Andrew spent the first 9 years of his legal career working with the international law firm of Goodmans LLP in Toronto before he and his wife returned to the Ottawa area to raise their family. Upon his return to Ottawa, Andrew joined Kids Futures Inc., an innovative loyalty program designed to help consumers save for their children’s education, as its Director of Strategic Development. Since 2001, Andrew has been practicing law in Manotick. His work now focuses almost exclusively in the areas of wills and estate planning and estate administration matters.
Andrew lives in Greely, a short distance from our offices in Manotick and is actively involved with several not-for-profit organizations. For years, he joined in weekly with the ”Spirit of the Streets Choir”, a choir for street-involved youth in Ottawa. He also continues to play what he admits to be “a rapidly deteriorating brand of hockey” in local hockey leagues and is known to step on stage from time to time with a local singing group, the “Village Singers”, to assist at fund raising events in and around Manotick. Andrew served for many years on the Board of Water Can (now WaterAid Canada), a Canadian charity which helps build sustainable water and sanitation projects in Africa. More recently, he has been volunteering as an on-ice instructor and as a Board member with the Capital City Condors, a family of ice hockey teams for children with developmental disabilities.
Andrew received his law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1990. That same year, he also received a Master of Business Administration degree from York University, graduating first (Gold Medallist) in his class. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western University. Andrew and his wife, Heather, have two adult children, Ria and Janet.
Originally from Newfoundland, Michelle is now at home in Richmond.
Prior to embarking on a career in law, Michelle’s life found her teaching in a public college in Nain, Labrador, and for five years her voice was heard over the radio airways in Newfoundland as a radio announcer.
Michelle received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland, a Certificate of International Business Law from Queen’s University, Herstmonceux, UK, and her Bachelor of Laws from Queen’s University, Kingston. She completed her articles with Ogilvy Renault in Ottawa and was called to the Bar in 2005. Michelle’s practice, includes real estate, planning and development and estate planning.
Michelle is a Director on the Winchester District Memorial Hospital board.
Michelle and her husband, Brian, have three children, Andrew, Warren, and Ashleigh. Michelle spends her summers enjoying the Rideau Canal on ‘Da Newfie Cabin’.
As the child of a family of gritty entrepreneurs, Matt understands the importance of trust, approach-ability, and value in delivering straightforward legal advice to businesses, individuals and families.
The hallmark to his work guiding clients in matters of Business / Corporate Law, Estate Planning and Estate Administration is a client-focused approach rooted in friendliness, clear communication and competence.
A graduate of the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, Matt started his legal career in downtown Ottawa. Prior to pursuing a career in law, he served as an advisor to executive level decision makers and coordinated strategic communication activities for major infrastructure projects.
Outside of the office, Matt spends time with his spouse, Cassie, trying to keep up with their young son, Charlie, around their home in Riverside South. He is also an involved member of the community having previously served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Education Foundation of Ottawa and he remains involved in the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law.
As a lifelong resident of Manotick, Sydney takes pride in assisting her neighbours with their legal needs in a straightforward and practical way. Sydney provides support to clients across all areas of our practice.
A much-valued part of our team every summer since 2018, Sydney was called to the bar after completing her articles with our firm. Prior to commencing her articling term with our office, Sydney completed her law degree at Queen’s University, Faculty of Law and prior to that completed her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology and French, also from Queen’s University.
Sydney grew up playing competitive ringette and continues to enjoy the sport with the same group of teammates. She now calls Nepean home with her partner, Austin, and their two dogs, Maverick and Rosie.
Richmond Wilson (Ret.)
As of January 1, 2012, Rich retired from active practice.
Rich was a leading member of Ottawa’s legal community for over 40 years. After starting his legal career in 1965 with the firm of Osler Hoskin in Toronto, Rich returned home to Ottawa in 1968 to build a law firm of his own. The law firm of Wilson Monaghan, under the leadership of Rich and co-founder Martin Monaghan, had grown into one of Ottawa’s ten largest by 1990, with offices in Ottawa, Orleans and Manotick.
In the early 1990’s, Rich decided to focus his practice in his hometown of Manotick, and since then practiced law exclusively out of the building we now occupy on Main Street.
Throughout his career, Rich was highly respected within both his profession and his community. Among other accolades, Rich received the title of Queen’s Counsel from the Province of Ontario in 1983. In 1995, and again in 1999, Rich was elected by the lawyers of Ontario to serve as a Bencher (or member of the board of directors) of the Law Society of Upper Canada, completing his second term in 2003.
Rich has made the village of Manotick his home since 1968. Always committed to supporting the ongoing development of the Manotick community, Rich is a member and past President of the Manotick Kiwanis Club and continues to be an active participant in a wide range of community activities and programmes.