Chris is the founder of CIR Law Inc. He was born in Montreal, but grew-up in Halifax. Chris attended the Halifax Grammar School, and following graduation he earned his Bachelor of Arts with a major in Economics from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York.
After college, Chris entered the Branch Admin Training Program with the Royal Bank of Canada, and went on to manage the administration staff of a number of RBC’s bank branches in Nova Scotia. In the early 90s Chris made the switch from branch administration to the securities industry, and ultimately held the position of Vice President with two of Canada’s largest and most respected investment dealers.
Chris’ knowledge and expertise in finance, securities and banking has proven invaluable to his corporate and family law clients. Chris has represented litigation clients before a variety of courts and administrative bodies in Nova Scotia, including: Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, trial and family divisions, Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, Federal Court of Canada, Nova Scotia Provincial Court, Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board and Small Claims Court of Nova Scotia
Chris is, unquestionably, a client-focused lawyer. The client’s best interest, and the unwavering service of that best interest, is Chris’ passion – he regularly returns client emails at all hours of the evening and during the weekends…he always considers himself to be ‘on-call’. Chris takes pride in his ability to recognize and understand his client’s concerns, as well as the intensity he brings to litigating matters on their behalf to address those concerns. In short, their concerns are his concerns.
Chris has three sons, all of whom attend university in Nova Scotia or Quebec. When he isn’t litigating matters on behalf of his clients, Chris enjoys cycling, waterskiing, playing soccer, and riding his Ducati motorcycle!
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Lauren’s positive energy and passion for working with clients makes her easy to work with and driven to assist you with your legal matter. She recognizes that legal issues are often stressful and helps guide clients through the process with competence and clarity.
Born and raised in Prince Edward Island, Lauren now calls Halifax home. Lauren graduated from Dalhousie’s Schulich School of Law in 2016. She also graduated with her Masters in Library and Information Management at Dalhousie. Lauren’s unique skillset makes her an excellent legal researcher and a detail-oriented thinker. Her experience as an information manager is invaluable for legal problem-solving.
When not in the office, Lauren enjoys gardening and painting. She believes in giving back to her community through volunteering and serves on two volunteer Board of Directors.
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Patreka is CIR Law's Legal Assistant. Through education, training and workplace experience, she performs specific administrative duties in conjunction with our lawyers. Patreka provides valuable support services to our team and our clients.
Patreka is originally from Jamaica and came to Nova Scotia to join family already residing here. She graduated with Honours from Eastern College before embarking upon a career in the legal field.
Patreka spends her free time listening to music, reading and binge watching Netflix when she has time. She has a variety of interests and loves learning about new things. Although Patreka considers herself a bit shy, she has a great sense of humour and is a wonderful person to know, and willing to help out where needed.