Our Team

OUR VALUE PROPOSITION

We pride ourselves on offering high quality, cost-effective, and timely services to clients from various backgrounds. We communicate openly with clients and assess potential outcomes in a proactive and realistic manner. We prefer to resolve issues out of court but leverage our extensive court room experience when necessary. We deliver all of our services with a belief that we are people first and our warm approach reflects that.

Meet Our Team

We have almost 30 years of experience in guiding clients through challenging times. Meet our team of experts who are ready and happy to help you.

Hilary F.E. Warder

B.Comm. (Honours), LLB Call to the Bar: 1992

Hilary is the Founding and Senior Counsel at Warder Law and has almost 30 years of experience practising family law primarily in Kingston. She is a graduate from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws. In addition to the full-time practice of law, Hilary is pursuing her Master of Laws degree under the supervision of Canada’s leading family law academic Nicholas Bala. Her thesis topic is shared parenting arrangements in high conflict separations.

Hilary’s practice is primarily family law. Whenever possible, Hilary prefers to resolve issues out of court. When needed, she leverages her extensive court room experience to represent clients in contested family court proceedings. Hilary is also qualified to represent children in family court cases by virtue of her appointment to the Personal Rights Panel of the Office of the Children’s Lawyer.

Outside of her practice, Hilary teaches Introduction to Legal Skills at Queen’s Law and was a coach for the Queen’s teams at the Walsh Family Law Negotiation competition. When she is not in the office or at Queen’s, Hilary can be found spending time with her family and dog, skiing, kayaking, reading, and cooking.

Associations:
  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts of Ontario (AFCC-O)
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Frontenac Law Association and the Family Law Section
  • Family Court Bench and Bar Committee
  • Family Law Limited Scope Services Project

Kate Deveau

B. Phil, BCL, LLB Call to the Bar: 2020

Kate is an Associate Lawyer at Warder Law. She holds a Bachelor of Philosophy degree in Interdisciplinary Leadership from the University of New Brunswick, and common and civil law degrees from McGill University. She is currently completing her Master of Laws at Queen’s University under the supervision of Professor Nicholas Bala. Her thesis is on the topic of COVID-19’s impact on family justice in Ontario.

Kate was called to the bar after articling at the Ministry of Children, Community, and Social Services in Toronto. Prior to articling, she worked as a summer student at a boutique litigation firm in Montreal and was a caseworker at Project Genesis, a legal clinic providing information about housing, social assistance, and pensions. Kate employs the problem-solving and legal skills gained in these experiences to achieve cost-effective, practical solutions for her clients.

When Kate is not at work, you can find her sipping iced-coffee year-round; hiking with her Collie Retriever, Otis; and testing out new cookie recipes.

Associations:
  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts of Ontario (AFCC-O)
  • Frontenac Law Association and the Family Law Section

Tracy Bailey

Tracy is a Legal Assistant with Warder Law. She is there to greet you when you attend or call the office, and ensures the smooth day-to-day operations of the firm.

Tracy has been with Warder Law since 2017 but has 18 years of legal administrative experience, supporting lawyers in the areas of family law, real estate, and estates. She has extensive administrative experience that is supported with a Human Resource Management Diploma and a Legal Administration Diploma.

When she is not at work, Tracy can be found spending time with her family and riding her horses.

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