Gwen Croser

Lawyer / Property and Commerce

Gwen Croser is a lawyer at Unified LLP and member of the firm’s Property and Commerce group. Gwen focuses on municipal and commercial matters. She has a client-first approach and provides clients with timely and accessible advice. Clients can rely upon her to navigate challenging legal issues and find strategic solutions in a practical and efficient manner. Her goal is to guide clients through the legal process in a manner that keeps them informed about their legal position while considering all potential outcomes. Gwen provides service and advice that is thorough, effective, and direct. Gwen has appeared before the Ontario Land Tribunal, Superior Court and Division Court.

Before joining Unified LLP, Gwen was an associate lawyer at Rodrigues Paiva LLP. She began her legal career articling at a large Crown Corporation and has many years of experience providing clients from the horse racing industry with accounting and taxation advice and services. Gwen has led educational seminars on the economics of racehorse ownership for several years at racetracks throughout Ontario.

Gwen received her Juris Doctor from Western in 2016 and was called to the bar in Ontario in 2017.

Education

  • J.D., Western University
  • B.A. (Honours with Distinction), University of Guelph

Professional Associations

  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Ontario Expropriation Association
  • Women’s Infrastructure Network
  • Women’s Law Association of Ontario

Garrett Davidson

Lawyer / Family

Garrett Davidson is a family lawyer with Unified LLP and he services clients from the firm’s Toronto office.
Garrett is prepared to assist clients by deploying a pragmatic approach to problem-solving and conflict management. His primary focus on family law matters allows him to quickly identity issues and efficiently resolve matters. While family proceedings can often be daunting, Garrett is a compassionate and supportive lawyer prepared to help his clients navigate even the most complex cases.

Garrett began his legal career early. At 17, he completed a high school co-op with a law firm, cementing his passion for helping clients through their legal issues. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Ottawa, and his law degree from the University of Windsor. Prior to joining Unified LLP, Garrett articled at a family law firm in Ottawa where he attended arbitration, and litigated matters before the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice.

Education:

  • J.D., University of Windsor
  • B.A., University of Ottawa

Professional Associations:

  • Law Society of Ontario
"Words can’t express how grateful I am to have found Christopher. He is really great at what he does and without a doubt the best lawyer I’ve come across. I highly recommend Christoper Kim. Thank you again!"
- L.A.

Christopher Kim

Lawyer / Disability / Employment

Chris is a lawyer at Unified LLP and practices exclusively in the areas of Disability Insurance Law (short-term disability and long-term disability) and Employment Law. Chris helps clients with matters involving short-term and long-term disability benefit denials/terminations, wrongful dismissals, restrictive covenants (non-competition, non-solicitation, non-disclosure), workplace harassment, workplace discrimination, unpaid wages, commission entitlements, and bonus entitlements, including incentive plans such as stock options and restricted stock units.

Amongst his clients, Chris is well known for being straightforward and for providing efficient and comprehensive legal services. Taking a goal-oriented approach, through meticulous planning and strategizing, Chris works with his clients to maximize their claims and to ensure that all available avenues are considered.

Most importantly, he is always available to his clients.

Chris regularly appears before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Small Claims Court, as well as various Administrative Tribunals, including the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, Social Security Tribunal and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Tribunal.

Prior to the formation of Unified LLP, Chris gained extensive experience working at a boutique law firm focusing on employment law and short and long-term disability insurance benefits, and was part of the Civil Claims Duty Counsel project where he gained valuable experience assisting self-represented litigants with civil matters in the Provincial Courts.

Education:

  • York University, B.A. (Psychology)
  • University of Calgary, Faculty of Law, J.D.

Professional Association:

  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association

  • Toronto Lawyers Association

  • Korean Canadian Lawyers Association

  • Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers

Languages:

  • English
  • Korean

Camila Motta

Lawyer / Family

Camila Motta is an Associate Lawyer at Unified LLP and a member of the firm’s Family Law group. Camila also acts as a Estate Planning solicitor, preparing Wills and Powers of Attorney. She serves clients in the Greater Toronto Area, Hamilton, Niagara Falls, and London.

Camila is enthusiastic about Family Law, an interest that was sparked when, at a very young age, she penned a letter that convinced the judge to order a shared parenting arrangement in her parents’ divorce. Camila understands, first-hand, what it is to be a child of divorcing and divorced parents. She also recognizes how easily former couples can fall into conflict. Camila has developed a child-centred practice that helps preserve the relationships at stake while advocating for her clients’ interests. Her empathy and life experience allow her to build rapport with her clients quickly.

Having worked in child protection and insurance law before obtaining her Ontario license, Camila is no stranger to emotional challenges, pressures, time restrictions, and money constraints. No matter the level of animosity between you and your spouse, she will navigate your case with sensitivity, composure and understanding, ensuring that you have the peace of mind you need to go through one of the most challenging times of your life.

Camila is an Osgoode Hall Law School graduate, where she obtained her Master’s Degree. She is fluent in English and Portuguese.

Camila used to be a dog person but she is now a cat lady. Her cats’ purrs settle her mind after long days of managing her professional and family obligations.

Education

  • LL.M., Osgoode Hall Law School
  • LL.B., Estácio de Sá University

Professional Associations

  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Toronto Lawyers Association

Personal Interests

Camila enjoys spending time with family and friends. Camila likes to go for walks to see the city, close or away from home. When she has a chance, she enjoys playing beach volleyball.

Mariette Niranjanan

Lawyer / Family

Mariette is an Associate Lawyer at Unified LLP, working within the firm’s Family Law group.

Prior to joining Unified LLP Mariette obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Ottawa, where she worked within the University’s Family Law Legal Aid Clinic. She has also practiced law in boutique law firms and specialized in the areas of family law, criminal defence, commercial law, and civil litigation. Mariette has always had a passion for family law and she now applies her extensive and varied legal background to family law. Mariette has dealt with numerous unique family law issues, including parenting, support, property, and even child protection matters that allowed her to build a rapport with local Children’s Aid Societies.

Mariette believes in a client-centered approach to practicing law, with dedication and compassion for her clients. Advocating for clients on a wide variety of issues, including high-conflict and high-value cases, Mariette is driven by achieving the best possible results for her clients.

Education

  • J.D., University of Ottawa
  • M.P.A., Queens University
  • B.A. (Hons.), York University

Professional Associations

  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Toronto Lawyers Association

Nicole Paroyan

Lawyer / Labour / Professional Regulation

Nicole Paroyan is an Associate with Unified LLP’s Labour group. Nicole’s practice includes professional regulation, labour arbitration and human rights law.

Nicole is a graduate of the French Common Law Program at the University of Ottawa.  She summered and articled with the Ministry of the Attorney General in the Labour Practice Group and completed a secondment at the LCBO.

Prior to joining the firm, Nicole was a political staffer to the Minister of Indigenous Relations & Reconciliation working with high profile politicians and stakeholders. Her first job was as a unionized lifeguard and swim instructor for the City of Toronto. She is passionate about public pools and is always happy to offer a recommendation!

Nicole is proud to offer her services in French and English. Nicole est fière de pouvoir offrir ses services en français et en anglais.

Education:

  • J.D. in French Common Law,  University of Ottawa
  • Hon. B.A. in Canadian Studies, University of Toronto

Professional Associations:

  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers
  • L’Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario (AJEFO)
"Very happy with the service that Ariel R. provided. We were in a very urgent matter and Ariel was not only prompt, but efficient and caring and provided us with amazing legal advice. I will be using this firm for any future legal services."
- G.M.

Ariel Ramdewar

Lawyer / Disability / Employment

Ariel Ramdewar is an Associate Lawyer at Unified LLP and a member of the firm’s Employment Law and Disability /group. She services clients throughout Ontario.

Ariel’s practice includes employee side employment litigation including wrongful dismissal, constructive dismissal and employment standards. Ariel also assists clients who are faced with discrimination or harassment under any of the protected grounds in the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Canadian Human Rights Act.

Ariel is a zealous and uncompromising advocate for her clients.  She helps clients navigate the overwhelming impact of the litigation process by providing them with ongoing support and proactive strategic actions. She has appeared before the Superior Court of Justice, Small Claims Court, Human Rights Tribunal, Ontario Labour Relations Board, Canadian Industrial Relations Board, and has assisted with matters before the Ontario Court of Appeal.

Prior to the formation of Unified LLP, Ariel was an Associate Lawyer at Shillers LLP. She completed her articling term at a commercial litigation boutique in Toronto. During law school, Ariel was awarded with an Erasmus scholarship to attend The Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) where she specialized in International Human Rights Law and Policy. Ariel currently sits on the Board of Directors for AfterMeToo, an organization committed to ending workplace sexual misconduct, violence and harassment. She also supports the LGBTQ2S community as a volunteer lawyer with The 519 Legal Clinic. As part of her commitment to assisting vulnerable and marginalized groups, Ariel has completed special training on gender and sexual diversity in the workplace, domestic violence in the workplace, supporting survivors and victims of trauma, and psychosocial support.

Education

  • L.L.B. (Hons), City, University of London
  • C.S.S.H., Sciences Po
  • B.A. (Hons), McMaster University

Professional Associations

  • Toronto Lawyers Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund
  • Young Women in Law

Personal

Outside of work, Ariel enjoys hiking, trying out different fitness classes in Toronto and visiting local craft breweries and wineries. Ariel has a bit of wanderlust, and you will often find her contemplating her next adventure.

Chris Reid

Lawyer / Labour / Professional Regulation

Chris Reid is an Associate with Unified LLP’s Labour group. His practice focuses on professional regulation, administrative law, and labour law. He is known as a detail-oriented and determined advocate and someone who has a strong commitment to advancing the needs of his clients. In addition, Chris brings to his practice valuable insights into professional regulation gained as an investigator for a health regulatory college in Ontario.

Chris started his career at an administrative law boutique specializing in appeals and judicial review applications in cases involving refugee claimants. He is a fierce defender of social justice, having worked on cases concerning national security, human rights, and Charter issues before the Federal Court and the Supreme Court of Canada.

While in law school, Chris was an active member of the community. He served as a student volunteer at the University of Windsor’s Legal Aid clinic representing vulnerable members of the public at the Social Benefits Tribunal and the Landlord and Tennant Board. Chris was also Vice President of Operations for the Black Law Student Association and Students for Advocacy Through the Arts.

Education

  • J.D., University of Windsor
  • B.A., in Criminology & Psychology, University of Windsor

Professional Associations

  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Ontario Bar Association

Personal Interests

Chris is an avid traveler and enjoys experiencing new cultures and environments. He also enjoys staying active by running, hiking and Olympic weightlifting.

Matthew Schleifer

Lawyer / Family

Matthew Schleifer is a family lawyer with Unified LLP. He services clients from the firm’s Toronto office.

Matthew assists clients with divorce and separation and has experience assisting clients with complex family matters involving parenting, child support, and spousal support.

Matthew delivers decisive and thorough service for clients. He strives for collaboration to reach sustainable and cost-effective resolutions by employing a pragmatic and results oriented approach to every file. Matthew makes it his priority to help his clients navigate the difficulty of relationship breakdowns by developing a strategy for success. He has developed his skills arguing motions and advocating for clients in conferences and trials. As an advocate, he has successfully appeared before the Superior Court of Justice and Ontario Court of Justice.

Prior to joining the firm, Matthew worked as Duty Counsel in Simcoe County specializing in Family and Criminal Law, providing advice to clients bringing motions in Superior Court, conducting case conferences, and contested bail hearings. Prior to law school, Matthew completed a B.Comm. in Accountancy at Concordia University in Montreal. He is bilingual and provides legal services in French.

Representative Work

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Education

  • J.D., University of Manitoba
  • B.Comm., Concordia University

Professional Associations

  • Law Society of Ontario

Andy Zhou

Lawyer / Disability / Employment

Andy Zhou is an associate lawyer with the Employment and Disability Law Group at Unified LLP. He serves clients throughout Ontario.

Andy’s practice focuses on employee-side employment law and disability issues, including wrongful dismissals, constructive dismissals, employment standards, workplace accommodation and harassment and human rights violations.

Before joining Unified LLP, Andy articled at a downtown employment boutique and gained valuable experience of the employee-side litigation work. Andy received his Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School. While at law school, Andy was an active member of Osgoode Mediation Clinic, where he assisted Crown counsel at the Private Information Court with client intakes and facilitated Small Claims court and community mediations. At Osgoode, Andy volunteered as an upper-year mentor and a student ambassador. He also served as the Co-President for Asian Law Students Association.

Prior to studying law, Andy had worked at regional offices for a number of international organizations such as the British Council and the Consulate General of Canada, where he provided administrative support to the education marketing and trade promotion teams and arranged daily agendas for visiting high profile officials.

Education

  • J.D., Osgoode Hall Law School
  • M.Ed., University of Calgary
  • M.A. Sichuan International Studies University
  • B.A. Sichuan International Studies University

Professional Associations

  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers

Languages

  • English and Chinese

Personal

In his spare time, Andy enjoys reading, swimming, spinning and weight training. Andy is an avid traveller and has been to over 40 countries and territories in 5 continents.