William S. Koughan, Partner

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William KoughanWilliam (Bill) Koughan was called to the bar in 1987 and joined the firm the same year. Bill’s principal areas of practice include wills, estates and Municipal law. His municipal law practice focuses primarily on land use planning and development under the Planning Act, development charges and the law as it applies to municipalities in accordance with the Municipal Act, 2001.  Bill has previously delivered papers and participated in municipal seminars involving a wide range of municipal law matters. He’s also a past president of the Orillia & District Big Brothers Association.

Edward B. Veldboom, Partner

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Edward VeldboomEdward B. Veldboom was called to the bar in 2000, and joined the firm in the same year. He holds a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Toronto and was a practicing planner before entering law school.

Edward practices in the areas of municipal and land use planning law. He regularly provides advice to over 20 municipalities and routinely appears before the Ontario Land Tribunal.

Edward has presented seminars on the new Municipal Act, has been an instructor for the Association of Municipal Clerks and Treasurers Law Course and a guest speaker for the Ontario Association of Committees of Adjustment.

Michael F. Sirdevan, Partner

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Michael Sirdevan

Michael Sirdevan was called to the bar in 2000 and returned to his hometown of Orillia to join our firm in 2005. His practice now focusses primarily on civil litigation, including municipal litigation, estate litigation, employment matters, property disputes and construction litigation. Michael also provides clients with advice on a wide range of contract issues. Michael has appeared before all levels of court in the Province of Ontario, including the Court of Appeal for Ontario as well as various administrative tribunals. He has been the Treasurer of the Orillia Law Association since 2006 and is currently president of the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orillia and District and Elizabeth Overend Non Profit Housing Inc.

Jennifer E. Biggar, B.A. (Hons), J.D.

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Jennifer Biggar Jennifer E. Biggar practices focuses on municipal and planning law, as well as  wills and estates. She graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2012 and was awarded the Robert W. Macaulay Prize in Land Use Planning in 2011. Jennifer also obtained a Certificate of Completion with First Class Honours in International Business Law in 2011 from the Bader International Study Centre, Queen’s University, located at Herstmonceux Castle in England.  After being called to the bar in 2013, Jennifer returned to her home town of Orillia and joined the firm in the same year. Jennifer assists her clients with a wide range of municipal and planning matters, including development agreements, municipal tax sales, municipal real estate, and general municipal law advice. She also appears regularly as legal counsel for municipalities at the Ontario Land Tribunal. Jennifer’s wills and estates practice includes advising clients on estate planning and estate administration matters. Outside of the office, Jennifer is a member of the Board of Directors for Helping Hands Orillia.