My name is Gerrit Theule. I grew up in, and live in, Wolseley. It’s a community whose values and ideals I really wanted to emulate when I started a law office: somewhere friendly, somewhere idealistic, and somewhere that looks out for other people.
I am a former Bencher (board member) of The Law Society of Manitoba, and have been on a number of community boards including currently sitting as a director on the board of directors of the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, as Co-Chair of the Manitoba Bar Association’s Wills & Estates Section Executive, and formerly serving as both the Treasurer of Shakespeare in the Ruins, and as Chair of the Laura Secord School PAC. I also volunteer with a number of local organizations including coaching Robert A. Steen kids' sports teams, and assisting with both the Legal Help Centre and the Community Legal Education Association.
I was an opera singer before I became a lawyer and am still an (inactive) member of the Canadian Actors Equity Association. I am a member of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, the American Civil Liberties Association, and the Manitoba and Canadian Bar Associations. I am a frequent guest lecturer at the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Law and the University of Winnipeg, and often lead continuing professional development sessions for other lawyers in the areas of wills and estates, and legal practice management, I was also the inaugural outside supervising lawyer/instructor at The Legal Help Centre’s new Consumer Protection Clinic.
I deal primarily with estate probate and administration, wills, mental health law, including committeeships, real estate, and our firm’s technology and entertainment law (musicians, authors, and publishing companies), all while keeping client costs as reasonable as possible.
I am passionate about creating a law firm that works both for my valued clients, and for my family, in providing solutions for your problems and giving back to Winnipeg. Much of the time, I serve on the Board of Directors with a local charitable organization. I sing at a much lower quality level than Gerrit.
I maintain a solicitor's practice, working primarily in the areas of corporate and commercial law, real estate (residential and commercial) and related work.
When I'm not practicing law, I enjoy spending time on two wheels (powered and not), reading or painting miniatures, or training at Nak Muay Thai.
My name is Leah Klassen. I am Manitoba born and bred - I grew up in the small towns of Elm Creek and Morden, completed my undergraduate degree in Brandon and then moved to Winnipeg to attend law school. After graduating from Robson Hall, I articled at the Legal Help Centre and became passionate about finding ways to make legal services accessible to everyone.
After articling and being called to the Bar in Manitoba, I was also called to the Bar in Ontario and spent three years practicing in Ajax and then downtown Toronto, in the areas of family and fertility law. After my time in the "big city", I was extremely happy to return home to Manitoba and continue my practice here.
I practice primarily in the areas of family law, wills and powers of attorney, and real estate. My goal is to provide community-minded and client-centered services to my clients, understanding that every family is different and the importance of creating a plan that truly works for you and your family. I am trained in Collaborative Family Law, which is a method of approaching family law with the understanding that neither party wishes to have the matter go to court, and is a team-based approach where lawyers work together, and with their clients, to come to an agreement tailored to their family situation.
I am a current Bencher (board member) of the Law Society of Manitoba, and volunteer on various community organizations, including Chair of the Regenesis Centre for Recovery board and assisting the Community Legal Education Association with legal information presentations throughout the year. I am also a current board member of Collaborative Professionals of Canada (CPC).
When not at the office, I enjoy going on camping trips with my partner (preferably ones that require long highway drives), reading British crime novels, and trying out new recipes.
My name is Monica Adeler. As a long time Wolseley resident, I share the principle-based commitment of this community, which inspires me to view the legal system and the profession through values-based lenses. Before becoming a lawyer I was an academic at the University of Winnipeg, and used to play violin at a chamber orchestra in my childhood and teenage years. I attended the University of Manitoba law school and recently finished my articles at a local law firm. When not working or spending time with my family, I can be found volunteering in various community organizations such as the Spanish Club of Winnipeg and the Manitoba Law Foundation, among others.
My practice focuses primarily on corporate and commercial law, real estate, wills, and family law. I provide legal services in English and Spanish, and can also communicate in German and Portuguese.
My name is Daniel Hildebrand. Although I now live in Fort Garry I’ve previously called addresses on Purcell, Maryland and Sherbrook home. Wolseley has a special place in my heart.
I practice in the areas of civil litigation, including wrongful dismissal and personal injury, as well as employment law, wills and estates, and refugee law. I am pursuing an LLM in Labour and Employment from York University in Toronto and expect to finish in 2021. I take pride in helping my clients get through stressful situations, and I always try to do it with humour, candour and empathy.
When I am not practicing law I enjoy foraging for wild edibles, coaching my kids' sports teams, and re-organizing my vinyl collection.
Clay is an experienced lawyer who was called to the bar in 2004 and has practiced law in Manitoba and Alberta. Prior to his call to the bar, Clay graduated from the University of Winnipeg. He was then a student at the University of Ottawa’s English Common Law program where he graduated in 2003. Clay recently completed his training to become a collaborative family lawyer and is a member of Collaborative Practice Manitoba.
An active member of our community, Clay is currently a member and director of the Rotary Club of Winnipeg-Assiniboine, as well as the RCWA Foundation. He is a past-chair and current director of Theatre Projects Manitoba, a professional theatre company based out of Winnipeg.
Clay also has a passion for politics and has worked on numerous election campaigns across Canada at all levels of government. He is always happy to “turn off the clock” and talk politics and current affairs.
Clay has a great deal of experience in litigation, having appeared before the Court of Queen’s Bench, Provincial Court and Court of Appeal in Manitoba. He has also appeared before all levels of court in Alberta and before the Federal Court. In addition to courts, Clay has assisted clients with matters before various administrative boards in Manitoba including the Automobile Injury Compensation Appeal Commission, Residential Tenancies, and Labour Board. His practice is currently focused on family law, wills & estates, and real estate. Clay describes his practice as being one that services “regular people” and he places a priority on developing relationships with his clients.
Clay has worked a variety of matters which resulted in reported decisions: Bhangoo v. Bhangoo, 2019 MBQB 23 (CanLII) Aquila v Aquila, 2016 MBCA 33 (CanLII) 5652210 Manitoba LTD. v. Kielbowicz, 2015 FC 509 (CanLII) Thompson v. James Fowler Senior High School, 2009 ABQB 155 (CanLII) F.J.B. v. D.P.J. et al, 2005 MBQB 26 (CanLII) Crest Construction Ltd. v. Sunrise School Division et al, 2004 MBQB 4 (CanLII) Homewood Co-Operative Oil & Supplies Limited v Peckover, 2003 MBQB 218 (CanLII)
My name is Heidi Dyck. I am originally from Winnipeg; however, I spent my primary school years living in Sheffield, England and Dublin, Ireland. This made for very eclectic childhood memories. Ireland is still like a second home to me although I consider Winnipeg my base as this is where most of my family live. During my 20's I enjoyed adventuring and traveling internationally, working in various service industries, managing a restaurant as well as studying political science at the University of Manitoba. I moved to Kamloops BC to study law at Thompson Rivers University and spent a summer student-interning at a law firm in Kelowna. Subsequently, I returned to Winnipeg to complete the last 2 years of my law degree at Robson Hall.
I completed my articles at Legal Help Centre in Winnipeg and continued to work there as a staff lawyer after my call to the bar. It has been my goal as a lawyer to be patient, attentive and warm-hearted towards my clients so that they feel heard and understood. I always strive to provide the best service to meet their particular needs.
Recently, I purchased an older home in the West End of Winnipeg. I love living in this multi-cultural community, full of energy and creative spirit. It is also exciting to work in a firm that views itself as being part of this vibrant community.
When not at the office, I enjoy spending quality time with my two pets - a Cavalier King Charles, named Charlotte, and my rescue cat, Spanky, hanging out with my teenage nieces, reading interesting memoirs, cooking Chef's Plate meals, engaging in fitness activities, and outdoor activities, adventures and travels with good friends. I'm never bored!
My name is Kyla Kavanagh and I work in the areas of corporate commercial law, wills, estates, and real estate. I am a graduate of Robson Hall (2021) where I earned the nickname "The Lazer" during my appearances in moot (trial) competitions.
My name is Amanda Drader. I was born in the small rural town of Carman, Manitoba and moved to Winnipeg in my early teens. After the Covid-19 Pandemic cost me my long-time position as an Accounting Administrative Assistant, I took the opportunity to attend the Robertson College Legal Assistant Program and graduated with the Academic Achievement Award in 2021. I was immediately drawn to the field of Real Estate Law during my program and thoroughly enjoy my position as the Real Estate Legal Assistant here at Wolseley Law. Being a definite people person, I thrive on ensuring that
every real estate transaction we handle progresses as smoothly as possible and results in the best outcome for our clients.
I have recently moved back to rural Manitoba and now live on a small acreage outside Ste. Anne. With that said, I love the Wolseley area and fully embrace my commute into work every day, even with all our wild Manitoba weather. In my spare time outside of work I enjoy caring for our new home with my husband, camping with friends and family in the summer, avidly cheering on our Winnipeg Jets and Blue Bombers, and testing the limits of my new kitchen by hosting at every chance I get. (she/her)
I come to Wolseley Law by way of previously being a Stage Manager where I have worked at a variety of companies across Canada including, MTYP, Neptune Theatre, Winnipeg Jewish Theatre, Drayton Entertainment, Manitoba Opera, zone41/TPM, and Prairie Theatre Exchange. After dealing with actors I am more than ready to wrangle lawyers and keep things here moving according to plan!
I trained at the University of Winnipeg Department of Theatre and Film, and graduated with a Theatre honours degree.
"My name is Ryland Thiessen. I’ve lived in Winnipeg my whole life and graduated from the University of Manitoba with a BA in Film. I spent some time working as an assistant film accountant prior to and during the Covid-19 pandemic. During this time I learned to work diligently and prioritize multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment; a skill which is serving me well as a legal assistant.
When I’m not in the office, you can find me writing, working on short films, or fencing*.
*Fencing, in this case, being the sport with the swords and white jackets; If you require assistance building a chain-link barrier between two areas, I would strongly advise asking someone else."
Dom is our summer 2022 summer student.