Our Team

David J. Protomanni - Criminal Lawyer - Principal


Born and raised in Timmins, Ontario, David's path to becoming a trial lawyer was forged when he began playing guitar as a young boy. His passion for performance carried him through his undergrad and Master's, earning him two degrees in music. His love of people and performing guided him to the University of Ottawa where he earned a Juris Doctor degree, followed by his Call to the Ontario Bar. 

Never one for desk jobs, David thrives in a courtroom setting where his passion and advocacy skills truly shine. He consistently perseveres for each and every client, achieving the best results possible.

An avid reader and fan of Elon Musk, David enjoys reading about physics and astronomy, cooking, and spending time with his 2 labrador retrievers. 

Jonathan Margolin - Criminal Lawyer


Jonathan came to this country as an immigrant and was raised in Thornhill, Ontario. His passion for advocacy and performance propelled him to earn an undergraduate degree in music at York University and a law degree at Osgoode Hall Law School. His dedication for public service led him to complete his Articles at the Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation.

As a criminal defense lawyer, Jonathan is deeply passionate about fighting for the rights of his clients and is relentless in his pursuit of achieving the best possible outcomes. He is a promoter of criminal justice reform and is zealous in upholding the tenets and principles of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. 


Alexandra Brugman - Family Lawyer


Alex was born and raised in the Niagara Region attending St. Paul High School in Niagara Falls, Ontario and Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. Alex has been volunteering in the community since high school and continues until this day.

Alex obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) with a major in Psychology from Brock University in 2009. She completed her thesis and graduated with First Class Standing.

Alex has volunteered with the Knights of Columbus, the John Howard Society of Niagara, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and the Niagara North Community Legal Clinic. These experiences have only strengthened her interest in helping others through the law, particularly that of families. While attending law school at University of Ottawa, Alex volunteered with Women’s Legal Mentorship Program (W.L.M.P.), Legal Education and Action Fund (L.E.A.F.), and the Association for Women at Risk Everywhere (A.W.A.R.E.).

Alex graduated with a Juris Doctor from University of Ottawa and completed her articles with Heelis, Little and Almas LLP in St. Catharines.

At Protomanni & Associates, Alex is responsible for the representation of our family law clients. She focuses her practice on custody & access, child support, spousal support, complex property matters, matters involving F.A.C.S., separation agreements and divorce. She also provides services with respect to wills and Power of Attorney. 

Alex has a passion for assisting families in what is often a very difficult time in their lives.

In her spare time, Alex loves getting outside as much as possible. She especially loves gardening, going to the beach, and exercising with her dogs.

Dana Bayley - Licensed Paralegal & Office Manager


Born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Dana was aware early on that her chosen profession would be one of public service.  For 15 years, Dana practiced as a nurse in the Hamilton and Niagara regions, working in surgical, palliative, long-term care, with the majority of her medical career spent working in psychiatric and behavioural health.

These life experiences and transferable skills made her transition into criminal and family law, seamless.  As a Licensed Paralegal, our firm looks to Dana's knowledge and more importantly, people skills, to guide our clients through what are often very stressful times. She's known as the go-to person in our firm and our clients often remark that they leave our office feeling more calm and with a better understanding of their matter.

Emma Fritchley- Legal Assistant


Emma is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University, where she studied Political Science and Legal Studies. As a long term service industry worker, Emma has a passion for helping others.

Emma works alongside Alexandra to achieve success in each and every unique situation that comes their way. She focuses on office communication, organization & coordination, legal work and general administrative work. Emma is a hard working addition to the team who strives to make a positive difference in people’s lives.