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Meet Our Lawyers

Peter A. Howie

Partner

Peter A. Howie serves clients across Ontario's north in criminal defence, family law, and child protection law. Originally from Kingston, Peter began his legal career in Toronto as a student with Ontario's Ministry of Energy and Ministry of Infrastructure, and later articled with Environment and Land Tribunals Ontario and Safety, Licensing Appeals, and Standards Tribunals Ontario. Prior to law school, he was a Senior Policy Advisor with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Peter currently serves as the chair of the Fort Frances Municipal Accommodation Tax committee and is a co-founder and director of Borderland Pride. He holds a bachelor's degree in environmental biology from the University of Guelph and a law degree from Western University.

T  807-797-2023

E  peter@judsonhowie.ca

Peter A. Howie
Douglas W. Judson

Partner

Douglas W. Judson began his practice with the Toronto office of one of Canada's leading law firms. He now practices primarily in civil litigation, human rights, and municipal law. His practice supports a number of institutional clients, Indigenous organizations, private businesses, and not-for-profit corporations. He also assists other law firms through subcontracted litigation services, such as legal research and drafting. Doug is a former municipal councillor and the current chair of the Federation of Ontario Law Associations. He also serves on the boards of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and the Northwest Community Legal Clinic. He holds bachelors degrees in political science (BSocSc) and commerce (BCom) from the University of Ottawa, and a JD/MBA from Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of Business. In 2020, he was an Action Canada fellow.

T  807-797-2023

E  doug@judsonhowie.ca

Douglas W. Judson
McLean Ayearst
McLean Ayearst

Associate Lawyer

McLean Ayearst comes to our firm from a career focused on safeguarding the rights of vulnerable persons. He brings experience in legal clinic settings, through articling with Legal Aid Ontario in the family, criminal, and refugee offices and working as a legal advisor for vulnerable persons in Egypt and Thailand. Prior to joining our firm, McLean worked in human rights with the United Nations in Geneva, Sudan, and Lebanon. McLean obtained his Juris Doctor (JD) and Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) from McGill University in 2016. He also holds a specialized honours degree in international development studies from York University.

T  807-271-1581

E  mclean@judsonhowie.ca

Jeffrey C. Marchuk
Jeffrey C. Marchuk

Associate Lawyer

Jeffrey C. Marchuk joins our firm as an associate lawyer after working with us as a student since the summer of 2022. He has already gained significant experience in criminal defence, family law, and civil litigation. Jeffrey graduated from Carleton University in 2019 with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in law and legal studies and received his Juris Doctor (JD) from the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University in May 2023. Jeffrey is from Rainy River and is committed to providing legal services to the community and surrounding area.

T  807-276-6408

E  jeffrey@judsonhowie.ca

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