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Lawyers

John W. Atwood (Retired)

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John Atwood was called to the Ontario bar in 1975 and practiced as a solicitor in the areas of real estate, estates, and corporate law. John holds an Honours B.Sc from Lakehead University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto. John is a member (and has been Chair) of the Thunder Bay Law Association and the St. Patrick's Cathedral Finance Council. He was also President of the Thunder Bay Country Club. He is a Life Director of St. Joseph's Foundation of Thunder Bay, and was its Chair. John has also been a Director of the United Way, a Director and Chair of the Thunder Bay Community Foundation, and was a founding Director and Chair of the Catholic Family Development Centre of Thunder Bay.

Gilbert L. Labine

Gilbert Labine was called to the Ontario bar in 1977 and practices in the areas of criminal litigation, and environmental and other regulatory litigation. He is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in criminal litigation. Gil holds a B.A. and LL.B. from Queen's University. He is a member (and was Chair) of the Thunder Bay Law Association, the Thunder Bay Legal Aid Area Committee, the Domestic Violence Advisory Committee, and the Youth Justice Steering Committee. He has also been a Director of the Criminal Lawyers Association and the Ontario Bar Association (Criminal Justice Section), and is a member of the Advocates Society. He has sat on the Board of Governors for Lakehead University, and was Vice-Chair for the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. He was a Director and Chair of William Creighton Youth Services. Gil has also been an active speaker and panelist for a variety of continuing legal education programs.

Christopher M. Arnone

Christopher Arnone was called to the Ontario bar in 2004. He practices in the areas of family and civil litigation. Christopher holds an Honours B.A. from the University of Western Ontario, with a major in political science, and LL.B. from Queen's University's Faculty of Law. He articled at Atwood Shaw Labine of Thunder Bay (as our firm was formerly known), where he received extensive experience in one of the city's most active family and civil litigation practices. He has been a Director and Co-Chair of Habitat for Humanity - Thunder Bay, and a Director of the North of Superior Film Association, contributing to the organization of NOSFA's extremely successful annual film festival.

Neil J. McCartney

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Neil McCartney was called to the Ontario bar in 2004. He practices in the areas of criminal and regulatory litigation. Neil holds a B.A. (Hons.) from Queen's University, M.Phil from the University of Cambridge (U.K.), and LL.B. also from Queen's (with the Jurisprudence and Environmental Law course prizes). He articled at the Ottawa Crown Attorney's Office. He has contributed papers to the educational events of the Criminal Lawyers Association, Law Society of Upper Canada, and local seminars. He has been a Director of the Thunder Bay Law Association, and is a member of the Criminal Lawyers Association. He has been a Director of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, and has participated locally in musical, theatrical, and other cultural events.

Terry-Lynn Miettinen

Terry-Lynn Miettinen was called to the Ontario bar in 2004. She practices in the areas of residential and commercial real estate, general corporate and commercial law, wills, and estate administration. She holds a B.A. with a major in sociology from Lakehead University, and LL.B. from the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Law. She is an Executive Director of the Thunder Bay Law Association, and a Director of St. Joseph's Care Group. Terry-Lynn articled at a local law firm prior to joining Atwood Labine in 2007, and was admitted to partnership in our firm in 2015.

Michael D. Ballantyne

Michael Ballantyne was called to the Ontario bar in 2004. He holds a B.A. (Hons.) in economics from Lakehead University, and an LL.B. from Queen's University. Michael practises in the areas of general corporate/commercial and tax law. He assists clients with transactions and other business arrangements, such as corporation reorganizations, acquisitions and sales, and financings, as well as with their general corporate matters, including incorporations, PPSA registrations, business name registrations, shareholder agreements and disputes, and business contracts. Michael also has experience representing companies and individuals in their dealings with the CRA, including with tax objections and appeals. In many instances, Michael is providing professional services to clients which complement and support the services provided by their accountants. Michael practised business law in southern Ontario at a national law firm before returning to his hometown of Thunder Bay in 2010.

Kate D. Brindley

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Kate Brindley was called to the Ontario bar in 2010. She holds an Honours B.A. from the University of British Columbia, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto. Kate articled at Ontario's Crown Law Office - Criminal, where she worked on criminal cases at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Kate is an experienced litigator who works primarily in criminal defence. She also practices in the area of Coroner's Inquests. She is a member of Ontario's Criminal Lawyers' Association, and has presented at the Thunder Bay Law Association's and Criminal Lawyers' Association's continuing education programs for lawyers. She is a director on the board of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Northwestern Ontario and participates in numerous social justice and court committees.

John G. Illingworth

John G. Illingworth was called to the bar in 1980. He practices primarily in the areas of family law, and commercial and estate litigation. He has a wide range of legal experience acquired over 30 years in practice. John holds a B.A. from the University of Western Ontario (1975) and LL.B. from the University of Windsor (1978). Born in Galt, Ontario (now Cambridge) and raised in Guelph, he articled in Toronto with Holden, Murdoch & Finlay and worked with them after his call to the bar. John then practiced in Thunder Bay from 1981 to 2012 with the firm of Illingworth & Illingworth (with his brother Robert Illingworth, who retired in December 2012). John is a member (and former director) of the Thunder Bay Law Association, Ontario Bar Association, and the Advocates Society. John was a founder and former director of Northwestern Ontario Air Search and Rescue Association, former director of Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (Ontario) and a former director of Hogarth-Westmount Hospital of Thunder Bay.

Elizabeth A. Calonego

Beth was called to the Ontario Bar in 2013. She holds a B.A. (Hons.) from the University of Guelph, with a major in criminal justice and public policy, and LL.B. from Cardiff University (U.K.). Beth articled with Atwood Labine Arnone McCartney LLP in 2012-2013, where she gained experience in each of our firm's areas of practice. Beth now practices in the areas of family law, residential and commercial real estate, and wills and estates. Beth sits on the Board of Directors for the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce, the Regional Food Distribution Network, and Thunder Bay and Area Victim Services.

Adam W. Schenk

Adam was called to the Ontario bar in 2016. He practices in the areas of family law and civil litigation. Adam received an Honours B.A., double-majoring in political science and history, from Lakehead University. He then received his J.D. from Lakehead's Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, graduating as a member of the inaugural class. Adam gained experience at Atwood Labine LLP as a summer student for two years, and also completed the placement component of the Integrated Practice Curriculum program at the firm. He currently sits on the board of directors for the Gathering Place and Bethlehem Christian Reformed Church.

Note: the designation "LL.B." stands for Legum Baccalaureus, latin for "Bachelor of Laws." The double "L" signifies the plural form legum, "of laws." This is the academic degree traditionally awarded by Canadian law schools. "J.D." for Juris Doctor, latin for "Doctor of Law," is the title now preferred by some Canadian law schools for their degrees.
John W. Atwood
Gilbert L. Labine
Christopher M. Arnone
Neil J. McCartney
Terry-Lynn Miettinen
Michael D. Ballantyne
Kate D. Brindley
John G. Illingworth
Elizabeth A. Calonego
Adam W. Schenk