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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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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 partiesa
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Martyna Raskob

Student at Law

Born and raised in Niagara, Martyna obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice at the University of Guelph and studied abroad in Shanghai at East China Normal University. She later earned her Master’s in Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa, specializing in criminal justice reform and police brutality and misconduct. While at Carleton, she was a teaching assistant for undergraduates in law and tutored students with disabilities. Motivated to be an advocate for individual rights, and gain international experience, she earned her Juris Doctorate degree at the University of Southampton in England. While working in family and personal injury law, she developed an ability to connect with clients with compassion and understanding. As a former competitive figure skater, she continues to enjoy the ice recreationally outside the office. She also enjoys fitness and running and is an avid traveler having lived in various countries. Martyna joins Protomanni & Associates as a Student at Law. In this role, Martyna will assist both our criminal and family lawyers, gaining practical experience that will be required and extremely beneficial as she transitions into an associate lawyer with our firm after her Call to the Ontario Bar in the summer of 2021.

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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.