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Our Lawyers in Newfoundland

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Ernest L. Gittens

Senior Partner

Ernest L. Gittens

Ernest received his undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto in 1977 and his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Ottawa in 1981. 

 

In his 39 years of practice, Ernest has gained considerable experience and currently maintains an extensive family law, personal injury, and litigation practice.  


Ernest has appeared before all levels of Provincial and Supreme Courts in Newfoundland Labrador as well as the Supreme Court of Canada.  He is a current member of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Canadian Bar Association, and is a past president of the Atlantic Provinces of Trial Lawyers Association.

Nancy C. McKillop

associate

Nancy C. McKillop

Nancy was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia and grew up in St. John’s East. She received her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History and Anthropology from the Memorial University of Newfoundland and her Bachelor of Laws from the University of New Brunswick in 2000. Nancy has an extensive family law and real estate practice and has appeared at all levels of court in this province, including the Provincial Court, Supreme Court (Family and General Divisions), and the Court of Appeal. She is a current member of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Canadian Bar Association.


Nancy is experienced, knowledgeable, and reliable. She is committed to being accessible to her clients. In her 20 years of practice she has developed a reputation for effectively negotiating settlements for her family clients as well as navigating seamless transactions for her real estate clients.


Nancy’s areas of practice include family, real estate, wills and estates, civil litigation and property.


Outside of practice, Nancy has enjoyed volunteering with the Girl Guides of Canada for several years. She has also been a Board Member with the Goulds Historical Society for over twenty years, which focuses on the preservation of St. Matthews Church (the Ruby Church) in the Goulds.

Natasha J. de Beer

associate

Natasha J. de Beer

Natasha joined Gittens & Associates as an articling student in 2017 and became an Associate with the firm in February 2019. She is also a member of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Canadian Bar Association.

 

She obtained her LLB degree through the University of South Africa, and commenced her articles at Koep & Partners in Windhoek, Namibia in 2015. During this time, she also received the prestigious Chief Judge Karuaihe Excellence Award as the top student of the bar admission examinations in Namibia. Since her successful admission to the bar, she appeared in civil matters, both in the Magistrates’ Courts and the High Court of Namibia.

 

After relocating to Canada, Natasha attended the University of Alberta to complete the Internationally Trained Lawyer Pathway in 2017 and completed the bar exams in Newfoundland and Labrador in 2018. She appears before the Provincial and Supreme Courts in Newfoundland and Labrador on a regular basis where she represents her clients professionally.

 

Her experience covers a wide range of legal areas, including, but not limited to, corporate and commercial law, shareholders’ disputes, employment law, lease disputes, construction law, professional negligence, defamation, immigration, family law, as well as wills and estates. She understands the needs of her clients, both locally and internationally, and provides her clients with sound advice and sensible solutions.

 

She enjoys hiking, reading, swimming and snowshoeing. She is also fully conversant in English and Afrikaans.

Robert Escott

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Robert earned his Juris Doctor from the University of New Brunswick (“UNB”), where he was awarded the Maurice Gautreau Prize for Legal Writing. He was called to the Newfoundland and Labrador bar in October of 2019 and is a member of the Canadian Bar Association (“CBA”). 

 

Robert has a strong background in personal injury and civil litigation, with an emphasis on helping survivors of sexual abuse. Robert now has a varied general practice, including wills & estates, employment, family law, and other areas.

 

Robert considers himself an intrepid traveller, having completed a Russian language program in Pushkin (Russia), a semester of law school in Seoul (South Korea), and a volunteer internship for the Department of Public Prosecutions in Kingston (Jamaica). Robert also taught as a Head Teacher for an English language school in Seoul before entering practice as a lawyer. Through these experiences, Robert has developed valuable skills and perspective, helping him to assist clients from a broad range of backgrounds.

 

Robert understands the indispensability of clear, timely, and cost-effective legal advice. He is committed to advancing his clients’ interests and strives to deliver positive results.

William J. (Bill) English

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Bill has enjoyed a long and varied legal practice, beginning when he first became a lawyer in Newfoundland in 1976, upon admission to the NL Bar. He was appointed as a judge of the Provincial Court of NL in 2000 and remained in that position, primarily in Labrador, until his retirement in 2019.  From 1987 until 1994, he was in active practice in California as an attorney and a member of the California State Bar. In 1995, Bill resumed legal practice in NL until his appointment to the Bench. He was also admitted to the D.C. (District of Columbia) Bar in 1996. In 2020, he was readmitted to the NL Bar.

 

His work has involved numerous branches of the law, including family and criminal law, employment and labour law, commercial law, product liability, and real estate defense. He maintains his memberships in good standing in both California and D.C. Bars on inactive status.

 

Bill has earned a Bachelor of Arts (Education) degree from Memorial University of NL, an LL.B. (bachelor of laws degree) from Dalhousie Law School, and in 2013 a Masters of Law degree from York University, through Osgoode Professional Development, in Alternative Dispute Resolution. He is available for mediations and arbitrations, both online and in person, as well as for general litigation in a wide spectrum of the law.

Bobby Fedder

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Bobby is originally from Richmond Hill, Ontario. He is a graduate of the University of Windsor Faculty of Law, and also has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from York University and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario. Bobby is a member of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador and was called to the Bar in Ontario in 2016.


He joined Gittens & Associates in 2020, after three years practicing in Grand Falls-Windsor. He articled at a full-service law firm in Ottawa, Ontario.


Bobby practices in the areas of family law, wills and estates, civil litigation, employment and labour, real estate, and municipal law. His practice is client-centred, with a focus on resolving the issues that cause his clients to seek the assistance of a lawyer. Bobby has appeared in Provincial and Supreme Court at various locations in Newfoundland and Labrador.


Outside of the office, Bobby enjoys cooking, cheering for the Toronto Raptors, and working toward his life-long goal of appearing on Jeopardy.

Chineze Nwokedi

Associate

Chineze Nwokedi

Chineze joined Gittens & Associates in April 2020 as an Articling Student, she is currently working towards getting called to the Newfoundland and Labrador Bar.

 

She graduated with an LL.B (Honours) from Madonna University in 2011 and a BL From the Nigerian Law School in 2012. While at the Nigerian Law school, she did her chamber’s attachment with the Attorney-General/Minister of Justice of Nigeria in 2012.

 

Chineze practiced law for 4 years in Nigeria and appeared in all levels of court before moving to Newfoundland in 2016. She is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom.

 

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering, cooking and travelling. She is also fluent in English, pidgin English, and Igbo.

Victoria Gregory

Associate

Victoria Gregory

Victoria joined Gittens and Associates as an Articling Clerk in June 2019. She graduated from Dalhousie’s Schulich School of Law with a Juris Doctor in May 2020. During her time at Law School, Victoria volunteered doing pro-bono work in Youth legal education, and spent a semester studying law at the University of Genoa in Italy. 

 

Prior to law school, Victoria obtained a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Memorial University. While at MUN she was a member of the Sea-Hawks cheerleading team and competed both nationally and internationally. She was formerly a coordinator for PLIAN’s Youth Justice Camp, as well as a long-time gymnastics coach.

Michael T.J. Gardiner

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Michael joined the Gittens & Associates team in 2021 and is a member of both the Newfoundland and Labrador Bar (2021) and Quebec Bar (2019), as well as a member of the Canadian Bar Association.


Michael completed his Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry, in 2015 at Memorial University.  He thereafter graduated from the McGill Faculty of law in 2019 where he earned both an L.L.B.and B.C.L. degree. After graduation, he successfully passed the Quebec Bar, completed his articling, and worked as a lawyer at Fasken Martineau Dumoulin, LLP with their intellectual property group in Montreal. In 2021 he was admitted as a member of Newfoundland and Labrador.


As a student, Michael volunteered for course credit with the Montreal Elder Clinic assisting seniors who were victims of abuse and also working with seniors alongside social workers, doctors, and other professionals to help assure their autonomy and quality of life.


Michael brings this diverse background to a general practice consisting of corporate law, family law, employment law, intellectual property, and estate law.


Outside of work he enjoys hiking, fishing, cooking, volunteering, and spending time with friends and family. He is fluent in both English and French.

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