Ryan O'Neill | Lawyer

Family Law | Civil Litigation | Collaborative | Estates | Realestate

Why I work at WARDS LAWYERS PC

Why do I work here? I've been a lawyer for a few years in Lindsay. I decided to make a change by joining WARDS LAWYERS PC to help me become a better lawyer, not so much in terms of my expertise, but more about how I practice the law. This Firm and everyone who works here is very tech-driven, which continues to impress me. They tell me I have to actually become 'paperless' – I'm working on that :) By using so much technology every day, this Firm serves its clients better, faster and often more cost-effectively, especially in terms of the 'hard costs' to provide legal services to our community. This is a change I needed to make and I'm glad I did. I'm already on my way to being a more efficient, productive lawyer, which I am hopefully now passing on to my clients.

The other reason? The people. Being a lawyer is a stressful job – there's so much going on in any given day. The others who work at WARDS LAWYERS PC are so efficient and client-focused, it makes my day more manageable, leaving me more time to focus on my clients and their needs. Plus the lawyers and staff at WARDS LAWYERS PC are just nice people, making this an environment that I truly enjoy working and thriving in. This was the right decision for my family and I and I've never looked back. Before I joined WARDS LAWYERS PC, I was dictating and often had lots of paper surrounding me all the time. I struggled with helping my clients when I was not actually in the office. Here, they no longer let me use a dictaphone and they've set me up with great mobility, among other new changes I'm making. Everybody here offers me so much practice support that I am quickly becoming the lawyer I knew I had to be to continue to give my clients the best service in an ever-evolving legal world. Here I am know – Mr. efficiency. I never would have believed it.

Would I make the change if I had to decide all over again? You bet.


Memorable Moment

On my first day at WARDS LAWYERS PC , they sat me down to a state-of-the-art new office, with all of the bells and whistles. Kind of like I joined NASA, really. I now have multiple monitors and can do everything from my desktop, both in the office and at home. They banned me from using my Dictaphone and told me I cannot have any paper in my office. I'm still quite shocked by it all, but now I see the value of what we do here and how we do it. I am still very impressed by how WARDS LAWYERS PC is dedicated to having cutting-edge technology for me to use, which allows me to do my job so much better, even though I occasionally miss my Dictaphone and paper. They even found the Dictaphone I had hid secretly in my desk.


Community Involvement

  • Ross Memorial Hospital Foundation Board Member
  • Ontario Early Years Centre Board Member
  • Advisor to local NGOs and not-for-profits
  • WARDS PC Kids' Road Hockey Tourney
  • WARDS PC Haunt Your Home
  • The Urban Syrup Project


705-324-9273
ryan@wardlegal.ca


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Ryan's Team

Kelly
Civil Litigation Clerk

Kelly Westerby

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Melissa
Firm Manager and Senior Clerk

Melissa Morrison

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Melissa
Family Law Clerk

Melissa Carnegie

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Kimberly
Estates and Business Clerk

Kimberly Sewell

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Laura
Estates and Business Clerk

Laura Horne

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Danielle
Civil Litigation Clerk

Danielle Hiddink

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Jennifer
Real Estate Law Clerk

Jennifer Brock

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A message from Ryan

Working at WARDS LAWYERS PC has been a big change for me. I truly enjoy being part of a team that not only strives to be the best, always, but is also dedicated to continually trying to enrich the lives of my neighbors, clients and the community generally. Everyone here is very personable, dynamic and excited to work here. You don't see that very often. They provide me a place to work that helps me offer my expertise to my clients in a much faster, efficient and cost-effective way. Great Firm; great place to be.


  • Experience
  • 2014-Present

    Lawyer - WARDS LAWYERS PC

  • 2013

    Certified Collaborative Lawyer

  • 2006-2013

    Lawyer - Gemmill, Farn, and Reynolds LLP

  • Pre-2004

    Western Ontario Law School

  • Pre-2004

    Trent University Undergrad

  • Pre-2004

    Born and raised in Lindsay, Ontario

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