John Legge BA, MA, LLB
The son of firm founders Laura and Bruce Legge, John Legge maintains a broad general practice. John was called to the Bar in 1984 after completing degrees in History at the Universities of Toronto and of Western Ontario, and in Law at UWO. An active member of the Ontario Bar and Toronto Lawyers’ Associations and of the Royal Canadian Military Institute, John has also served as president of the University of Toronto History Students' Union, Honorary Solicitor of the RCMI, and Chair of the Board of the Ontario Safety League, where he is currently Honorary Counsel. John continues to be involved with a variety of local volunteer service organizations, boards, and charities. John is a recipient of the Canadian Forces Decoration, Toronto Police Civilian Citation, the Confederation 125 Medal, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. He has instructed in professional and continuing education programs in Civil Litigation, Family Law and professional conduct, and has published a variety of papers in these areas.
John has appeared in all levels of courts and tribunals in Ontario. He has completed advanced courses in mediation, and has extensive civil litigation, family law, and alternate dispute resolution experience.
You can reach John by calling him at (416) 923-1776, extension 222, or by sending him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Stokes BA, MA, LLB
After completing degrees in history (B.A. Toronto, M.A. Western Ontario) and law (LLB, Western Ontario), Mary began practising law at Legge and Legge on her call to the bar of Ontario in 1983, focusing mainly on family law. Now a firm partner, she works primarily in the areas of wills, trusts, estate administration and charitable corporations. Mary is a doctoral student at the Osgoode Hall Law School of York University and has served as a lecturer in the Law and Society programme at York and as an adjunct professor of the law of Trusts at Osgoode. She is a published legal historian, and was a McMurtry Fellow in Canadian Legal History and recipient of the Osgoode Society’s Peter Oliver prize. She has written for and lectured in continuing legal education programs, and provides legal information seminars to schools and groups. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History and the Board of Directors of the Mabel Knisely Foundation for Nursing Education, and is active in church and community activities.
You can reach Mary by emailing her at email@example.com, or call us at (416) 923 1776 and leave a message for her with your phone number.
David Steeves BA, LLB, LLM
David Steeves completed degrees in English Literature (B.A. Mount Allison) and Law (LL.B. and LL.M. Dalhousie). He was called to the Bars of Alberta and Nova Scotia in 2004 and was called to the Bar in the Province of Ontario in 2011. David articled in the Calgary office of a large national firm before accepting the Faculty of Graduate Studies scholarship to pursue graduate studies in law at Dalhousie Law School (now the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University). On graduation, David was the inaugural recipient of the Race and the Law Prize at Dalhousie Law School. David practices principally in the area of medical malpractice, mass torts, and class action litigation and has served as counsel on numerous Examinations for Discovery, Motions, private and judicial mediations, as well as trials before all levels of Court in the Province of Ontario. David has also appeared before other administrative tribunals within Ontario as well as the Alberta Court of Queen`s Bench.
David has been an invited lecturer to law students, lawyers, and faculty at the University of Western Ontario, Osgoode Hall Law School, and the University of Toronto. His historical research on juries in Nova Scotia from pre-Confederation until 1935 appeared in a collection of the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History and received the Peter Oliver Prize in 2013. David`s scholarship has been cited by legal and literary scholars in both Canada and the United States. During his undergraduate studies, Mr. Steeves was a member of Mount Allison University`s Senate, Student Administrative Council, and of its varsity swim team for which he was named an Academic All-Canadian. During his undergraduate and professional studies, Mr. Steeves was a Deckhand and Coxswain in the Canadian Coast Guard. Actively involved in the community, he is a member of the Emerging Leaders Network of Greater Toronto Civic Action, East Coast Connected, and the Life Class Secretary-Treasurer for the Dalhousie Law Class of 2003.
Christine Davidson BA, GDPA, LLB
Christine Davidson’s practice at Legge & Legge is focused on wills, elder law, and estate administration. She was called to the Bar and joined Legge & Legge in the fall of 2012.
Christine graduated with an LL.B. from Dalhousie Law School (now the Schulich School of Law) in 2007, and has a graduate diploma in public administration from Dalhousie’s School of Public Administration. She completed her articles with a civil litigation lawyer, gaining experience in landlord and tenant law, appeals to the Social Benefits Tribunal, and in child protection law. Christine also did a considerable amount of legal aid work during her articles, and learned that she enjoyed working closely with clients who were in need.
Before embarking on a legal career, Christine raised two sons while working as a researcher and teaching assistant in statistics, program evaluation and economics at both Dalhousie University and the Early Psychosis Unit at the Nova Scotia Hospital. She continues to be interested in legal issues relating to mental health. Outside the office Christine and her husband love to tandem cycle. Together they train for charity rides including the 140 km Cycle for Sight to Collingwood and the DVP Ride for Heart.
You can reach Christine by calling her at (416) 923-1776 extension 239, or by sending her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monica Zamfir BA (Hons.), JD
Monica Zamfir is an associate in the firm’s litigation department. Her practice focuses on medical malpractice, health law, and general profession liability. Monica also has experience in bankruptcy, family, and institutional liability litigation matters. Prior to her call to the Bar of Ontario in 2014, Monica articled with the firm.
Monica received her J.D. from the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, where she received honours in Criminal Trial Advocacy. During her legal studies, she also completed an exchange at the Bader Institute in England where she received a certificate in International Business Law. Prior to law school, Monica completed her undergraduate degree in Economics at York University, in Toronto, Ontario, where she graduated in the top ten percent of her class.
In her spare time, Monica has been involved in diverse community and volunteer work, from rebuilding houses in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, involvement with the Association in Defense of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWYC), and volunteering at the Toronto Fringe Festival.
You can reach Monica by calling her at (416) 923-1776 extension 240, or by sending her an email at email@example.com.
Ruxandra Coroiu BA, LLB
Ruxandra received her Bachelor of Arts in International Economics and Finance from Ryerson University, and her Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2010. Before beginning work at Legge & Legge in early 2015, Ruxandra had a general practice in Richmond Hill for almost 4 years, as a sole practitioner working in association with a firm in Richmond Hill. While Ruxandra’s focus is on residential and commercial real estate transactions, she also has experience in corporate/commercial law and litigation. Ruxandra is fluent in Romanian, and has a basic knowledge of Spanish and French. She enjoys cooking, spending time with family and friends, and helping out around her community in the Forest Hill area.
You can reach Ruxandra by calling her at (416) 923-1776 extension 225, or by sending her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lucas D. Gareri, BA, JD
Lucas Gareri graduated from York University summa cum laude with an Honours double major B.A. in Linguistics and Law & Society. Lucas went on to graduate from the University of Windsor Faculty of Law, where he won the ScotiaBank Award in Wills and Succession Planning. Lucas articled with LAWPRO, the mandatory insurance provider for lawyers across Ontario and conducted research on a broad range of legal topics including building permits, the planning act, and the importance of title insurance. Upon completing his articles, Lucas was called to the Bar in 2015 and joined Legge & Legge in late 2015. His practice focuses primarily on estate planning, estate administration and trusts, and real estate.
While at law school, Lucas was involved with the Windsor Chapter of Pro Bono Students Canada and worked with not-for-profit organizations in the areas of corporate law and disability entitlement under ODSP and Ontario Works programs.
He enjoys spending his free time playing recreational league soccer and playing piano and guitar.
You can reach Lucas by calling him at (416) 923-1776 extension 223, or by sending him an email at email@example.com.
Elizabeth Legge is proud to represent the third generation of lawyers in the Legge family at the firm. She is the granddaughter of founders Laura Legge, QC, and Bruce Legge, QC, and the daughter of current firm partners John Legge and Mary Stokes. Elizabeth joined the firm in 2017, after her call to the bar. She completed her articles with a prominent estate litigation firm in Toronto. Her practice focuses primarily on estate planning, administration of trusts and estates, and real estate.
Elizabeth attended law school at Dalhousie University (Schulich School of Law), where she received a Schulich Scholarship in Law, the JSD Tory Writing Award, and the Osgoode Society Prize in Legal History. While at law school, Elizabeth was involved with Pro Bono Students Canada and worked for a non-profit organization in the area of disability law. Before law school, Elizabeth graduated with a first class honours B.A. in history and classics from the University of King’s College and Dalhousie University.
Christie Geen-Difede, paralegal
Christie Geen-Difede has worked at Legge & Legge since July 2008. Christie graduated from Canadian Business College after completion of an accredited paralegal program, with honours, in 2016, and received her paralegal license in November 2016, She is also an experienced family law and civil litigation clerk. Currently, Christie supervises the estates staff as senior clerk in that department, and performs paralegal services for Legge & Legge clients.
Paralegals are licensed by the Law Society of Upper Canada to represent clients in four main areas: 1) Provincial Offences-related tickets; 2) Small Claims Court (for civil suits of less than $25,000 per claim); 3) Summary conviction-prosecuted offences in criminal courts; and 4) Administrative tribunals including Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, Landlord and Tenant Board, Social Benefits Tribunal, municipal licensing tribunals and committees, housing and education committees. When acting as a paralegal, Christie is supervised by Legge & Legge lawyers and insured through Legge & Legge insurance.
Christie has a passion for animal rights and welfare and volunteers her time with a rescue organization, New Orleans Lab Rescue. Along with her family and two dogs, she fosters dogs who would otherwise be in a shelter and assists in finding them a ‘forever’ home.