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Paul Stillman
B. Sc., LL.B., LL.M.

Educational Background
  • Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) – 1966 – McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
  • Bachelor of Laws – 1969 – Osgoode Hall Law School
  • Articles Completed – 1970 – Messrs. Fraser & Beatty, Toronto, Ontario
  • Call to the Ontario Bar —1971 – Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Master of Laws (Mediation and Arbitration) – 2000 – Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
Career History
  • March 2000 to present

    President of Brant-Wentworth Arbitration and Mediation Services Inc., servicing all demands for mediation and arbitration regarding various areas of disputes.

  • November 1972 to present

    Partner in firm of Messrs. Wyatt, Purcell, Stillman, Shaughnessy & Embree LLP while conducting a practice in all fields of law including family law, corporate, civil and criminal litigation, real estate, debtor-creditor relations, bankruptcy, and the law of estates.

Other Related Positions Held
  • McMaster University – Faculty of Business – Part-time Lecturer since 1974 on the topic of Business Law at both the Undergraduate and Master of Business Administration (MBA) levels
  • Assessment Review Board for Ontario – Part-time member from 1975 to 2011
  • Legislative Review Committee of Assessment Review Board making legislative recommendations to the Ontario Attorney-General and occasional lecturer to members regarding applicable law and mentor to new members
  • Deputy Judge – 1990 to present – Ontario Small Claims Court at Brantford, Hamilton, Cayuga, Kitchener, Cambridge and Simcoe
  • Former Member of Appeals Committee for Academic Dishonesty at McMaster University
  • Conduct Case Conferences and Settlement Conferences
  • Advisor to Pauline Johnson Collegiate and Assumption College, Brantford including the delivery of lectures, class discussions and assistance with mock trial competitions
  • Former Member of Board of Directors of SOAR (Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators)
  • Guest Lecturer in Business Law – 1990 and 2001 at University of Science and Technology, Beijing, China
  • Guest Lecturer in Mediation – 2003 at Mohawk College, Hamilton, Ontario
  • Law Society of Upper Canada Bar Admission Course – Past Instructor in Civil Procedure for three semesters in London, Ontario
  • Brant Law Association since 1972 (Current President and past Treasurer)
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Former Member of Brantford Legal Aid Ontario Appeal Committee
  • Rotary Club (Brantford) – 1985 to present and recipient of Paul Harris Fellowship
  • Brantwood Residential Development Centre – Past Chair
  • Former Member of Board of Directors, Children’s’ Aid Society of Brant
  • Past Vice-President – Brantford Minor Hockey Association Board of Directors
  • Brant Community Health Care System Board of Governors, past Co-Chair of Corporate Ethics Committee, and past Chair of Corporate Resources Committee
  • Current Director and General Manager of Norfolk Rebels Junior Hockey Club

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Family Law

  • including issues surrounding both marriage as well as common law relationships.
  • Custody of children and access with children
    • often is much easier to work together raising children if the court process has been avoided
    Child Support
    • including needs from infancy to post-secondary education
    Spousal Support
    • examination of needs, abilities, and the specific interests of the parties
    • both land and other items accumulated during the relationship
    • co-ownership disputes, real estate transactions gone bad
    • division of personal items both large and small

Real Estate

  • real estate transactions gone bad
  • easements
  • disputes concerning property defects
  • land encroachments
  • mortgage and related financing
  • landlord and tenant law, regarding both land (residential and commercial) and the leasing of goods


  • validity of wills
  • entitlements if no will
  • estate planning
  • distribution of estate assets


  • employment agreements
  • termination of employment including severance issues
  • workers’ compensation
  • human rights and other forms of discrimination

Commercial Law

  • partnership and corporate issues
  • severing or dissolving of business relationships
  • defining contractual rights and obligations
  • disputes arising from business transactions
  • insurance claims

Personal Injury

  • motor vehicle loss and injury claims including issues of fault, liability, and the quantifying of loss
  • insurance issues
  • occupiers' liability issues including slip and fall cases
  • assaults
  • assessment of damages and loss

Personal Property

  • ownership issues
  • right of possession
  • transfer of personal property
  • defective property
  • consumer rights

Debtor / Creditor Disputes

  • repayment schedules
  • settlements through compromise
  • disputes concerning property defects

Paul M. Stillman - B.Sc, LL.B., LL.M.

  • Practicing Barrister and Solicitor for over 40 years.
  • Lecturer at McMaster University for over 35 years.
  • Master of Laws Degree in Mediation and Arbitration from Osgoode Hall Law School of York University

J. Eric Pass - B.A., M. Sc. Ed.

  • Over 30 years of service with the Grand Erie District School Board as Principal and Human Resources Administrator.
  • Mediated grievances processed through 5 separate collective agreements involving over 1,200 employees.
  • Co-facilitated implementation of an Employee Assistance program.
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