and spousal support, division of property, and marriage contracts (pre-nuptual agreements).

Amy seeks to resolve matters in the best interests of families as early as possible in a proceeding. Separation and divorce can be extremely stressful and life-altering, and Amy strives to provide competent and strategic advice to guide her clients through this difficult time in their lives, in an approachable and relaxing manner. Amy will take the time to ensure that her clients understand each stage in their proceeding, know all of the options available to them, and feel comfortable with the process. She strives to provide clients with an honest opinion as to possible outcomes of their cases to enable clients to make the best decisions for their family.

Amy graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology, with distinction. Amy also attended also attended Queen’s University at the Herstmonceux Castle campus in East Sussex, England, and later graduated from law school at the University of Windsor in 2006. Called to the Ontario bar in 2007, Amy completed her articles at Sutherland Mark Flemming Snyder-Penner in Kitchener, Ontario, and then became a partner at Miller Caron McLeod & Priestley in Kitchener, Ontario.

Amy has appeared before all levels of court in Ontario, including the Divisional Court, Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court of Canada. She has also successfully represented clients in mediation proceedings.

Amy is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Ontario Bar Association, and the Canadian Bar Association. She also previously worked at the Superior Court of Justice Family Law Information Centre (FLIC) and the Ontario Court of Justice FLIC, as well as acted as duty counsel.

Amy was the Diamond Winner for Best Family Law Lawyer in the 2020 Waterloo Region Record Reader’s Choice Awards.

In her spare time, Amy enjoys exploring the Kitchener-Waterloo area, where she resides with her husband, Dave, her daughter and son, and her three dogs. She also enjoys singing, gardening, and travelling.

Some of Amy’s reported decisions include:

  • Vanos v. Vanos, 2010 ONCA 876
  • Quinn v. Nicholson, 2013 ONSC 1125
  • Hajkova v. Romany, 2012 ONSC 6373
  • Johnsen v. Johnsen, 2012 ONSC 3079
  • Essa v. Mekawi, 2014 ONSC 7409
  • Straus v. Pocsai, 2015 ONSC 4212
  • Essa v. Mekawi, 2015 ONCA 244
  • Kapoor v. Kapoor, 2015 ONSC 4000
  • M. (M.) v. E. (H.), Application to Supreme Court of Canada/Notice of Appeal

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Gregory P. Dewar

Gregory P. Dewar

Lawyer:

Gregory P. Dewardewar@mgdlawyers.ca

Assistant:

Amber Scott - amberscott@mgdlawyers.ca

Gregory Dewar is a partner at McLeod Green Dewar LLP & Associates in Kitchener, Ontario. He practices in a variety of areas of law, including family law, with a focus on custody and access issues, child support, spousal support, the division of family/matrimonial property and divorce, child protection law, criminal law, employment law and other areas of civil litigation. Through his practice Gregory has been retained by both the Children’s Aid Society of the Regional Municipality of Waterloo and the Children’s Aid Society of Oxford County to provide fee-for-service legal work for those Societies, and in this role he has represented the Waterloo and Oxford Children’s Aid Societies at every stage of the child protection Court process. This experience has provided Gregory with a unique perspective and skill set that he has applied to his representation of his client parent(s)/families in Family and Children’s Services Act matters, and all of his family law clients.

Gregory joined the Kitchener/Waterloo legal community when he began practicing with the law firm of Miller Caron McLeod and Priestley in December of 2007. Prior to his moving his practice to Kitchener he had been at the Hamilton law firm of Lazier Hickey LLP. He graduated from the University of Guelph with an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, and the University of Saskatchewan College of Law. Called to the Ontario bar in 2007, Gregory Dewar has argued and tried cases in the Ontario Court of Justice, Superior Court of Justice, Unified Family Court, Divisional Court of Appeal, and the Ontario Human Rights Commission.

Gregory is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association, and the Waterloo Law Association. He accepts Legal Aid Certificates in family and child protection Court cases in both the Ontario Court of Justice and Superior Court of Justice. He also represents clients in a number of jurisdictions, including Hamilton, Halton, Guelph and Wellington County, Waterloo and Oxford County.

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Emily M. Carroll

Emily M. Carroll

Lawyer:

Emily M. Carrollcarroll@mgdlawyers.ca

Assistant:

Amber Scott - amberscott@mgdlawyers.ca

Emily Carroll is an associate at McLeod Green Dewar LLP & Associates in Kitchener, Ontario. She graduated from the University of Waterloo with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Legal Studies and went on to receive a JD from the University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Law.

During the course of her legal studies, Emily received a certificate in mediation from the University of Western Ontario’s Dispute Resolution Centre, as well as a certificate in mediation jointly from Tulane University and Humboldt University at a summer program held in Berlin, Germany.

At law school, she was involved with Community Legal Services’ clinic program and Pro Bono Student Canada’s Family Law Project. She also served as president of Community Outreach, a volunteer based organization that assists the community of London through projects such as London Lawyers Feed the Hungry. In her second year, Emily was selected to be a member of the University of Western Ontario’s Walsh Family Law Moot team, where her team competed against other law schools.

Emily completed her articles in Toronto at a prominent boutique litigation firm. She is currently a member of the OBA, CBA, Brant County Law Association and Waterloo Region Law Association.

In her spare time, Emily enjoys travelling, cooking and hot yoga.

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Anthony Colizza

Anthony Colizza

Lawyer:

Anthony Colizzacolizza@mgdlawyers.ca

Assistant:

Michelle Minshallmichelle@mgdlawyers.ca

Anthony Colizza is an associate at the firm. He graduated from Oakland University in Michigan with an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, while also playing on the university’s hockey team. He then went on to receive a Juris Doctor from Lakehead University, Bora Laskin Faculty of Law in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

While at school, Anthony was involved with Forgotten Harvest, a volunteer-based organization that focuses on raising money and providing food for those in need.

Anthony completed his practice placement in Kitchener at McLeod Green Dewar LLP, and continued on with the firm after his call to the Bar in January of 2019. He is currently a member of the Waterloo Region Law Association.

Anthony practices primarily in custody and access issues, child support, spousal support, the division of family/matrimonial property and divorce. He represents clients in a number of jurisdictions, including Brantford, Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo and Woodstock. Anthony in currently accepting Legal Aid clients.

Anthony’s interests outside of the practice of Law include playing hockey, travelling, and spending time with family.

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Emily Okeefe

Emily Okeefe

Lawyer:

Emily Okeefeokeefe@mgdlawyers.ca

Assistant:

Michelle Minshallmichelle@mgdlawyers.ca

Gretchen Reitzel

Gretchen Reitzel

Lawyer:

Gretchen Reitzelreitzel@mgdlawyers.ca

Assistant:

Heather Masse heather@mgdlawyers.ca

Gretchen Reitzel is an associate at McLeod Green Dewar LLP & Associates in Kitchener, Ontario. Gretchen graduated from the University of Guelph with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Public Policy and a minor in Social Psychology. Gretchen received her J.D. in 2012 from the University of Western Ontario and was called to the bar in 2013.

Prior to joining McLeod Green Dewar LLP & Associates, Gretchen worked as a general practitioner at a full-service law firm in Kitchener. Her practice areas included personal injury, family law, wills, and real-estate.

Gretchen was the Gold Winner for Best Family Law Lawyer in the 2020 Waterloo Region Record Reader’s Choice Awards.

Gretchen is a member of the Waterloo Law Association. Gretchen’s past volunteer experience includes work with the John Howard Society of Waterloo Wellington’s Youth Justice Committee, Community Justice Initiatives’ Stride and Circles Programs with Incarcerated Women at Grand Valley Institution and Pro-Bono Student’s Canada’s Family Law Project.

In her spare time, Gretchen enjoys creative art, travelling and spending time outdoors.

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Caitlin Zeran

Caitlin Zeran

Lawyer:

Caitlin Zeranzeran@mgdlawyers.ca

Assistant:

Kelly Ferrellbrantford@mgdlawyers.ca

Caitlin joined the firm as an associate lawyer in 2020 and works out of the Brantford office. She graduated with her Honours Baccalaureate of Arts from the University of Guelph with a double major in Psychology and Criminal Justice & Public Policy in 2015. Caitlin then went on to obtain her Juris Doctor from the University of Ottawa, graduating in 2018. She was called to the Ontario Bar in September of 2019.

During her law school career, Caitlin acted as an Associate Editor of the Ottawa Law Review. She was also selected to work as a case worker at the University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic, where she represented victims of violent crime. Caitlin volunteered with METRAC, an organization that addresses intimate partner violence, through a placement with ProBono Students Canada, and later acted as the Volunteer Coordinator for the organization. Caitlin also completed a student-proposed internship with the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic in downtown Toronto, a non-profit that provides free legal services to women who have survived domestic violence.

Caitlin was fortunate enough to complete her articles with Legal Aid Ontario in the areas of family law and criminal law in Windsor, Ontario. She then worked primarily in family law before relocating to begin her employment with McLeod Green Dewar LLP & Associates.

Caitlin’s approach to law is very resolution-oriented and she always attempts to find the most advantageous and cost-effective solution to her client’s legal problems; however, she is also comfortable in the courtroom and is a zealous advocate.

Caitlin is a member of the CBA, OBA, Brant County Law Association, and Toronto Law Association.

In her spare time, Caitlin enjoys watching horror movies (both good and bad), travelling, spending time with her friends and family, and experimenting with her Instant Pot.

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