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Meet the Lawyers & Support Staff of Waterbury Newton

The experienced team of lawyers and support staff at Waterbury Newton all work together, pooling our skills and resources to provide the best possible outcomes for our clients. We are proud to have a strong team of lawyers and support staff spanning over two offices that ensure quality of service to our clients.

 

Waterbury Newton has two locations in Kentville and Berwick — call to schedule a free 30-minute consultation today!

Lawyers

To learn more about our lawyers, please click on the corresponding name. You can also find a breakdown of our lawyers, paralegals and support staff on the contact us page.

Support Staff

Our firm’s paralegals and support staff are integral to our legal services and are highly-skilled professionals. They provide quality service to both lawyers and clients alike.

Raymond Sacrey

Operations Manager

Kentville Office, Ext. 246

Sarah Naugler

Property Paralegal

Berwick Office, Ext. 322

Lynda Andrews

Property Paralegal

Kentville Office, Ext. 238

Cheryll Burke

Accounting Clerk

Staff Supervisor

Kentville Office, Ext. 251

Amanda Pulsifer

Receptionist

Kentville Office, Ext. 201

Shelly Egan, CAP, OM

Human Resources Coordinator

Accounts Receivable Supervisor

Legal Assistant to Jennifer Young,

and Eric Sturk.

Staff Supervisor

Berwick Office, Ext. 323

Angela Elliott

Legal Assistant to Paul Walter, Q.C.

Kentville Office, Ext. 224

Alexis Lohnes

Property Paralegal

Kentville Office, Ext 231

Jane Shaw

Legal Assistant to J. Kyle Williams

Kentville Office, Ext. 254

Lauren Campbell

Legal Assistant to Trinda Ernst, Q.C.

Kentville Office, Ext. 233

Thea Dunham

Property Legal Assistant 

Berwick Office, Ext. 331

Jessica deGraaf

Legal Assistant to Laura Jacquard, Randall Prime and Liza Myers

Kentville Office, Ext. 244

Tasha Ells

Legal Assistant for Lindsay O’Reilly

Kentville Office, Ext. 250

Shirley Mailman

Articled Clerk

Kentville Office, Ext. 256

Paul L. Walter, Q.C.

Paul

Paul L. Walter, Q.C.

Kentville Office

Telephone: 902-678-3257

Fax: 902-678-7727

Email: pwalter@wnns.ca

Legal Assistant: Angela Elliott

Email: aelliott@wnns.ca

Paul is the chief executive officer of Waterbury Newton and has been practising law with our firm for over 30 years. Paul has successfully represented numerous clients from all regions of Nova Scotia, and over the years, has secured millions of dollars in compensation for his clients.

Paul has been a practising member of the Nova Scotia Bar since 1982.

 

Practice Areas

Paul’s areas of practice include:

  • Civil litigation
  • Personal and fatal injury claims
  • Automobile, homeowners, and general liability insurance
  • Short- and long-term disability insurance
  • Workers compensation claims
  • Canada pension plan disability claims
  • Product liability
  • Professional liability

Community Activities & Interests

  • Board Member of Black Business Community Investment Fund Ltd.
  • Board Member of Black Business Consulting Ltd.
  • Member and Past President: Brain Injury Association of Nova Scotia (Valley Chapter)
  • Past Member Black Education Committee of Kings County
  • Past Member of Valley Black Resources and Information Society
  • Former Coach: Nova Scotia “Mini” Soccer Program

Education

  • Dalhousie University 1981, LL.B
  • Saint Mary’s University 1978 – Certificate of Honours Equivalency in Political Science
  • Saint Mary’s University 1977, B.A. Honours (Magna cum Laude)
  • Saint Joseph’s Academy, Antigua, West Indies

Achievements & Affiliations

  • Practising Member of Nova Scotia Bar Since 1982
  • Founding Member of the Black Lawyers’ Association of Nova Scotia
  • Former Member of Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society Administration of Justice Committee, Discipline
  • Sub-Committee and Bar Admission Course Screening Committee

Presentations & Publications

  • Assisted in Research and Preparation of Report on Prepaid Legal Services (1981)
  • Presentations to Dalhousie University Black Law Students Association
  • Presentation at the Canadian Bar Association’s Nova Scotia 5th Annual Professional Development Conference

Eric O. Sturk

Eric O. Sturk

Eric O. Sturk

Berwick Office

Telephone: 902-538-3168

Fax: 902-538-8680

Email: esturk@wnns.ca

Paralegal: Sarah Naugler - Property Transactions

Email: snaugler@wnns.ca

Paralegal: Shelly Egan - All Other Maters

Email: segan@wnns.ca

Eric is a senior lawyer with Waterbury Newton and is of counsel as of January 1, 2021.  He has worked with our firm since 1975. Eric’s knowledge, wisdom, experience, and practical advice are always available to help his clients.

Eric has been a practising member of the Nova Scotia Bar since 1976.

 

Practice Areas

Eric practises in the following areas:

  • Real estate and property law
  • Estate planning, wills and trusts
  • Corporate and business law

Community Activities & Interests

  • Member of Western Kings Board of Trade
  • Member of Grand View Manor Foundation
  • Member of Apple Dome Committee
  • Member of Kings West Liberal Association
  • Member of Berwick Curling Club
  • Member of Berwick Heights Golf Club
  • Member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church

Education

  • Dalhousie University 1976, LL.B
  • Dalhousie University 1973, B. Comm. (Magna cum Laude)
  • West Kings District High School 1970

Achievements & Affiliations

  • Practising Member of Nova Scotia Bar Since 1976
  • Member of Canadian Bar Association from 1975-2020
  • Certified Lawyer under the Nova Scotia Land Registration System

Presentations & Publications

  • Will planning guide
  • Public presentations on wills and estate planning

Curtis C. Palmer

Curtis C. Palmer

Curtis C. Palmer

Berwick Office

Telephone: 902-538-3168

Fax: 902-538-8680

Email: cpalmer@wnns.ca

Paralegal: Patsy Pynch

Email: ppynch@wnns.ca

Curtis is a senior lawyer at Waterbury Newton and has worked with our firm since 1983. He is dedicated to superior client service and his knowledge and courtroom expertise are beneficial to his clients.

Curtis has been a practising member of the Nova Scotia Bar since 1981.

 

Practice Areas

Curtis’ areas of legal expertise include:

  • Criminal defence
  • Personal/fatal injury claims
  • Civil litigation
  • Administrative law and tribunals
  • Property and real estate law

 

Community Activities & Interests

  • Past Chairperson and current Director of the Western Kings Memorial Health Society
  • Past President and current Director of the Berwick Curling Club
  • Represented Nova Scotia at the 1996 Labatt Brier and at the Tim Hortons Brier in 2007 and again in 2008

 

Education

  • Dalhousie University 1981, LL.B
  • Acadia University 1978, B. A.
  • West Kings District High School 1975

 

Achievements & Affiliations

  • Practising Member of Nova Scotia Bar Since 1981
  • Member of Atlantic Provinces Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member of Canadian Bar Association
  • Certified Lawyer under the Nova Scotia Land Registration System
  • Speaker at Area Schools on a Regular Basis
  • Represented Nova Scotia at the 2008, 2010 and 2011 Canadian Senior Men’s Curling Championship and the 2019 Canadian Men's Masters Curling Championship
  • Past President of the Kings County Barristers’ Society
  • Past Member of Nova Scotia Bar Council

 

As a member of the Rafuse Rink, Curt holds both the Provincial 2008 Alexander Keith’s Tankard and the 2008 Senior Men’s Championship, the first time this was ever accomplished in Canadian curling history.

Trinda L. Ernst, Q.C.

Trinda L. Ernst

Trinda L. Ernst, Q.C.

Kentville Office

Telephone: 902-678-3257

Fax: 902-678-7727

Email: ternst@wnns.ca

Legal Assistant: Lauren Campbell

Email: lcampbell@wnns.ca

Trinda is a senior lawyer with Waterbury Newton and has been with our firm since 1985. Trinda is an accomplished lawyer and community volunteer with a passion for providing excellent legal services to her clients. She is available for presentations on a variety of topics.

Trinda has been a practising member of the Nova Scotia Bar since 1984.

 

Practice Areas

  • Elder law
  • Estate planning, wills and trusts
  • Property law
  • Corporate and business law

 

Community Activities & Interests

  • Board Member and Vice Chair (2019-2021) of Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission
  • Charter Member and Club President (2014-2016) of Rotary Club of New Minas Sunrise
  • Board Member of Sing Canada Harmony Scholarship Fund
  • Member and Past International President (2004-2006) of Harmony, Incorporated
  • Member and Assistant Director of Valley Voices (a cappella chorus)
  • Member of Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada
  • Member and Past President of Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Former Board Member and President (2004-2007) of Valley Regional Hospital Foundation
  • Former Board Member of Wolfville L’Arche Homefires Society

 

Education

  • Dalhousie University, LL.B (1983)
  • Dalhousie University, B.A. (with Distinction) (1980)

 

Achievements & Affiliations

  • Gold Award, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
  • Gold Merit Award, Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada
  • Practising Member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society (Since 1984)
  • National President of The Canadian Bar Association (2011-2012)
  • Member of The Canadian Bar Association (Since 1980)
  • Member of The Kings County Barristers Society and Past President
  • Appointed Queen’s Counsel (2000)
  • Certified User, Land Registration System
  • CBA- Nova Scotia Branch Distinguished Service Award (2004)
  • Annapolis Valley Affiliated Boards of Trade Executive Director’s Award
  • Kings County Business Award – Outstanding Business Person 1998
  • Served as a Member of Several Canadian Bar Association and Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society Committees, including Law Day Committee, National Elder Law Section, National Women Lawyers Forum, Gender Equality Committee, Past Nova Scotia Branch President and National Director
  • CBA - Nova Scotia Branch Community Service Award (2015)
  • Weldon Award for Unselfish Public Service 2017

 

Presentations & Publications

  • “When is a Joint Asset an Estate Asset” — N.S.B.S. Bar Refresher Course
  • “Where There’s a Will” — Firm Brochure
  • Organizer of Two CBA-Nova Scotia Branch Conferences for Legal Assistants (Real Property and Family Law and Wills and Probate Practice)
  • Co-Organizer of CBA –Nova Scotia Branch “The Well Planned Estate” Seminar

Randall L. Prime

Randall L. Prime

Randall L. Prime

Kentville Office

Telephone: 902-678-3257

Fax: 902-678-7727

Email: rprime@wnns.ca

Paralegal: Lynda Andrews

Email: landrews@wnns.ca

Randall is a senior lawyer with Waterbury Newton and has been with our firm since 1989. Randall’s experience, knowledge and achievements have contributed to his ongoing success as a lawyer who provides outstanding legal services to his clients.

Randall has been a practising member of the Nova Scotia Bar since 1990.

 

Practice Areas

Randall’s areas of practice include:

  • Property law
  • Corporate and business law
  • Commercial transactions
  • Personal injury claims
  • Estate planning, wills and trusts
  • Foreclosures

 

Community Activities & Interests

  • Former Director of Kings West Soccer Association
  • Former Director of Valley Sport and Multipurpose Facility Association
  • Legal Advisor to the Valley District Soccer Association
  • Holds a CSA Senior Coaching Certificate
  • Past President of Annapolis Valley Affiliated Boards of Trade
  • Past President of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Kings and Annapolis Counties
  • Former Member of Nova Scotia Forestry Association
  • Former Member of Rotary Club of New Minas

 

Education

  • Dalhousie University 1989, LL.B
  • University of New Brunswick, 1985, B.Sc. (Forestry)
  • Islands Consolidated School, Freeport, Long Island (Recipient: Lieutenant Governor’s Medal)

 

Achievements & Affiliations

  • Practising Member of Nova Scotia Bar since 1990
  • Member of MENSA Canada
  • Member of Real Estate Lawyers’ Association of Nova Scotia
  • Former Member of Screening Committee, Bar Admission Examination of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society
  • Certified Lawyer under the Nova Scotia Land Registration System
  • Former Member of the Provincial Voluntary Planning Committee which Brought in Nova Scotia’s first Occupier’s Liability Law
  • Former Member of Atlantic Provinces Trial Lawyers Association

 

Presentations & Publications

  • Appeared on Global TV’s Maritime Noon Program
  • Facilitated Workshops for Invisible Disabilities Association of Nova Scotia, including Videos Regarding Canada Pension Plan and Long-Term Disability Appeals
  • Contributor to “The Sea Has Many Voices,” Edited by Cynthia Lamson (Legal and Environmental Aspects of Oceans Policy)

Jennifer L. Young

Jennifer L

Jennifer L. Young

Berwick Office

Telephone: 902-538-3168

Fax: 902-538-8680

Email: jyoung@wnns.ca

Paralegal: Sarah Naugler - Property Transactions

Email: snaugler@wnns.ca

Paralegal: Shelly Egan - All Other Maters

Email: segan@wnns.ca

Jennifer is a lawyer with Waterbury Newton and has worked with our firm since 2006. Jennifer is a keen and enthusiastic litigator whose legal skills and knowledge are assets to those she represents.

Jennifer has been a practising member of the Nova Scotia Bar since 2007.

 

Practice Areas

Jennifer’s areas of practice include:

  • Family law - separation, divorce and adoptions
  • Estate planning, wills and trusts, probate
  • Property law - real estate transactions and migrations

 

Community Activities & Interests

  • Past Board Member of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Annapolis Valley Chapter
  • Former Volunteer: Student Legal Services, Criminal Law Section, University of Alberta
  • Former Director and President: Faculty of Law Oratory Association, University of Alberta
  • Former Vice President Social: Faculty of Law Students Association, University of Alberta
  • Former Volunteer: TESL Centre, Saint Mary’s University

 

Education

  • University of Alberta 2006, LL.B
  • Saint Mary’s University 2002, B.A. (Criminology and Sociology)
  • Bridgetown Regional High School 1998

 

Achievements & Affiliations

  • Practising Member of Nova Scotia Bar Since 2007
  • Member of Canadian Bar Association
  • Member of Kings County Barristers’ Society
  • Past Federal Crown Prosecutor, Public Prosecution Service of Canada
  • Certified Lawyer under the Nova Scotia Land Registration System
  • Former Facilitator at Family Court Parent Information Program
  • Recipient of Mary C. Daley Scholarship, Saint Mary’s University
  • Dean’s List Scholar, Saint Mary’s University
  • Recipient of Bruce Jones Memorial Scholarship, University of Alberta
  • Per Diem Provincial Crown

Lindsay O’Reilly

Lindsay O’Reilly

Lindsay O’Reilly

Kentville Office

Telephone: 902-678-3257

Fax: 902-678-7727

Email: loreilly@wnns.ca

Legal Assistant: Jessica deGraaf

Email: jdegraaf@wnns.ca

Lindsay is an associate lawyer with Waterbury Newton. She is passionate about the practice of law and takes pride in providing clients with high-quality, punctual legal services and positive results. Lindsay’s aim is to reduce clients’ stress while helping them to navigate the often-complex twists and turns of our legal system.

Lindsay grew up in the Halifax area and is proud to have strong roots in Nova Scotia. She worked as a print journalist in Cape Breton and Alberta before returning to Nova Scotia to pursue a career in law.

Lindsay was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in 2015.

 

Practice Areas

Lindsay’s practice areas include:

  • Family law
  • Estate planning, wills and trusts
  • Civil litigation
  • Environmental law
  • Employment law
  • Personal injury claims

 

Education

  • Juris Doctor, Dalhousie University (Degree Awarded May, 2013)
  • Specialization in Environmental Law, Dalhousie Schulich School of Law Marine and Environmental Law Institute, Dalhousie University (May 2013)
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology, Dalhousie University (Degree Awarded May, 2005)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Journalism, University of King’s College (Degree Awarded May, 2004)

 

Achievements & Affiliations

  • Member of the Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society (2015-present)
  • Schulich Scholarship recipient (Dalhousie Schulich School of Law, 2013)
  • Elkanah Rafuse Prize for Highest Average in Maritime Law (Dalhousie Schulich School of Law, 2012)
  • Clifford Rae Academic Achievement Award (Dalhousie Schulich School of Law, 2011)

 

Community Activities & Interests

  • Alumnus, Dalhousie Legal Aid Clinic, Halifax
  • Past associate editor of the Dalhousie Journal of Legal Studies, Dalhousie Law School (2011- 2013)
  • Past volunteer/researcher, Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice, Accra, Ghana
  • Past volunteer, Habitat for Humanity
  • Past participant in Pro-bono student program, Dalhousie Law School (2010 -2012)
  • Member of the Dalhousie Law School Environmental Law Students Society (2010- 2013)
  • Past Student Representative for the Nova Scotia branch of the Canadian Association of Journalists
  • Past volunteer/researcher, Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation (ITEC), Panama

 

When away from the office, Lindsay is often exploring Nova Scotia’s coast or biking its trails with her husband and two small children. She also enjoys photography, travel, writing and gardening.

Liza J. Myers

Liza J. Myers

Liza J. Myers

Kentville Office

Telephone: 902-678-3257

Fax: 902-678-7727

Email: lmyers@wnns.ca

Legal Assistant: Lauren Campbell

Email: lcampbell@wnns.ca

Liza is an associate lawyer with Waterbury Newton. Liza offers her clients pragmatic and candid advice and strives to represent them with vigour and tact. Liza grew up in Windsor, NS and is happy to return to the valley to build roots. Liza joined Waterbury Newton in 2019 and has been a practicing member of the NS Bar since 2018.

 

Practice Areas

  • Corporate and business law
  • Commercial transactions
  • Property law and real estate
  • Estate planning, wills and trusts
  • Personal injury claims
  • Civil litigation

 

Education

  • Dalhousie University, J.D., 2016
  • Concordia University, B.A., Hons., 2013

 

Achievements & Affiliations

  • Practicing member of Nova Scotia Bar since 2018
  • Certified Lawyer under the Nova Scotia Land Registration System
  • Member of Kings County Barristers’ Society
  • Former Member of Cumberland County Barristers’ Society
  • Former Secretary/Treasurer of Cumberland County Barristers’ Society
  • Former Board for Directors, Amherst & Area Chamber of Commerce

 

Community Activities & Interests

  • Board of Directors, Flower Cart Group, New Minas (2019-Present)
  • Valley Rugby Union (2019-Present)

J. Kyle Williams

Kyle Williams

J. Kyle Williams

Kentville Office

Telephone: 902-678-3257

Fax: 902-678-7727

Email: kwilliams@wnns.ca

Legal Assistant: Amanda Pulsifer

Email: apulsifer@wnns.ca

Kyle is an associate lawyer with Waterbury Newton. He joined Waterbury Newton as an articled clerk in 2017 and has been a dedicated member of our team ever since. Kyle is from Sydney, Nova Scotia and thus appreciates the Valley’s strong sense of community, as well as the beautiful weather. Prior to his career with Waterbury Newton, Kyle worked as an economic development policy analyst, an operational policy analyst, ski instructor, retail sales clerk (NSLC), and customer service representative. Kyle takes a client-focused approach to his practice, and he prides himself on being a lawyer that takes the time to get to know his clients in addition to fighting hard for their rights.

 

Practice Areas

Kyle strives to maintain a diversified practice that includes:

  • Criminal defence
  • Family/divorce
  • Personal injury & fatal injury claims
  • Administrative law & tribunals
  • Civil litigation
  • Wills & estates

 

Education

  • BA in Political Science from St. Francis Xavier University (2011)
  • Masters in Public Administration from Dalhousie University (2017)
  • Juris Doctorate from Dalhousie University (2017)

 

Achievements & Affiliations

  • Member of Kings County Bar Society
  • Current Board Member – Campaign for Kids
  • Completed Dalhousie University’s Sopinka Cup Trial Advocacy Program
  • Former Member of Nova Scotia’s (Junior) Alpine Ski Racing Team
  • Former Member of the Canadian Ski Instructor’s Alliance
  • Former Member of the Canadian Ski Coaches’ Federation

 

Community Activities & Interests

Kyle moved to the Annapolis Valley in 2017 and is eager to get involved and set down roots in his new community. Kyle is a former alpine ski instructor/ race coach who has a passion for all sports, games, and activities. Kyle enjoys skiing, softball, soccer, tennis, basketball and golf. Kyle has taken up disc golf since moving to the Valley, and he hopes to get involved with coaching youth sports in the near future.

Laura Jacquard

Laura Jacquard

Laura Jacquard

Kentville Office

Telephone: 902-678-3257

Fax: 902-678-7727

Email: ljacquard@wnns.ca

Paralegal: Jessica deGraaf

Email: jdegraaf@wnns.ca

Laura is an associate lawyer with Waterbury Newton. Laura grew up in the Kentville area and worked in Calgary, Alberta after law school before returning to Nova Scotia and joining Waterbury Newton in 2020. Laura is committed to helping her clients resolve issues with practical advice and strives to have clients feel that their matter was given the attention it deserves. Laura has been a practicing member of the Nova Scotia Bar since 2020.

 

Practice Areas

Laura practises in the following areas:

  • Family Law 

  • Wills and Estates 

  • Corporate and Business Law

 

Education

  • Thompson Rivers University 2017, Juris Doctor

  • Acadia University 2013, Bachelor of Business Administration 

  • Acadia University 2013, Bachelor of Science with Honours (Psychology)

 

Achievements & Affiliations

  • Member of Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society (2020 – present)

  • Member of Alberta Law Society (2019 – present) 

  • Member of the Canadian Bar Association 

  • Affiliate Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (working towards obtaining her Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP) designation)

 

Community Activities & Interests

  • Board Member of Heal the Healthcarers Society 

  • Board Member of Made by Momma 

  • Past volunteer with Prairie Sky Equine Assisted Therapy (2017-2018)

  • Past volunteer with Calgary Drop-In Centre (2016)

  • Past volunteer with Mustard Seed (2015-2016)

Lauran Haas

Lauran Haas

Lauran Haas

Berwick Office

Telephone: 902-538-3168

Fax: 902-538-8680

Email: lhaas@wnns.ca

Paralegal: Brittany Ward

Email: bward@wnns.ca

Lauran is an associate lawyer at Waterbury Newton. Lauran offers a client focused approach to her practice and prides herself on getting to know her clients while providing them candid advice. Lauran is passionate about criminal defence and family law and uses her knowledge on trauma-based responses to inform her cof how to best serve her clients. 


Lauran grew up in the Annapolis Valley and has strong roots in the Kentville and Berwick area. Prior to working at Waterbury Newton, Lauran split her articles between New Brunswick Human Rights and a small family law firm in Fredericton.

 

Practice Areas

Lauran practises in the following areas: 

  • Criminal defence

  • Family Law

  • Child protection

  • Human rights

  • Property law and real estate

  • Wills and Estates

 

Education

  • University of New Brunswick, J.D., 2019

  • St. Thomas University, B.A., 2016

 

Achievements & Affiliations

  • Practicing Member of the Nova Scotia Bar since 2020

  • Certified Lawyer under the Nova Scotia Land Registration System

  • Former Member of the St. Thomas University Moot Court Team

  • Former President of the UNB Aboriginal Law Society 

  • Former President of the UNB Criminal Law Society

 

Community Activities & Interests

Since moving back to the Annapolis Valley in 2020, Lauran is eager to become involved in her community. She currently plays recreational soccer and hopes to become more involved in coaching youth sports in the future.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Berwick Office
Waterbury Newton

188 Commercial St
Berwick, NS

B0P 1E0

Phone: 902-538-3168

Email: info@wnns.ca
Toll-free: 1-877-559-8585

Office Hours:

Monday – Friday:  8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Kentville Office
Waterbury Newton
469 Main Street

Kentville, NS

B4N 3V9

Phone: 902-678-3257

Email: reception@wnns.ca

Office Hours:

Monday – Friday:  8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

SERVICE AREA

Annapolis Valley

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