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Meet Our Legal Team

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David J. Protomanni

Criminal Defence Lawyer & Managing Partner

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. David restricts his personal practice strictly to criminal defence. He can be found meeting clients on a weekly basis at the Niagara Detention Centre. David has argued cases before the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice. He is a member of the Legal Aid Panel for Criminal Law, Gladue as well as the panel for “ESM” or Extremely Serious Matters. David volunteers as a coach and judge with the Ontario Justice Education Network in the Competitive Mock Trial tournaments for local high schools. David also serves as a criminal law mentor to lawyers recently called to the Ontario Bar. An avid reader and fan of Elon Musk, David enjoys reading about physics and astronomy, writing music, and playing his guitar, cooking, and spending time with his 2 Labrador Retrievers.

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Gurinder Gill

Criminal Defence Lawyer

Born in Scarborough, Ontario and raised in Markham, Gurinder sought an intellectually stimulating career to help those in need. This led him to graduate with a Double Major Bachelor of Arts in International Development Studies and Law & Society at York University in Toronto. During his undergraduate studies, he volunteered at a legal clinic where he assisted senior counsel in helping some of Scarborough’s most marginalized in applying for social benefits through the Ontario Disability Support Program. While attending law school at Queen’s University, Gurinder’s passion for social justice continued to grow while working as a student caseworker at Queen’s Legal Aid. During this time, he advocated on behalf of clients faced with traumatic experiences, social stigma from criminal allegations, and mental/physical disabilities. As a caseworker, he conducted contested hearings in a number of forums including the Landlord & Tenant Board, the Social Benefits Tribunal, and the Tax Court of Canada. After graduating from law school, Gurinder completed his Articles at a prominent criminal defence firm in Toronto and regularly appeared before the Ontario Court of the Justice throughout the Greater Toronto Area. As a criminal defense lawyer, Gurinder works alongside David, tirelessly pursuing the best possible outcome for his clients to ensure that there is no miscarriage of justice. He is a member of the Legal Aid Panel for Criminal Law and Gladue and is fluent in Punjabi. In his spare time, Gurinder enjoys challenging others in table tennis and working out at the gym. He has a peculiar knack for road maps and can travel almost anywhere without relying on electronic directions.

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Jacob Harper

Family & Civil Lawyer

Born and raised in Niagara on the Lake, Jacob is proud to serve and work in the community he has long called home. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Brock University. While at Brock, Jacob gained a passion for advocacy, volunteering as a student advocate. This led him to attend Law School in the United Kingdom and graduate with a Master of Arts in Law degree. Following graduation, Jacob completed his articles with a small-town firm in Leamington, Ontario, where he practiced in multiple areas of law, including family law. After returning to his roots in the Niagara region, Jacob joined Protomanni & Associates to practice family and civil law. In his spare time, Jacob enjoys racing sailboats and competes at regattas around the province in the Shark 24 class. He takes pleasure in learning about history and has traveled extensively while studying abroad. Jacob has a basic proficiency in German because of spending a year in Berlin before post-secondary studies.

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Samantha Addario

Family Lawyer

Born and raised in the Niagara Region, Samantha has been an active participant in her community and in social justice initiatives for all her adult life. She has been an active volunteer with many community groups and not-for-profit organizations. Through her volunteerism, she has worked with animals, youth, criminalized individuals, persons living with mental illness, persons living with addictions, persons living with acquired brain injuries, and more. Samantha continues to volunteer with some of these organizations today. She is also a busy and dedicated activist who is involved in many social justice movements affecting various marginalized groups and individuals. The same passion for justice and equity that have committed Samantha to volunteerism and activism is what led her to the practice of law. From a very young age, Samantha knew she wanted to practice law. She wanted this strictly because she wanted to help people. Samantha views the practice of law as a position of service. She feels at her best when she is in the service of others. Samantha completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Criminology at Brock University. After several years as a professional, she returned to academia as a law student at the Schulich School of Law in Halifax, Nova Scotia. After convocation, Samantha was eager to return home to the Niagara Region to develop her legal practice. At Protomanni & Associates, Samantha restricts her practice to family law. In her spare time, Samantha loves to read, write, sing, and play board games. She has also been known to swim a lap or 40, as her busy schedule permits. Her interests include art, film, musical theatre, human rights, and animal rights. Samantha is fluent in French.

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Jessie Nabuurs

Family Lawyer

Born and raised in Hamilton, Jessie developed a passion for helping others at a young age. While completing her undergraduate degree in Criminology and Health Studies at Wilfred Laurier University, Jessie was involved in a wide variety of community services in a volunteer capacity. It was during this work that she realized her calling would always be helping others in their hardest moments. This led her to the decision that the practice of family law belonged in her future. Jessie obtained her Juris Doctorate Degree at the University of Western Ontario. During her time at Western Law, she actively sought out family law opportunities, volunteering with Pro Bono Students Canada and Community Legal Services to assist counsel with their family files. At Protomanni & Associates, Jessie restricts her practice area to family law.  In her spare time Jessie enjoys yoga, baking, reading, and 30-second dance parties.

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William Hebert-Vendramini

Student-at-Law

Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, William earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology, Law, and Social Policy at Bishop’s University. While at Bishop’s, William became involved with awareness campaigns pertaining to prison conditions and criminal justice reform. During this time, William also became involved as a summer intern with the Hawai’i Innocence Project, an organization that attempts to exonerate wrongfully convicted individuals. Inspired by his undergraduate experiences, William continued his legal education and earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Queen’s University. At Queen’s University, William’s desire to help those in need led him to becoming a student caseworker at Queen’s Legal Aid. As a caseworker, William learned to advocate on behalf of vulnerable individuals and navigate the challenges of representing clients with mental or physical health issues. The time William spent representing a diverse set of clients at Queen’s Legal Aid also taught him the importance of an individualized approach to representation that caters to the unique needs of each person. To raise awareness in the community for resources available to individuals who experienced psychological or physical injuries as a result of criminal acts, William created presentations and hosted discussions at organizations specializing in counselling services for survivors of partner violence. William’s experience representing student clients in tenancy disputes at Queen’s Legal Aid also inspired him to spearhead a “Tenant’s Rights Poster Campaign”, which utilized a series of posters displayed throughout the Queen’s University campus that highlighted the obligations and responsibilities of landlords towards their tenant’s. William joins Protomanni & Associates as a Student-at-Law and will be assisting David and Gurinder in criminal matters. During his undergraduate degree, William enjoyed his time on the varsity rugby team, but now restricts himself only to non-contact recreational sports. When he isn’t at the office, William might be playing touch-rugby with friends, working out, or playing chess.

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Paul Fahy

Paralegal

Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, Paul developed a love for music and the arts at a young age. After working in the music industry for several years, Paul relocated to Niagara Falls in 2009 and shifted his focus to design and branding. During his ten-year career in the creative sector, he developed a meticulous eye for detail and passion for helping clients achieve their marketing objectives. In 2019, Paul’s interest in law sparked an ambition to pursue a career in the legal profession. At Protomanni & Associates, Paul is a valued team member who assists lawyers in both the criminal and family law departments. He attends court set-dates for criminal matters, drafts documents for our family lawyers, organizes all our lawyers’ calendars, and he keeps all our clients updated on their matters.