Lawyers

Our lawyers have a broad range of legal experience, described in detail below:

W. Gary Wharton

Partner

Prior to practicing law, Gary completed his Masters Degree in Marine Biology which included thesis research in the area of… more »

Peter Swanson

Partner

Peter is a founding partner of the firm with over 26 years of professional legal experience. He practices primarily in… more »

Thomas S. Hawkins

Partner

Tom is a founding partner of the firm and practices in the areas of maritime law, insurance defence and commercial… more »

David K. Jones

Partner

David practices civil and commercial litigation with an emphasis on maritime, occupational health and safety, and environmental law matters. David’s… more »

Catherine A. Hofmann

Partner

Catherine joined Bernard LLP in January 2009. Her practice focuses on the purchase and sale of businesses, vessel and other… more »

David S. Jarrett

Partner

David practices in the areas of maritime and transportation law, insurance defence, product liability and civil and commercial litigation.  He… more »

Tom F. Beasley

Associate Counsel

Tom’s practice includes representation of employers and employees in all aspects of the employment relationship with an emphasis on human… more »

Concetta Risi

Associate

Connie’s practice is civil litigation-based, with a primary focus on insurance law defence in the areas of personal injury, disability… more »

Jason Hicks

Associate

Jason practices business law, with particular expertise in contracts, transactions, and project development.  Jason has advised on, negotiated and drafted… more »

Russell Robertson

Associate

Russell’s litigation practice is focused on complex commercial disputes, large scale insurance claims or injury cases, and appeals. Russell regularly… more »

Anne Amos-Stewart

Associate

Anne practices in the area of civil litigation with a focus on labour, employment and administrative law. This includes representation… more »

Megan Nicholls

Associate

After graduating from the cross-border law program at the University of Windsor and the University of Detroit Mercy, Megan summered… more »

Glen Krueger

Associate

Glen earned his J.D. from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University and practiced for several years with a… more »

Mark Gill

Associate

Mark joined Bernard LLP in August 2016 and practices as a corporate solicitor within the firm’s Business Law group. Mark… more »

Karissa Kelln

Associate

Karissa obtained her law degree from the University of Saskatchewan and has an undergraduate degree in business. She summered with… more »

Peter G. Bernard, Q.C.

(Retired June 15th, 2012)

Although Peter has chosen to retire from the practice of law, he will continue to sit as a Member of more »

Associate Counsel

Lorna A. Pawluk, Q.C.

Associate Counsel

Lorna’s practice focuses exclusively on occupational health and safety and workplace safety matters for employers. This includes any matter arising… more »

Joan L. Rush

(Retired)

Joan Rush is a retired lawyer who worked with Bernard LLP for many years assisting our client insurance underwriters, P&I… more »