The McHugh Whitmore LLP Story
The McHugh Whitmore LLP law firm was established on Queenston Road in East Hamilton in 1975. Michael McHugh was an original Partner and Robert Whitmore merged his solo practice with the firm in 1981. Ralph Ionico and Michael MacPherson, experienced lawyers practising in Stoney Creek, became Partners of the firm in 2002. William Bastien, joined the firm in 2011 after practising with a prominent Hamilton firm for many years and became a Partner at McHugh Whitmore LLP in 2013.More recently, several associate lawyers have joined the firm, including Richard Bialachowski, Ceili Andrew, Michael John McHugh and David Ionico.
McHugh Whitmore LLP was founded as a law firm which delivers legal services as a team. Although McHugh Whitmore LLP is a full service legal practice with lawyers each focusing their lawyering skills in specific areas of legal service, the entire firm is dedicated to providing the most suitable lawyer or lawyers and the best service to each client.
To accommodate the growth in the number of lawyers and staff, and to afford easier accessibility for clients, the firm moved in 2011 from their East Hamilton office and built a new state-of-the-art office premises at the corner of Queenston Road and Lake Avenue in Stoney Creek.
The lawyers of McHugh Whitmore LLP are committed to providing the best service to all clients, and this is made possible by an outstanding, experienced professional staff team, some of whom have been with the firm for more than 25 years. Any clients who have used the professional services of McHugh Whitmore LLP have benefited from the competence and courtesy of the McHugh Whitmore LLP staff, whether in person or on the telephone or in e-mail communications. The abilities and competency of the staff at McHugh Whitmore LLP are a very large part of the success of the firm.
McHugh Whitmore LLP is committed to maintaining the legal skills and knowledge of its lawyers up to date by frequent attendance at and participation in continuing professional development programs. The firm also uses current technology, enabling the delivery of competent and timely legal services and effective communication to the firm’s clients.
McHugh Whitmore LLP has expertise in serving local clients, and in addition, delivers or co-ordinates legal services to clients which are both national and international in scope.
The lawyer members of the McHugh Whitmore LLP legal team each focus their practice in several areas of law. Michael McHugh practises business and corporate law and estate planning, including wills, powers of attorney and trusts. Robert Whitmore offers legal services in employment law, civil litigation and personal injury. Ralph Ionico focuses his practice on real estate, business and commercial law and land development. Michael MacPherson practises collaborative family law, estate planning, including wills, powers of attorney and trusts, estate administration and real estate purchases, sales and mortgages. William Bastien concentrates his practice in real estate, corporate and commercial law as well as estate planning. Rick Bialachowski has experience in many areas of law and is focusing his practice in the corporate and commercial areas. Ceili Andrew is dedicating her practice to litigation, both commercial/contractual issues as well as employment law. Michael John McHugh focuses on corporate and commercial, real estate and estate planning. David Ionico practices land development and corporate-commercial law.
The lawyers and staff at McHugh Whitmore LLP historically have been and continue to be very involved in the community. They have volunteered as board members with many charitable organizations in the Hamilton-Stoney Creek Community including The Hamilton Community Foundation, The Hamilton Law Association, Rotary Club of Stoney Creek, Community Living Hamilton, the Children’s Aid Societies, Theatre Aquarius, Hamilton Wentworth Catholic Child Centre Inc., Hamilton Halton Collaborative Practice Group and Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce. The staff and lawyers at McHugh Whitmore LLP are active in raising funds for United Way and the Cancer Society, and donating Christmas baskets and gifts to those in need in our community. Throughout the year, the firm is committed to participating in fund-raising golf tournaments and dinners sponsored by local charitable organizations. The lawyers and staff at McHugh Whitmore LLP believe that it is very important to support, endorse and show a commitment to organizations that we feel are important to the fabric of our community.
McHugh Whitmore LLP will continue its tradition of delivering competent professional legal services as proud members of the Hamilton/Stoney Creek business community. McHugh Whitmore LLP welcomes new clients and enquiries about our firm and our services.
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Areas of practice
- Board and Tribunal Hearings
- Business Law
- Civil Court Actions
- Collaborative Family Law
- Commercial Litigation
- Condominium Law
- Construction Liens
- Employment Law
- Estate Litigation
- Estate Planning
- Land Development
- Personal Injury Claims
- Real Estate and Mortgages
- Retirement and Succession Planning
- Wills, Trusts and Powers of Attorney
- Wrongful Dismissal