The Wolseley Law Team

Partner

Kara Hague

kara@wolseleylaw.ca

I practice in the areas of both family law and real estate. My primary work consists of assisting families in restructuring and re-thinking what life can look like post-separation. I believe it is best to utilize processes that de-escalate conflict, to offer parents the opportunity to learn to co-parent effectively, and to put plans in place to avoid as much future conflict as possible.

I am committed to helping clients resolve conflict without the use of litigation. There are a wide range of options for resolving matters without litigation ranging from mediation to full negotiated settlements. My goal is to inform my clients of all options and work with them to find the best fit for their situation and their budget. I am proud to offer flat fee pricing for various services, providing cost predictability for my clients.

As a trained professional in collaborative practice and a member of Collaborative Practice Manitoba, I am proud to be able to offer this service to my clients. For more information of Collaborative Practice, please check out the Collaborative Practice Manitoba website: http://www.collaborativepracticemanitoba.ca/

I graduated from the University of Manitoba with my Bachelor of Arts in 2013 and from the University of New Brunswick with my Juris Doctor in 2016, being called to the bar in Manitoba in 2017. I am an active member in the legal community and enjoy speaking at various legal and non-legal events. I also enjoy returning to my place of articling by volunteering at the Legal Help Centre. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband and two young children, spending time outdoors, and fixing up my century home.

Partner

Gerrit Theule

gerrit@wolseleylaw.ca

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 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.

(he/him)

Partner

Tim Brown

tim@wolseleylaw.ca

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.

Lawyer

Leah Klassen

leah@wolseleylaw.ca

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 increase access to legal services.

I continue to work towards increasing access to justice in Manitoba. I currently work with the Law Society of Manitoba in their Law Library Hub initiative, supervising law students as they provide legal information to those who do not qualify for other free legal services, but who may not be able to afford a lawyer.

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 enjoy providing collaborative, community-minded and client-centered services at Wolseley Law in the areas of family law, wills and powers of attorney, real estate, and fertility law. I do my best to work with my clients to form a plan that best suits their individual needs.

When not at the office, I enjoy going on camping trips (preferably ones that require long highway drives), reading British crime novels, and trying out new recipes.
(she/her)

Lawyer

Monica Adeler

monica@wolseleylaw.ca

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.

Lawyer

Daniel Hildebrand

daniel@wolseleylaw.ca

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.

Lawyer

Clay Purves

clay@wolseleylaw.ca

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)

Legal Assistant

Davis Johnson

My name is Davis Johnson. I grew up in Winnipeg, not far from the Wolseley Law office. I completed the Legal Administrative Assistant program at Red River College in 2018, and have been working as a legal assistant since then. I'm excited to now be working at Wolseley Law, in a community whose values I share.

I've always had a keen interest in the law, and I enjoy assisting lawyers with administrative tasks, so that they are able to devote more of their time to serving their clients. People often need legal services during major life changes, and I am passionate about working to make the legal part of those transitions as smooth as possible.

Outside the office, I love to garden, hike, kayak, and read thriller novels