I am a solutions-oriented business lawyer focused on supporting my clients through all legal aspects of business planning, from startup to exit. My extensive experience and “outside the box” approach allows me to deliver efficient and practical-focused advice to clients on all aspects of business management issues, including governance and operational matters, restructuring, estate planning, acquisitions and sales, family business transition planning, business dispute resolution, commercial financing, and real estate acquisitions, sales and leasing. I enjoy working with businesses of all types and sizes, including family-run, farming, retail, manufacturing, professional, construction, service, franchise, supply, resource management, and non-profit.
“When our long term lawyer became a judge, we felt a little lost. We have both been very pleased with the work done by Karissa. She listened exceptionally well, asked just enough questions to completely understand exactly what we required, and completed the tasks quickly and efficiently. The entire staff were great to deal with. Thanks again.”
Karissa Ward, Managing Lawyer
WHY I WORK
AT WARDS LAWYERS
You are only as good as the team around you. We are very fortunate to have a fantastic, dedicated, hard-working and loyal team at our Firm, a team that strives to go “over and above” for our clients each and every day.
More about Karissa
It is difficult to select one memorable moment from my time at WARDS LAWYERSPC. These moments come in all forms and there are many. There are small moments, such as seeing the relief on a client’s face when a difficulty is avoided or a solution reached, discovering a new legal tool that I know I can use to better serve clients, or receiving a sincere thank you from a client when the work is all done. There are other very gratifying times too, such as reaching a resolution for a client on a difficult negotiation, or finding a solution to a client’s complex legal problem. As well, there are many memorable moments in our Firm’s development, such as the growth of our team, our “paperless” initiative, the development of Haunt Your Home, supporting the community in the way we do, or simply celebrating milestones or achievements by our team members.
I certainly look forward to the many more memorable moments to come.
A Message From Karissa
I love this Firm and what I do. Dealing with complex legal issues for clients is very rewarding. I could not do what I do without those around me – the people who work here are incredible. Every day is a challenge, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m very proud of what we have achieved and the community in which we live. When you need us, WARDS LAWYERSPC is here to help you.
Appointed Ross Memorial Hospital Board of Governors Chair
Professional speaker for Law Society
Professional Speaker on succession planning with BDO and BMO
WARDS LAWYERSPC – Lawyer
Business Law Group – Franchise and Trade-marks
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt Law Firm – Student/Lawyer
University of Western Ontario – Law School
University of Toronto – Masters (Science)
University of Guelph – Toxicology
- Kawartha Lakes Health Care Initiative Director
- Vice-Chair and Governor – Ross Memorial Hospital Board of Governors (2004 – present)
- Estate Planning Council Kawartha Lakes Member (2005 – present)
- CDN and Ontario Bar Association Member (Wills and Estates, Real Estate)
- HVB Law Association
- Director and Advisor to many local non-profit and community programs
- WARDS LAWYERSPC Kids’ Road Hockey Tournament supporting kids’ mental health
- WARDS LAWYERSPC Haunt Your Home
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