Angela Browne – Paralegal, Managing Director
Angela Browne has had post-secondary education in sociology, business and law at Niagara College, Brock and Toronto. She earlier worked in the mental health field as a counselor and an advocate. Later, she took on the role of a business consultant and policy advisor to government and non-governmental organizations,.
In 1993, she developed her advocacy skills in the legal arena by first working with mental health clients and their families. In 1997, she began working full-time as a Paralegal & Court Agent, first as an agent for members of the legal profession, then taking her own clients. She served on the Board of the Paralegal Society of Ontario between 2002 to 2007, as well as the community advisory board of her local newspaper in 2006-2007.
She currently serves on the Coach and Advisor Network of the Law Society of Upper Canada and offers legal services in the areas of:
- contract disputes
- construction/renovation issues
- personal injury
- landlord and tenant law
- education law, and
- social security appeals (including CPP, ODSP, WSIB, EI, labour board and consumer protection).
She also works with small businesses to aid in their development, manage crisis, strategic planning and determining one’s natural markets.
David Reid started his career in construction and later in the trucking industry, both as a truck driver as well as owner operator. He left that industry and attended Herzing College in the Ottawa area to become a Paralegal. He started off operating his own practice in Orleans, a subdivision of Ottawa, until March 2020, when he came to join Browne & Associates. At our firm, David provides legal services in the areas of criminal law, provincial offences, highway traffic offences as well as small claims court. David has developed knowledge and skills in the area of CVOR matters and brings this knowledge to the firm. Browne & Associates will be partnering with Richard Moore of Truckwise Compliance to set up both Zoom and in-person seminars (where appropriate) to train the broader trucking industry on important safety and compliance issues.
Greg Synos has attended Brock University and University of Toronto for Labour Studies and Political Science. He later attended TriOs College to earn his Paralegal diploma. He started working for a couple of local law firms and developed drafting and presentation skills in the various courts he appeared in. Greg enjoys landlord and tenant, small claims and has recently ventured into issues (within our scope) dealing with cannabis matters. In his spare time, he enjoys reading philosophy, history and politics books.
Penny Desjardins is relatively new to the firm. Prior to licensing, she worked in a Hamilton law firm as a legal assistant. She was always curious and enthusiastic about the law and learning how to use it to help people. She and her husband have been involved from time to time in a metal detecting business, as well as serving at a flea market. Penny answers the phones, accepts mail, maintains records and basically manages the office. She also assists people who need help with filling out forms, writing letters and conducting research. Penny is a great asset to Browne & Associates.