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derek_wellsDerek Wells, QC   dwells@hwlblaw.com
Derek graduated from Dalhousie Law School in 1972 and after articling with Stewart McKelvey &
Covert, joined Ralph Hennigar as an partner in 1973. He is the former solicitor for the Municipality of Chester and was a member of Parliament from 1993 to 1997. Derek is also the Past President of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party and served on Bar Council.   His preferred areas of practice are real estate, business and corporate, accident and personal injury and wills and estates. Derek grew up in Corner Brook, Nfld. He is married, lives in Chester and has been active in many community groups including Church Memorial Park and The Chester Heritage Society. Derek enjoys golf and hockey.

 

Sam LameySam Lamey, QC  samuellamey@hwlblaw.com
Sam graduated from Dalhousie Law School in 1976 and joined Wells Lamey as an associate in 1977. He became a partner of the firm in 1983 and is the solicitor for the Municipality of Chester. His preferred areas of practice are real estate and municipal law. Sam was born in Cape Breton and has lived in Chester for over 30 years. He is married and is father to two sons. When not working he enjoys music, politics, history and current affairs. He is the skipper of a J/27 and races at Chester Yacht Club and is also an ultimate frisbee player.

 

 

Jodi_MailmanJodi D. Mailman jmailman@hwlblaw.com
Jodi graduated from Dalhousie Law School in 1996 and completed her articles with Wells, Lamey, Mailman & Bryson Law. She was called to the bar in 1997 and was an associate of the firm until 2007 when she became a partner. Jodi is the solicitor for the Town of Mahone Bay and acts as a Federal Crown Prosecutor. She is the former President of the Lunenburg County Barristers Association and a community volunteer. Her preferred areas of practice are litigation, real estate, family, and wills and estates. Jodi grew up in Bridgewater and is a resident of Mahone Bay.

 

Joshua_Bryson  Joshua E. Bryson jbryson@hwlblaw.com
Josh graduated with undergraduate degrees in Business and Arts (Psychology) from Cape Breton University in 1999. He then attended Dalhousie Law School, graduating with his law degree in 2002. Drawn to the beautiful south shore he then commenced his articles with Wells, Lamey, Mailman & Bryson and was called to the bar in 2003. In 2007 he became a partner of the firm. Josh’s preferred areas of practice include Accident & Personal injury, Family law and civil and criminal litigation. Since his call to the Bar, Josh has conducted hundreds of trials across the province, including jury trials, and has appeared at all levels of Court in Nova Scotia. Josh has been an agent for the Public Prosecution Service of Canada and Public Prosecution Service of Nova Scotia for over ten years, during which time he has had carriage of dozens of high profile cases. Josh is a native of Coxheath, Nova Scotia. He is married and resides in Lunenburg County with his wife and three children. In his free time Josh enjoys hockey, Crossfit, running, and golf.

 

derek_schnareDerek R. Schnare dschnare@hwlblaw.com
Derek graduated from Dalhousie Law School in 2009 and completed his articles with Wells, Lamey, Mailman and Bryson. He was called to the bar in 2010 and became a partner of the firm in 2016. His primary practice areas are Litigation, Accident and Personal Injury, Wills and Estates, and Real Estate. Derek also acts as a Federal Crown Prosecutor. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Our Health Centre Association and was a founding member of the Board of Directors for East Coast Environmental Law Association. Derek has been actively involved with many other volunteer groups and initiatives, primarily in the environmental field. Derek grew up in Deep Cove, Nova Scotia, and enjoys running, hiking and boating.

 

Erin Wagner Erin L. Wagner  ewagner@hwlblaw.com