PEOPLE AT WISHART
Every client is served by a progressive team, committed to delivering customized, cost effective, legal expertise.
Century of Expertise
Over the past 102 years, Wishart has developed a wide, deep and intimate understanding of who is who and how to succeed. In recognition of our expertise, seven of Wishart’s past partners have been appointed judges.
Recognition & Respect
Highlighting Wishart’s exceptional, established profile and our proven depth of knowledge, is an act of the Provincial Parliament, named the Arthur Wishart Act (Franchise Disclosure).
Gordon P. Acton
As Senior Business Partner, Gord’s area of emphasis is on business problem solving and prevention, asset aqusition, financing and sale, for corporations, municipalities, educational institutions, hospitals and non profit corporations. This includes creditor protection, insolvency work-outs and collection, as well as issues arising from operations in the area of labour/ employment and contracts.
He has regularly appeared before the Superior Court of Justice, the Federal Court of Canada, the Divisional Court, the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Ontario Municipal Board and the Ontario Labour Relations Board as well as arbitrators and mediators.
Professional memberships include the Canadian Bar Association, the Association of American Trial Lawyers, the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association and the Advocate’s Society. Gord served as a Director of the Algoma District Law Association for two terms.
A former racer with Canada’s Alpine Ski Team and a former director of the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce, Gord acts as an advisor to several charitable organizations. He is fluent in both English and French.
Orlando M. Rosa
Presently the firm’s Managing Partner, Orlando built an impressive depth and variance in a practice particularly focused on civil and commercial litigation.
A veteran advocate, Orlando handles a variety of large and complex litigation cases including class actions, insurance, environmental, contractual and municipal matters. He regularly appears before all levels of trial and appellate courts.
His professional memberships include the American Trial Lawyers Association, the Railroad Trial Lawyers of America and the Canadian Italian Advocates Organization.
Orlando is valued at Wishart for his unique sense of client needs, his political savvy and his articulate mind. He is fluent in English and Italian.
J. Paul R. Cassan
Specializing his practice in civil litigation, insolvency and tax assessments, Paul has experience with matters before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Divisional Court, the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.
He brings a unique perspective and court experience to Wishart, with his background in sociology, his advocacy skills, his logic and lateral thinking.
A former volunteer fire fighter in the Algoma District, Paul is a Trainer Facilitator, certified by the office of the Ontario Fire Marshall.
Paul has served two terms as a Director of the Algoma District Law Association and is a member of Canadian Bar Association and the Canadian Property Tax Association.
Alexandria M. Tomasovic Little
Alexandria practices a wide spectrum of civil and commercial litigation. Prior to joining Wishart Law Firm LLP, Alexandria practiced at a national law firm before moving in-house with a large corporation. Called to the Ontario bar in 2005, Alexandria has appeared before the Ontario Superior Court, Divisional Court, the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Federal Court as well as represented clients before administrative tribunals.
Alexandria provides clients with valuable litigation advice and representation as they commence, respond to and resolve their litigation disputes. Her recommendations are client-centered, practical, and address the true concerns of the parties. Her experience is broad having represented both plaintiffs and defendants in matters ranging from professional negligence, land disputes, property damage disputes, contract disputes, defamation, personal injury, wrongful dismissal, bankruptcy and estate disputes.
Alexandria graduated as the silver medalist from Wilfrid Laurier University before attending law school at Osgoode Hall, where she was the recipient of the McMillan Binch award. She graduated in 2004.
Steven Gregory Shoemaker
Steven Shoemaker is an Associate with the Wishart Law Firm LLP, practising in the area of advocacy. His practice focuses on Personal Injury, Insurance Law and Commercial Litigation.
Steven has represented clients before the courts and administrative tribunals. He is fluent in French and conversational in Italian.
Steven was called to the bar in New York State in 2006. He was called to the Ontario Bar in June 2010 and now is a member of the Canadian Bar Association as well as the Algoma District Law Association.
While attending Lake Superior State University, Steven was awarded the Frank and Gladys Hoholik Scholarship and the Central Savings Bank Scholarship. Upon graduation, Steven was recognized as the top Finance and Economics graduate and awarded a full scholarship to Michigan State University Law School.
Matthew Maxwel Shoemaker
Matthew is an Associate at Wishart Law Firm, LLP. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History at Algoma University in 2009. He then attended the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law where he successfully completed his LL.B. in 2012. Matthew is fluent in French and conversational in Italian.
While at Algoma U, Matthew was awarded the Award of Excellence in History for the highest average in the B.A. History program. At uOttawa Matthew was awarded the Justice Gilles Létourneau & Colonel Michel Drapeau Prize for Canadian Military Law Studies for the highest grade in Canadian Military Law. Matthew was also published in the Summer 2012 edition of the Canadian Parliamentary Review and the July 2013 edition of the Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law for his essay ‘Bilingualism and Bijuralism at the Supreme Court of Canada’.
Matthew previously worked as a summer student at both the Provincial Offences office and the Sault Ste. Marie Legal Department. There he gained valuable experience with provincial offences and, alongside the City Prosecutor, conducted trials of provincial offences. Currently, Matthew’s practice interests include municipal law, employment law and civil litigation.
Wishart Law Firm STAFF
From Left to Right: Back Row - Mia Carella, Mary Reid, Eleanor Reid, Lynda McMillan, Trish Evans, Cheryle Boyer
Middle Row - Heather Martellini, Shawna Koivisto, Linda Hurdle, Jeannie Bright
Front Row - Brittany Hodgkinson, Mary Thibeault, Gina Cicchelli