About Civis

We’re entrepreneurs first, lawyers second.

We believe your legal team should empower you to be successful, instead of counting on things going wrong. From estate planning, administration, and dispute resolution, we’re a collaborative and dynamic team who provide businesses with legal advice and litigation solutions that work for their needs.

We don’t believe in silos. We want to work with your other providers (even other legal professionals!) to help streamline your advice, services, and to reduce your costs while serving your end-goals. We’ll coordinate with your accountant on your taxes, your strategists or branding experts on your get-to-market strategy, and more.

Why?

Because times change. So have we. Whether you’re incorporating your business, administering a Trust, or seeking general counsel, we offer plainly spoken, direct advice without sugar-coating.


Our Promise & Philosophy

We know that the law can seem daunting. Instead of dour partner portraits and dusty mahogany furniture, you’ll find an agile, hardworking team that’s passionate about using technology to its full advantage. We operate in a contemporary environment in order to serve modern business needs.

We are friendly, compassionate, and committed to delivering timely, practical, and cost‐effective legal services. These three pillars underscore our services:

Surge Capacity

Bringing together the best legal and business advisory services to work together seamlessly for you. We have the best resources from around the globe at our fingertips.

Proactive Risk Management

From early liability protection, proper insurance, and talking to the right people, we truly believe an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. We want to help you feel secure and insulated against future legal risks.

No Surprises

We work in the open with you beforehand and throughout to help you make legal decisions that make the most financial and business sense for you.

As entrepreneurs, we’re open to discussing models or a retainer that will fit your company best, while also offering traditional, fixed fee, or lawyer-share models for particular scopes of work. We promise we can make something work for your business needs.


Our Team

At Civis Law LLP, you’ll discover a group of lawyers who are friendly, compassionate, and committed to delivering timely, practical, and cost‐effective legal services.

 

Dan Nelson

Dan is an experienced estate lawyer, expert at guiding people at all stages of life through the process of preparing wills, powers of attorney, and trusts. He also offers practical business advice to both experienced and new entrepreneurs, particularly those in the field of design.

Dan is a frequent lecturer and writer, with appearances on CBC TV, CBC Radio, Global News, CTV and Canadian AM, and expert quotes in the Washington Post, Canadian Business, and the Toronto Star. He’s also an adjudicator with the Conservation Review Board, and an active volunteer, with Scouts Canada, the Sharon Temple Museum Society, and Pickering College.

 
Jeffrey

Jeffrey Kroeker

Jeffrey is experienced and savvy in the fields of business law, commercial law, and estate litigation. He has years of experience advising ministers of state, government officials, ambassadors and corporate executives on a wide range of policy development, stakeholder relations, risk management, anti-corruption, and international policy issues. He is a proud member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association, the Advocate’s Society, and the Toronto Lawyer’s Association, alongside volunteer efforts on the board of directors of several worth causes.

 

Jonathan Benarroch

Before joining Civis Law LLP as an associate, Jonathan worked as an articling student at the firm, assisting with estate, trust, corporate and litigation matters. Jonathan earned his Juris Doctor degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2018. While at law school, Jonathan volunteered with a not-for-profit organization, assisting low-income individuals in need of legal services. Prior to law school, Jonathan earned a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from York University and worked in his family’s business. When not working, Jonathan spends his time with family and friends, volunteering for a diverse set of charitable causes, and watching and playing sports.


Our Colleagues

We also regularly work in association with a network of legal professionals who are experts in their own fields of law.

Scott Lemke

Lemke Law*
Since founding Lemke Law, Scott has appeared on behalf of clients at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Divisional Court, and the Ontario Court of Appeal. Prior to founding Lemke Law in October 2013, Scott worked on complex commercial and real estate matters alongside senior counsel and experienced businesspersons. Of particular note, Scott acted for Nyon Oil Inc. in its purchase of nearly 900 acres of land in Port Colborne, Ontario for the purpose of developing a petroleum storage and transportation facility.

Outside of the office, Scott sits on the board of directors for New Beginnings, a federally registered charity that supports young women and children in need of assistance, including housing, education and workplace mentorship.

(*practicing in association, not partnership)

 

Scott Lennox

Lemke Law*
Scott’s practice is focused on residential and commercial real estate law, as well as real estate litigation. His personable approach and knowledgeable insight allows clients to be confident that their matters will be handled in a timely and professional manner.

Prior to joining Lemke Law PC, Scott worked in-house with a large, highly regarded real estate development company. In this role, Scott regularly advised on large-scale complex mixed-use real estate projects in Ontario and Alberta.

Outside of his legal work, Scott also sits on the organizing committee for the Bay Street edition of Hockey Helps the Homeless, a pro-am hockey tournament to benefit homeless youth in the GTA.

(*practicing in association, not partnership)


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