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Articling Students

The legal services offered by our lawyers are further supported by our team of articling students. The firm’s articling students work with the lawyers to ensure we are addressing your needs effectively and efficiently, while providing an excellent learning environment for our students. The use of articling students also allows us to offer more competitive rates, with less complex tasks being completed by the students. All work completed by our articling students is reviewed by one of the firm’s lawyers.

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Adele Valeriote

Adele Valeriote’s interest in law is primarily driven by her deep-rooted family connection to the legal profession. She obtained a Bachelor's degree, majoring in Psychology, from the University of Guelph in 2019 and a Juris Doctor degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2022. 

During her time at Osgoode Hall Law School, Adele became a representative of the Business Law Society and participated in many business law events. She has a strong background in insurance law and has worked for and advocated on behalf of well-renowned insurance companies. 

Adele recognizes the importance for the legal profession to give back to the community. She is a volunteer and member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institution of Canada and is a strong advocate for greater access to justice in Canada. 

Outside of the office, Adele loves to go to her family cottage and attend University of Notre Dame college football games with her family. 

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Jonathan Pettit

Jonathan took a twisting path on his way to the legal profession.  He loved philosophy, earning his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from York University, but did not want to make it his profession.  He took a chance job as a law clerk, and this exposure to the legal system quickly went from a job to an interest to a passion.  He soon applied to law school, and he has now graduated from University of Toronto Faculty of Law.

Jonathan is excited to return to Guelph and continue his legal journey where it started.  Outside the office, Jonathan can likely be found practicing karate, playing a game of chess or reading a book with a cat in his lap.

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Spencer Walker

Spencer took much of his inspiration to pursue a career in law from his superhero mom, a prominent and respected law clerk for over 25 years. Ultimately with the support of his family Spencer had the privilege of attending law school. Graduating from the Dual Degree program between the University of Windsor and Detroit Mercy Law and obtaining a JD from both institutions. During his time at school, Spencer served on Windsor’s Sports and Entertainment Law Society and spent a summer interning for one of Canada’s only professional baseball agencies.

Spencer has developed an interest in the international aspects of the law and looks forward to expanding and applying his cross-border knowledge to the benefit of his future clients. Outside of the office Spencer spends much of his time watching or playing sports and can often be found leading one of his numerous fantasy sports teams to victory. Beyond the fantasy world as an armchair quarterback Spencer enjoys spending time outdoors with this family and his goldendoodle Henny.”

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Vivian Caldas

From a young age, Vivian has been fascinated with the legal system. This fascination had turned into a passion when she took her first law course at the Catholic University of Salvador. Since then, she has graduated with a bachelor’s degree in law in Brazil, the Accelerated Paralegal Studies program at Conestoga College, and the Master of Law in Canadian Common Law in Canada. As a Brazilian lawyer, the transition from civil to common law has been a rewarding process. From learning a new language with her arrival in Canada in 2015 to how our Canadian legal system works.

Outside her professional life, she enjoys listening to good music, travelling, hosting friends, cooking, snowmobiling with her husband Brett and spending time with her family and their dog Cooper.