About Us

How we got here

A message from Jonathan Marler

I entered the University of New Brunswick in 1970, as the John Bassett Memorial Scholar in Law, having earned a B.A. in English Literature, earlier that year, from Bishop’s University, in Lennoxville, Quebec. I was called to the Bar of New Brunswick in 1973. In New Brunswick, I articled with James Dufferin Harper, Q.C. (later His Honour James D. Harper, Provincial Court Judge), before moving to Ontario, where I articled with David G. Humphrey, Q.C. (later the Honourable Mr. Justice Humphrey of the Superior Court of Justice). I was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1975 and have been continuously engaged since that time in a litigation practice for a wide variety of clients, both personal and corporate, in many areas of the law, examples of which can be seen in the attached curriculum vitae [click here to view my c.v.]. My approach to my work has been accurately described by a former student/associate, who refers to me on his own website as his “mentor” (with a few minor editorial amendments by me), as follows:

In the practice of law, I have two principal goals.  First, I focus on solving problems and not adding to them. I am told by my former associate that I used to refer to myself, not as a lawyer, but as a problem solver, and I still try to think that way, determining at an early stage the possible solutions to the problems I am asked to resolve. I apply this philosophy to all my clients’ cases, although, if a fight is necessary, I am quite prepared and willing to take it on, and, as a result, I have appeared in almost every level of court and tribunal in which I am licensed to practise [see pages 3 and 4 of this c.v]. Second, I want to help people move forward with their lives. Whether someone is involved in a commercial or personal dispute, developing a business or separating from a spouse, I encourage that client to look to the future and not become stuck in the quicksands of legal disputes. That means looking for solutions - not engaging in grudge matches. Battling over who is right, in principle, rarely results in a resolution that satisfies anyone. A reasonable and cost-effective solution requires a practical and common-sense approach, which, unfortunately, many lawyers seem to be incapable of appreciating.

I particularly enjoy teaching my younger associates, law students and high school co-op students, in the hope that they achieve careers that have been as rewarding as mine. When I am not working (which is most of the time), I enjoy sailing, motorcycling with my three sons, singing in choirs, and reading or visiting friends with my extraordinary spouse, Marnie.

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Our values.

We believe that every individual deserves access to justice and a fair resolution to their legal disputes. Our firm is committed to providing high-quality legal representation to our clients across a wide range of legal matters.

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To us, being accessible means more than just being available by phone or email. We are committed to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment where our clients feel comfortable discussing their legal matters with us, and that our office is physically accessible to all of our clients, regardless of any mobility or other challenges they may face. We recognize that every client is unique, with their own set of concerns, goals, and priorities, and we are dedicated to providing personalized legal services that meet their individual needs.

We believe that building strong client relationships is not only important for our clients, but for our firm as well. As our primary source of referrals, we strive to exceed our client's expectations in every aspect of our work. We are committed to providing personalized and responsive legal services, building long-lasting relationships, and achieving successful outcomes for each and every client that we represent.


We understand that legal matters can be complex and confusing, and believe that it is our responsibility to ensure that our clients are well-informed and involved in the legal process. We strive for clear and open dialog with our clients and take the time to listen to our clients' concerns in order to understand their needs and provide legal solutions that meet their unique needs.

We believe in keeping our clients informed throughout the legal process, and provide regular updates on the progress of their case. We believe that by involving our clients in the legal process we can establish a trusted relationship and have achieving a successful outcome.

In addition to verbal communication and email, we endeavor to use new technologies to enhance communication with our clients. Providing our clients with additional ways to contact us, review and pay invoices, or examine important documents related to their case allows us to increase productivity and more easily track the progress of each case.


We believe that integrity is a foundational component of our practice and is essential to earning and maintaining the trust of our clients, colleagues, and the broader community. To us, that means being honest and transparent in all that we do, and providing our clients with accurate and reliable legal advice, even if it may not always be what they want to hear.

We also believe in upholding the highest ethical standards in all of our work. As such, we are committed to promoting fairness and justice in the legal system and to advocating for the rights of all of our clients, regardless of their background or circumstances. We believe that our clients deserve legal representation that is not only effective but also ethical and responsible.

We recognize that our reputation for integrity is not only one of our most valuable assets, but also is often what sets us apart from other firms and allows us to provide exceptional legal services to our clients.


We recognize the critical importance of knowledge in providing high-quality legal services to our clients. We believe that staying up-to-date with the latest legal developments, case law, and best practices is essential to providing effective and efficient legal representation. To us, that means not only having a thorough understanding of the law, but also having the ability to apply that knowledge to the unique circumstances of each client's case.

We are committed to continuous learning and development, investing in ongoing education and professional development opportunities for our lawyers and staff. We believe that this commitment to knowledge and learning is what allows us to deliver exceptional legal services to our clients and to stay ahead of the curve in an ever-changing legal landscape.

Above all, we recognize that knowledge is one of our most valuable assets, and we are committed to investing in it, sharing it, and leveraging it to provide exceptional legal services to our clients.

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